Image taken of The Mansion House St Helens view from the formal walled gardenA great place to have your wedding and a venue of choice for all occasions"

The Mansion House is a unique and beautiful Grade II listed venue which is owned and managed by Age UK Mid Mersey. It is a hub for people and businesses to use as a special place to celebrate, meet, and attend lifestyle classes.

The Mansion House Orangery with fountain in the foreground

The Mansion House is owned and managed by Age UK Mid Mersey and is well positioned within the delightful Victoria Park in St Helens, close to the town centre and with easy access to the A580. This unique and versatile venue includes the graceful Grade II listed white Italianate style building, a state-of-the-art orangery, a reception hall, a cafe within a converted barn, a courtyard and walled gardens that are open to the public most days.

The venue offers civil wedding ceremonies and receptions; banqueting and gala dinners; social functions and parties; room hire and conference spaces; funeral receptions; health, fitness and wellbeing activities; a transport service, as well as a cafés and a coffee bars. For further information or bookings, please contact the Mansion House Reception - see contact details below.

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Mansion HouseHistory of the Mansion House

Around 1850 John Andsell, a solicitor in this small but rapidly expanding town of St Helens, requested the building of Cowley House - the original name of the Mansion House.

The brewing and coal owning Speakman family had become his inlaws, when after his partner Richard Speakman’s death, John married his widow. When John Andsell’s brother-in-law John Speakman died, Andsell quickly purchased the land he had owned on the northern side of Cowley Hill.


It is very much a Victorian Gentleman’s residence. It’s imposing entrance porch led to a spacious central hall and elegant staircase. The tile work which adorned the first floor was said to have been laid by specialists brought over from Italy.

Upstairs were six bedrooms and a dressing room. Four more bedrooms were on the second floor and two were situated off the top landing. Almost opposite Andsell’s gates was the driveway leading to Windlehurt, David Gamble’s home.

Following her husband’s death Mrs Andsell vacated Cowley House, and the grounds and the house were bought for £110,000 by St Helens Corporation.

Changes were made such as a new entrance way and the park was to be open daily to the public. This was the first public park in St Helens and was opened on Monday 14th April 1886.

The building was transformed into an art gallery and museum. Many of the exhibits were donated as gifts by local individuals and remained on display until the building ceased to be a museum in 1966.

Victoria Bistro

Victoria Bistro Café & Orangery Coffee Shop

We pride ourselves on offering quality food and our hospitalities staff at The Mansion House continue to celebrate high achievement with regard to food safety. The award was given in recognition of 12 years of high standards.

So why not try somewhere a bit different from the high-street coffee shop and grab yourself a coffee, lunchtime meal (from the Bistro café) or a snack. The Mansion House offers the perfect place to meet for drinks, a meal or a snack with friends during the week or on a Saturday, maybe after a walk around the lovely Victoria Park or after a meeting in one of our meeting rooms.

The Victoria Bistro Café or Orangery Coffee Shop open to the public Monday to Friday 10.30am to 3.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Our cafés are fully licensed and there is free wi-fi and car parking.

The Bistro and Orangery (as well as rooms in the house itself) can also be booked for celebration events such as weddings, birthdays, Mother's or Father's days.

Large parties are asked to book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Mansion House Reception

Telephone: 01744 752 644

Victoria Bistro Café / Orangery Coffee Shop

Telephone: 01744 414 444



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