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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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    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.

  2. Type

    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Burnley

    Historic House set in 24 acres of woodland. You are able to explore the period rooms, art gallery and learn more about Burnley's history whilst a Mouse Trail through the Museum keeps children entertained.

  3. Type

    Steam Railway

    Location:

    Bury

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

  4. 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...

  5. Type

    Historic House

    Location:

    Ormskirk

    Follow in Shakespeare's footsteps and visit one of Lancashire's finest Tudor buildings which was built in the 1530s and is situated just 7 miles from Southport.

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    The Storey

    Type

    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Lancaster

    The Storey Institute has been remodelled as a newly designed centre for the creative industries, Central to Lancaster's artistic, technical and scientific innovation for 130 years, it features art gallery, auditorium and guest exhibitions.

  7. Add The Atkinson to your Itinerary

    The Atkinson

    Type

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Add Morecambe Visitor Information Centre to your Itinerary

    Morecambe Visitor Information Centre

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    Morecambe

    Morecambe Visitor Centre offers local and national information for tourists, accommodation booking service as well as gifts and souvenirs.

  10. 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.

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