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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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    Historic House



    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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    Historic House



    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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    Steam Railway



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

  4. Add Fleetwood Museum to your Itinerary

    Fleetwood Museum





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

  5. Add The Storey  to your Itinerary

    The Storey


    Arts, Crafts & Galleries



    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.

  6. Add Farmer Parrs Animal World to your Itinerary

    Farmer Parrs Animal World





    A fab-ewe-lous animal farm with a museum, cafe and gift shop. There is also an outdoor play area, indoor picnic / bouncy castle barn and indoor animal barns too. So there’s plenty to do come rain or shine!

  7. Add Litfest to your Itinerary



    Arts, Crafts & Galleries



    A literature development agency that organise Lancashire's annual literature festival. Established in 1978, the annual festival has been running every year since 1979, making it one of the oldest literature festivals in the UK.

  8. Add The Blackpool Tower Dungeon to your Itinerary

    The Blackpool Tower Dungeon


    Theme Ride / Tableau / Waxworks



    Meet a full cast of infamous villains, rogues and rascals. Hang-out with witches in Pendle, offload with the Skippool Smugglers and battle your way through the War of the Roses. Nobody tells stories like we do: exciting, scary and bloody funny.

  9. Add Queen Street Mill Textile Museum to your Itinerary

    Queen Street Mill Textile Museum





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

  10. Add Gawthorpe Hall to your Itinerary

    Gawthorpe Hall


    Historic House



    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.

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