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Review of Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Built in 1325 Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior, the Hall is almost equidistant between Blackburn and Preston, yet retaining a rural feel. Saved from demolition in the 1920’s by six local businessmen, it remains in the Charitable Trust today with the aim of maintaining and keeping open for the visitors to enjoy.With the turbulent history of catholic families, the haunting of Lady Dorothy Southworth (and others), a captivating insight into life from the early 14th to the early 20th Century is all waiting to be discovered.Samlesbury Hall also offers the very best of Lancashire, with exhibitions from local artists, antiques and collectibles and a gift shop, which sells high quality Lancashire produce.The extensive grounds are delightful and even include a small selection of animals in an ever increasing menagerie. The gardens also feed the kitchen and the award-winning restaurant and coffee lounge.Samlesbury Hall is open to visitors all year round and promises something for all the family
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Passed by this hall loads of times, decided to venture in this weekend, grounds are kept lovely, a nice little petting zoo and the amazing well kept hall. at 3.00 each what a bargain !!!! lots of gorgeous furniture to look at and lots of the original hall - even a priest hole. We didnt have a tour as we arrived quite early and almost had the freedom of the hall to ourselves, even the loos were posh! Strikingly clean but i notice weddings are catered for there, what a lovely place to get married in and have your reception. Receptionist was lovely and when asked about certain parts of the house was more than happy to tell you everything she knew about it, you could buy a guidebook for just a 1.00 too. lovely gift shop and antiques shop there too again friendly lovely staff - amazing step back to tudor times. They had the titanic exhibition upstairs just before the ghost room and the schoolroom and of course the priests room,...... well worth a visit

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We visited Samlesbury and had a great time, the entry fee is very good value and the cafe does a nice lunch, decent choice and not that expensive. The hall itself is lovely and the staff were very friendly and brought the history of the place alive. We spent a very pleasant few hours, I would rate the house itself as one of the finest of its type in the North West. The only damp squid was the Titanic display, my main question to the management of the hall would be WHY??. It's so out place and had nothing that I could see from the Titanic itself, things from the sister ship but nothing directly from the Titanic. it stood out like a sore thumb from the rest of the hall, a tactful word for it would have been amateurish.

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Sharon J, General Manager at Samlesbury Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Thank you for your nice comments. The titanic museum has had mixed reviews, however the titanic will be leaving the Hall and making the space available for something much more in keeping with the fascinating history of the Hall. We do hope you return.

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

The 2pm tour today (Sunday) brought Samlesbury Hall to life. Joanne Halliwell (guide in character as peasant) was extremely knowledgable and creative. She engaged with young & old alike in an animated tour of the Hall which had all enthralled and laughing heartily for an hour. I challenge anyone to find a more professional performance. NT could learn a thing or two!
We had a walk around the gardens and small animal pens and finished with lovely coffee and cake.

2  Thank mandkhols
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Held our wedding and reception at Samlesbury Hall in May 2014 and had a fantastic time. Angela and the team were excellent and the food suburb. Venue is stunning and all our guests were knocked out by it! Thanks to everyone

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

The visit to Samlesbury Hall was a great day out. We were entertained during the tour by very amusing staff in 'Halloween Style". The restaurant was very good. Lots of choice and not too expensive. After lunch we enjoyed the Titanic tour. Then tea in the Cafe. then home. as I said "A great day out".

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