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Turton Tower

Built as a stone tower in the 1400s, this ancient house was a family home for 500 years.

A visit here will give your pupils an insight into how those people lived their lives, long ago. We offer a range of activities for school groups, which use both the house and its garden.

Our staff know that all classes differ in their needs and abilities and are happy to tailor a session to your particular class, please just call us.

Special Collection

Today Turton Tower still captures the spirit of the Tudor and Victorian ages and displays one of the finest collections of period furniture and paintings in the region. Many items are on display from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Local Story

Turton Tower evolved from being a simple stone tower house into an impressive and comfortable residence owned by the Orrell family, Humphrey Chetham and the Kay family who transformed it into a romantic Gothic building.

Learning Sessions

Meet the Tudors

Full day / KS2 / History

Your pupils get to tour the house with two of our costumed interpreters; looking at the different lives lived by the rich and the poor.  The children will be able to handle replica objects from the period and after lunch they get to learn a Tudor dance!

View and download the session’s risk assessment here.

Meet the Tudors Session Outline Turton Tower

Risk Assessment Meet the Tudors at Turton Tower

Homes from the Past

Full day / KS1 / History

The house was a family home for some 500 years and the children get to compare and contrast what life was like then with their own homes.  Ancient loos, four poster beds and a studded front door all help to show the ways in which homes have changed.

View and download the session outline and risk assessment here.

Homes from the Past Session Outline Turton Tower

Risk Assessment Homes from the Past at Turton Tower

Special Events Week

Victorian Christmas – December 2017 (Dates to be confirmed)

Allow your pupils to take a step back in time to explore the simpler pleasures of a Victorian Christmas.  The children will spend half a day learning about Christmas in the ‘Old Days’ through a range of different, fun activities and get to meet a real Victorian Santa!

Cost: £6 per pupil