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Samlesbury Hall

Type:Historic House

Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0UP

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Samlesbury Hall

Built in 1325, Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior. Enjoy intrigue, witchcraft and centuries of enthralling times gone by throughout their archive rooms. Saved from demolition in the 1920s by six local businessmen, it remains in the care of the Charitable Trust today with the aim of maintaining and keeping open for visitors to enjoy.

From the Tudor priest holes to the Victorian kitchen, the Hall has history from (and for) every age. With the turbulent tales of its Catholic families, witches and the haunting of Lady Dorothy (and other ghost stories), a captivating insight into life from the early 14th to the 21st century is all waiting to be discovered.

The Hall also boasts an award-winning restaurant, a shop brimming with top quality gifts and Dottie’s - Britain’s first ever wafflery. Outside, explore the gardens, the rosarium and the woodland walks. Visit the animals (including hens that supply the eggs for the kitchen) and get close to honeybees (safely behind glass of course) at the bee and heritage centre.

On Sundays you can join on regular tours with a twist… don’t miss hilarious Janey the witch or the King of England, Henry VIII himself! All tours are completely free to join, along with free admission.

Can we eat?

The restaurant at Samlesbury has the highest quality taste award from Visit Lancashire and Dottie’s Wafflery (the first of its kind!) is not to be missed. Ice-cream, milkshakes and scrumptious afternoon teas are always popular, or enjoy the finest roast in Lancashire (even with a Yorkshire pudding). Al fresco dining in the historic courtyard, sorry no picnics please.

What if we want to stay?

The Shepherd’s Hut Hamlet is the perfect retreat if you’re travelling from outside the county, although it’s popular with the locals too…The huts have en-suite shower rooms and the comfiest beds for the best nights' sleep, while the setting brings a rural edge to a short break. Toasting marshmallows on the fire pit is a must! Finish off your stay with the best breakfast in Lancashire.

Can I bring the kids?

The Hall’s ethos is to become a great place for visitors of all ages. Every half term and through the school holidays don’t miss Betsy Bumblebee who will have you in stitches with her stories, crafts and hunts around the Hall. Santa makes a visit in December, who has his very own sitting room at Samlesbury and you can meet him by the fire.

Nestled in the woods is the Mayflower playground, where you can climb in through the windows of the miniature Hall and brave the rope bridge across to the Mayflower ship! There is also a charming wooden trail; with bridges, swings and lots of fun obstacles for the whole family to enjoy.

Meet the pygmy goats, pigs, miniature sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and the rescued hens in the ever increasing menagerie; plus be fascinated by the working hives of honey bees at the bee centre.

When can we visit?

The Hall is open all year round from 10am – 4pm, closing only on Saturdays and occasional Fridays for weddings. Please do make sure to check the opening times on the Hall’s website before you travel.

How much does it cost to come in?

Entry to the Hall and grounds is completely free and there is absolutely no charge to park either. The Hall relies on donations and any money spent there, whether it be for a freshly made waffle in Dottie’s, a postcard from the shop or a cuppa in the coffee lounge; any contribution is appreciated. 

All profit is returned straight back to the Hall to keep the building open for the public to enjoy, registered charity number 526052.


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Free AdmissionFree

Admission to the Hall and Ground is free, except on event days when we charge a small admission fee to include the extra entertainment on offer.

Opening Times

Samlesbury Hall (9 Jan 2018 - 21 Dec 2018)
Monday - Friday10:00 - 16:00*
Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Please check with the Hall - they do close on Saturdays and occasional Fridays for weddings and private functions.
Always open on Bank Holidays, apart from New Year's Day and Boxing Day.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Monday, 22nd October 2018 - Wednesday, 31st October 2018

Samlesbury Hall: Halloween Half-Term (Witchy Spells and Pumpkin Hunts!)Be spellbound by wickedly funny witch Janey Southworth during Halloween week as she tells the gruesome tales of Samlesbury Hall, complete with her grisly collection of skulls, insects and other ghastly horrors.
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Wednesday, 31st October 2018 - Wednesday, 31st October 2018

Janey's Witchy Walkthrough31 Oct - Abhorrent artefacts, obnoxious objects and rancid receptacles with our very own Janey Southworth, followed by a roam about the rooms for plethora of ghoulish goings on…
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Friday, 2nd November 2018 - Friday, 2nd November 2018

Terrifying Tales at Samlesbury HallListen to stories of the supernatural, folklore and witchcraft from the depths of Lancashire's past as you enjoy a 3-course dinner within the spectacular surroundings of Samlesbury Hall.
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Friday, 9th November 2018 - Friday, 9th November 2018

Samlesbury Hall: An Evening of ClairvoyanceA demonstration of mediumship and communication of the spirit in the Great Hall.
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Sunday, 2nd December 2018 - Monday, 24th December 2018

Samlesbury Hall: Breakfast with SantaTreat your children to a Special Breakfast with the one and only Father Christmas!
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Thursday, 6th December 2018 - Thursday, 6th December 2018

Samlesbury Hall - Wedding Open Evenings 2018Join for a delightful evening at Samlesbury Hall. View the 14th century Great Hall dressed for the wedding breakfast, meet their fabulous wedding team and some of their favourite suppliers.
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Friday, 14th December 2018 - Friday, 14th December 2018

Samlesbury Hall: Festive Murder Mystery Evening"In a picturesque village, rehearsals are underway for the annual Christmas pantomime, to be performed at the 14th Century Samlesbury Hall… Sadly, tragedy has struck and the body of the director and local parish priest, Father Chris Moss, has been found in the Hall! Is it natural causes or is it...
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsTaste Lancashire Highest Quality Assured Taste Lancashire Highest Quality Assured 2013
  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme (Silver) Green Tourism Business Scheme (Silver) 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

From jct 31 of the M6, take the A677 towards Blackburn. The Hall is 1.5 miles on the left.

Public Transport Directions

For public transport information contact traveline on 0870 608 2 608



  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Conference & Meeting Facilities
  • Disabled Access Level 1
  • Encourage Use of Public Transport
  • Green Tourism Business Scheme - Silver
  • Open All Year
  • Protect & Encourage Local Flora & Fauna
  • Recycling Policy - Garden Waste
  • Recycling Policy - Glass
  • Recycling Policy - Paper
  • Recycling Policy - Plastics
  • Recycling Policy - Veg/Food Waste
  • Use and Promote Local Produce
  • Use Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Materials
  • Water Saving Measures


  • Facility for service dogs

Children & Infants

  • Baby Bottle and Food Warming Facilities Available

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities
  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Coaches Welcome
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special Group Rates
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

Specialist Features

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - min group size 20
  • Packed lunches available
  • Wi-fi available

Venue Facilities

  • Theatre


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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    Samlesbury Hall - Restaurant, SamlesburySamlesbury Hall believes the better things in life are those closest to home and with that in mind, insist on only the finest ingredients sourced from their own gardens and neighbouring Lancashire producers.

    Samlesbury Hall - The Lodge, SamlesburySamlesbury Hall Lodge is set in the grounds of Samlesbury Hall a 14th century manor house dating back to 1325.

    Dottie’s Wafflery and Ice-Cream Parlour, SamlesburyA range of scrumptious savoury bites and seasonal specials will tantalise your taste buds, while hens from the Hall’s very own gardens provide free range eggs for the batter prepared each morning. Also try a decadent dessert or mouth-watering ice-cream milkshake.

    The Hamlet at Samlesbury Hall, SamlesburyJust as luxurious but with a rural edge, Samlesbury Hall is home to collection beautiful shepherd's huts, hand crafted to keep you toasty in winter & cool in the summer. Complete with two double beds in European oak boasting all those little extras.

    Samlesbury Hall, SamlesburySamlesbury Hall has hosted weddings for over fifty years and they now invite you to become part of their history. They offer the warmest welcome and are here to help your plans come to life and assist with the smallest details which makes the biggest day possible. 

    Samlesbury Hall Gift Shop, SamlesburyA visit to the Samlesbury Hall gift shop offers you the chance to take a little bit of Lancashire home with you when you leave.  Pick up a souvenir of your visit, find that perfect gift for a loved one, or maybe even pick up a treat for yourself!

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