Samlesbury Hall

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Samlesbury Hall is Lancashire's foremost ancestral home offering a variety of facilities ensuring a great day out. Samlesbury Hall boasts three main galleries that show new and exciting exhibitions from a variety of different artistic disciplines. The exhibitions at the Hall are changed every two months.
The Hall also offers a fantastic restaurant and cafe, gift shop,antiques and numerous events throughout the year.Historical tours are offered and opportunities for school children to learn through living history activities.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Mon-Friday 11.00-16.00 closed Sat for private functions Sun11.00-16.00.

Closed: Most Saturdays for private functions

Admission charges

Adults £3.00
Children £1.00

Getting there

from M6 junction 31, travel 3 miles along A59 & A677 signposted Blackburn

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Pedlar's Trunk

  • 18 September 2014 — 18 September 2015 *on now

In the recent British Museum Exhibition "Shakespeare: Staging the World" a large chest was displayed; called the Stonyhurst chest or the Pedlar’s trunk. It contained a series of Catholic vestments, rosaries and a chalice.

The chest, dating from the 17th century was found at Samlesbury Hall in the 19th Century and subsequently put up for auction and donated to Stonyhurst College.

The chest is believed it to be either for a travelling priest to practice Mass at various Catholic safe houses or the Hall’s own personal Mass kit hidden in a Priest hole.

Samlesbury Hall has several priest holes throughout the house, some of which have been destroyed in later renovations. As the Hall was a prominent Catholic Safe House it is more likely that the Chest belonged to the Hall and was used by visiting priests.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply


Getting there

from M6 junction 31, travel 3 miles along A59 & A677 signposted Blackburn

Samlesbury Hall
Preston New Road

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014




Hall number

01254 812010


01254 812174

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