Take a step back in time into the friendliest old house in Lancashire – Samlesbury Hall

Stroll through the historic rooms at Samlesbury Hall with award-winning tour guides, meander through the hall and charming grounds at your leisure or enjoy an afternoon tea by the courtyard fountain on a summer’s day.

The hall is open all year round and on Sundays there are free guided tours, or private tours can be arranged for parties of 20 or more, with lunch or afternoon tea. Tours can be enjoyed with the award-winning guides, who will enthral you with tales of beheadings to bewitchings that have taken place over the centuries. During school holidays, activities will be taking place (with a small fee).
At Samlesbury Hall entry is free and there is no charge to park. However, as a charity they do rely on all income and donations to stay open for you to enjoy. Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a lead and outside. Poop-scooping essential!

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 bygone times in the archive rooms. Saved from demolition in the 1920s by six local businessmen, it remains in the care of the Charitable Trust whose aim is to maintain and keep the Grade I listed hall and grounds open for you to enjoy.
From the Tudor priest holes to the Victorian kitchen, Samlesbury Hall has a backstory for all ages. With the turbulent tales of its Catholic families, witches and the haunting of Lady Dorothy (and other ghost stories), visitors have a captivating insight into life from the early 14th to the 21st century – all waiting to be discovered.

A visit to the Samlesbury Hall gift shop is not what you would expect from a historic house. The shelves are brimming with local produce, the best lemon curd in Lancashire, the finest chocolates, crisps, coffees, real ales, biscuits and enough soft drinks to make a memorable mocktail. There are also luxury gifts including Dora Designs, Gisela Graham, Willowtree, Bathhouse, Sass & Belle and a plethora of quality scented candles, all which can be beautifully gift wrapped.


The Restaurant
Awarded the highest quality taste award from Visit Lancashire, you can be sure of a delicious lunch in the Samlesbury Hall restaurant. From a la carte to soup and a sandwich, not forgetting children’s meals – you can be sure it’s all cooked to order and homemade. Afternoon tea? Treat yourself to an elegant afternoon tea. A great gift idea!

Dottie’s Wafflery
Made every day on sizzling irons, enjoy your waffle with bananas, berries and your choice of the myriad of tempting Moo2You ice-creams. Sixty jars of sweeties, milkshakes, sundaes, even a takeaway waffle cone – you won’t leave hungry!

No picnics please!
Samlesbury Hall relies on the income it makes from the delicious food and drink sold which enables them to keep their doors open for free!


The Mayflower
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 menagerie!
See pygmy goats, pigs, miniature sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and rescued ex-battery hens, plus be fascinated by the working hives of honey bees at the bee centre (safely behind glass!).

Holiday fun
Don’t miss Betsy Bumblebee at the hall throughout the summer holidays – a small charge for children applies, book your tickets online!

Accommodation in the grounds of the hall comes in the form of luxurious en-suite shepherd’s huts… spend a summer’s evening with your friends and family, and toast marshmallows on the open fire. Follow up a great night’s sleep with a full English in the restaurant.

Exclusive use of a 14th century manor house is a rare thing so if you’re looking for the best day of your life, you’ve found it. Licensed to marry, the hall offers the complete day and evening, with accommodation for up to 100 guests. With their own team of award-winning chefs, together with silver service trained staff, you are guaranteed a memorable day.

Opening hours
Sunday to Friday: 10am – 4pm Closed every Saturday and occasionally on Fridays, please check the website before you travel

Samlesbury Hall
Preston New Road, Samlesbury PR5 0UP
01254 812010



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