Lancashire Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens

Castles, Abbeys, Churches, Houses, Estates and Gardens, Industrial Heritage attractions and museums (English Heritage / National Trust / others) many with brief details of disabled access.
Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Lancashire Attractions and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed


Browsholme Hall – Clitheroe - Historic House & Gardens, the ancestral home of the Parker Family, who have lived there since it was built in 1507, ancient oak furniture, fine furnishings by Gillow, portraits by Romney, Lely and Devis, arms and armour, Chinese porcelain, medieval stained glass, guided tours illustrate a living history of the house. Tithe Barn houses a cafe and bar – Disabled toiles at the Tithe Barn. The Hall has two wide stone steps 100mm high at entrance, thereafter all the ground floor is accessible by wheelchair


Gawthorpe Hall – Burnley – Jacobean historic house, Built between 1600 and 1605 for the Shuttleworth family, original seventeenth century panelling and plasterwork in the Drawing Room; period Victorian rooms redesigned by sir Charles Barry, furniture, paintings and Textile Collection displays on the first floor - Part disabled access (no details found), adapted toilet in courtyard, baby-changing facilities, braille and large print guides available – Lancashire County Council / National Trust


Hoghton Tower - Grade I listed building, is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family with walled gardens and imposing state rooms, take a tour of the house, walk the gardens, children's activities, tea room, shop - "access for visitors with disabilities and wheelchair users is restricted"


Lancaster Castle - The castle holds one of the finest collections of Gillow furniture in the world, displays an impressive collection of heraldry spanning 800 years in the form of 650 shields bearing the arms of every English monarch from Richard The Lionheart onwards, as well as all of the Constables of Lancaster Castle and High Sheriffs of Lancashire, entry to buildings is by guided tour only, cafe, shop - Wheelchair access is very limited, disabled toilet, baby changing facilities, castle is unsuitable for buggies or prams


Leighton Hall - ancestral home of the world-renowned Gillow furniture family is still lived in today, 1,550 acres estate, House Tour, gardens, 19th century walled garden, parkland, birds of prey display, tea rooms - Most of Leighton Hall's gardens are accessible to wheelchairs, portable ramps can be put in place to enter the house (2 small steps), wheelchair access to ground floor only, disabled and baby changing facilities


Lytham Hall - Lytham St Annes - with history dating back to the 12th century it is a mainly 18th-century Georgian country house, house tours, 78 acres of mature parkland, tea room - house wheelchair access limited to ground floor, accessible toilets


Rufford Old Hall - Tudor Great Hall with its fantastic furniture, arms, armour, tapestries and the carved oak screen, a rare timber-framed survivor from the 1500s, Victorian and Edwardian gardens - Wheelchair access is restricted to the ground floor of the House and Great Hall, adapted toilet, baby-changing facilities, braille and large print guides available


Samlesbury Hall – Preston – house tours (Sundays), theatre productions, exhibitions, small animals, play trail, Heritage Centre – we have no accessibility information for this site




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