Places of Interest



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Trafford Centre Manchester M17 8AA A three storey mall for fashion and homeware shops, department stores, restaurants and multi-screen cinema

Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre 121 Radcliffe Rd BL2 1NU Fred’s House and Works. The mullioned windows have a selection of stainless stained glass pictures designed by Fred, including pictures of his beloved steam roller, Betsy, and the pit head gear forming part of the mineshaft that Fred built in his back garden.

Jumbles Country Park Waterfold Car Park BL2 6EJ Jumbles Country Park is a beautiful parkland area housing a water reservoir and a network of footpaths. The Tea Garden Café provides food and light refreshments.

Moses Gate Country Park Hall Lane BL4 3DN The park is centred on three large lakes and a large area of parkland and miles of scenic walking. Located within the grounds is the Rock Hall visitor centre and next to it the Bird Hide. There is a children’s play area.

Turton Tower Edgeworth BL7 0HG Turton Tower is a manor house, ancient monument and Grade 1 listed building. It was built in the Middle Ages as a two story pele tower which was altered and enlarged mainly in the late 16th century. Free onsite parking, gift shop and Victorian Kitchen Tea Room.

Hall I’th Wood Museum Green Way BL1 8AU Hall I’th Wood is a n early 16th Century manor house, a Grade 1 listed building and is currently being used as a museum.

Bolton Steam Museum Mornington Rd. BL1 4EU One of the largest collections of steam engines in the UK.


Perched on the banks of the River Calder, Whalley in the Ribble Valley is the largest district in Lancashire in terms of area, the majority of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whalley is a charming village, filled with historic buildings, characterful shops and lovely cafes and restaurants. Records show that Whalley came into being around 600AD and as the English were a God-fearing lot back in those days, it’s no surprise to learn that St Mary and All Saints parish church dates back to 628AD. Wander into the pretty churchyard to see three Saxon crosses. Whalley’s most famous sight is Whalley Abbey, whose ruins date back to the 14th century when it was a Cistercian abbey. There is a manmade waterfall on the River Calder where the resident monks went to collect their water. Now you can envisage how the Abbey would have looked with a visit to the Visitor Centre or explore the ancient ruins. Whalley Cricket Ground is famous for hosting the first ‘Roses’ cricket match between Yorkshire and Lancashire, which unfortunately Yorkshire won!





The ancient market town of Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley is a perfect place to stay for visitors wishing to explore Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, one of England’s 36 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). With its extensive range of accommodation including B&B’s, hostels, self catering and camping and caravan sites, your visit to Clitheroe can suit your budget and preferences. Clitheroe actually dates back to Saxon times so by the time the imposing 12th century Norman Castle that towers over the town had been built, Clitheroe had already been around for nearly 1,000 years! Clitheroe Castle, said to be the smallest Norman castle in England, is now home to a Museum and 16 acres of landscaped gardens, which houses attractions to appeal to every age group. They include a bandstand, children’s playground, skate-park and Lancashire’s first Labyrinth. The Rose Garden also features quirky metal and limestone sculptures. One of four Circular Walks that take you around the town and surrounding countryside leaves from the Castle – pick up a leaflet from the Visitor’s Centre for directions. Sporting fans might want to enjoy a day at Clitheroe Golf Club, one of the countrys best inland courses. Clitheroe is well known for its plethora of specialist shops. Award-winning Byrnes Wine Shop is famous for its enormous underground cellar bursting with unusual vintages from all over the world. Cowman’s Famous Sausage Shop sells more than 75 sausage varieties while the Exchange Coffee Company stocks more than 35 coffees and 60 specialist teas.

Clitheroe Castle

The historic landmark of Clitheroe, in the heart of the Ribble Valley offers a day of exploration for all the family. Our new look galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of history, heritage and geology of the local area. Younger hearts may take an adventure kitted out with rucksack, map and magnifying glass!

• Explore our modern spaces

• Discover changing exhibitions in the Steward's Gallery throughout the year

• Check out our creative outdoor play zone designed to stimulate your senses. Pause for a while and check out the glorious views of Clitheroe and Pendle Hill.

• Explore 16 acres of surrounding formal gardens featuring a state-of-the-art skate park, playground, bandstand and the first Labyrinth in Lancashire.

• Indulge in some retail therapy in our gift shop and experience a taste of Lancashire in our contemporary café; The Atrium.

·         Backridge Farm Shop Twitter Lane, Nr Waddington BB7 3LG. A unique retail and leisure destination that will appeal to all the family. Featuring many unique businesses which include a wide variety of independent retailers and handmade designer makers.

·         Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop (closed Sundays) 13 castle St. BB7 2BT

·         Bowland Brewery and Visitor Centre Twitter Lane, Bashall Town BB7 3LQ 01200 443592

·         D Byrne & Co (closed Sundays) Speciality wine shop. 12 King St. BB7 2EP

·         Clitheroe Market (open Saturday 9.00- 4.00) Station Rd. BB7 2JW



Pendle Sculpture Trail Aitken Wood BB12 9JX 01282 856186 The fascinating true story of the Pendle Witches is being told in “stone” at this visitor attraction. The Pendle Sculptures Trail has ten ceramic plaques. Each has its own unique symbols which represent each of the Pendle people who were hanged.

Barley picnic site BB12 9JX One of the very best picnic sites in the North West, there are many footpaths in the area and good walks can be obtained between Barley and the picturesque villages of Rimington and Downham in the shadow of Pendle hill.


The Queen has twice visited the tiny village of Dunsop Bridge, Ribble Valley, the exact geographic centre of Great Britain, and you can hardly blame her when you look around this picturesque village in the heart of the Forest of Bowland. Fell walking is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors and Dunsop Bridge is a perfect place to start, rest or finish your walk. It sits at the confluence of two rivers, the Dunsop and the Hodder and the bridge that gives the village its name is a popular place to feed the families of ducks that live nearby. In fact, Puddleducks Post Office and Tea Rooms  BB7 3BB sells more duck food than anything else! See the exact central point of Great Britain as ordained by Ordnance Survey on a gentle walk to an area of peat bog on land owned by Brennand Farm four miles north west of Dunsop Bridge. With an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast in Dunsop Bridge, you might want to explore nearby landmarks that are also popular with hikers including a rocky outcrop known as Whitendale Hanging Stones and Middle Knoll, a dome-shaped hill a mile or so away. Visitors looking for a gentle stroll won’t be disappointed either. Various circular walks abound, to nearby Newton and Whitewell where you can experience AA Rosette food at the Inn at Whitewell.


This picturesque village has won a number of best kept village competitions over the years. There is usually Chipping Steam Fair on the second May Bank Holiday.

Bowland Wild Boar Park This is a family run business and is set in 65 acres in the heart of the Forest of Bowland and offers a brilliant and fun day out with the family. Enjoy a picnic or go for a ramble around the footpaths of the park whilst viewing wild boars, llamas and wallabies


Home to Stonyhurst College, Roman Catholic Independent School.

The Tolkein Trail – in the footsteps of JRR Tolkein. A 9km cicular walk, starting and finishing in Hurst Green.


Hoghton Tower PR5 0SH 01254 812010. Hoghton Tower is a fortified manor house located 0.7 miles to the East of the village of Hoghton, with gardens and kid’s activities.

Samlesbury Hall PR5 0UP 01254 812010 a timbered 14th Century country mansion with exhibition room, a casual restaurant and coffee lounge.