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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 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.

  2. Add Carnforth Station Heritage Centre to your Itinerary

    Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    Carnforth

    Made famous by David Lean's romantic classic film Brief Encounter, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in 1945, the award-winning heritage centre includes a faithful restoration of the refreshment room where Laura and Alec first met.

  3. Add Samlesbury Hall to your Itinerary

    Samlesbury Hall

    Type

    Historic House

    Location:

    Preston

    Built in 1325 Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior, the Hall is almost equidistant between Blackburn and Preston, yet retaining a rural feel.

  4. Add The Bee Centre to your Itinerary

    The Bee Centre

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Location:

    Samlesbury, Preston

    Enter the incredible world of the honeybee at The Bee Centre. The visitor centre is full of information, displays and activities which provide a fascinating insight into these amazing & important animals & their relationship with humans.

  5. Add Rufford Old Hall to your Itinerary

    Rufford Old Hall

    Type

    Historic House

    Location:

    Ormskirk

    Follow in Shakespeare's footsteps and visit one of Lancashire's finest Tudor buildings which was built in the 1530s and is situated just 7 miles from Southport.

  6. Add Coronation Candy to your Itinerary

    Coronation Candy

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Location:

    Blackpool

    Visit Blackpool’s largest rock factory and see everything in operation from our purpose built viewing area. Watch the video of how our products are made; visit the shop; have a coffee and be amazed how we make our world famous products.

  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 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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