Wander through Lancashire’s stunning historic houses and imagine the many extraordinary episodes and events that have played out within their walls.
Choose from four historic homes to explore, each fascinating in different ways. Gawthorpe Hall is Lancashire's very own 'Downton Abbey'. The striking Elizabethan house is famed for its architecture and extensive textile collection. Hoghton Tower celebrates its 450th anniversary in 2015, still in prime condition as an attraction and hotel – its tower has spectacular views of its landmark driveway, and it is famous for being where James I knighted a cut of beef – 'Sir Loin' – in 1617. Fourteen generations of the same family have lived at 16th century Browsholme Hall, and there’s a good chance of you bumping into family members on a tour of the house. Also a family home, Leighton Hall was owned by a renowned furniture-making family during the 19th century and has stunning views across Morecambe Bay.
Lancashire is in northwest England, around 250 miles (400 km) from London, and 60 miles (97 km) from Manchester.