After falling into decline during the Georgian era, the house was rescued by the Kay family who restored and extended the house, taking it into the Victorian period. The Kays departed in the 1890s and, after occupation by several more tenants, the property was purchased by Sir Lees Knowles and used as a hunting lodge and weekend retreat. On his death in 1929 Lady Nina Knowles, his widow, gave the tower and grounds to Turton Urban District Council to use for the benefit of the public. Since then the tower has been used as council offices and since 1974 as a museum and historic house.
Today the house 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.
The Victorian Kitchen Tea Room is located in what was once the kitchen at Turton Tower. The location of the kitchen remained unchanged for over 500 years.
You can now enjoy morning coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea in the former Victorian kitchen. Our cakes are a speciality; they are all hand made and home baked.
In the summer you can eat on the garden terrace overlooking the Victorian tennis courts; whilst your children play on the Adventure Playground.
The tea room is open from Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am-4.00pm; including bank holidays.
11th March to 30th October 2017
Wednesday to Sunday, including bank holidays, 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Adults £6, Concessions £5, Children under 16 years (accompanied) FREE
For more information on visiting Turton Tower click here.