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Museums

Here you can travel around both country and coast to explore Lancashire’s historic wonders. Discover the stories behind a county full of history and interesting artefacts. Whatever your interest, we know that our buildings and the treasures within will capture your imagination.  From the Museum of Lancashire to the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Lancashire has a whole host of museums that are perfect for all the family. Most offer programmes of free activities for young visitors and many are free to enter! Whether you're looking to soak up some culture at the Harris Museum, explore the house and gardens at Lytham Hall, make it an educational trip to Lancaster Castle, or just want to treat the kids to an entertaining day out in the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, take your pick of the top family-friendly museums listed below.

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    Museum

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    Preston

    The Museum of Lancashire gives you a great introduction to all things Lancashire. With displays and activities aimed at different ages, there is something for all of the family to enjoy.

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    Museum

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    Lancaster

    Discover more about Lancaster's past from the Romans to the present day and trace the pedigree of Lancaster's regiment from 1680 onwards at the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum.

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    Farm

    Location:

    Blackpool


    Penny Farm is a horse rescue & rehabilitation centre operated by the charity World Horse Welfare. We welcome visitors 3 days a week to meet the ponies & find out more about the work of the charity. 

    The main stable area is indoors and the site has full disabled access. Visitors are also welcome...

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    Historic House

    Location:

    Burnley

    An Elizabethan Gem in industrial Lancashire, period rooms, work by Charles Barry and Pugin, nationally important Rachel Kay - Shuttleworth textile collection, National Portrait Gallery paintings, connections to English Civil War.

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    Steam Railway

    Location:

    Bury

    The East Lancashire Railway is a mainly steam hauled service between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall. This popular steam railway offers a great day out for all of the family and hosts a wide variety of events and attractions to suit all ages and interests from railway enthusiasts to a...

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    Museum

    Location:

    Market Square, Preston

    A great day out for all the family, the Harris Museum & Art Gallery is a treasure trove of fantastic art and fascinating objects.

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    Historic House

    Location:

    Preston

    Built in 1325 Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior, the Hall is almost equidistant between Blackburn and Preston, yet retaining a rural feel.

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    Museum

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    Burnley

    A unique survivor of the textile industry, Queen Street Mill represents the last commercial steam powered textile weaving mill in the world.

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    Museum

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    Fleetwood

    Explore the story of Fleetwood from fishing port to holiday destination, from Victorian times to present, within the friendliest museum.

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    Museum

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    Lancaster

    Built in the centre of Lancaster against the backdrop of Lancaster Castle this elegant, Grade I listed building is Lancaster's oldest town house. The house was originally home to Thomas Covell, Keeper of Lancaster Castle and notorious witch hunter.

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