Welcome to Hoghton Tower, Lancashire

'A Great House Set On A Hill Cannot Be Hid'

Hoghton Tower has been the home of the de Hoghton family since the Norman Conquest. Take the long drive to the 16th century and follow in the footsteps of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and King James I who, at a banquet held in his honour, famously knighted a loin of beef ‘Sir Loin’.

Since its re-creation in 1565 by Thomas Hoghton this ancient, fortified, hilltop manor house has retained its Tudor-Elizabethan character and construction in its entirety. Hoghton Tower, a Grade I listed building is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family. The de Hoghtons are descended directly from Harvey de Walter, one of the companions of William the Conqueror, and through the female line from Lady Godiva of Coventry, wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. It occupies a commanding position, 650ft above sea level mid-way between Preston and Blackburn. Hoghton Tower is the only true baronial residence in Lancashire and is the home of the 14th Baronet, Sir Bernard de Hoghton.

On a guided tour of one of the finest Renaissance buildings in England you will see the State Rooms, Banqueting Hall, Minstrels’ Gallery and the Dolls' House Collection. Venture along underground passages and peer into the dungeons and Tudor Well House of reputedly the third most haunted house in Britain. Stroll around the gardens, along the ramparts and visit the tearoom and giftshop.

Please note that access for visitors with disabilities and wheelchair users is restricted.

Samlesbury Hall Historic House

Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall is a 14th Century Manor House. Over the years there have been many changes. It is administered by a registered charity known as the Samlesbury Hall trust whose aim is to maintain the Hall for the people of the area. The trust was founded in the 1920's when the Hall was about to be demolished. Since then the Hall has been a museum and Gallery and host to many grand functions.

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Post Code: PR5 0UP

Clitheroe Castle


The attractive market town of Clitheroe has a wide selection of shops and stores plus a market. One of the shops is the award winning Cowmans sausage shop.

Clitheroe Castle, with its newly refurbished museum and 12th century keep, are a must not just for the history but also for the magnificent views over Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley.


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Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbey and Village

Perched on the banks of the River Calder, Whalley is a charming village, filled with historic buildings, characterful shops and lovely cafes and restaurants.

Wander into the pretty churchyard of St Mary and All Saints parish church to see three Saxon crosses. There has been a church here since 628AD.

Whalley’s most famous sight is Whalley Abbey, whose ruins date back to the 14th century when it was a Cistercian abbey.

Whalley Cricket Ground is famous for hosting the first ‘Roses’ cricket match between Yorkshire and Lancashire, which unfortunately Yorkshire won! Explore beyond the village’s boundaries and you’ll find a wealth of walking trails including Whalley Nab Viewpoint.


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Ribchester Roman Museum

Roman Ribchester

This ancient riverside village is built on the site of the Roman fort of Bremetennacum. Estimated to have covered six acres of ground, a large portion of the remains lie under the old church and churchyard.

The Roman Museum has recently been extended, and provides interesting displays about Roman life in the area. Many artifacts from this time are on show, including copies of a highly detailed Roman Helmet found in Ribchester by a small boy in 1797. The original is now in the British Museum.

It's one of the district's most popular villages with local shops and amenities, an art gallery and some award winning accommodation and cosy country pubs.


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Northcote Manor

Northcote Manor Michelin-starred fine dining has been for more than 20 years now one of the north's stand-out restaurants. Nigel Haworth heads up the kitchen operation with partner Craig Bancroft tending a 400-bin wine cellar. Try the Gourmet menu or an overnight Gourmet Break.

Accommodation and Food.

Web: Northcote Manor

Post Code: BB6 8BE Grid: Ref: SD706348


Taste Lancashire Highest Quality Assured

The Stanley House Hotel

The Stanley House Hotel offers twelve individually designed Bedrooms, with a blend of contemporary and traditional styles. Undergoing painstaking restoration in 2004, the seventeenth century Manor House is amongst the country’s finest hotels. The main reception area, Mr Fred’s Bar, Function Suites, Meeting Rooms and acclaimed restaurant Cassis are situated in the adjoining barn conversion. These attractive buildings are surrounded by beautifully maintained lawns and gardens, with fabulous views over the surrounding countryside.

Accommodation and food.

Web: The Stanley House Hotel

Post Code: BB2 7NP Grid: Ref: SD645298



Samlesbury Hall

Restaurant-Cafe awarded 'Taste Lancashire Highest Accredited' status 2009. Whether dining in style or relaxing on the sofa in the lounge with coffee and home-made cakes, we are proud to bring you a delicious and authentic taste from Lancashire’s plentiful larder

Accommodation and Food.

Web: Samlesbury Hall

Post Code: PR5 0UP Grid Ref: SD602302

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Green Tourism Business Scheme Silver Award Taste Lancashire Quality Assured

Car tours to other attractions.

Hoghton Tower to Samlesbury Hall


Historic House
Gift Shop
Guided Tours
Group Visits

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Hoghton Tower
Nr. Preston,

01254 852 986


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