Leighton Hall - A Hidden Gem on the North Lancashire
Published on: 08/05/21
As we start to enjoy and explore some more freedoms, there’s no need to drive straight into a traffic jam. Favourably away from the Lake District’s crowds and queues, the ‘hidden gem’ of North Lancashire is within comfortable travelling distance of South Lancashire, Cumbria, and East Yorkshire. Queen of the area is Leighton Hall, Carnforth’s 750-year-old grand estate with a foot in the past, but forward-looking with plenty of modern amenities and attractions.
Packed with intrigue and adventure, inside and out, you’re promised a warm welcome at Leighton Hall. With generations of history, beautiful gardens, exciting birds of prey, and children’s activities, there’s plenty for all the family to enjoy, and new discoveries to uncover, every time.
History and Heritage
Still very much a lived-in family home to descendants of the legendary Gillow furniture-making dynasty, Leighton is famed for its friendly guides. Certainly NOT a museum, an entertaining tour around the hall where nothing is ‘roped off’ means you can sit on the furniture, climb the gravity-defying ‘flying staircase’ and even tinkle the ivories of the grand piano in the Music Room. With visitors invited to become ‘one of the family, children are encouraged to ask questions, touch things, and really get involved.
Room for Everyone to let off Steam
With acres of outdoor space, youngsters can run off lockdown energy across the park, where’s there’s always something new to discover: the caterpillar maze, playground, mini beasts, brass rubbings, tree face trail, woodland walk, Insect hotel, fascinating new bee corner, and breath-taking birds of prey displays (Summer season only - weather permitting).
Leighton’s woodland walks and historic herb, walled, and ornamental vegetable gardens are set against the dramatic backdrop of the spectacular Lakeland fells. With new emphasis on planting for sustainability, self-sufficiency, and supporting native species, plenty of seating allows visitors choosing a more leisurely pace to sit in comfort as you soak up inspiration.
More on the Menu
Relax and refresh with homemade cakes, cream scones, drinks and light meals all served on proper china in the traditional tearoom. Or how about treating someone to an afternoon tea, with gift vouchers available online for that special treat- or upgrading to a bottle of fizz for true indulgence.
Leighton also hosts a range of special events and visiting theatrical productions throughout the year, including classic car and flower shows, craft and wedding fayres, immersive Shakespeare in the garden, and traditional Christmas events. Ideal for friends’ catch-ups and family days out, keep an eye on the website for diary-pleasing fun.
Explore in Comfort
With close parking, flat, fully accessible paths, and plenty of seating, Leighton is welcoming for families, friends, heritage-seeking time travellers, adventurers, and leisurely strollers alike. The perfect quintessential English day out, one visit is rarely enough! Visit the website for opening hours, latest news and offers, and special events.
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