A Day Out At Stonyhurst
Visit Stonyhust College, a beautiful collection of buildings within the Stonyhurst Estate and a fantastic day out. Located near the picturesque village of Hurst Green in the Ribble Valley area of Lancashire, the now-co-educational boarding school grounds are bounded by the River Hodder, Hurst Green and Longridge Fell, and boasts an abundance of natural and near-untouched rural beauty.
The college is open for tours during the summer months, in which you can enjoy an introduction to its large collection of historically significant artefacts and objects whilst at the same time basking in the wonderful scenery.
For those Lord of the Rings lovers the Tolkien Trail may be of particular interest, as you are given unbounded access to the areas of the countryside thought to have been a significant inspiration to the author during his stay at the college in the late 1940s. What’s more, Tolkien isn’t the only famous author thought to have found his muse within the area. Indeed, it is widely assumed that the grounds also inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write his Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.
A relaxing day out for those who merely wish to stroll around the gardens or admire the ample collection of artwork within the building itself, or for those seeking a more active excursion visitors are welcome to make use of extensive sports facilities, including a swimming pool, a golf course, an outdoor astroturf hockey pitch and an indoor sports hall.
In addition to the offer of refreshments from the College’s on-site café, Hurst Green is home to a number of award-winning country pubs, such as the Shireburn Arms and the Bayley Arms, which have acquired fame for their delicious menus, warm welcomes and cosy interior.
Visit the website for further details on tours, contacts and directions. Click here.