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“House Tour”
Review of Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Hoghton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 tour of the panelled state rooms to hear about the history of the house, the family and the distinguished guests who have enjoyed the house over the centuries. Stroll through the beautiful walled gardens and take in the views. Kids will love the underground passages, the ramparts, dungeons and Dolls House collection. Take a browse in the gift shop and finish your day out in the tea room. Private and School tours available year round with prior arrangement. On the third Sunday of each month, come to our Farmers Market – ‘The Merchant of Hoghton’- a celebration of regional produce. Hoghton Tower can be hired on an exclusive basis for your private pary or wedding. Stay overnight in the Irishman's Tower. All income from tours benefits the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust – preserving heritage for all.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Lancashire England
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“House Tour”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

Visited with my 5yrs old grandaughter during half term "family week". We were greeted on arrival by the guides suitably dressed in costumes. The children were encouraged to dress up in the costumes provided or come in their own outfits. Richard led us through the house room by room taking us through the history with interesting stories for both adults and children who eagerly volunteered to join in scenes such as being knighted by the king. The tour ended with a visit to the dungeons,then the wishing well, the children having been given the necessary penny. A falconry display followed which had to be shortened because of the bad weather. The only disappointment was the Tea Room which was totally inadequately staffed with just one person behind the counter literally taking orders to the kitchen, managing the coffee machine,waiting on the tables and manning the till. The menu lacked even a simple sandwich! The extensive grounds had trails to follow which we didn't attempt.

Visited February 2014
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HoghtonTower, General Manager at Hoghton Tower, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Thank you so much for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed the half term activities and look forward to welcoming you back. Children enjoy using the costumes to get into the spirit of the event. Our apologies the tea room wasn't fully open for the season, as per our signage a new menu for the season is coming soon. If your visit was on Friday 21st February, after a week of half term activities and house tours, Hoghton Tower was open until mid day and we were more than pleased to see visitors still here after mid day. Thank you once again.
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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“Great half term day our”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

We had a lovely day here with our 2 girls. We had a tour which was great for the kids seeing inside an ancient house, with child friendly bits like a dolls house collection & christening gowns. We followed a trail to answer clues & also had a session handling creepy crawlies! We had a great time, reasonably priced & very friendly staff. Would definitely recommend for a local day out with kids, especially with the events on for the holidays

Visited February 2014
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HoghtonTower, General Manager at Hoghton Tower, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Thank you for your review, we are very pleased your family enjoyed your visit to Hoghton Tower during half term. Hope we will see you again soon. Our website & facebook has lots of useful information & listings of events coming up. Many Thanks.
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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“Homely”
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Despite Hoghton Tower being such a large pile it still feels like a home and I felt privileged to have been granted permission to wander around.

For those wanting a more interactive experience, Hoghton Tower is not the place for you as it isn't a theme park, it is a private home opened for you to enjoy. I hate guided tours and much prefer to wander and read the building for myself of which I was able to do, and all rounded off with tea before cycling home.

Keep up the good work!

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HoghtonTower, General Manager at Hoghton Tower, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hoghton Tower appreciates your review and pleased you enjoyed your visit. The Preservation Trust works hard to provide tours which appeal to a large audience and a variety of events which are listed on our website. Hope the weather stayed fine for your cycle home. Thank you again.
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Haslingden, United Kingdom
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“School trip”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

I took 26 8 and 9 year olds and we all had a great time. The drive up to the attraction was amazing and we were greeted by a 'jester', a 'housemaid' and a 'butler'. The day was full and our guides (both volunteers) were super. They made the experience come alive offering lots of information in their own unique style. Our visit was made even more exciting when the local fire brigade turned up after a fire evacuation (precautionary thankfully) Barbara our guide came onto our coach and kept the children entertained whilst we had the all clear to go back into the building. Everyone, children and adults had a thoroughly super time especially as some of us came home with new Lord and Lady titles, after being knighted in the great hall. I would thoroughly recommend a visit.

Visited January 2014
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HoghtonTower, General Manager at Hoghton Tower, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Thank you very much for your review, Hoghton Tower are pleased the children had a wonderful time. The Jester, Housemaid & Butler will be pleased. We hope to see you again soon.
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“Fun Filled Castles Topic Trip to Hoghton Tower”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

We took KS1 children from Euxton C.E. Primary School to Hoghton Tower as part of our Castles topic. The children were even more excited about going on the trip when they received a post card from Anona the day before. There was a warm welcome from Anona, Richard and Janet as we got off the bus and we wasted no time before dressing up as knights, lords and ladies. The tour around the house was age appropriate, very informative and interactive. In the afternoon the children braved going down into the dungeons and dropped a penny into the wishing well. On the whole a fantastic day out and experience for the children to relate to when going back to the classroom. Lots of children commented on it being their favourite trip to date and wanted to make a return visit with their families. Thank you for a memorable day!

Visited February 2014
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