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Monday 28th of December 2015
Preston is perfectly located in the heart of Lancashire to take a day trip and discover some of the county’s hidden gems. Pick up your Easirent hire car from our Preston town centre depot and head out to some of our favourite historic homes in the region.
1. Hoghton Tower
Located just outside of Preston town centre, Hoghton Tower stands majestically 650 ft above sea level and offers unparalleled views across the area. This 16th centurey fortified Elizabethan manor house is the anscestral home of the de Hoghton family and has been part of the Lancashire landscape since it was built in 1565. Take a guided tour around the exquisite panelled state rooms, which were reserved for royal visits or take a stroll around the walled gardens. Take the children along and let them explore the underground passages and dungeons – the third Sunday of every month the house plays host to a local farmer’s market where you can pick up the finest locally sourced produce.
2. Samlesbury Hall
Another historic home in Preston is Samlesbury Hall, which was built in 1325 and still boasts its original black and white exterior. Learn about the turbulent history of the house’s residents, which includes Catholic families and the infamous haunting by Lady Dorothy Southworth. Offering an unparralleled insight into life between the 14th and 20th centuries, Samlesbury Hall is now home to extensive exhibitions by local artists.
3. Stonyhurst College
One of the largest buildings of the North West of England, Stonyhurst College is located in Clitheroe, just a short drive from our Easirent pick up point in Preston town centre. A fine example of a 16th cenury manor house, the college is home to a Catholic co-educational independent boarding school and day school. Explore the stunning library and take a trip around the dormitories and historic apartments. The college is set amongst vast gardens that visitors can enjoy at their own pace. There is ample parking on site for your Easirent hire car, so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space once you arrive.
4. Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum
Home to the Towneley family for over 500 years, Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum was bought by the Burnley Corporation in 1901 and has since been a public gallery and museum. Housing displays in Egyptology, natural history and local history, adults can enjoy learning about the history of the house while the children play in the Mouse trail through the museum.
5. Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery
Located in Chorley, not far from our Easirent pick up point in Preston, Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery is the perfect way to spend the day. A fine example of late Tudor and early Stuart life, the hall is a Grade I listed building which was constructed around a beautiful courtyard. Take a stroll around the walled garden, which is home to a community food project, or visit the small orchard.