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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.

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

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  1. Add Lancaster City Museum to your Itinerary

    Lancaster City Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location:

    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.

  2. Add Farmer Parrs Animal World to your Itinerary

    Farmer Parrs Animal World

    Type

    Farm

    Location:

    Fleetwood

    If ewe like animals, ewe’ll love Farmer Parr's. An award winning LEA approved visitor centre comprising of an animal farm, museum, pottery, tea room / shop, outdoor play area and large indoor barns.

  3. Add Old School Brewery  to your Itinerary

    Old School Brewery

    Type

    Brewery

    Location:

    Carnforth

    The Old School Brewery is a microbrewery situated at the foot of Warton Crag in North Lancashire. Simply mixing top quality ingredients with patience and a respect of their beautiful environment to produce first class, hand-crafted beers.

  4. Add The Museum of Lancashire to your Itinerary

    The Museum of Lancashire

    Type

    Museum

    Location:

    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.

  5. Add Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery

    Type

    Historic House

    Location:

    Astley Village, Chorley

    Astley Hall dates from 1580 with subsequent additions. Unique collections of furniture including a fine Elizabethan bed and the famous Shoval Board Table.

  6. Add East Lancashire Railway to your Itinerary

    East Lancashire Railway

    Type

    Steam Railway

    Location:

    Bury

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

  7. Add Gawthorpe Hall to your Itinerary

    Gawthorpe Hall

    Type

    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.

  8. Add Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours to your Itinerary

    Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    Blackpool

    Blackpool was home to the first electric tramway in mainland Britain back in 1885 and the operational fleet is comprised of many different tram cars that have been seen on the Blackpool tramway since the turn of the 20th century.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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