Lancashire is a county of contrasting landscapes, captivating history and fascinating folklore and on our exciting new tour we visit some of this region's absolute gems. A guided tour of untamed countryside reveals the chilling story of the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612 and we enjoy spectacular vistas on our tours of Browsholme Hall and Leighton Hall. Our excursions also include a scenic cruise on the Lancaster canal plus a relaxing 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 Discoverie 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 guided tour to discover the chilling story of the Pendle Witches, the most famous witch trials in English history. The Pendle Witch Experience brings their history to life as we retrace their steps throughout this wild and unspoilt area which has changed little in 400 years. In the afternoon we enjoy a tour of Browsholme Hall & Gardens in the Forest of Bowland. We explore the fabulous interiors of this charming Elizabethan house and stroll through the beautiful landscaped garden, while learning about its fascinating history.

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 furniture making Gillow family. You will be made to feel part of the family as we explore the splendid rooms and collections of furniture and artefacts during the relaxed and interesting guided tour of the house. We enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or coffee in style before heading to Barton Grange, a garden centre with a wow factor! - it won the destination Garden Centre of 2019 - where 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 new garden opened in 2020 and was designed by world famous landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith. Amongst the highlights you can enjoy are an oasis of calm in the Paradise Garden, the Chinese inspired four season themed 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 breath-taking 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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