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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 Clitheroe Castle 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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    Exhibition Centre

    Location:

    Southport

    The Atkinson is an £18 million multi art-form venue set in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Southport. With its beautifully restored art galleries and theatre it hosts the very best of visual and performing arts throughout the year.

  2. Type

    Steam Railway

    Location:

    Bury

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

  3. Type

    Theme Ride / Tableau / Waxworks

    Location:

    Blackpool

    A visit to Madame Tussauds Blackpool is guaranteed to leave you feeling more than a little star struck!

  4. Type

    Tower

    Location:

    Blackpool

    There are plenty of experiences on offer at The Blackpool Tower to ensure you have an unparalleled Blackpool experience

  5. Add Lancaster Maritime Museum to your Itinerary

    Lancaster Maritime Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location:

    Lancaster

    Lancaster Maritime Museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings dating from the second half of the 18th century. Come and discover the history of the merchants and learn about Lancaster’s exciting trade industry.

  6. Add Furness Abbey to your Itinerary

    Furness Abbey

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location:

    Barrow In Furness

    Impressive red sandstone remains and ornately decorated chapter house. Once was the second most prosperous Cistercian abbey in England.

  7. Add Carnforth Station Heritage Centre to your Itinerary

    Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    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.

  8. Add World Horse Welfare Penny Farm to your Itinerary

    World Horse Welfare Penny Farm

    Type

    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...

  9. Add British Commercial Vehicle Museum to your Itinerary

    British Commercial Vehicle Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location:

    Leyland

    Submerge yourself in a nostalgic environment, packed with sounds, smells and sights from a bygone era. Enjoy a sensory experience loved by both young and old. Hear the real people stories, from factory workers and drivers.

  10. Add Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library to your Itinerary

    Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

    Type

    Museum

    Location:

    Market Square, Preston

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

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