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Historic Houses

From the Wars of the Roses, the famous witch trials of 1612, the clash of Parliamentarian and Royalists armies of the civil war, the Jacobite Rebellion and the wealth created by the industrial revolution Lancashire’s Historic House have witnessed a wide range of major historic events.

Discover the history and stories behind Lancashire’s grand houses and halls including the story behind the knighting of Sir Loin at Hoghton Tower; how JRR Tolkien was inspired by the countryside around Stonyhurst College; the tragic tale of the white lady at Samlesbury Hall and the gruesome severed head at Towneley Hall.

Beyond the stately buildings there are formal gardens and extensive grounds to explore, many featuring adventure playgrounds, sculpture trails, seasonal flower walks and farm animals – perfect for all the family to enjoy.

Browsholme, Hoghton and Leighton are still family homes and have passed through generations and still display wonderful possessions created by world renown artists and craftsmen. Furniture by Gillow and Hepplewhite, fine art by  JMW Turner, Lely and Reynolds as well as exquisite porcelain, glass and textiles. You may even bump into the owners and their children of the house whilst enjoying a guided tour. Read more in about these extraordinary, some say eccentric, owners in Living In History.

    • Astley Hall

      Astley Hall

      Experience life in an English country house during the Tudor and Early Stuart period. Set within extensive grounds and parkland near Chorley.

    • Browsholme Hall

      Browsholme Hall

      A Tudor Hall with over 500 years living history that continues to this day. The ancestral home of the Parkers, Bowbearer of the Forest of Bowland since the Tudor times.

    • Gawthorpe Hall

      Gawthorpe Hall

      Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire, built between 1600 and 1605 with remodelling by renowned architect Sir Charles Barry and Pugin. Includes art from the National Portrait Gallery.

    • Hoghton Tower

      Hoghton Tower

      16th Century Elizabethan fortified manor-house and ancestral home of the de Hoghton family. Famous for its links to the knighting Sir Loin and its 0.75 mile long drive.

    • Leighton Hall

      Leighton Hall

      The lived-in house of the famous furniture making Gillow dynasty set in the beautiful Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    • Rufford Old Hall

      Rufford Old Hall

      Discover something different every day, from the changing fortunes of the family who lived here, to Shakespeare’s connections with the house. You’ll discover stories of romance, wealth and 500 years of Hesketh family history.

    • Samlesbury Hall

      Samlesbury Hall

      With the turbulent history of catholic families, the haunting of Lady Dorothy Southworth, Samlesbury Hall gives a captivating insight into life from the early 14th to the early 20th Century.

    • Stonyhurst College

      Stonyhurst College

      This magnificent 16th Century manor house is now a famous independent boarding school. Join a tour to discover its extensive art collection and literary links to Tolkien and Sir Author Conan Doyle.

    • Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum

      Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum

      From the Priest’s Hole to the attic Towneley Hall has a variety of fascinating period rooms covering several centuries of life at the hall.

    • More History and Heritage

      More History and Heritage

      Lancashire's built heritage includes historic buildings of many sizes, periods and types, ranging from the humblest barn to the grandest mansion.

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