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Castles, Towers and Ruins

Lancashire is home to a number of castles, towers and ruins spread out across the county.

The famous Lancaster Castle, Lancaster was home to the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612 and was the longest serving operational prison in Europe until its closure in 2011.

Clitheroe Castle in the Ribble Valley has overlooked Clitheroe for over 800 years and with the Castle museum down below, this is an interesting day out for the whole family.

The Roman Bath House in Ribchester served the needs of soldiers and the local population from around 100 AD and was in use for about 200 years.

Hoghton Tower, the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, has been part of Lancashire's landscape since 1565.

    • Lancaster Castle

      Lancaster Castle

      As well as being a fortification, the Castle was also Europe’s longest-serving operational prison until its closure in March 2011. It is also famous for the Lancashire Witch Trials in 1612.

    • Clitheroe Castle

      Clitheroe Castle

      Clitheroe Castle Museum stands high on Castle Hill, in the shadow of the keep, an image which has dominated Clitheroe's skyline for over 800 years.

    • Hoghton Tower

      Hoghton Tower

      Set in magnificent grounds, situated 650ft above sea level and approached by a steep, straight 0.75 mile long drive is Hoghton Tower, a 16th-century Elizabethan fortified manor-house.

    • Ribchester Roman Bath House

      Ribchester Roman Bath House

      The bath-house at Ribchester was built in about AD 100. It continued in use for about 200 years. It was designed to serve the needs of the soldiers garrisoned in the nearby fort and later for the local civilian population.

    • Whalley Abbey

      Whalley Abbey

      14th Century Cistercian Abbey Ruins set in beautiful gardens and woodland beside the River Calder in The Ribble Valley.

    • Darwen Tower

      Darwen Tower

      The octagonal Jubilee Tower on Beacon Hill, overlooking the town of Darwen, was completed in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

    • Turton Tower

      Turton Tower

      Turton Tower is a distinctive English country house located in the small village of Turton on the edge of the popular walking area of the West Pennine Moors.

    • Jubilee Tower

      Jubilee Tower

      A square stone built tower to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee which makes a superb viewing platform.

    • Wycoller Hall

      Wycoller Hall

      Wycoller Hall was built by the Hartley family at the end of the 16th century and subsequently extended in the 18th by Squire Henry Owen Cunliffe, as part of his campaign to attract a wealthy wife.

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