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The Bee Centre

Type:Animal Collection

Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0UP

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Tel: 01772 494487

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The Bee Centre

Visit The Bee Centre and enter the incredible world of the honeybee. Their Visitor Centre is full of information, displays and activities which provide a fascinating insight into these amazing and important animals and their relationship with humans. 

Their stunning, glass observation hive enables you to watch, up close, the fascinating workings of a honeybee hive, whatever the weather or time of year. See the bees bringing nectar and pollen back to the hive, making honey, building honeycomb and doing their ‘waggle dance’. They also regularly see baby bees emerging and the queen laying eggs.

Their friendly, expert staff are always on hand to chat about bees and beekeeping. They also deliver regular talks about what the bees are doing and how they live.


Award-winning Honeybee Experience
​If you are feeling adventurous you can book onto one of their 'Honeybee Experiences'. These last for approximately 90 minutes. You will receive an introduction to honeybees and beekeeping from one of our experienced beekeepers, after which you will be able to put on one of their beekeeping suits and get 'up close and personal' with their bees. Pre-booking is advised as these are weather dependent and places are limited. 

Their bee experiences also make a great present for Christmas, birthdays or special events. Gift vouchers can be provided.


Try and Buy
If you’re looking for honey; look no further. They sell top-quality, pure, local honeys and they provide free honey tastings. In the shop they also stock a wide range of bee-related products including honeycomb, beeswax candles, soaps, jewellery and other items. You can also try their famous, homemade honey fudge.


Pollinator Garden
Their half-acre heritage garden is planted with species specifically beneficial for pollinators.

Their horticultural experts and beekeepers can provide advice on planting for pollinators as well as how to source pollinator-friendly species. 


They are located in the grounds of Samlesbury Hall, so there is also access to their excellent restaurant, Dottie’s Wafflery and all the other facilities they have to offer.

The Bee Centre is normally open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am until 4pm. They also open more frequently in school holidays. Check our website on www.thebeecentre.org for the most up-to-date information.

The Bee Centre is a hive of activity and provides a great day out for families, children and anyone interested in honeybees. Entry and parking are free and dogs are welcome.

BIBA Awards 2018 finalist for 'Leisure and Tourism Business of the Year’ and ‘Third Sector Business of the Year’.

Go and visit – the place is buzzing!


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Bee Experience£40.00 per ticket

Free parking, dog friendly and disabled access available.

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Also open more frequently in school holidays. Visit www.thebeecentre.org for up-to-date opening times


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • TripAdvisor AwardsCertificate of Excellence 2018 Certificate of Excellence 2018 2018
  • Local AwardsBIBA Awards 2018 Finalist - Third Sector Business of the Year BIBA Awards 2018 Finalist - Third Sector Business of the Year 2018
  • Local AwardsBIBA Awards 2018 Finalist - Leisure & Tourism Business of the Year BIBA Awards 2018 Finalist - Leisure & Tourism Business of the Year 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Inclusive Tourism Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Inclusive Tourism Award 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Winner 2018 - Sustainable Tourism Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Winner 2018 - Sustainable Tourism Award 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Winner 2018 - Visitor Experience Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Winner 2018 - Visitor Experience Award 2018


Road Directions

From jct 31 of the M6, take the A677 towards Blackburn. The Hall is 1.5 miles on the left.



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Parking & Transport

  • Close to motorway network
  • Coach parking
  • Coaches Welcome
  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • Groups accepted



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    The Bee Centre, SamlesburyThey produce top-quality, pure, local honeys and honeycomb from their apiaries around Lancashire. They range from very mild to quite strong in flavour and from runny to set in consistency. The flavour and texture of their honeys are determined by the nectar the bees use to make them.

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