Explore Lancashire's fascinating folklore and historic houses as we visit some of this region's hidden gems. Experience the chilling story of the Pendle Witch Trials, and enjoy spectacular vistas on our tours of Browsholme Hall and Leighton Hall. Relax as we meander down the Lancaster canal and stroll through the stunning new RHS Garden Bridgewater.
Detailed Overview

Price Includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • 1 glass of wine or soft drink with dinner each night

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • 2-hour The Pendle Witch Discovery Tour

  • Guided Browsholme Hall Tour with tea/coffee & biscuits on arrival

  • Guided tour of Leighton Hall

  • Lancaster Canal Cruise

  • Entrance to RHS Garden Bridgewater, Worsley and guided tour of the garden

  • Free use of leisure facilities (indoor pool, sauna, steam room & jacuzzi)

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2

Pendle Witch Experience & Browsholme Hall & Gardens
This morning we embark on a spellbinding tour of Pendle Hill and discover the chilling story behind the infamous Pendle Witch Trial. This experience brings history to life, as we retrace their steps through this unspoilt area which has little-changed in 400 years. In the afternoon we visit Browsholme Hall, a haven for history lovers. This fabulous Elizabethan house is the oldest-surviving family home in Lancashire, and also boasts stunning grounds.

Day 3

Leighton Hall & Kingfisher Cruise
We spend this morning at Leighton Hall, a romantic Gothic stately house, surrounded by magnificent rolling parkland, and
ancestral home of the Gillow family, famed for their furniture-making. Revel in the family history, as you explore the splendid
rooms and collections of furniture and artefacts during a relaxed guided tour of the house. We enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or coffee in style, before heading to Barton Grange, winner of the destination Garden Centre of 2019! We have free time for lunch and a wander. We could perhaps indulge in a scenic taster cruise from here, meandering along the Lancaster Canal enjoying views of the Bowland Hills. In the afternoon we board our Lancaster Canal cruise with Kingfisher Cruises along the Lune Aqueduct, with its 5 majestic stone arches spanning the river Lune.

Day 4

RHS Garden Bridgewater & Southport
This morning we enjoy a colourful visit to RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford. This beautiful newly-opened garden was designed by world famous landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith. Enjoy an oasis of calm in the Paradise Garden, Streamside Garden and the fabulous Orchard Garden. This afternoon we spend free time in the classic Victorian seaside resort of Southport. Enjoy the fabulous sandy beaches, and take a leisurely stroll down the UK's oldest iron pier to the Pavilion, for breathtaking views.

Day 5

After breakfast, we make our way home.

Other Information

Hotel

4* Preston Leyland Hotel, Signature Collection by Best Western, Leyland

This excellent hotel has many unique touches such as chaise-longues and over-sized chairs. All 93 bedrooms are traditional and well-furnished. The bar and lounge areas offer ample, cosy seating whilst the restaurant is modern with lots of natural light. There is no lift, but ground floor rooms are available. Free leisure facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

• No Lift • Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Bar • Lounge • Indoor Swimming Pool • Jacuzzi • Sauna • Steam Room • Free Wi-Fi • 24-hour room service •

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