Historic Houses

Located at the foot of the West Pennine Moors, Chorley is the southern gateway into Lancashire and what a welcome it is! Situated right on the M61, M6 and M65 motorways, Chorley is at the centre of the North West, making it just a short drive to a great day out.

Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower is a dramatic Manor House that played host to some of the most famous figures in British history, including, it is said, William Shakespeare. During one 17th century feast given in King James’ honour, the king was so moved by his excellent loin of beef that he took his sword and knighted it ‘Sir Loin’ and the sirloin steak was born.

Tours will take you through the many state rooms, the magnificent Banqueting Hall and the romantic Minstrels’ Gallery. For an admission price, you can hear from one of the expert guides about the history of the house, the family and the many guests who have walked through the same rooms.

You can also venture along underground passages and peer into the dungeons and Tudor Well House of the reputedly third most haunted house in Britain. Then visit the permanent Dolls’ House Collection, stroll around the walled gardens, courtyards and along the ramparts, and finish your stay with a visit to the splendid tea room and gift shop.

Hoghton Tower hosts a variety of events throughout the year from classic car shows to antiques fairs, to outdoor concerts, theatre and more.