Hoghton Tower

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Hoghton Tower
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Gardens
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Hoghton Tower is one of Lancashire’s gems – come and find out why. A Tudor – Elizabethan manor and the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, the Tower stands proudly on its hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. Join a guided house tour and go back to the 16th century following the steps 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'. Stroll through the beautiful walled gardens and take in the views of Lancashire, the Lake District and North Wales. Book an afternoon tea or just call in for lunch, coffee and cake to soak up some history! Private and School tours available year-round with prior arrangement. Sample local produce at the Farmers’ Market on the third Sunday of each month. Stay overnight in the Irishman's Tower. Hoghton Tower is quite simply unique – the perfect setting for your fairy tale wedding. All income benefits the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust.
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JCBShipley
Shipley, UK91 contributions
Friends
We visited on route to a weekend break, having pre-booked the internal house tour - a good choice as it rained all day. We arrived early so had hot drinks and scones in the cafe, at a cost approx £5 each. The anti-virus measures were good, with checks by security on arrival, plentiful sanitiser stations and several reminders to wear face masks. At our booked time, we were met by our guide Sarah who took us on an interesting and informative hour long tour of the house, explaining the exhibits, the several royal visits and other connections with famous people. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject brought the house alive much better than any guide book could. At approx £10 per person, the tours are good value for money, being limited to small groups of 6. Unfortunately the tours do not include the kitchen and other below floor areas at this time, so we will revisit these and the gardens another time on a drier day. In all, a very interesting and enjoyable visit
Written October 3, 2020
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Poosey86
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Couples
We’ve just got home from the ghost tour and it’s been a brilliant night! My husband booked this for me for Christmas. I was dubious at first as I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I wasn’t up for fake footsteps most haunted style or people jumping out at me, but I’m so glad he did now as it was nothing like that.
The building itself is absolutely incredible and we were told it’s the 3rd most haunted place in England. We were greeted at the top of the driveway by a lovely man who showed us where to park. We were then directed to the tea rooms to await the start.
Another lovely gentleman then gave us an intro to the tour and the health and safety talk. He kept it very interesting and atmospheric. After that we were off. We were guided from room to room by our torch bearers and each room had a different guide in costume that told us the tales from the house’s history as well as previous sightings that had happened in that particular room.
There were a few bits of theatrical scares, such as slamming the doors behind you, but none of it was over the top, was done in a way that only made you jump because you were in that setting and they were never passed off as paranormal activity. There was no fake paranormal activity at all. The information provided was incredibly interesting and the guides kept everyone engaged.
At one point in the ballroom I felt like I had an asthma attack starting. I reached into my bag to get my inhaler and my husband whispered that his chest felt tight. As it happened we were stood in a spot where a spirit had supposedly been seen. All feelings of breathlessness passed as soon as we left the room without the need for my inhaler! The underground passages also left me with an overwhelming sense of sadness, even before the guide began to talk which is apparently common, and when the guide in the wine cellars torch began to flash unexpectedly it definitely left us with shivers!
The tour ended with a talk about the history of the place in the banquet hall, which was both beautiful and informative. It was great to chat to them all at the end too.
The building is very cold but we were warned of this prior, and as a 450 year old grade 1 listed building with no heating that’s to be expected!
I would 100% recommend this to others and will definitely be booking a day time tour to find out more about this wonderful place.
Written January 29, 2022
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Anne G
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A lovely visit. The Tour guides were well informed and imparted the history of the building well. The underground passages well worth a visit!

I good lunch in the restaurant and a walk around the gardens.

Every one was really friendly and made you feel very welcome.

Highly recommend a visit.
Written August 11, 2022
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Lynn Mills
Liverpool, UK550 contributions
Friends
Travelled up from Liverpool with hubby and friend. First time visit for us all.
I have to say, that every member of staff were friendly and very knowledgeable.
The house inside was fantastic. The only downside is that you can't take photographs inside, which is understandable as it is the family home of the Hoghtons. There is a guide in each room who are pleased to tell you all about the history. We were very lucky as we got there at a quiet time and the guides spent so much time with us, it was brilliant.
Outside we were free to take as many pictures as we wanted. The gardens were lovely and well maintained. The views are beautiful.
They have on site facilities, toilets are spotless and have a baby change. The tea room was pleasant.
Absolutely enjoyed my visit.
We also popped to the local church, but disappointed to find the De Hoghton family plot so overgrown. Such an important family to the area, I expected better.
Written July 16, 2022
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Jack H
3 contributions
Couples
My girlfriend, her grandad and I when on a tour this afternoon with Lynda and Barbara, who were both very welcoming and very accommodating to her elderly grandad. Would 100% recommend visiting for all ages, a beautiful building and fantastic views of the Lancashire countryside. We will definitely be coming back for the ghost tour in the winter months.
Written July 15, 2022
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Jill J
Lancashire, UK110 contributions
Super afternoon! Right on our doorstep! Our Italian guest was absolutely delighted we chose Hoghton Tower for her! (as were we!).

We opted for the guided tour, cellars and gardens: All great!

Our tour guide, John, was excellent! He explained everything in great detail, and made a special effort to point out all the Italian works of art/objets d'art along the tour.
Highly recommended!

Grazie mille!
Written August 5, 2022
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Tasleem F
Lancashire, UK2 contributions
Family
I would give it a zero if I could!

To turn a young girl away who simply just wanted to take a few pictures in her graduation outfit given the current situation is pathetic when all day long everyday you allow pple to take photography which is on all forms of social media.
Whilst being refused at the main arched entrance we moved to the lower end of the grounds..she put on her outfit and before taking a single photo your team felt the need to send a security personnel with a dog all the way down whilst passing several members of the public who I assume were visiting the Grotto and taking photos on their phones clearly to come to us and escort us to our car stating no photography is allowed.. check your cctv as you could clearly see the brown folk 500 yards down but not the others much nearer!
Prior to this when we approached the main gate where there were queues for the grotto your guard for some reason felt the need to leave his station and walk past the several families wueuing to come straight to us at the rear to ask the purpose of our visit. My daughter at this point was not in her graduation outfit so now brown folk obviously must be in the wrong place as we must not visit santas grotto which obviously is why you felt the need to pick us out to question!

Will be our last visit!
Having been a wedding photographer for several years previously I can tell you that on many occasions I have been on your grounds with couples taking photographs and have never been challenged or refused but that must be as you see it as free publicity may be.

Overall given the current situation I just think its a sorry state of affairs when you pick and choose who you challenge and eject from your grounds
Written December 21, 2020
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Please email us at mail@hoghtontower.co.uk so that we can share our policy for photography at the Tower. At the time of your visit the house and grounds were closed other than for a ticketed event. We look forward to hearing from you.
Written January 1, 2021
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kj-traveller11
Lancashire, UK2 contributions
Family
We booked a family tour around Hoghton Tower and had the guide Eric. He was so knowledgeable, charming and just a wonderful gentleman. I would recommend anyone to take a tour and learn about the history and some interesting facts about Royalty who have stayed.
Eric was very considerate as I struggle walking and directed me to where I could sit down in various rooms.
Written August 29, 2021
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Sandra C
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We visited Hoghton Tower Sunday 29th August for a craft fair. We decided to visit the next week 5th September and we are so happy we did.

Eric our tour guide was really very good. He delivered the information about the residents and the home with such pride, knowledge and was appropriately funny. the 1hour 15 mins flew by even for our 12 year old granddaughter (who has the attention span of a gnat - lovingly). The famous historical people who have lived and visited this residence is quite incredible. Even Prince Philip stayed there and of course the famous 'sir' loin of beef knighted there. It is certainly worth a visit, the gardens were a lovely walk and amily still in bloom.

There is only two more weeks this residence will be open to the public for the summer. Although we were advised every 3rd week there is a farmers market. If nothing else the view is worth a visit. We were told 'ghost' walks will be done over the winter. All in all a good time spent there and certainly not expensive.

The other staff were chatty and very helpful and made you feel very welcome.

Sandra Cameron
Written September 7, 2021
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Keith S
Liskeard, UK75 contributions
Couples
We had an absolutely amazing afternoon at Hoghton Tower. As we were the only two booked on the 2pm tour we had what amounted to a private viewing with Steve our very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable guide. What a lovely, historic and fascinating house. We were so carried away we didn't have time to see the beautiful gardens. There's a tea shop and incredible views......we even had a chat with Sir Bernard de Hoghton at the end. What more could anyone want....you really must visit. Visiting a lived in family house like this is so much a superior experience to the National Trust (and no paternalistic preaching).
Staff everywhere were full of Lancashire friendliness. Wonderful.
Written July 15, 2021
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