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Enjoy discovering lovely Lancashire by steam train and narrow boat on this wonderful tour! With visits to Samlesbury Hall and Gawthorpe Hall also included, we find heritage and history around every corner.
Detailed Overview

Price includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course for three nights

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

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • 3-course Lancashire themed menu on 1 night

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

  • Guided visit of Samlesbury Hall

  • Canal cruise with 2-course lunch

  • Journey on the East Lancashire Railway - single journey

  • Oswaldtwistle Mills Shopping Village

  • Entrance to Gawthorpe Hall

  • Porterage

  • Escorted Throughout

Image Credit for East Lancashire Railway picture by Brian Dobbs

Samlesbury Hall Video

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We make our way to our hotel before dinner is served.

Day 2

Samlesbury Hall & Canal Cruise
We begin our day with a guided tour of Samlesbury Hall, a fabulous half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325 as a family home. From the Tudor priest holes to the Victorian kitchen, the Hall has history from (and for) every age. With the turbulent tales of its Catholic families, witches and the haunting of Lady Dorothy (and other ghost stories), it gives a captivating insight into life from the early 14th to the 21st century. In the afternoon we make our way to Riley Green Marina to embark upon a narrow boat cruise along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Our round trip passes through delightful countryside including Withnell Fold Nature Reserve, past the old Paper Mill and on to the lovely hamlet of Wheelton and Johnsons Hillock Locks before descending and ascending two locks and returning to Riley Green. During our cruise, we enjoy a two-course lunch on our spacious, accessible boat, with each table offering panoramic views of the canal.

Day 3

East Lancashire Railway & Bury Market
Today, we travel to Rawtenstall where we step back in time for a nostalgic trip on a steam train along the East Lancashire Railway. Our journey takes us through the beautiful Lancashire countryside to the market town of Bury, where we can browse the world famous Bury Market.

Day 4

Oswaldtwistle Mills & Gawthorpe Hall
This morning, we enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Ribble Valley stopping en route at the Oswaldtwistle Mills shopping village and garden centre. This award winning former weaving mill has over 100 retailers under one roof, 5 restaurants, an ice cream parlour, garden centre, mill grounds, craft and sewing centre, Textile and Heritage Museum and even its own wildfowl reserve. We have free time for a spot of browsing and lunch before continuing on our way to Gawthorpe Hall, affectionately known as the 'Downton of the North'.

Day 5

We enjoy our last cooked breakfast at the hotel and make our way back home.

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4* Preston Leyland Hotel Preston, 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 for groups whilst the restaurant is modern with lots of natural light. There is no lift, but ground floor rooms are available.

• There is no lift at this hotel • TV • Tea/coffee Making Facilities • Hairdryer • Iron & Ironing Board • Air conditioned • Free Wi-Fi • Indoor Swimming Pool • Sauna • Fitness Centre • Restaurant • Bar • Lounge • 24-hour Reception •

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