Lancaster Castle

Since HMP Lancaster Castle was decommissioned by the Ministry of Justice and the Castle returned to the Duchy of Lancaster in 2012, the focus has very much been on the preservation and restoration of the fabric of these historic buildings. The second key objective has been to keep the Castle open to the public and in particular to make it available to the people of, and visitors to, the city of Lancaster.

Pendle Witches Way

The Pendle Witches Way is a 77km (48 miles) journey from Sabden in Lancashire through the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland to Lancaster. It was launched to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the infamous Pendle Witch Trials. The route and the guidebook are the brainchild of Hyndburn Ramblers member Phil Bedson.

Clitheroe Castle

The historic landmark of Clitheroe, in the heart of the Ribble Valley offers a day of exploration for all the family. Our intriguing 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!

Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall is a stunning structure with a rich history. It is sometimes referred to as the 'Downton of the North'. Although not as grand, Gawthorpe was redesigned by Sir Charles Barry (who also redesigned Highclere Castle, the filming location for ITV's Downton Abbey).

Towneley Hall

Towneley Hall historic house, art gallery and museum located in 400 acres of beautiful parkland provides all the ingredients for a fun, educational and adventurous day out.

The magnificent hall, which dates from the 14th Century, contains fine period rooms decorated with oil paintings and sculptures.

The museum houses an eclectic collection including an Egyptian mummy, the Whalley Abbey vestments, Lancashire-made oak furniture, Pilkington Pottery and the Towneley Bear!  The art gallery boasts a spectacular collection of oil paintings including works by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, John William Waterhouse and Johan Zoffany.

Lytham Hall

Lytham Hall is the finest Georgian house in Lancashire. It was once the ancestral home of the colourful Clifton Family, spanning over four centuries. It is a Grade I listed building, so is therefore of significant local and national interest. The site and its 80 acres of parkland are of great archaeological interest dating back to the 12th century when it was home to a priory of Benedictine monks. Sir Cuthbert Clifton built a Jacobean Manor House on this site in 1606. Much of the Jacobean building still exists. In 1752 Thomas Clifton commissioned John Carr of York to build the  fine palladian house which we see today.

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