Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower






01254 85 2986

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Hoghton Tower is one of Lancashire’s gems. A Tudor – Elizabethan manor and the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, the Tower stands proudly on its hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. Join a guided tour of the panelled state rooms. Stroll through the beautiful walled gardens and take in the views. Kids will love the underground passages, the ramparts, dungeons and Dolls House collection. Browse the gift shop and finish your day out in the tea room. Each month, come to our Farmers Market. Private party venue and accommodation on site. All income benefits the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

11am-5pm most bank holidays and Sundays to Thursday between July and September. Private and school tours year round with prior booking. Venue hire and accommodation year round.

Admission charges

Gift Aid Admission charges apply for grounds admission and guided tours. Separate charges for events in grounds.
Private hire and accommodation bookable in advance.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Ghostly image of Hoghton Tower

Ghostly Evenings at Hoghton Tower

  • 31 October — 1 November 2014
  • 14 — 15 November 2014 7-10pm

As you ascend the long drive of reputedly the third most haunted house in Britain we will be waiting for you. A glass of mulled wine to take away the chill prepares you for what is to follow. Silent torchbearers guide you through the darkened halls of the Tower, where you will encounter spectres from the past who regale you with ghostly happenings from across the centuries.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Tickets £28.95 (plus booking fee) are available only through Ticketline – phone 0844 888 9991 or visit http://www.ticketline.co.uk/a-ghostly-evening-at-hoghton-tower



Crafty Vintage Weekender

  • 8 — 9 November 2014 10am-4pm

Hoghton Tower was a new venue for Crafty Vintage Fairs in May 2014. It has proved to be one of the most popular vintage craft fairs in Lancashire.

It was a fantastic success with 1000’s of visitors each day who asked when is the next one!
So back by popular demand Crafty Vintage will roll out their Weekender again on Saturday the 8th and 9th of November, for a fabulous weekend to ease you into the festive spirit and celebrate all things crafty and all things vintage.


With an eclectic mix of over 60 of the finest and friendliest, creative folk from all over the UK, who are constantly hunting, gathering and making their wares especially for you!
Lots of amazing goodies for you to treat yourself or someone else.


Free face painting and our ever so popular “Brian the Magician” who keeps everyone mesmerised for hours will ensure that the youngsters can enjoy all the fun of the fair!


A delightful array of mouth watering feasts awaits you, from all over the globe.
Arrive early for breakfast, stay for lunch and take home your dinner!


We have pulled out all stops to entertain you!
Our popular resident entertainers, Vintage Personality of 2104 Miss Kiki Deville and Mr Baxter Rhodes will sing all the songs you know and love and ensure your weekend goes with a swing.


Signature cocktails and mocktails from the decadent “pop up bar” installed especially for the weekend, will ensure that you can have a well deserved rest after all your shopping, sip on a delicious cocktail and soak up the atmosphere in true Crafty Vintage style.
Entry £2
Free under 16yrs
Free parking

All stallholder enquiries to hello@craftyvintage.com

House open for guided tours 11am to 3.30pm with the last tour at 2pm. Gift Aid admission to the house: adults £8, children & concessions £6.

Vaio Room tea room for homemade cakes and winter warmers.

Hoghton Tower Gift Shop open for more ‘not on the high street’, original gift ideas.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£2 per person
Under 16's free.

Merchant of Hoghton Farmers' Market

  • 16 November 2014 10am-2pm

Admission £1 per car to the market. Pedestrians 50p. House open for guided tours 11am to 3.30pm, including family-friendly tours. Admission for house tours: adults £8, children and concessions £6. Tea room and gift shop open.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£1 per car
50p for pedestrians



Lancashire Day Celebration

  • 27 November 2014 7-10pm

Come and help us celebrate our red rose county day in true Lancashire style with entertainment courtesy of the one and only Tacklers’ Tales aka Sid Calderbank and Mark Dowding. Listen and laugh along to songs, stories and poems from Old Lancashire, then break for a delicious hot pot supper (what else?!) before returning for more mill workers’ ditties and daft monologues from the Victorian Music Halls.

Pre-booking is essential for this popular event. Tickets available from the Hoghton Tower office – 01254 852986.

Suitable for

  • Any age





12 Days of Christmas

  • 7 December 2014 2-4pm, 6-8pm

Hoghton Tower will be the setting for a Christmas show with a difference this year. Great for all the family, young and old!

The Twelve Days of Christmas follows Miss Elizabeth Fairfax and her rather unusual Christmas of 1895. Mr Edward Fitzwilliam is in love with Miss Fairfax, but since she is a ‘most charming and dear creature; no ordinary wooing will do.’ Watch in delight as Miss Fairfax tries to cope with a few ‘extraordinary’ presents and the most ridiculous 12 days of her life

What the critics said:

“The team managed to deliver a sugar-coated wrapping containing absurd humour, surprises, song and dance, sparkling repartee with the audience, and a heart-warming message. Can live theatre get any better than that?”

What the audiences said:

“Brilliant! Laughed a lot! Would love to see more of your shows.”

“Absolutely brilliant. Well worth the journey. I don’t know how you managed all those costume changes.”

Other useful information:

- Tickets are available via Ticketline on www.ticketline.co.uk or 0844 8889991

– Show is suitable for all the family

– Free parking available

– Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the show at 6pm. There will be a 15 minute interval.

– There is no assigned seating.

– Please note that due to the construction of this ancient building, wheelchair access is limited. Please call before booking.

– Please note that the auditorium will be heated but due to the construction of this ancient stone building, it may still be cold so please wrap up warm for the shows.

– A bar serving drinks and light refreshments will be available before the show and during the intervals

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £14
Students/Children £10

Christmas Craftacular & Christmas Storytelling with Sue Allonby

  • 14 December 2014 11am-3pm

A wonderful fair to find original and personal handmade gifts which you certainly won’t see on the high street! Music and food also available.

Between 11am and 3pm, huddle up in front of the roaring log fire and listen to enchanting tales for young and old alike with professional storyteller Sue Allonby. Admission £2 per person. Places strictly limited.

House open for guided tours 11am to 3.30pm with the last tour at 2pm. Gift Aid admission: adults £8, children & concessions £6.

Tea room and gift shop open.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£2 per person

Christmas Twilight Tour & Tea

  • 19 — 20 December 2014 3-6pm

Take a magical journey through the lower floors of Hoghton Tower all beautifully decorated for Christmas. Find out how Christmas was celebrated, from food to decoration, from 1565 onwards…some time travel involved. Tudor, Georgian and Victorian Christmas traditions will be relived in these historic rooms.

Start you tour with a glass of warming mulled wine next to the open fire in our beautiful Smoking Room. You will then be guided through the beautifully decorated rooms. The tour will end in the Banqueting Hall with some music and singing to get you in the festive spirit. Your day will finish with a delicious, homemade festive Afternoon Tea in the Vaio Room.

Please call the Hoghton Tower office on 01254 85 2986 to book your place. Numbers limited to 25 per tour.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£24 per person

A Magical Meeting with Father Christmas

  • 21 December 2014

Creep into our magnificent Banqueting Hall beautifully decorated in time for the festive season. Father Christmas will be waiting for children young (and old) next to the roaring fire. Tell him what you would like for Christmas and receive a gift from under the tree.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


Tickets £5 per child available on the day. One adult free per child.

Merchant of Hoghton Christmas Market

  • 21 December 2014 10am-3pm

Lots of lovely food for your Christmas celebrations here at the Tower.

Admission £1 per car to the market. Pedestrians 50p.

Tea room and gift shop open.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£1 per car
50p for pedestrians

Warnings to the Curious: The Ghost Stories of M.R. James

  • 28 February 2015 7-9pm

his production is an original one-man stage show based on some of the Edwardian era’s greatest ghost stories. Atmospheric and with flashes of macabre humour, this play is guaranteed to raise the goose-flash and to make audiences fear that, after all… perhaps there ARE such things as ghosts…

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£14 Adults
£10 Children/Concession