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20th April – Frightful Folklore

Posted on 11th Jan 2024 | Jane


Delve into Lancastrian legends as you immerse yourself in the supernatural beliefs and rituals of the past in this two-hour walking tour.

This tour will take us through the Banqueting Hall, down into the Underground Passages and unlock the restricted doors to the previously inaccessible East Wing – the most haunted part of Hoghton Tower that has never been opened to the public.

How did our ancestors use the concept of demons to explain sleep paralysis?

Is that carving in the porch of your local church really what you think it is?

What is that tapping on your window at night?

A recent resurgence of interest in traditional beliefs and customs, coupled with morbid curiosities and our superstitious past have led to a melting pot of ideas.

Join us as we explore a collection of frightful damnable tales and folklore, unearthing the obsessions of our ancestors, and how deep rooted fears still saturate the Lancastrian soil.

Important Information

Age Restrictions

The tour is not suitable for anyone under 12. All participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Comfort & Access

The Tower will be extremely cold this time of year and this adds to the ghostly experience of the tour. Please ensure that you are wearing sufficiently warm, outdoor clothing and comfortable shoes, suitable for walking on uneven, historic surfaces.

The starting point for the tour is accessed either via two flights of stone steps without a handrail or, alternatively, a single flight of narrower stones steps with a handrail. The tour itself involves a number of flights of stairs and different historic, sometimes, uneven and damp floor surfaces. The stairs include those into the underground passages and some are without handrails. For more information, please refer to the Facilities and Access page on our website.


The Tearoom will be open for light refreshments and drinks as follows:

Saturday 20th April – 11am – 3pm

By booking one of our tours you are helping the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust (Registered Charity: 508357) preserve this beautiful historic building and its grounds so that generations to come can continue to enjoy this unique piece of Lancashire’s heritage. Thank you. 


All bookings are non-refundable and non-transferrable, please check the details carefully and ensure that you can commit to the date and time before you complete your booking as regrettably, we are unable to accommodate any changes once your booking is finalised.

If we have to cancel your booking for any reason, you will be offered a full refund or the opportunity to transfer your ticket to an alternative session (subject to availability).


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