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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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  1. Add Litfest to your Itinerary

    Litfest

    Type

    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Lancaster

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

  5. Add Lancaster Castle to your Itinerary

    Lancaster Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location:

    Lancaster

    Steeped in almost 1000 years of history including the trials of the Pendle Witches and the Birmingham Six, Lancaster Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the North West. Come and visit the old cells, Shire Hall and Crown Court.

  6. Add Madame Tussauds Blackpool to your Itinerary

    Madame Tussauds Blackpool

    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!

  7. 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.

  8. Add Woodend Mining Museum to your Itinerary

    Woodend Mining Museum

    Type

    Mine

    Location:

    Burnley

    Woodend Colliery was a small pit in the Burnley Coalfield, it opened in 1912 and closed completely in 1959 and it was in fact the last vertical pit shaft to be sunk in the area.

  9. Add The Centre @ Halton to your Itinerary

    The Centre @ Halton

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    Halton, Lancaster

    A vibrant and welcoming community centre in the heart of Halton, The Centre has something for everyone. Our wide range of facilities offer both indoor and outdoor space with a fantastic skatepark. We have a huge number of classes and activities.

  10. Add Blackpool Model Village & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Blackpool Model Village & Gardens

    Type

    Model/Miniature Village

    Location:

    Blackpool

    An enchanting attraction set in 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens. A welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the resort's more livelier attractions.

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