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Discover Lancashire's Heritage

From witches and ghosts to towers and castles, myths and legends, fables and folklore, Lancashire has it all.

Follow in the footsteps of the Pendle Witches, the most famous witchcraft trials in English History, from Pendle Heritage Centre, the village of Newchurch and Pendle Hill through the Trough of Bowland to the dungeons of Lancaster Castle, where the witches met their deaths.

If ghost hunting is your thing or you enjoy a spine tingling ghost story, join one of the spooky ghost walks through the historic towns of Blackburn, Darwen or Whalley, or visit the ghosts that reside at many of the county’s historic houses such as Samlesbury Hall, Towneley Hall and Rufford Old Hall.

Discover the Tolkein Trail, starting at the magnificent Stonyhurst College, where J.R.R Tolkein wrote his epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ and Journey to the ‘centre of the Kingdom’, decide for yourself whether the stunning landscape of the Ribble Valley was the inspiration for ‘Middle Earth’.

Visit an area steeped in history and fascinating facts and discover for yourself the secrets Lancashire holds.

    • Haunted Lancashire

      Haunted Lancashire

      Lancashire has got a fascinating haunted past, which makes it a great place to visit throughout the year, not just for Halloween. Lancashire is said to be the third most haunted county in the UK.

    • Living in History

      Living in History

      Read about the challenges and rewards of living in a historic house in Lancashire.

    • Clitheroe Castle

      Clitheroe Castle

      Clitheroe Castle Museum stands high on Castle Hill, in the shadow of the keep, an image which has dominated Clitheroe's skyline for over 800 years.

    • Lancaster Castle

      Lancaster Castle

      Unlock the secrets Lancaster Castle with a fascinating castle tour which includes the Shire hall - home to the country's largest display of coat of arms.

    • Discover Blackpool's Heritage

      Discover Blackpool's Heritage

      Blackpool, a town synonymous with seaside sunshine along with thrills and adventure has an abundance of rich culture and impressive heritage waiting to be discovered.

    • The Jacobites in Lancashire

      Lancashire is an area rich in Jacobite history for two reasons. Firstly, a number of prominent Jacobite families lived in the region, which accounts for the Jacobite artefacts at Stonyhurst College, Browsholme Hall, and Towneley Hall.

    • Halls & Historic Houses

      Halls & Historic Houses

      Lancashire's built heritage includes historic buildings of many sizes, periods and types, ranging from the humblest barn to the grandest mansion.

    • Heritage & Arts Walks

      Heritage & Arts Walks

      Learn about Lancashire's Heritage and see some of the area's new arts installation.

    • Lancashire's Literary Links

      Lancashire's Literary Links

      Lancashire has a hugely exciting past with links to literary greats such as JRR Tolkien, the Brontes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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