Places to visit in Lancashire

Visit Lancashire for a true taste of olde England and a merry mix of city, town and countryside. After the pizazz of Blackpool's piers and pleasure beach, escape to silent moors scattered with reservoirs and ruins for glimpses of owls and falcons. You can dip into a rich industrial heritage at mills and working museums and follow the trail of England’s most-famous witches across Lancaster and Pendle. And for food lovers, Lancashire is brimming with native culinary delights, having its own scrumptiously-creamy cheese, a signature dish in the form of Lancashire Hotpot, being the home of black pudding in Bury, the butter pie, Eccles and Chorley cakes, and Britain’s last original Temperance Bar in Rossendale. Visit Lancashire and see one of England’s most beautiful counties for yourself.

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July events: Celebrate a cultural cocktail at the Lytham Festival

Enjoy a new week-long summer festival of music, comedy and literature in the classic Lancashire seaside resorts of Lytham and St Annes.

Location: Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

 

Go back in time at Lancashire's halls and houses

Wander through Lancashire’s stunning historic houses and imagine the many extraordinary episodes and events that have played out within their walls.

Location: Lancashire wide

 

Rainy Day Activities: Make a splash at Sandcastle Waterpark

The Sandcastle Waterpark is home to Masterblaster - the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide - and so much more to keep everyone entertained on a rainy day.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 

August events: Step back in time at the Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival

Come and enjoy the atmosphere and immerse yourself in heritage, entertainment, re-enactment and have-a-go fun.

Location: Lytham Green, Lancashire

 

Admire Blackpool's light fantastic

Every autumn, Blackpool lights up the Lancashire skies with a sparkling spectacle that has to be seen to be believed.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 

Step into the cockpit of Blackpool’s Red Arrow Skyforce ride

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has joined forces with the world famous Red Arrows for a new 72ft-high white knuckle ride that’s great for family holidays.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 

Art Deco chic and coastal fun

Discover Morecambe Bay’s stunning sunsets and natural landscapes, and unearth your adventurous side with a range of exhilarating outdoor activities.

Location: Morecambe Bay, Lancashire

 

Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Uncover the history of this former court and prison, including it most famous “residents”, the Lancashire Witches.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 

Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien on the Tolkien Trail

From the twin towers of Stonyhurst College to the dramatic countryside of the Ribble Valley, follow in the footsteps of JRR Tolkien.

Location: Hurst Green, Lancashire

 

Journey to the centre of England

Head to the geographic centre of England, the Forest of Bowland, via pretty English villages, traditional pubs and film and literature locations.

Location: Ribble Valley, Lancashire

 

Explore Lancashire's great coastline

With its stunning sunsets, wonderful wildlife and infinite skies, Morecambe Bay is a photographer’s dream.

Location: Fleetwood, Lancashire

 

September events: Be blown away at St Annes International Kite Festival

St Annes hosts the spectacular annual Kite Festival, featuring magnificent kites from all over the world.

Location: St Annes on Sea, Lancashire

 

Visit the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

By 1860, Lancashire was producing half of the world's cotton via its mills, hills and waterways, which you can now explore.

Location: Pennine Lancashire

 

Explore the Forest of Bowland AONB on two wheels

Spot wildlife in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the seat of an electric bike.

Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire

 

Take a tour of the award-winning Bowland Brewery

Enjoy a tour of the micro-brewery before watching the action from the stunning Beer Hall whilst you enjoy a pint of Hen Harrier ale.

Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire

 

May events: Step back in time at East Lancashire Railway

Join the East Lancashire Railway to party like its 1949 in Rawtenstall, Lancashire where the blitz spirit is still going strong.

Location: Rawtenstall, Lancashire

 

Tickle your taste buds on the Lancashire Cheese Trail

Discover the Lancashire Cheese Trail, and watch cheese being made at Dewlay Cheese.

Location: Garstang, Lancashire

 

Tend the rhythm at Beat-Herder Festival

See big-name dance acts and eclectic live bands at a summer festival that brings the funk to the farmland for three days in July.

Location: Sawley, Lancashire

 

Experience life in a WWI trench at the Lancashire Museum

Tens of thousands of proud Lancastrians perished in the Great War, whose experiences in the trenches are brought to life at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

 

Explore the historic and lively city of Lancaster

Uncover Lancaster’s ancient and haunting history at its hilltop castle and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in one of England’s Heritage Cities.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 

Go barging round Lancashire

Abandon the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head for the peace and stunning scenery of Lancashire, with a canal boat cruise

Location: Burnley, Lancashire

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