Today’s Tower might have been built in 1565 by Thomas Hoghton, but he was far from the first; previous structures here date all the way back to 1109.
The hilltop location, which made Hoghton Tower strategically crucial for centuries, now guarantees brilliant views to the Lakes, the Irish Sea and Wales, from the heart of the famous county which gives it so much of its identity.
Kings, queens, artists and authors have all been regular visitors here, adding their stories and a national perspective to what’s always been a unique, inspiring setting. If they’d kept a Guest Book, you’d find the signatures, among others, of William III & Queen Mary, George V & Queen Mary, as well as Dickens and Shakespeare (and Cillian Murphy!)
Hoghton Tower is the ancestral home of the de Hoghtons, who still own this Grade I listed building, offering a link not just to the earliest builders of the Tower, but to William the Conqueror and Lady Godiva too.