SD 587-686 Lancashire England
Hornby Castle was originally a 13th century stone keep and courtyard fortress, founded by Hubert de Burgh, earl of Kent. In the early 16th century, Sir Edward Stanley, lord Monteagle restored the great octagonal tower and his motto with the eagles claw, can still be seen on the keep. Successor of Castle Stede Hornby, the present house is built on the irregular foundations of the former medieval castle. At the broad end of the tapered courtyard, which contains the hall, the keep and a further tower, Francis Charteris erected an early 18th century mansion house. In the 19th century, the castle received extensive additions and was completely remodelled, in the Victorian Gothic style. 2 miles north-east is Castle Mound, Melling and 7 miles south-west is Castle Hill, Halton.
Hornby Castle is located in the village centre, off Main Street. 9 miles north-east of Lancaster, on the A683.
The site is a private residence and the gardens and keep are open, in February on Snowdrop Weekend and the May Bank Holiday Weekend 11:00-4:00pm, check website for dates. The castle is also visible from Wenning bridge.
There is a car park.