Browsholme Hall has been the ancestral home of the Parkers, Bowbearers of the Forest of Bowland since Tudor times.
Today it is still the family's home and Robert and Amanda Parker invite visitors to enjoy its magnificent architecture, fabulous interiors, antique furnishings and lovely gardens.
Visitors will not only view the remarkable antiquarian collection, but gain the genuine atmosphere of an historic family home. Superb oak chests, Gillow furniture, portraits, porcelain, civil war arms and many unique relics including mementoes of Bonnie Prince Charlie and even a fragment of a Zeppelin reflect the continuous occupation by the Parkers for over 500 years.
Today’s opening hours
Bank Holiday 26th August: 11.30am – 4.00pm.
Every Wednesday: May to September: 11.30am – 4.00pm.
Sunday 2nd June & 1st September: 11.30am – 4.00pm.
Bank Holiday Monday 27th May & 26th August: 11.30am – 4.00pm.
Christmas Open Sundays TBA for 2019: 11.30am – 3.00pm.
Browsholme is situated 5 miles NW of Clitheroe and, from most directions, best approached via Whalley on the A59 between Preston and Skipton.
Infrequent train services to Clitheroe can be made from Manchester and Preston, and thereafter by taxi.
Car park on site
Tiger 01200 444444
Historic Houses members visit for free except during Christmas opening.
House & Gardens
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Access statement available
- Touch tours
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
- Guide dogs welcome
Booked parties and groups are welcome at other times by prior arrangement, including the ‘special week’ before Christmas when the Hall is decorated in style for the family.
Our guided tours (approx. 1 hour) are tailored for all ages and interests and will captivate all those who enjoy the rich heritage that a unique and ancient Lancastrian home has to offer.
A word from the owner
I unexpectedly inherited Browsholme in 1975 from a distant cousin, to find the Hall in a great state of disrepair; the water supply poisonous, the electricity supply dangerous, no kitchen, no bathrooms, no sanitation and no central heating. The Hall is now completely restored, and lived in throughout by the family, a complete transformation over forty years.
Browsholme has a cursed skull, said to have been a martyr from the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1545 that cannot be moved from the house without some disaster befalling the family. Such artefacts are known as "memento mori", reminding people of their mortality.
Built in 1507 and steeped in history, Browsholme Hall is the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire. Close to the house itself, enjoying the same lovely rural setting is the 17-century Tithe Barn wedding venue. In addition is the halls location in the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We aim to allow the bride and groom as much choice and assistance as possible in planning their wedding. Whether it’s sack races on the lawn, a horse and carriage or even a helicopter. Our couples can relax knowing that we will be able to help make their dream a reality.
The barn has been restored and converted into a unique new venue for weddings for up to 120 guests. It has beautiful traditional features and two magnificent spaces can either be used together or on their own. The latest innovations in lighting, video, sound systems and catering facilities have been seamlessly integrated.
For entertainment at the reception or afterwards you may like to consider garden games, a conjurer, vocalist or string quartet or maybe jazz. Then in the evening we have a range of popular live bands or discotheques to chose or book your own favourite.
Heritage weddings take place within the Hall for up to 40 guests. Imagine your wedding ceremony held in the Regency Drawing Room, followed by a reception in the antiquarian splendor of the Main Hall. A wedding breakfast in the State Dining Room then to the Tithe Barn for dancing.
Our couples are encouraged to suggest their themes and colour co-ordination, decide on a choice of formal or informal service. Traditional or unusual food and bespoke menu’s will offered to you by our exclusive caterers. Then from an extensive list to decide on fine wines, beer and other beverages.
A beautiful Grade II listed, two bedroom historic holiday cottage situated in the tranquil grounds of Browsholme Hall. It is a perfect base from which to explore the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the historic towns of Lancaster and Skipton and the many award winning restaurants and pubs nearby. The Mews Cottage was completely refurbished in 2011 and retains many of its original features.
For summer 2018 up to ten micro lodges, situated in woodland near the Tithe Barn, will be available to reserve before and after weddings.
Looking for a special way to entertain your customers and suppliers, or a reward for your team, Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn have a bespoke hospitality solution for your company.
The Hall, the oldest surviving home in Lancashire, cannot fail to impress while the Tithe Barn is a blank canvas that can be transformed for any event.
In the magnificent parkland or woodland and lakes, we can arrange special activities to entertain your clients.