Ever fancied being a detective for the day?
Recently, the BBC’s Sherlock series was watched by more than 13 million viewers and it’s exactly 30 years since another Sherlock came to visit the North Lancashire historic house.
Back in 1984 ITV transformed it into Ridling Thorpe Manor for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Open every Tuesday to Friday from May to September, visitors to the Hall will discover why there is a still a lock of James II’s hair in the Drawing Room, how one former owner found himself in prison and what is meant by “tickling the moose”.
Descendants of the Gillow family still live in the hall and you’ll be allowed to sit on the furniture.
In August there is a free teddy bear hunt to keep younger visitors amused, before they are free to explore the sandpit dig, caterpillar maze, tree faces and dens in the garden.
Leighton Hall near Carnforth has its own real life tale to tell, including the fascinating history of the famous Gillow furniture making dynasty.
Suzie Reynolds, owner of the Hall, said: “I talk to lots of people who say, they didn’t realise Leighton had so many interesting secrets, stories and historical anecdotes, so this year we thought it would be fun to tie in the tour to our special Sherlock anniversary.
“We’re asking guests to play detective and come to investigate the intrigue and mysteries surrounding Leighton Hall!”
Leighton Hall is open weekday afternoons (Tues-Fri 2pm-5pm), May-September. Admission Adults: £7.75,
Concessions: £6.75, Children age 5-12, £4.95.