Overview

Turton Tower is a house that has been evolving over the last 600 years.

From a stone tower house in the 1400s to the home of the Tudor Orrell and, later the Victorian Kay Families, Turton Tower has been altered and adapted to suit the needs and tastes of those who lived here. It is because of these changes that Turton Tower is of national importance and unique in Northwest England. Today it still captures the spirit of those ages and displays some of the finest paintings and furniture in the region.


Today
Today’s opening hours

April: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 13th
May: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 25th
June: Wednesday to Sunday
July: Wednesday to Sunday
August: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 31st
September: Wednesday to Sunday
October: Wednesday to Sunday until October 25th

Opening
Opening

2020

21st March to 25th October: Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm and every Bank Holiday.

  • March :Wednesday to Sunday from March 21st
  • April: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 13th
  • May: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 25th
  • June: Wednesday to Sunday
  • July: Wednesday to Sunday
  • August: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 31st
  • September: Wednesday to Sunday
  • October: Wednesday to Sunday until October 25th

Find Us
Find us

The nearest train station is at Bromley Cross. Turton Tower is a 30 minute walk from the train station.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Weddings

The lawn/grounds are available for hire and are suitable for marquees to hold weddings or parties.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Guest parking

Today
Today’s opening hours

April: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 13th
May: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 25th
June: Wednesday to Sunday
July: Wednesday to Sunday
August: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 31st
September: Wednesday to Sunday
October: Wednesday to Sunday until October 25th

Opening
Opening

2020

21st March to 25th October: Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm and every Bank Holiday.

  • March :Wednesday to Sunday from March 21st
  • April: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 13th
  • May: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 25th
  • June: Wednesday to Sunday
  • July: Wednesday to Sunday
  • August: Wednesday to Sunday also Monday 31st
  • September: Wednesday to Sunday
  • October: Wednesday to Sunday until October 25th

Find Us
Find us

The nearest train station is at Bromley Cross. Turton Tower is a 30 minute walk from the train station.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available

Other opening

Prices for non-members

Adult - £6 Concession

£5 Children (accompanied) - FREE

Turton Tower Gift Shop

is located in the Victorian servant’s hall, the Gift Shop is open to all and offers a wide range of quality handmade toys, gifts, novelty goods and pocket money items.

The gift shop is open from March to October
Wednesday to Sunday; including bank holidays, 11.00am to 4.00pm.

The Adventure Playground

Let the children discover the elements by playing outdoors in the woodland-inspired play area, free of charge.

With climbing frames and high nets, our adventure playground gives children the chance to go wild in the woodland.

The Kitchen Garden Group

Set in the tranquil gardens of Turton Tower, the Kitchen garden is open throughout the year to visitors, walkers and the local community. It is set on a sloping site, with four large beds and borders which have been subdivided for vegetables, herbaceous perennials, summer annuals, soft fruit and a variety of fruit trees. Spring bulbs give a fine and increasing display from late February to early April.

Good paths give access to the entire garden, and in the winter of 2015/2016, these were resurfaced by the volunteer gardeners to make them cleanly accessible whether on foot, in a wheelchair or with a pushchair (using materials from a Big Lottery Fund grant).

The garden was established in Victorian times but fell into disuse and became badly overgrown in the 20th century, though it was worked for a few years during and shortly after WW2. The project to restore it began in 2008 by a committed enthusiastic group of volunteers. The garden was completely covered with brambles, ferns, old bushes and trees – unrecognisable as a garden. It took the volunteers two years to clear it; a lot of sweat and tears included! The Kitchen Garden is now an attractive, functioning garden which continues to develop to retain and increase both interest and structure.

Find out more here


School Visits

Schools, colleges, scouts, guides, local groups and societies are all welcome to explore the delightful Tower house and gardens.

Guided tours can be arranged for parties of 10 or more at a day and time which is convenient for your group. For more information call Turton Tower on 01204 852203,  e-mail –  turtontower@blackburn.gov.uk or fill out the form below and we’ll contact you.

For more information about educational visits, please e-mail the education coordinator at turtontower@blackburn.gov.uk or visit: https://simplyschools.org.uk/lancashire/venues/turton-tower/

Built as a stone tower in the 1400’s, this ancient house was a family home for 500 years.  A visit here will give your pupils an insight into how those people lived their lives, long ago.  We offer a range of activities for school groups, which use both the house and its garden.

Our staff know that all classes differ in their needs and abilities and are happy to tailor a session to your particular class.


Turton Tower's history and features

There has been much discussion over the years as to the derivation of the name “Turton” and whether there was a pre-existing tower or defensive structure before the present Tower in the 1420s. Turton Moor was inhabited in pre-Christian times and there is believed to have been an early settlement near Torra Barn.

We do know that the de Torboc family held the Manor of Turton from the Lord of Manchester from 1212 until 1431 when Elizabeth de Torboc married William Orrell from Wigan, whose father was a cousin of Lord Stanley. The Tower at Turton has been described as a Pele tower or a tower house, but it is as likely to have been built to offer protection for the Orrells from the de Torbocs rather than from raiders from across the border. The stone tower was built first, and in 1533 Ralph Orrell extended the living accommodation with a cruck-framed building built at right angles, but not attached to the stone edifice, and shortly afterwards with a second similar addition.

By 1620 the Orrells were greatly in debt and by 1628 they had no choice but to sell the Tower and lands to Humphrey Chetham. The Orrells continued to live on at the Tower until 1647, as Humphrey Chetham chose to live elsewhere.

During the Civil War (1642-1651), the Orrells were Royalists while Chetham supported Cromwell. These must have been interesting times at the Tower when Chetham garrisoned Parliamentary troops in the Turton barn.

Find out more here


Things to See

Fun Facts

Fine Art & Furniture

Today, Turton Tower still captures the spirit of the Tudor and Victorian ages and displays one of the finest collections of period furniture and paintings in the region.

Many items are on display from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, while others are from local museums and organisations such as Towneley Hall in Burnley and Chetham’s Library in Manchester.

Scene on Screen

It has been used as a filming location for:- Last Tango in Halfax (BBC) Bancroft (ITV) Brassic (SKY) A Worst Witch spin off (BBC) We have a large collection of furniture and paintings on loan from the V&A Some of the owners have been quite prominent:- Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653) - Chetham's Chained Library Chetham's Music School Chetham's Hospital John Charles Kay (1855-1929) Won the all England Mixed Doubles Championships in 1889 with Lottie Dodd. John Charles with his father James and brother Robert, was instrumental in the founding of Turton Football Club in the 1870s, one of, if not THE, earliest football clubs in England.


Upcoming events

31 Oct 2020

Haunted Halloween Walk

Haunted Halloween walk through the woods at Turton Tower – hosted by the Friends of Turton Tower.

Details and tickets will be given nearer the date.

Tickets will be available via Eventbrite or at The Chetham Arm’s, Edgeworth prior to the event.