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Clitheroe Castle and Museum

Type:Castle / Fort

Castle Hill, Castle Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 1BA

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Clitheroe Castle and Museum

With panoramic views across the Ribble Valley, Clitheroe Castle is perched above the town of Clitheroe where it has dominated the skyline for 800 years. Beyond the castle walls, visitors will find a museum and gift shop making it a must-see destination for all the family.  


The award-winning Clitheroe Castle Museum tells the story of the town, the formation of the landscape 350 million years ago and why the Ribble Valley is a haven for Lancashire's wildlife. Moving through the galleries, the rich heritage, industry, legends and folklore of local people continue to unfold. From local industry and heroes to myths and legends the exhibits, touchscreen animations and oral history sound points make it an interactive experience for everyone to enjoy. Admission for children and young people is free and there are family friendly activities to entertain year-round. Guided tours available on request. 


Open year round and free of charge, the Keep and surrounding park provides a much-loved outdoor space to let off steam, have a gentle stroll, or picnic for everyone to enjoy.   


Clitheroe Castle Museum will re-open for pre-booked visits from Monday 17 May. It will open daily 11am to 4pm. Last entry at 3.20pm.

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£4.90 per ticket
Concessions£3.70 per ticket

Concessions persons over 65, people with a disability, carers, unwaged and students
Accompanied children free
Young people 13-18 free
For group bookings or guided tours please contact us to discuss your needs

Opening Times

Season (1 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Open (3 Apr 2022 - 3 Nov 2022)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00*
Open (4 Nov 2022 - 16 Feb 2023)
Monday - Tuesday12:00 - 16:00*
Wednesday - ThursdayClosed*
Friday - Sunday12:00 - 16:00*
Open (12 Feb 2023 - 20 Feb 2023)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

* The Museum will be closed Christmas Day (25 Dec) Boxing Day (26 Dec) and New Year's Day (1 Jan). All museums are open on all bank holidays between Easter and October.
Last admission to the museum is at 3:30pm.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Saturday, 18th June 2022 - Friday, 30th September 2022

Wheelie Good Cycling Exhibition
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Friday, 1st July 2022 - Sunday, 31st July 2022

Calling all Superheroes - Competition Hunt
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Friday, 1st July 2022 - Sunday, 31st July 2022

Superheroes Craft
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Saturday, 9th July 2022 - Saturday, 9th July 2022

The Red Rosettes Bandstand BonanzaSingers from The Red Rosettes show chorus have set themselves a challenge to perform at 12 bandstands across Lancashire in one day.  From Barrowford to Blackpool and 10 other places in between.
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Saturday, 23rd July 2022

History Beneath Our Feet - Archaeology Day at the Castle
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Saturday, 23rd July 2022

History Beneath Our Feet - Castle Archaeology Tour
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Saturday, 23rd July 2022

History Beneath Our Feet - Junior Archaeologists
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Monday, 1st August 2022 - Wednesday, 31st August 2022

Knights and Princesses Competition Hunt
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Saturday, 20th August 2022 - Saturday, 20th August 2022

A Day of Knights with the Silver School of Arms
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Monday, 22nd August 2022 - Monday, 22nd August 2022

Monday, 3rd October 2022 - Monday, 3rd October 2022

Monday, 5th December 2022 - Monday, 5th December 2022

Finds Day with the Portable Antiquities Scheme
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  • VAQAS Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
VAQAS Quality Assured Visitor Attraction


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

From the South (Preston, Blackburn) - Leave M6 at Junction 31. Follow signs for Clitheroe A59 for approximately 13 miles. Straight on at roundabout with McDonald’s. Turn left at next roundabout (A671). Enter Clitheroe. At mini roundabout turn left signed “Town Centre”. Follow Castle Museum designated brown parking signs. From the North (Skipton) - Follow A59. After passing the turning for Chatburn/Downham, take the second turning on the right signed “Clitheroe, A671”. At first roundabout turn left Chatburn Rd. At next roundabout turn right, then at the following roundabout keep straight on signed “Waddington, Longridge”. Follow road around sharp left hand bend - do not follow Waddington road under bridge. Follow Castle Museum designated brown parking signs.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest railway station Clitheroe. Nearest bus station Whalley. For timetable information please contact the Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre on 01200 425566.



  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Encourage Use of Public Transport
  • Family Fun
  • Indoor Attraction
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Open All Year
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Picnic Site
  • Seasonal Opening Only
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Use and Promote Local Produce

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Coaches Welcome

Provider Preferences

  • Groups accepted
  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings



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