This black-and-white mansion 6 miles from downtown Liverpool is one of the best examples of half-timbering in Britain. Built around a cobbled courtyard, the great hall dates to 1490; an elaborate western bay with a vast chimneypiece was added in 1560. The house, owned by the National Trust, was heavily restored in the 19th century, though a Tudor priest hole and Jacobean plasterwork remain intact. The Victorian landscaped gardens enjoy views over the Mersey toward North
Wales. Speke Hall is on the east side of the airport; the Airlink 500 bus drops you a pleasant 10-minute walk away; ask the driver to let you off at the nearest stop.
The Walk, Liverpool, L24 1XD, England