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Discover witchcraft and ghosts at Samlesbury Hall

As stately homes go, Samlesbury Hall Near Preston in Lancashire looks as though it's been gift-wrapped in monochrome perfection with its striking original black and white exterior.

From Sunday to Friday, the hall and its grounds are open to the public, and you can get a sampling of its history and learn about its eerie reputation as one of the most haunted buildings in Britain.

History, witchcraft, animals and a play area are what keep families coming back to Samlesbury Hall. It helps that entrance and parking are both free, too.

Free fun for all the family

Working animals have been introduced to Samlesbury Hall, and you can feed the pigs, goats and rabbits that live within the grounds.

Kids will also enjoy the woodland play area, and after they've burned off all that energy, they can head to the hives and learn all about the hall's bees and honey production.

If you get hungry, there's a fine dining restaurant on site, or a wafflery for a sweet treat.

Football, art and history in Nearby Preston

The busy city of Preston is just a short drive from Samlesbury and offers plenty of attractions, including the National Football Museum, where you can learn about the beautiful game by exploring over 140,000 items. There's also the Harris Museum, complete with beautiful Greek murals and the Lancashire Infantry Museum which showcases various weapons, medals, flags and other artefacts.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Samlesbury Hall? Travelodge Preston is just a 10 minute drive or Travelodge Preston Chorley is less than a 15 minute drive away.