By 1860, Lancashire was producing half of the world's cotton via its mills, hills and waterways, which you can now explore.
Nestled in Lancashire’s countryside, discover an industrial heritage that includes textile mill museums, meandering waterways, steam railways and unique shopping opportunities.
Pick up homeware and fashion bargains at mill shopping outlets Boundary Mill and Oswaldtwistle Mill, then take to the waters on a canal cruise: the Leeds & Liverpool Canal through Burnley takes you over the 'Straight mile', a waterway 18 metres (60 feet) above the town. Stop off at the Weavers Triangle Visitor Centre to explore the industrial history of the area.
If you fancy taking a steam train, catch it to Rawtenstall, and visit the last original temperance bar in the UK, Fitzpatrick’s – try out local speciality ‘Sarsaparilla’ cordial (a non-alcoholic drink).
Lancashire is in northwest England, around 250 miles (400 km) from London, and 60 miles (97 km) from Manchester.