Lancashire has always been the home of forward thinkers and the industrial revolution was no exception. With the help of an entrepreneur, Richard Arkwright, Lancashire’s cotton industry flourished, and you can still see and visit some of the mills used then today.

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
Actually wool mills rather than cotton, Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill in the quite village of Helmshore are now home to the Helmshore Mills Textile Museum. Here you can learn about the historic mills and witness original machinery at work from both the wool and cotton manufacturing.

Oswaldtwistle Mills
Located in one of Lancashire’s former cotton weaving mills (Moscow Mill), and with James Hargreaves, inventor of the Spinning Jenny, an ancestor on their family tree, this now one stop shopping destination has a fantastic history to share.

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum
Queen Street Mill is the last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill from the days when cotton was king. Visitors are still be able to see weaving demonstrations in the warehouse where warp and weft combine to make cloth. 

Holmes Mill
Now a multi-attraction destination, Holmes Mill was originally established in 1823 as a cotton mill and continued to grow until it housed 16,000 mule spindles and over 700 looms. You can still see the original features of the mill including the original cross-compound horizontal engine, installed in 1910, in The Beer Hall.

Ascot Studios Art Gallery
Located in the historic Bee Mill, this contemporary art gallery incorporates the original features into the space, and the enormous amount of natural light lends itself perfectly for the exhibition and production of large-scale artwork.

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Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
Museum
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Nestling side by side 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.

Oswaldtwistle Mills
Shop/Shopping Centre
Oswaldtwistle Mills

Oswaldtwistle Mills is an award-winning shopping village in Lancashire that has something to amaze, charm and intrigue visitors of all ages. The former weaving mill has over 100 retailers all under one roof.

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum
Museum
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Queen Street Mill is Grade 1 listed and the last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill in the world.

Holmes Mill
Brewery
Holmes Mill

Based in the heart of Clitheroe, Holmes Mill is a unique celebration of Lancashire food, drink and entertainment. Featuring a beer hall, hotel, food hall and much more, this former textiles mill is the perfect place to indulge, unwind and explore.

Ascot Studios Art Gallery
Gallery
Lancashire Art Gallery

Ascot Studios is a contemporary art gallery in Lancashire with a wide range of original paintings for sale from highly collectible professional artists. The exhibition gallery and studio space is located within Bee Mill - a converted industrial north light building in the historic Roman village of Ribchester, in the Ribble Valley.

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