Find out about heretics, halls and hallowed ground


Uncover Lancashire’s turbulent religious history at stately homes, temples, cathedrals and holy buildings.

Head to Samlesbury Hall, near Preston, a striking stately home famed for its ghostly white lady and religious relics dating back to the Reformation of the 16th century. Visit the deeply atmospheric Whalley Abbey and Sawley Abbey, and wander through the centuries-old ruins, wondering what the walls would say if they could only speak. The imposing Stonyhurst College in Hurst Green holds the largest collection of religious relics in Britain; guided tours operate in the summer months. Well worth visiting are the architecturally stunning Mormon temple in Chorley and Blackburn Cathedral, home to the first newly built cloisters in over 600 years. 

Lancashire is in northwest England, around 250 miles (400 km) from London, and 60 miles (97 km) from Manchester.

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