Samlesbury Hall, Preston


Last weekend Lucas and I went for a mooch around Samlesbury Hall near Preston. It is somewhere I used to drive past on a regular basis but I don’t think I have ever visited before. I made a list of free places to visit in Lancashire last year and as part of my things to do before I’m 40, I thought I should use this list to visit places in my local area more often.


Samlesbury Hall, Preston. Lucas is stood in front of a wooden play area


Samlesbury Hall and grounds are a registered charity known as the Samlesbury Hall Trust (Charity number 526052), whose aim is to preserve the Hall for the people of the area and visitors to Lancashire.


Samlesbury Hall, Preston. Lucas and I smiling into the camera with a pirate sail behind us. I have dark hair tied up wearing a blue hoody and grey coat. Lucas is sat in front of me blonde hair


Although it is a charity, the hall, grounds and parking is completely free.


Samlesbury Hall, Preston Lucas is climbing up a rope ladder of the pirate ship wooden play area. He is wearing a blue geometric coat with a blue penguin backpack and navy trousers with blue wellies


The hall is wonderful to look round from the Victorian kitchen, schoolroom & the 1950s bedroom, there is plenty to see, along with changing exhibitions in the Long Gallery. Unlike a lot of old stately homes you visit, everything isn’t behind a rope that you aren’t allowed to cross. Samlesbury Hall encourage visitors to get up close to the belongings and this went down really well with the children we saw there as they could play with the toys in the bedroom and weren’t constantly being told not to touch which does take the fun away. It’s a great place to learn and play in a relaxed environment. They also do free guided tours on Sundays.


Samlesbury Hall, Preston


As well as the hall to visit there is a restaurant, wafflery (we had waffles with chocolate dipping sauce which was immense), gift shop, animals, play area and a bee centre.



Lucas absolutely loved the pirate play area. It was incredible to watch him in it too as he started off quite nervous saying ‘I can’t do it’ and by the time we had finished playing he was grinning and proudly saying ‘I can do it Mummy!’. He explored the climbing area and balanced using rope that made us both nervous but seeing his face when he had accomplished going from one side to another was fab.


Samlesbury Hall Preston a glass observatory bee hive


After we had finished playing we walked past the animals to the bee centre. Lucas now loves honey bee’s and couldn’t wait to tell Daddy and Grandma about the bee’s he had seen. In the centre the is a glass sided observation hive where you can see the bee’s working together. You can also see the outside hives from inside the centre through a window or outside from behind a viewing fence. On Wednesdays and Sundays there are usually bee keepers on site, we went on a Sunday so we did see them and they were all so friendly and eager to impart their wisdom. We had a lovely chat with one and before leaving we purchased some honey fudge produced from the Samlesbury bee’s which was delicious x



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25 Comments on Samlesbury Hall, Preston

  1. It’s so rustic but pretty looking, you both look like you had so much fun and it really is emplified in your writing. I love the rescued hens and the bees. It all looks so great.

  2. Wow! What a unique building, and I love that they allow kids to be hands-on too! I should really make a list of free places to visit in my area as well, as I’m sure there’s so many gems on my doorstep that I’ve never been to! xx

  3. oh wow what a beautiful building im sure the boys would just love that pirate ship what a great place to visit with the family

  4. Wow! That building is gorgeous! I love how they’re great for kids too with all the outdoor play equipment. x

  5. What an awesome place to take the kids to. I love that your little boy enjoyed the play place and learned a lot about bees and how they make honey. That was a good idea to give your son a fun learning experience, and you didn’t have to travel far!

  6. I can’t say its somewhere I’ve heard of before, but it definitely sounds like a good day out and the building is absolutely stunning! xo

  7. I’m ashamed to say I’ve never visited Samlesbury Hall & I really don’t live that far away. In fact I have a friend who lives in Samlesbury! My girls would love that boat play area.

  8. The pirate play area looks great and so fun for the children to climb and explore! I love how they have honey bees on site as it’s so important to protect bees now. Sounds like a lovey day out.

  9. What a great idea to make a list of local places to visit. Samlesbury Hall looks like a wonderful day out 🙂

  10. Ooh, I am going to have to look at your list of free places to visit in Lancashire. This hall looks beautiful too.

  11. Samlesbury Hall sounds like a very child friendly place to visit and spend a nice day with your little one. The rescued chicken and the bees are great ways to learn about the environment and the animal world.

  12. What a wonderful looking place to visit! I cant get over the fact that Samlesbury Hall is free, even the parking is too! This would just encourage me to visit even more.
    I love places that showcase past times, and I think the Victorian classroom must be really interesting to see.
    Oh and waffles!!!

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