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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.

Visit the Lancashire Tourism Award 2015 winning Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery.

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    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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    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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    A tiny, intriguing 18th-Century cottage spread over 5 floors is the Cottage Museum, offering an intimate glimpse of early Victorian life. Come and meet the Victorian housekeeper and discover gadgets and utensils used in the 19th Century.

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    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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    Castle / Fort



    Steeped in almost 1000 years of history including the trials of the Pendle Witches and the Birmingham Six, Lancaster Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the North West. Come and visit the old cells, Shire Hall and Crown Court.

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    Castle / Fort



    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.

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    In the quiet village of Helmshore in the stunning Rossendale Valley are two original Lancashire textile mills: Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill together known as Helmshore Mills Textile Museum.

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

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    Historic House



    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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    Steam Railway



    The East Lancashire Railway is a mainly steam hauled service between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

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