stately homes gardens etc in Lancashire
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Stately Homes & Gardens in Lancashire

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Lancashire Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

Winter Gardens:

Marvel at the gilded exuberance of Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, newly restored to pristine glory. This is quite simply one of the most amazing buildings in the world. As if the renowned Empress Ballroom and Opera House - Britain’s biggest theatre - weren’t enough, the architects crammed the sprawling 41/2 acre site with bits and pieces from dream palaces of a dozen ages and cultures. Vast yet full of intimate corners, the Winter Gardens is partly Tudor England, partly Strauss’s Vienna, partly Seville in its golden age, partly ancient Rome - in fact, wholly fantastic and wholly Blackpool.

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Stanley Park:

With so many exciting attractions in Blackpool, some people like to slip away to tranquillity. Once you have visited the beautiful Stanley Park you will return again and again. Situated less than two miles from the seafront, the 256 acre park is the place for those more leisurely pursuits. The 26 acre lake, partly enclosed by woodland is the perfect setting for a quiet cruise by motor boat, rowing or pedal boat. There are six superb bowling greens and two 18-hole putting greens and numerous tennis courts.

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Gawthorpe Hall

Padiham, nr Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 8UA
Tel: 01282 771004    Fax: 01282 770178/776663
E-mail: gawthorpehall@nationaltrust.org.uk
Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Gawthorpe Hall Photo © John Darch
Gawthorpe Hall - ~
Photo: John Darch CCL


River Calder Photo © Dave B
River Calder -
Photo: Dave B CCL

 

Elizabethan house with rich interiors and an important textile collection.

This imposing house, set in tranquil grounds in the heart of urban Lancashire, resembles the great Hardwick Hall and is very probably by the same architect, Robert Smythson.

In the middle of the 19th century Sir Charles Barry was commissioned to restore the house, thereby creating the opulent interiors we see today.

The long gallery is hung with portraits of society figures from the 17th century, some of the paintings being on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

Several rooms display part of the unparalleled international collection of needlework, lace and costume assembled by the last family member to live here, Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth.

The wooded park and riverside location offer good summer walks.


Discount National Trust Membership

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Rufford Old Hall

Rufford, nr Ormskirk, L40 1SG
Tel: 01704 821254    Fax: 01704 823823
E-mail: ruffordoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk
Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk


Rufford Old Hall -
Photo: Doug Elliot CCL


Rufford Old Hall -
Photo: Doug Elliot CCL

 

One of Lancashire’s finest 16th-century buildings.


The spectacular Great Hall has an intricately carved ‘moveable’ wooden screen and dramatic hammer-beam roof.


Evidence suggests that Shakespeare performed in this hall for the owner, Sir Thomas Hesketh, whose family owned Rufford for over 400 years.


The house contains fine collections of 16th- and 17th-century oak furniture, arms, armour and tapestries.


The grounds are laid out in late Victorian style and feature a herbaceous border, orchard, topiary, sculpture and a woodland walk.


Discount National Trust Membership

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Browsholme Hall

Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3DE
Tel: 01254 826719     E-mail: enquiries@browsholme.co.uk
Web: www.browsholme.co.uk

The ancestral home of the Parker Family was built in 1507, today Robert and Amanda Parker invite guests into their home for conferences, corporate hospitality, musical events, craft fairs and open days.

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Leighton Hall

Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9ST
Tel: 01524 734474    Fax: 01524 720357
E-mail: info@leightonhall.co.uk
Web: www.leightonhall.co.uk

Home to the Gillow family, known international for their furniture making skills, Leighton Hall highlights include the Gothic towers, beautiful gardens and trained birds of prey. Open to the public from May through September.

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Samlesbury Hall

Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 OUP
Tel: 01254 812010    Fax: 01254 812174
E-mail: enquiries@samlesburyhall.co.uk
Web: www.samlesburyhall.co.uk

A 14th Century Manor House open to the public every day, except Saturdays (closed for weddings). Henry VIII hosts free guided tours every Sunday starting around 11.15am.

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