From the largest collection of Tiffany Glass in Europe to the last surviving steam powered mill in the world, experience beautiful, mysterious, bizarre and heart- warming tales and collections. During the Industrial Revolution, Pennine Lancashire was one of the most important and wealthy places in the world. Today, the wonderful collections and lavish architecture of its museums, mills and historic houses tell stories of the money made and spent in the region. These wonderful places are perfect for a family day out, containing fascinating collections and exhibits to intrigue and excite young and old. There is so much to see and do and with many of the museums near to each other, why not visit two museums in one day or try one you’ve never been to before?
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Perched on a mound high above the floor of the Ribble Valley, Clitheroe Castle with its Norman keep provides a wonderful day out for the family.
The museum, which occupies the Seventeenth Century Steward’s House, tells the story of the history of Clitheroe from 350 million years ago to the present day.
Admission: Adult £3.85, Concession £2.90, accompanied children FREE
Our Material Girl
The textiles collection at Gawthorpe Hall was amassed by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth. Today the collection includes historic and contemporary lace, quilts, costume, samplers and embroidery from all over the world.
Gawthorpe Hall dates back to the early 16th century and you can wonder at the beautiful long gallery and architecture of the hall as well as enjoying the beautiful gardens and grounds.
Opening times: 12pm-5pm, Wed-Sun (from 23 Mar-3 Nov 2013)
Admission: NT FREE, £4 adults, £3 concessions, accompanied children FREE
Built in 1894, Queen Street Mill Textile Museum is the last surviving, operational steam powered mill in the entire world.
Owned by the ‘The Queen Street Manufacturing Company’, the mill is a time capsule of the late Victorian age. It has an engine called ‘Peace’, named in honour of the locals who lost their lives during the first world war.
Come and see Queen Street Mill’s vast weaving shed, so impressive it featured in a scene from Oscar winning film ‘The King’s Speech’.
Admission: Non Burnley residents £4, Children, Students and Burnley residents FREE
Mummy, Mummy, Mummy
As one of the first museums to open outside of London in 1874, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery houses a rich and fascinating collection of paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, Christian icons and medieval manuscripts.
Children will delight at the collection of bugs (hidden under velvet cloths), the Egyptian Mummy dating from 1AD and the secret storey that is the Explorers’ Gallery.
This Arts and Crafts style mansion was built for brother and sister William and Anne Haworth in 1909 and left to the people of Accrington in 1920. It is home to the largest collection of brilliantly coloured Tiffany Glass in Europe, all thanks to a local boy who went to find fame and fortune in America.
Tiffany vases, mosaics and tiles are all on display along with the art collection of William and Anne Haworth.
Set within the beautiful grounds of Whitaker Park, Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery offers a surprising experience to each visitor.
Inspired by its Victorian history the museum and gallery makes unique connections with contemporary themes. Whether the images and artefacts are from the past the present or the future there is something unique for everyone.
Regular exhibitions and themed heritage pieces rub shoulders with extraordinary natural history - shrunken head and fighting tiger...
Whitaker Park, Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, BB4 6RE
Phone: 01706 260785
Tue-Sun, 10am-4.00pm (closed on Monday)
Built in the 15th Century as nothing more than a defensive fortress, Turton Tower became an impressive and lavish house.
Used for many years as a hunting lodge or second home it has had many owners including the notable Chetham and Kay families.
Given to the public in 1929 Turton Tower is a wonderful visit where you can see the architecture, furniture and gardens of a beautiful historic house.
The Whitaker (previously Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery) is set in a beautiful park in the centre of the Rossendale Valley displaying interesting local history and a Victorian natural history collection.
Whether it’s stepping back in time to view our textile industry in operation, or exploring the historic houses and collections built by the families who owned the mills – there’s something to suit groups of all ages and interests.