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Leighton Hall

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Lancashire's Leighton Hall is the family home of the Gillows, the noted furniture makers. Fascinating and enjoyable tours of the house are available, and there are glorious gardens and parkland to explore, as well as woodland trails. Afternoon teas are available, and there a regular displays of birds of prey.

Where is Leighton Hall located?

Sitting in parkland close to the Lake District's hills, Leighton Hall is just a 10 minute drive from junction 35 of the M6, and is easily accessed from both Carnforth and Lancaster.

What is the history of Leighton Hall to the present day?

Leighton Hall's recorded history goes back to 1246, with the first owner being an Adam D'Avranches. Leighton Hall has been in the hands of a further 26 owners since that date. With just one exception, every owner has been a Roman Catholic, and the history of the place is bound up with that fact. In Penal times, there was always a priest in hiding in the house, and in the 17th century, the owner, Albert Hodgson was actually jailed for his Catholicism, and Leighton Hall was put to the torch. The house was subsequently rebuilt by George Towneley, and the parkland was laid out and the woods replanted, with much evidence of this work still visible today. Richard Gillow, grandson of the founder of the Gillow furniture company, bought the house in 1822. Today, Leighton Hall is the family home of Richard Gillow Reynolds and his family.

What is there to see and do at Leighton Hall?

All rooms open to the public are still in use by the Gillow family, and tours of the house are both fascinating and entertaining, and very informal. There are also magnificent gardens and grounds to explore, as well as displays of birds of prey. There is a gift shop and a plant conservatory. There is a children's play area, and a caterpillar maze, with fun brass rubbings to do too. During August, children are invited to participate in a free teddy bear treasure hunt.

Other Information

Leighton Hall offers the chance to explore a fascinating house and a fascinating family, with delightful gardens and grounds to discover too.

Top facilities

Disabled Access

Parking Available

Guided Tours


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he Hall, still a private residence with connections to the Gillows family from Waring and Gillows, furniture makers, is open to the public 2-5pm most afternoons. We did a guided tour of the house led by a very knowledgeable volunteer, Anne. She explained the history of the house and the objec...

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Usually when visiting stately home most of the stuff is roped off but not here. We were encouraged to sit, touch and ask questions. Lovely fires in the rooms with very comfortable sofas to relax on. This really is a family home and has a welcoming feel to it. The story of the house and the Gillo...

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Had an excellent guided tour followed by a bird of prey show on the front lawn. The house and grounds are stunning, the gardens are immaculately kept and the views from the rooms we went in were beautiful. The chap who does the bird show is a real character and excellent at what he does, we reall...

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Visited as members of the HHA, it was a rainy day but we were entertained by the falconry display whilst waiting for the tour. We were a small group and the tour guide was really informative. Plenty of interesting features. Pity it was so wet that we could not enjoy what looked from a distance a...

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I have never visited a stately home where you are allowed to sit on the chairs, in the dinning room and the lounge. Excellent guide - Pam - lovely family home, stunning views , although it was wet the day we went so we were not able to do the gardens ,but the cream tea made up for it, definitely...

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This was a superb afternoon visit. The guide, Pam, knew her stuff and told us about the house and family with enthusiasm The views from the gardens and house were worth going for themselves. The birds of prey were an added highlight, shown by a caring and knowledgeable man.

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Facilities & information




Disabled Access

Guided Tours

Parking Available


Extra info

Nearest Train Station: Carnforth

Nearest Railway Distance: 10

Open Times: May to Sep Tue to Thurs 14:00-17:00. Open BH Sun & Mon. Open Suns in Aug.

Price Details: Adult £10.50, Child (5-12) £6.25, OAP £9.50. Family £37.50 Garden only: £6.25 Group rates available.

Mastercard: Yes

MaestroSwitch: Yes

Visa: Yes

Solo: Yes

Arrival information and directions

Address: Carnforth, Lancashire, CarnforthLA5 9ST, United Kingdom

A few miles from Lancaster, just outside Carnforth. Signed from M6/A6 Junction 35

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