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More opportunities to visit Hoghton Tower

Wednesday, 30th April 2014

This year, for the first time in its very long history, Hoghton Tower will be opening its doors to the public for an extended season from May to October.

In previous years house opening has been restricted to just three months of the year: July, August and September. However, due to feedback from visitors and an ever-increasing interest in the Tower, the Trustees have taken the unprecedented decision to open for a further three months.

On a trip to the Tower, visitors can look forward to a guided tour with one of our expert volunteers who will share fascinating insights into the unique history of the house and the lives of those who have lived there. A calendar of additional regular attractions is also being planned for house open days, including Tudor-themed cookery and music features for the grown-ups and our ever-popular historical adventures and art workshops for children. The Vaio Tea Room, recently refurbished and now under the expert guidance of Lead Chef Simon Gouldsbrough, will also be open for hot meals, light snacks, refreshments and, of course, afternoon tea. The walled gardens, each with their own distinctive style, are a perfect place to while away the hours with a book or an easel or just listening to the wonderful array of birdsong.

Says Scott Morley, Director of the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust: ‘We’re delighted to be opening our doors to the public earlier this year. We hope it will give many more people the opportunity to come and experience our magnificent house and grounds as well as attending the full calendar of special events that we have planned for the summer months. There really is something for everyone this year at Hoghton Tower!’

The open season at Hoghton Tower begins this coming Sunday, 4th May and continues until Thursday 30th October. During this period, the house, grounds and tea room will be open every Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 5pm, with the last tour beginning at 4pm.  Admission charges for house tours: adults £8, children and concessions £6. Further details are available at http://www.hoghtontower.co.uk/explore/  or by contacting the Hoghton Tower office – 01254 852986 or mail@hoghtontower.co.uk . Further details of special events at the Tower can be found at www.hoghtontower.co.uk/events.

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Lisa Brice at Hoghton Tower – lisab@hoghtontower.co.uk or phone 01254 852986

Hoghton Tower, a Grade I listed building, is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family. Re-created in 1565 by Thomas Hoghton, this ancient, fortified, hilltop manor house is the only true baronial hall in Lancashire. With the creation of the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust in 1978, the Tower today has become a destination for culture, education and entertainment. Walled gardens and imposing state rooms provide an impressive backdrop for family days out, a weekend stay, weddings and celebrations, corporate away days and cultural and educational events. From the past to the present, the house has many tales to tell, from the visit of King James I in 1617 to a troupe of Shakespearian actors arriving by bicycle to entertain the crowds in 2014. 

The house is open for special events and private group tours throughout the year, and from May to October for guided tours Monday to Thursday and Sundays. All admission and venue hire charges support the work of the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust – keeping heritage alive for future generations. Registered Charity Number 508357.

www.hoghtontower.co.uk

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