Spend a relaxing 24 hours exploring Chorley’s historic houses, famous market town and surrounding countryside.

A visit to Astley Hall is like a voyage into the past, to the time of Tudor and early Stuart England (1580 – 1650) as you’ll get a rare opportunity to experience life in an English country house during this period. The Grade I listed hall is built around a central courtyard and contains a unique collection of furniture and stunning Jacobean plasterwork ceilings. In the hall stands the Sirloin Chair, which is reputed to have been used by King James I when he knighted the loin of beef. If you want to explore this story further, go to Hoghton Tower, just north of Chorley, a 16th century Elizabethan fortified manor-house set in magnificent grounds. After a walk around Astley Hall and its beautiful parkland pop into Café Ambio for a coffee and a slice of homemade cake.

Next stop has to be a trip into Chorley town centre for a spot of shopping at the town’s famous market. Visit on a  Tuesday and you’ll have the pick of over 150 different stalls including a fantastic range of locally grown produce and fresh seafood. Aside from the market there are plenty of shops to browse with a good mix of high street names and independents to choose from.

You can’t visit Chorley without visiting Frederick's, and sampling one of their award-winning ice creams. Perfected over four generations, the Federici family serve over 24 different flavours of ice cream from their Chorley ice cream Parlour, Massa’s. The only problem you’ll have is deciding which one to choose!

After lunch take a walk up to Rivington Pike (a historic tower, reputed to date as far back as 1138) for breath-taking views of Rivington Reservoir and beyond. If there’s time, walk down to the Anglezarke Reservoir for an easy ramble along the shore. The more adventurous can also give Go Ape Rivington a try with treetop obstacles and rope bridges.

By now you’ll be ready to relax and unwind so why not try visit The Cuckoo's Nest to try the award winning Cuckoo Gin, or even better head to the Brinde Distillery and enjoy your very own Gin Workshop. 

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Astley Hall dates from 1580 with subsequent additions. Unique collections of furniture including a fine Elizabethan bed and the famous Shoval Board Table.

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Hoghton Tower

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