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A Day Out in Lancashire

This was a very last minute trip, but I enjoyed every minute of it! I did a bit of research the night before for locations near Blackpool (where I'm currently based) that were within easy driving distance, had some history, and most importantly were aesthetically pleasing. There were a few places that caught my eye, but I decided on Samlesbury Hall and Hoghton Tower. Both of these locations were within a 15 minute drive of each other, and were just over 30 minutes from Blackpool. The great thing was, that neither were bursting with tourists so you could really enjoy your time at them. Samblesbury Hall was FREE (yes!) to go inside, but I did get a little creeped out being upstairs by myself because it's considered to be one of Britain's most haunted spots. You can also stay on site in some lovely little huts or the more luxurious lodge! Dottie's Wafflery is located here as well, England's first wafflery so don't miss out on it!

The main building dates back to the 14th century and is maintained to show how it would have looked in the medieval period.

How could you not love this building?

The inside is just as beautiful!

Around the back is this gorgeous little courtyard where you can take a look at the gift shop and grab a bite to eat.

The best bit? WAFFLES! I mean just look at that masterpiece!

Hoghton Tower was the second stop, located near Preston. It's a fortified manor house dating back to the 12th century, and was re-built in the 16th century. It does cost £10 to go inside the buildings, so I just had a quick look in the main courtyard but from what I saw on the website it looks pretty impressive!

I may have been a bit cheeky and driven right up to the front gate.

It boasts beautiful views as well.

Part of the inner courtyard.

The buildings themselves are incredibly well preserved and look amazing!

Any other recommendations for day trips within Lancashire? Send me a message!


I am a Canadian female travel blogger, currently residing in the UK and exploring Europe. My love of history brings me to some fascinating locations​, and I can't wait to share them with you!

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