Historical Tours of PLAU


As part of Preston’s Heritage Open Days, we will be hosting historical tours of one of Preston’s oldest buildings, built 350 years ago, whose history has been revealed by our recent restoration. From the medieval well and gin distillery in the cellar to a rare reed ceiling on the top floor, the former Plough Inn has links to key events in Preston’s history. The tour is free of charge.

The Plough Inn is a long lost pub, brought back to life, reopening some 105 years after it called Last Orders in 1913. After an extensive 3 year restoration project, you have the opportunity to explore the many levels, corridors and small rooms of this building dating back to the 17th Century. This includes the recently excavated vaulted cellar rooms which contain a Dram Shop last used in the 1850s and the remains of the tiny distillery that served it. Also the Medieval stone well in the cellar that predates the building and is thought to be associated with the nearby Friary closed by Henry VIII in 1539. Other features include a rare surviving Reed and Lime ceiling on the top floor. Learn about the fascinating history of the building from the Puritan Chorley Family who built it in the 17th century, through to its ownership by one of the leading Jacobite Aristocratic families in the 18th Century, through to the role it played in the Temperance movement during the 19th Century.

Tour Dates & Times

Please note, booking is essential. You can reserve a space that corresponds to the tour time and date via our reservation system here. Due to the nature of the building, our historical tours are not recommended for those with limited mobility.

Sunday 15th September - 11am & 2pm

Monday 16th September - 6pm

Tuesday 17th September - 6pm

Wednesday 18th September - 6pm

Useful Links:

Preston Heritage Open Days - For the full itinerary of what’s on in Preston

PLAU’s History - Read about what we’ve uncovered so far

Book yourself in on the tour - Via our online booking system