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.
Where to find us
Immerse yourself in the history of the Mansion House on our virtual tour. Wander around and discover reading rooms, heritage exhibitions, the megalithic Calder Stones and more.
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.