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“Tudor Easter and Farmers Market.”
Review of Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Hoghton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hoghton Tower is one of Lancashire’s gems – come and find out why. A Tudor – Elizabethan manor and the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, the Tower stands proudly on its hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. Join a guided tour of the panelled state rooms to hear about the history of the house, the family and the distinguished guests who have enjoyed the house over the centuries. Stroll through the beautiful walled gardens and take in the views. Kids will love the underground passages, the ramparts, dungeons and Dolls House collection. Take a browse in the gift shop and finish your day out in the tea room. Private and School tours available year round with prior arrangement. On the third Sunday of each month, come to our Farmers Market – ‘The Merchant of Hoghton’- a celebration of regional produce. Hoghton Tower can be hired on an exclusive basis for your private pary or wedding. Stay overnight in the Irishman's Tower. All income from tours benefits the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust – preserving heritage for all.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Manchester
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Tudor Easter and Farmers Market.”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

The beautiful weather brought out the crowds and caught out both the Tower staff and the stallholders. We were lucky and got there early, so got on a tour which was excellent if a little quirky. We had some fantastic Malkin pie with all kinds of everything in it. The queue for the burgers was always bigger than I was prepared to wait in. I'm not sure how they just kept rolling along. We got the last few coffees from the mobile van before they ran out of milk. Lots of stalls were wiped out or anxiously awaiting restocking. Despite the crowds and large amount of food sold I saw almost no litter, probably because there were large numbers litter bins.
The gardens and grounds were well kept and tidy and I'd say to anyone who was disappointed give it another try and hopefully it will be not so busy.
The Tower has just produced it's own recipe beer which it will be selling at weddings and in the shop. I believe there are plans down the line to install brewing equipment which will form part of the tour so watch this space.

Visited April 2014
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Cheshire
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“Easter visit”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

We visited the Tudor event on Easter Monday afternoon, and subsequently with the good weather many others had the same idea.
Some of he farmers market and stalls were clearing away soon after we arrived.We wanted to go in the House but the timed tours were fully booked until 3-45pm. We enjoyed the Falconry display, The handlers were very knowledgeable not only about the birds, but also about the history of Falconry which we found very interesting. Their costumes also were in period for the event.

We never managed to see inside the hall, which was a shame. The views from the tower were stunning.The gardens, with the exception of the banks of daffodils, were uninspiring. The toilets were very basic, and in need of bins emptying etc.

This venue has great potential, with the great views over the countryside. There was nowhere to sit and take in the view, so some seating would have been appreciated.

We didn't go into the cafe as it looked very busy, but went down the road to the pub and sat outside in the beer garden.

We will return again to Houghton Tower sometime in the future. I hope we will see some improvements to the basic facilities and gardens.

Visited April 2014
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“Not equipped to cope with the Easter crowds”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Saw the advertised Easter Tudor event on the web ( Easter Monday ) at Houghton Tower and thought it sounded good. Arrived arround lunch time -it had obviously attracted hoards of people due to the good weather, parking was ok considering the volume of cars. The Tower looked impressive from the outside set amongst lovely views so was hoping for a good day out. Outside the tower there was a farmers market which had various stalls ranging from soaps and handicrafts to beer and food- had a quick look round and decided to go into the Tearoom for something to eat. Paid at the entrance the full fee which included house tour, gardens, etc- was not given a map / programme or any info re the layout of the building and where things were situated times etc? my mother in law mentioned we wanted the tour of the house and was told to meet under the archway to the house at 2.50 with the tour starting at 3pm. Went to the tearoom to find a massive queue with very little seating- no menu on view to make it easier to decide what to have before arriving at the till... after standing for 15 mins in the queue we decided to give it a miss and go and try and find something out side from the stalls- there was a stand selling burgers / sausages and the like ....again the queue was huge !!!!! and very slow moving- my mother in law and husband stood in the queue for 40 mins to get served admittedly because everything was being cooked individually .....by the time they got to the front all that was left were sausages. Myself being a veggie went in search of something i could eat i did struggle too be honest and after walking round twice -in desparation bought some fresh pizza type bread which was ok but not what i 'd had in mind.
Advertised as a Tudor market we had hoped people might have been dressed in costume to add to the authenticity of the event -sadly not. There was one stall selling hot drinks and nowhere selling cold drinks or water - the whole catering side was sadly lacking. My husband went to check on the time of the tour to be on the safe side to be told the tour was at 2.30 !!!! ! and we should have been informed of this at the entrance. My mum in law went to the ladies- (one toilet cubical for each gender) to find it had run out of toilet paper . Eventually went on the tour round the house- the house is very interesting inside -however the guide who took us round was not the most confident knowledgable guide- not wishing to be mean, whilst a lovely charming lady... there were a lot of things to quote her " they didn't know about the house" a lot !!! of umming and arring -she kept rambling on and going off on a tangent, credit for trying but just not up to the mark in my opinion-sorry!. All in all a dissapointing day, we did see a couple of people dressed in traditional clothing ( the falconary show) and the musicians-however we wasted that much time queing we couldn't be bothered with anything else after the house tour..One of the volunteers mentioned they had not expected the high number of people attending- it had obviously overwhelmed them so they were ill prepared..... this spoiled what could have been a great day out ( given better planning )- i am sure other people enjoyed it but i felt like i had wasted my time going.

Visited April 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Wow”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

After looking at what to do this weekend i came across the website. I must say I have drove by the signs many times but have never thought to visit the hall. What a wonderful time we had. The tour was very informative and the tour guide Lorraine was very knowledgeable. We had heard the Sir Loin story before and it was fun to hear how it was brought about. The grounds are magnificent and the Tudor musicians good. The Falconry people were fantastic and were happy to talk at lengths with visitors ( i must apologise for my partner asking so many questions). I cannot praise Hoghton enough, you have got the balance right and with the addition of the farmers market, well fab, fab fab. Maybe an ice cream stall might make you a little more money for the preservation society?? but i have certainly told all my friends about this gem right on our doorstep.

Looking forward to a bit of Shakesphere in the summer but shhush don't tell everyone.......

Visited April 2014
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HoghtonTower, General Manager at Hoghton Tower, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thank you so much for you lovely review, we appreciate everyone's feedback. Pleased you enjoyed the day and all the activities we had taking place. The Farmers Market was very well attended and the cars kept on coming in. We hope to see you again soon.
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“Looking Good .. and still lived in”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Farmers market; events; shows; tours & a cafe. Clean & tidy with great views across the countryside.

Visited May 2013
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HoghtonTower, General Manager at Hoghton Tower, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Hi, thank you very much for your review. Very pleased you enjoyed your visit and if you would like to hear more about events at The Tower you can register for our online newsletter by entering your email address on the homepage of our website. Always lots going on for all the family.
Farmers Market's are 3rd Sunday of every month.
Thank you again for your review.
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