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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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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

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    Carnforth

    Made famous by David Lean's romantic classic film Brief Encounter, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in 1945, the award-winning heritage centre includes a faithful restoration of the refreshment room where Laura and Alec first met.

  2. Type

    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...

  3. Add Fleetwood Museum to your Itinerary

    Fleetwood Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location:

    Fleetwood

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

  4. Add Lancaster City Museum to your Itinerary

    Lancaster City Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location:

    Lancaster

    Lancaster City Museum and The King's Own Royal Regiment Museum lies in the heart of Lancaster in an elegant Georgian building. Learn all about Lancaster’s past from the Romans to the present day and see the wonderful collections on display.

  5. Add Lancaster Leisure Park  to your Itinerary

    Lancaster Leisure Park

    Type

    Factory Outlet

    Location:

    Lancaster

    Lancaster Leisure Park, home to the famous GB Antiques Centre, The Original Factory Shop, Lancaster Brewery, Country Style Meats Farm Shop, Giggles Play and Adventure Centre, Marshalls Self Drive & Turning Point Dance Studio.

  6. Add Samlesbury Hall to your Itinerary

    Samlesbury Hall

    Type

    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.

  7. Add Bancroft Mill to your Itinerary

    Bancroft Mill

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    Barnoldswick

    A demonstration featuring the textile mill engine in steam, original boilers and Lancashire loom demonstrations.

  8. Add Queen Street Mill Textile Museum to your Itinerary

    Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location:

    Burnley

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

  9. Add The Whitaker to your Itinerary

    The Whitaker

    Type

    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Rossendale,

    The Whitaker (previously Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery) is set in a beautiful park in the centre of the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire.

  10. Add West Lancashire Light Railway to your Itinerary

    West Lancashire Light Railway

    Type

    Railway

    Location:

    Hesketh Bank

    An operational, narrow gauge steam railway, with a historic collection of locomotives and rolling stock. 6 steam locomotives (3 operational and 3 undergoing restoration). Open every Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter to the end of October.

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