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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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    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.

  2. Type

    Steam Railway

    Location:

    Bury

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

  3. Type

    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.

  4. Add Lancaster Visitor Information Centre to your Itinerary

    Lancaster Visitor Information Centre

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    Meeting House Lane, Lancaster

    Theatre Tickets, gifts, books, artwork, souvenirs, Bus and coach reservations are all available at Lancaster Visitor Information Centre.

  5. 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!

  6. Add Clitheroe Castle and Museum to your Itinerary

    Clitheroe Castle and Museum

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location:

    Clitheroe

    This historic landmark, in the heart of Ribble Valley provides a stunning vantage point. Intriguing galleries take you through 350 million years of history and geology of the local area.

  7. 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.

  8. Add Brooks Collectables and Museum to your Itinerary

    Brooks Collectables and Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location:

    Blackpool

    Unique to Blackpool, family run collectors shop and free museum on South Promenade. The shop sells unusual giftware and collectables.

  9. Add Ribchester Roman Bath House to your Itinerary

    Ribchester Roman Bath House

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    Ribchester

    Although long disused, it is still possible to see the remains of the sweating room (sudatorium), the warm room (tepidarium), and the hot room (caldarium) in the ruins of Ribchester Bath-House.

  10. Add Blackpool Tramway & Heritage Tours to your Itinerary

    Blackpool Tramway & Heritage Tours

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    Blackpool

    Blackpool Tramway is home to both a modern, light rail system along with a Heritage tram operation which runs tours on weekends and during school holidays. Looking to hire a tram, join one of the regular events or simply enjoy a ride along Blackpool's Promenade? Visit our website to find out more!

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