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Heritage Revealed

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.

    • 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.

    • Churches and Sacred Sites

      Churches and Sacred Sites

      All of the feature sacred sites have been awarded the Marque of Excellence for Multi-Faith Tourism. These places of worship share their cultural heritage and collections with the community and visitors alike.

    • 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.

    • Blackpool Audio Feature

      Blackpool Audio Feature

      Listen to an audio feature on Blackpool's Heritage (mp3). There is renewed interest in the history of Blackpool as the first mass seaside resort in the world.

    • People's Playtime and Wakes Week

      People's Playtime and Wakes Week

      Most people in Northern England will have heard of the Lancashire wakes weeks - those occasions when entire towns would close down completely while their populations migrated to the seaside.

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