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Museums

Discover the stories behind a county full of history and interesting artefacts. Whatever your interest, we know that our buildings and the treasures within will capture your imagination.  From Clitheroe Castle to the British Commercial Vehicle Museum. Lancashire has a whole host of museums that are perfect for all the family. Most offer programmes of free activities for young visitors and many are free to enter! Whether you're looking to soak up some culture, explore a historic house, take an educational trip or just want to treat the kids to an entertaining day out in, take your pick of our top museums and heritage attractions listed below.

Read about the award winning Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in the Lancashire Visitor Magazine.

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  1. Add Gawthorpe Textiles Collection to your Itinerary

    Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

    Type

    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Padiham, Burnley

    The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection is comprised of historic and contemporary lace, quilts, costume, samplers and embroidery from all over the world.

  2. Add Gawthorpe Hall to your Itinerary

    Gawthorpe Hall

    Type

    Historic House

    Location:

    Burnley

    An Elizabethan Gem in industrial Lancashire, period rooms, work by Charles Barry and Pugin, nationally important Rachel Kay - Shuttleworth textile collection, National Portrait Gallery paintings, connections to English Civil War.

  3. Add The Whitaker to your Itinerary

    The Whitaker

    Type

    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Rossendale,

    The Whitaker (previously Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery) is set in a beautiful park in the centre of the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire.

  4. Add The Storey to your Itinerary

    The Storey

    Type

    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Lancaster

    The Storey Institute has been remodelled as a newly designed centre for the creative industries, Central to Lancaster's artistic, technical and scientific innovation for 130 years, it features art gallery, auditorium and guest exhibitions.

  5. Add East Lancashire Railway to your Itinerary

    East Lancashire Railway

    Type

    Steam Railway

    Location:

    Bury

    The East Lancashire Railway is a mainly steam hauled service between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

  6. Add Clitheroe Castle and Museum to your Itinerary

    Clitheroe Castle and Museum

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location:

    Clitheroe

    This historic landmark, in the heart of Ribble Valley provides a stunning vantage point. Intriguing galleries take you through 350 million years of history and geology of the local area.

  7. Add Singing Ringing Tree - Panopticon to your Itinerary

    Singing Ringing Tree - Panopticon

    Type

    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Burnley

    Burnley's Panopticon, 'Singing Ringing Tree', is a unique musical sculpture which overlooks Burnley from its position high above the town on Crown Point.

  8. Add Cedar Farm Galleries to your Itinerary

    Cedar Farm Galleries

    Type

    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Mawdesley

    The Gallery, established in 1987, provides an ideal setting for a wide selection of contemporary crafts ranging from ceramics and glass to wool, textiles, jewellery and cards.

  9. Add Stanley Park to your Itinerary

    Stanley Park

    Type

    Municipal Park

    Location:

    Blackpool

    Stone statues star across formal borders and frothing fountains in the show piece Italian Gardens. There are pathways galore leading to quiet corners, while bridges carry you across the lake.

  10. Add Beacon Fell Country Park to your Itinerary

    Beacon Fell Country Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location:

    Preston

    A Country Park with 185 acres of extensive conifer woods and moorland. Visitor Centre with cafe, picnic areas, 6 car parks, forest walks and viewpoints. Summit 266m above sea level.

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