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The ancient market town of Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley is a perfect place to stay for visitors wishing to explore Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, one of England’s 36 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). With its extensive range of accommodation including B&B’s, hostels, self catering and camping and caravan sites, your visit to Clitheroe can suit your budget and preferences.
Clitheroe actually dates back to Saxon times so by the time the imposing 12th century Norman Castle that towers over the town had been built, Clitheroe had already been around for nearly 1,000 years! Clitheroe Castle, said to be the smallest Norman castle in England, is now home to a Museum and 16 acres of landscaped gardens, which houses attractions to appeal to every age group. They include a bandstand, children’s playground, skate-park and Lancashire’s first Labyrinth. The Rose Garden also features quirky metal and limestone sculptures.
One of four Circular Walks that take you around the town and surrounding countryside leaves from the Castle – pick up a leaflet from the Visitor’s Centre for directions. Sporting fans might want to enjoy a day at Clitheroe Golf Club, one of the countrys best inland courses. Clitheroe is well known for its plethora of specialist shops. Award-winning Byrnes Wine Shop is famous for its enormous underground cellar bursting with unusual vintages from all over the world. Cowman’s Famous Sausage Shop sells more than 75 sausage varieties while the Exchange Coffee Company stocks more than 35 coffees and 60 specialist teas.
Don't miss the annual Clitheroe Food Festival on 12 August 2017 - sample delicious street food and take home the finest Lancashire produce, then listen to live music whilst enjoying a drink from a pop-up bar.
Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre
- 01200 425566