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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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    Museum

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    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.

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    Steam Railway

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    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...

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    Museum

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    Fleetwood

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

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    Museum

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    Burnley

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

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    Castle / Fort

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    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.

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    Castle / Fort

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    Clitheroe

    Historic landmark of Clitheroe, in the heart of the Ribble Valley - a day of exploration for all the family. Our new look galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of history, heritage and geology of the local area.

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    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...

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    Museum

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    Preston

    SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR 2012 - LANCASHIRE TOURISM AWARDS!
    Your family friendly introduction to all things Lancashire.

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

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    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.

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    Museum

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    Helmshore

    In the quiet village of Helmshore in the stunning Rossendale Valley are two original Lancashire textile mills: Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill together known as Helmshore Mills Textile Museum.

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