Nestled among acres of beautiful parkland in South Liverpool’s Calderstones Park, the Grade II listed Mansion House has been recalled to life as a unique public space offering experiences that bring people together.
This is a place unlike any other, where everyone is welcome, and where anyone can come to experience literature, find and share meaning, be nourished, develop new skills and explore creativity.
If you have ever been to one of our Shared Reading groups, you’ll know the friendly, exhilarating experience we are seeking to create here.
Discover a vibrant programme of reading aloud, weekly groups and activities, yoga and special events.
8.30am - 5pm
(the Mansion House will be open later for reading groups and activities on certain days)
Where to find us
What else is here?
The world's first centre of excellence in Shared Reading - with training, courses, and more.
Discover stories of life in Liverpool, starting 5,000 years ago, in our dedicated exhibition.
Discover Reader events taking place at Calderstones and beyond.
A charitable social enterprise that supports our mission.
5,000 years of local stories, brought together for the first time
Extra-special birthday celebrations at the Storybarn.
From gatherings in the secret garden, to celebrations with a stunning view, the Mansion has the perfect space for you.
Find something real to take home when the day is done - beautiful literary gifts for all ages.
The Studio at The Reader is a beautiful and intimate new space, providing 'something real' for mind, body and soul.
Discover the history of the house
The Mansion House sits at the heart of Calderstones Park in South Liverpool.
Having been closed to the public since the early 1970s, the Mansion House was beginning to decay when The Reader won a public tender for its lease and began to raise funds for a restoration. The building is now a unique public space with a social purpose that’s open to all. With weekly Shared Reading groups, yoga, art classes, singing for the tonally challenged, gardening for all abilities, local history and food – it’s a place filled with possibilities.
Thanks to support from a range of funder and partner organisations, this new chapter in the history of the Mansion House offers lots of opportunities for young and old to take part in its future, as well as learning about its past.
Walk through The Calder Stones Story to discover the story behind the house. You can learn about its beginnings as a residence for a successful businessman and its connections to a world-famous shipping line. Then enjoy the rest of the building, including our friendly Reception Hall and Café.
The exhibition rooms in the Mansion House are open to the public 7 days a week from 10am until 4pm. There’s no need to book your trip – just come in and explore.