Leighton Hall
Leighton Hall
4.5
Tuesday
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
About
Leighton Hall is the lived-in home of the famous Gillow furniture making dynasty. A visit to Leighton is an opportunity to unravel the fascinating past of this ancient, Lancashire family, to wander through the pretty gardens and woodland walk and to witness breath taking displays from birds of prey (Summer season – 3:30pm). As well as the house, grounds and charming tea rooms, Leighton has a children’s play area with brass rubbings, bee corner, insect hotel, tree face trail and caterpillar maze. In August there’s a free Teddy Bear Hunt. Finish your day with a visit Leighton’s charming tearooms. Visitors are welcomed at the front door by friendly and entertaining guides, and tours are informal with guests encouraged to sit on the furniture, touch things and really get involved. Open May – September 1:30pm – 5:30pm Check website for details. Tickets can be booked in advance online at www.leightonhall.co.uk
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sp4rky-d
    Morecambe, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great estate, dogs not so hot!!!
    We attended the car rally this weekend as a family and really enjoyed the show, the cafe was reasonably priced and the ladies were very friendly. The gardens were lovely and the bug gardens and maze were fun. BUT and this is absolutely no reflection on the estate, but the only food stall at the event was selling hot dogs and mini burgers for £11.50, yes, you read that correctly, £11.50. WOW, we could not believe it, people complaining. I think this needs looking at for future events, in comparison, the estate was selling, sandwich, crisps, cake and coffee for under £10 , well done ladies we will be back, but we won't buy food from the concession.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Solway73
    Carlisle, United Kingdom82 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit to view a well kept country house
    Visited on a day of mixed weather in July. House has a warm lived in feeling and the staff were very welcoming. The main part of the house is Georgian ,with the rather strange addition of a Victorian frontage. A very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide give an interesting tour of about one hour. Lots of family memorabilia to view. No photography inside was permitted. Good tea room in the old kitchens in the basement. Added bonus of birds of prey demonstration later on in the afternoon. Well worth a visit to view a well kept country house .
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • retireddellboy
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this hidden gem! The most immersive, personal tour I have ever had at a castle or historic building! On the d
    We have just finished a day at Leighton Hall, and God what a day it was. In the last seven years we have probably been to 100 – 150 castles and homes open to the public. We have never had such a personal, honest and enjoyable experience. We had the tour guide Mary, who was very knowledge and a lot of fun. She took us round the house and explained how through the ages the fortunes and setbacks of the owners changed the structure and belongings of the occupancy. Mary is a great tour guide and by half way through, the tour. All visitors were talking and discussing the belongings and building. Mary had us sitting at the dinner table the Gillows would have sat at and even opening furniture within the house, something which is normally unheard-of within houses. The art may not compare to the Rothschild’s or the Percy’s, but the knowledgeable tour guides and interactive experience was second to none. The intimate sized tours give a personal touch and a feeling of traveling through the ages with the Gillow family. The walled garden and orchard give a realist, impressive view of how the gardeners would have provided for the Gillow family during the tenure, due to the limestone geography. The gardens are well manured for the size of the home. I could write another ten paragraphs about the house, staff and experience but would rather say this is a hidden gem and something not to be missed. We live in Lancaster and had been planning to come here for ten years. Needles to say we will be back within the next two months.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • WalesManny
    153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place to spend a few hours
    Spent a couple of hours here on a rainy day. Guild worked here a long time so had many details about the building and the family who own it. Couldn't go round the gardens as weather to bad, but they looked lovely.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
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WalesManny
wales153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Spent a couple of hours here on a rainy day. Guild worked here a long time so had many details about the building and the family who own it. Couldn't go round the gardens as weather to bad, but they looked lovely.
Written 1 October 2023
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BernieWhittle
Preston, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Had a wonderful visit to Leighton Hall, Carnforth yesterday. All the staff are friendly and welcoming, the hall is beautiful and I also enjoyed the Birds of Prey demonstration. Well worth a visit.
Written 21 August 2023
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retireddellboy
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We have just finished a day at Leighton Hall, and God what a day it was. In the last seven years we have probably been to 100 – 150 castles and homes open to the public. We have never had such a personal, honest and enjoyable experience. We had the tour guide Mary, who was very knowledge and a lot of fun. She took us round the house and explained how through the ages the fortunes and setbacks of the owners changed the structure and belongings of the occupancy. Mary is a great tour guide and by half way through, the tour. All visitors were talking and discussing the belongings and building. Mary had us sitting at the dinner table the Gillows would have sat at and even opening furniture within the house, something which is normally unheard-of within houses.

The art may not compare to the Rothschild’s or the Percy’s, but the knowledgeable tour guides and interactive experience was second to none. The intimate sized tours give a personal touch and a feeling of traveling through the ages with the Gillow family.

The walled garden and orchard give a realist, impressive view of how the gardeners would have provided for the Gillow family during the tenure, due to the limestone geography. The gardens are well manured for the size of the home.
I could write another ten paragraphs about the house, staff and experience but would rather say this is a hidden gem and something not to be missed. We live in Lancaster and had been planning to come here for ten years. Needles to say we will be back within the next two months.
Written 13 August 2023
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Solway73
Carlisle, UK82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Visited on a day of mixed weather in July. House has a warm lived in feeling and the staff were very welcoming. The main part of the house is Georgian ,with the rather strange addition of a Victorian frontage. A very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide give an interesting tour of about one hour. Lots of family memorabilia to view. No photography inside was permitted. Good tea room in the old kitchens in the basement. Added bonus of birds of prey demonstration later on in the afternoon. Well worth a visit to view a well kept country house .
Written 11 July 2023
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Sp4rky-d
Morecambe, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We attended the car rally this weekend as a family and really enjoyed the show, the cafe was reasonably priced and the ladies were very friendly. The gardens were lovely and the bug gardens and maze were fun. BUT and this is absolutely no reflection on the estate, but the only food stall at the event was selling hot dogs and mini burgers for £11.50, yes, you read that correctly, £11.50. WOW, we could not believe it, people complaining. I think this needs looking at for future events, in comparison, the estate was selling, sandwich, crisps, cake and coffee for under £10 , well done ladies we will be back, but we won't buy food from the concession.
Written 3 July 2023
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jojolees50
Warrington, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Fabulous tour at Leighton hall. Mary our tour guide was excellent and we met the lovely owner Suzy. Everyone was really friendly. The bird display was fab too and the walk in the gardens was lovely. Would highly recommend. Well worth the entrance fee! Beautiful warm home. Loved the decor! Xxx
Written 29 September 2022
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Relaxedchilled
Kendal, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Visited as part of Heritage week and had a very enjoyable day. Warm greeting by lady of the House and our guide Pam gave a very informative tour with just the right amount of information. Really felt like a home rather than a fossilised building. We were encouraged to sit on the furniture and enjoy and appreciate the wonderful chairs, dining table fire screen etc and the skilled craftsmanship. The bird of prey display also very enjoyable and wonderful views of the Lakeland fells.
Written 15 September 2022
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Bennett16
Cartmel, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
3 generations of family. We had a great time, fabulous gardens. Quaint tearoom and one of the best bird of prey flying displays we have ever seen, knowledgeable and humorous. We will certainly return. Highlights included investigating under the minibeasts boards and logs where we found toads and lizards, the Caterpillar maze and the birds of prey. Lovely friendly staff.
Written 28 July 2022
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Glad you had such a lovely day with us and thank you for taking the time to write a review.
Written 31 August 2022
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Catherine Blane B
Leeds, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Would recommend guided Tour made it really interesting plus the Birds of Prey Display afterwards was a bonus
Written 28 July 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your tour.
Written 31 August 2022
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Glyn H
Lancashire, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I have just had a wonderful afternoon here with my 9 year old son. We started with a tour of the beautiful hall led by the current owner, Mrs Reynolds. It was very light hearted and informative and there was a real homely feel - it did not feel at all stuffy and all the guests were made to feel very welcome, including the children. We then moved on to a brilliant bird of prey display where the birds flew very close to the audience which was great. We had a walk/play around the beautiful garden and maze and finished off with a lovely cup of tea and cake in the tea room.

I really recommend this place for a relaxing afternoon out. I enjoyed it as did my son - it was very child friendly where they were invited to touch various bits, sit down wherever, play on the grass and generally have fun (it's not a look but don't touch sort of place). It is in a truly stunning location too.

Thank you so much to all the team.
Written 1 June 2022
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What lovely feedback. Thank you so much for taking the time to write.
Written 31 August 2022
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