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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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    Historic House

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    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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    Theme Ride / Tableau / Waxworks

    Location:

    Blackpool


    The Blackpool Tower Dungeon – Yuletide Spirit 19 Dec 2014 – 4 Jan 2015

    Make sure you visit The Blackpool Tower Dungeon this festive season and meet the Ghost of Christmas - The White Lady.

    A tragic story of a lady who waited for her husband to be, as he travelled back to Blackpool by ship on...

  3. 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.

  4. Type

    Farm

    Location:

    Blackpool

    Come to Penny farm to meet rescued horses & ponies and find out more about the work of World Horse Welfare, stroll around our farm tracks then treat yourself to homemade cakes & snacks in our coffee shop.
    What's On at Penny Farm
    Penny Farm is free to visit and is open to the public on Wednesdays,...

  5. Type

    Museum

    Location:

    Preston

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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...

  8. Type

    Tower

    Location:

    Blackpool

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

  9. Type

    Museum

    Location:

    Throughout Lancashire

    Imagine a place where you can explore, touch, learn, discover and most of all have fun. At Lancashire Museums we have lots of stuff going on to tempt you and your families.

  10. 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! This engaging and interactive attraction grants you an audience with some of Britain’s best known celebrities;

    -  New for 2014. Olympic champion Mo Farah and iconic Coronation Street couple...

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