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Steeped in history and commanding breathtaking views across Lancashire, Hoghton Tower offers something for everyone at all times of year.

Plan your fairytale wedding, take a tour round the house, wander through the gardens, sample local produce at the Farmers’ Market, or just call in for coffee and cake to soak up some history!

Hoghton Tower, a Grade I listed building, is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family. The de Hoghtons are descended directly from Harvey de Walter, one of the companions of William the Conqueror, and through the female line from Lady Godiva of Coventry, wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia.

Re-created in 1565 by Thomas Hoghton, this ancient, fortified, hilltop manor house occupies a commanding position, 650ft above sea level. 

Today’s opening hours

Open Season 8th April to 6th October 2019.

For closed season October to March see online events page



Open Season 8th April to 6th October 2019.

For closed season October to March see online events page

Find Us
Find us

M65/J3. Between Preston & Blackburn on A675.


Historic Houses members visit for free.

House and grounds

Adults: £11 (£10 without Gift Aid)
Concessions:  £9 (£8.10 without Gift Aid)
Gardens only:  £2.20 (£2 without Gift Aid)
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children): £33 (£30 without Gift Aid)

More admission details

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Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome groups of 20 or more to the Tower all year round. Advance booking is essential.

For a private tour, it is £8 per person.

Call Kasia on 01254 852986.

Fun Facts

Over the centuries many royal guests have been welcomed and entertained here including James I, William III, George V & Queen Mary, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

Other distinguished visitors include William Shakespeare, JMW Turner and Charles Dickens.



Hoghton Tower offers majestic and inspirational surroundings and is available for exclusive use to celebrate your special day.

The Inner Courtyard provides an intimate setting for a string quartet and canapé reception.

The magnificent Banqueting Hall, where King James I knighted the loin of beef ‘Sir Loin’, is perfect for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. By day, the room enjoys natural light through four thousand panes of glass. By night, an open log fire and music from the Minstrels’ Gallery create a truly memorable experience.

The dramatic King’s Hall is transformed into an elegant bar, whilst coffee is served in the cosy Smoking Room with impressive stone fireplace and club fender surround.

The Tudor Gardens are a photographer’s dream. Clipped yew trees lead to the ramparts, castellated walls, fountain and fairytale turret with commanding views across Lancashire, the Lake District and North Wales.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Sitting amidst immaculate gardens and grounds, with easy access to the  M6, M65 and M61, and only 15 minutes from Preston station, the House has a number of unique function rooms. The gardens and grounds provide the ideal setting for product launches and team building sessions with fantastic views.

These exclusive and inspirational surroundings, complemented by roaring log fires, friendly and professional service and first-class catering, are the trademarks we look forward to sharing with you during your time at Hoghton Tower.

School Visits

At Hoghton Tower we love to bring history to life and strongly believe in combining learning with a large dose of fun!

Hoghton Tower is perfect for an inspirational, educational visit. Our experienced guidescan give educational tours to children and students of all ages to suit the school curriculum.

We don’t do boring bits! Our tours are interesting and informative – a learning experience with role-play (the Knighting of the Loin of Beef), mounting excitement as they walk through the underground passages to the dungeons, and surprises as they spot the hairy mouse and discover the miniature dolls’ houses.