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Discover Lancashire's Heritage

From witches and ghosts to towers and castles, myths and legends, fables and folklore, Lancashire has it all.

Follow in the footsteps of the Pendle Witches, the most famous witchcraft trials in English History, from Pendle Heritage Centre, the village of Newchurch and Pendle Hill through the Trough of Bowland to the dungeons of Lancaster Castle, where the witches met their deaths.

If ghost hunting is your thing or you enjoy a spine tingling ghost story, join one of the spooky ghost walks through the historic towns of Blackburn, Darwen or Whalley, or visit the ghosts that reside at many of the county’s historic houses such as Samlesbury Hall, Towneley Hall and Rufford Old Hall.

Discover the Tolkein Trail, starting at the magnificent Stonyhurst College, where J.R.R Tolkein wrote his epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ and Journey to the ‘centre of the Kingdom’, decide for yourself whether the stunning landscape of the Ribble Valley was the inspiration for ‘Middle Earth’.

Visit an area steeped in history and fascinating facts and discover for yourself the secrets Lancashire holds.

    • Lancaster Castle

      Lancaster Castle

      Unlock the secrets Lancsater Castle with a fasinating castle tour which includes the Shire hall - home to the country's largest display of coat of arms.

    • Living in History

      Living in History

      Read about the challenges and rewards of living in a historic house in Lancashire.

    • The Battle of Preston

      The Battle of Preston

      2015 sees the 300 year anniversary of the Battle of Preston, the last ever battle fought on English soil and one which the city will be marking with a variety of exhibitions, guided walks and events in the latter half of the year.

    • Discover Blackpool's Heritage

      Discover Blackpool's Heritage

      Blackpool, a town synonymous with seaside sunshine along with thrills and adventure has an abundance of rich culture and impressive heritage waiting to be discovered.

    • The Jacobites in Lancashire

      The Jacobites in Lancashire

      Lancashire is an area rich in Jacobite history for two reasons. Firstly, a number of prominent Jacobite families lived in the region, which accounts for the Jacobite artefacts at Stonyhurst College, Browsholme Hall, and Towneley Hall.

    • Halls & Historic Houses

      Halls & Historic Houses

      Lancashire's built heritage includes historic buildings of many sizes, periods and types, ranging from the humblest barn to the grandest mansion.

    • Heritage & Arts Walks

      Heritage & Arts Walks

      Learn about Lancashire's Heritage and see some of the area's new arts installation.

    • Industrial Heritage

      Industrial Heritage

      Once known as the 'Workshop of the World,' Lancashire was where the Industrial Revolution began, two and a half centuries ago.

    • Lancashire's Literary Links

      Lancashire's Literary Links

      Lancashire has a hugely exciting past with links to literary greats such as JRR Tolkien, the Brontes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    • A Bewitching Short Break

      A Bewitching Short Break

      From the untamed moorlands of Pendle Hill to the mighty court of Lancaster, follow the journey taken by the Lancashire witches in 1612 through the Forest of Bowland AONB.

    • Historic Hideaway for Two

      Historic Hideaway for Two

      Follow in the footsteps of royalty when you stay at Hoghton Tower, one of Lancashire's most stunning historic homes.

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