Bewitching Houses & Gardens of Lancashire

Lancashire is a county of contrasting landscapes, captivating history and fascinating folklore and on our exciting tour we visit some of this region’s absolute gems. A guided tour of untamed countryside reveals the chilling story of the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612 and we enjoy spectacular vistas on our tours of Browsholme Hall and Leighton Hall.
Our excursions also include a scenic cruise on the Lancaster canal plus a relaxing stroll through the stunning RHS Garden Bridgewater.
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Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Pendle Witch Experience & Browsholme Hall & Gardens
This morning we embark on a spellbinding guided tour to discover the chilling story of the Pendle Witches, the most famous witch trials in English history. The Pendle Witch Experience brings their history to life as we retrace their steps throughout this wild and unspoilt area which has changed little in 400 years. In the afternoon we enjoy a tour of Browsholme Hall & Gardens in the Forest of Bowland. We explore the fabulous interiors of this charming Elizabethan house and stroll through the beautiful landscaped garden, while learning about its fascinating history.

Day 3 Leighton Hall & Kingfisher Cruise
We spend this morning at Leighton Hall, a romantic Gothic stately house surrounded by magnificent rolling parkland, and ancestral home of the furniture making Gillow family. You will be made to feel part of the family as we explore the splendid rooms and collections of furniture and artefacts during the relaxed and interesting guided tour of the house. We enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or coffee in style before heading to Barton Grange, a garden centre with a wow factor! - it won the destination Garden Centre of 2022 - where we have free time for lunch and a wander. We could perhaps indulge in a scenic taster cruise from here, meandering along the Lancaster Canal enjoying views of the Bowland Hills. In the afternoon we board our Lancaster Canal cruise with Kingfisher Cruises along the Lune Aqueduct, with its 5 majestic stone arches spanning the river Lune. (Please
note, Aqueduct cruises run from May onwards; alternative cruise options operate
depending on the time of year).

Day 4 RHS Garden Bridgewater & Southport
This morning we enjoy a colourful visit to RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford.
This beautiful garden opened in 2020 and was designed by world famous landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith. Amongst the highlights you can enjoy are an oasis of calm in the Paradise Garden, the Chinese inspired four season themed Streamside Garden and the fabulous Orchard Garden. This afternoon we spend free time in the classic Victorian seaside resort of Southport. Enjoy the fabulous sandy beaches and take a leisurely stroll down the UK’s oldest iron pier to the Pavilion for breathtaking views.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.
Legend

Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa

Blackburn, Lancashire
AAA+
The Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa was originally a 700 year old country manor house, which has been sensitively converted into a 4 star hotel. It has retained many original features in the public areas, including an impressive gothic staircase in the entrance hall. All 175 bedrooms are beautifully decorated and of a good size, and each is equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Breakfast and dinner are served in the elegant restaurant and there is also an atmospheric bar area where customers can relax. The hotel has got extensive landscaped grounds, an indoor heated pool, modern fitness centre and spa.

Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel

Blackburn, Lancashire
4 Nights Half Board
Twin from £239pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £95
Based on Thursday arrivals

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• 1 glass of wine or soft drink with dinner on first & last night
• Tea/coffee after dinner
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£239 for 5 days

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