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The Whitaker

Type:Arts, Crafts & Galleries

Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 6RE

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The Whitaker

The Whitaker (previously Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery) is set in a beautiful park in the centre of the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. The displays in the museum include interesting local history and a Victorian natural history collection.

There is also a very active contemporary art gallery with changing exhibitions. The main galleries have been newly refurbished by The Whitaker Group, who have exciting plans for the future of the gallery, the collection and the park.

From Friday 13th of November The Whitaker will be open on Friday evenings for dining, with a really tempting menu which will be revealed soon. Last food orders will be at 9 pm. That's Funky Friday with music and bar and food.

The Seasonal change continues on Sunday with the all new Sunday @thewhitaker kicking off with a breakfast offer 9.30am - 11.30am, sit back and spoil yourselves with an extensive breakfast choice. Then from 1pm they will be offering Sunday Lunch Whitaker style all afternoon.

If that isn't enough from the 11th of November they will also be launching a new lunchtime menu, with their new Chef, Phil, who is busy putting the final touches to all the dishes. 


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Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

The Whitaker opening times (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2018)
Monday - TuesdayClosed*
Wednesday - Friday10:00 - 20:00*
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsCultural Venue/Organisation Award Cultural Venue/Organisation Award 2015
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Cultural Venue/Organisation Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Cultural Venue/Organisation Award 2018


Public Transport Directions

Situated on the A681 Haslingden to Rawtenstall road, close to Rawtenstall centre and the East Lancashire Railway Station. The East Lancashire Railway line from Bury via Ramsbottom runs at weekends, and Whitaker Park and The Whitaker is just 5 minutes walk from the station.


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