Sheltered by ancient trees, bordered by rolling lawns and framed by high stone walls, Turton Tower is a wonderful place to explore. It was built in 1420 as a simple fortress but later became a family home during the Tudor and Stuart periods. The Orrell family added to it during the 17th century, and other extensions were built after that by various other familes, including a 'mock Tudor' addition during the 19th century. Inside are some of the finest paintings and furniture in the region.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Mar-Oct, Wed-Sun & BHs 10-4
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About the area
Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.
The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.
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