The Present Day

Welcome to Samlesbury Hall, one of the stunning stately homes of Lancashire, a haven for history lovers, where the past meets the present - a fantastic, family day out.

Enjoy intrigue, witchcraft and centuries of fascinating history throughout our archive rooms. Have a coffee, a scone baked that morning or a delicious lunch in our highest quality award winning restaurant. Don't forget to treat yourself to freshly cooked waffle in Dottie's and a milkshake at the end of the day!

From the Victorian kitchen, Ghost Room and Witches Garret, there is plenty to see, along with changing exhibitions in the Long Gallery.

Tour the grounds, throw a penny into the fountain and make a wish, or hook-a-duck!  While away a sunny afternoon.

Samlesbury Hall is also home to a busy events and functions programme, where you can tour the Hall with our fabulous Tour Guides, enjoy a theatre production or murder mystery, experience an evening ghost hunt, or welcome your own guests at a wedding that is, entirely yours. Samlesbury Hall is open to visitors all year round, Tuesday to Friday, and Sundays, 10am - 4pm (Please always check our opening times before traveling as we do close occasionally on a Friday and all Saturdays for private functions)

The Building

A fabulous half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325 as a family home, the Hall is beautifully maintained for the enjoyment of today's visitor.

The current building and grounds are administered by a registered charity known as the Samlesbury Hall Trust (Charity number 526052), whose aim is to preserve the Hall for the people of the area and visitors to Lancashire.

The Trust was founded in the 1920s when the Hall was about to be demolished. Since then the Hall has been a museum and Gallery, and host to many grand functions.

The Hall is open to the public every day, except Mondays, Saturdays and occasional Fridays, when it is closed for weddings. On this site today, you will discover an ancient, magnificently preserved manor house and gardens, with a colourful history and a wide-ranging programme of year-round events and activities.


Very little of what was around the Hall when it was first built in 1325 remains, if anything at all, we still get a 'moat' when it pours. But the lovely woodland you see, probably best shows the ancient Hall in its original light.

The drive used to be cobbled 'sets' and they are buried underneath the tarmac in in order to facilitate today's traffic (cars and Ladies' heels)

You will today see much more structured grounds, with beautifully manicured lawns, pretty borders and box and beech on guard!

Don't just visit the buildings, see the grounds, they can be quite magical!