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Clitheroe Castle and Museum

Type:Castle / Fort

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

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Tel: 01200 424 568

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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.

Book Tickets


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£5.00 per ticket

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 2024 - 3 Nov 2024)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Season (1 Apr 2024 - 5 Nov 2024)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Open (6 Nov 2024 - 11 Feb 2025)
Monday - Tuesday12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - ThursdayClosed
Friday - Sunday12:00 - 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.


Wednesday, 1st May 2024 - Friday, 31st May 2024

Dino-roar Museum Hunt and Dino-tastic Crafts at Clitheroe Castle MuseumThroughout May your young museum adventurers can explore the museum and search for the hidden dinosaurs.
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Saturday, 4th May 2024 - Sunday, 2nd June 2024

Ribble Valley Art4All Exhibition at Clitheroe CastleAn annual celebration of original artwork in the Steward's Gallery at the Castle.
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Friday, 31st May 2024 - Friday, 31st May 2024

Prickles the Hogglypot: Meet the Author at Clitheroe Castle MuseumLocal children's writer and illustrator Andy Edwardson will be visiting the Clitheroe Castle Museum to read the story of Prickles the Hogglypot and to chat about hedgehogs.
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Saturday, 1st June 2024 - Sunday, 30th June 2024

Mini Beasties Hunt and Mini Bug Crafts at Clitheroe CastleInsects are amazing creatures and this month Clitheroe Castle are celebrating by hiding marvellous mini bugs around the museum. 
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Friday, 14th June 2024 - Sunday, 23rd June 2024

Clitheroe Contemporary Open Exhibition
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Wednesday, 26th June 2024 - Wednesday, 26th June 2024

A Train to Clitheroe
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Saturday, 29th June 2024 - Saturday, 29th June 2024

Little Zoo to You
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Monday, 1st July 2024 - Wednesday, 31st July 2024

Medieval Tile Craft
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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.



  • 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

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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