Lancashire has a rich history, and from seaside towns such as Blackpool and Morecambe to the beautiful rolling countryside just outside its major cities, there is a lot discover. Here are 10 places to visit in the Red Rose County.
1. Queen Street Mill Textile Museum
Lancashire was the centre of the worlds cotton and textile industry.
Mills like the one near the town of Burnley, employed thousands of people in the late 19th century, many of these mills are now museums.
The classic seaside resort, Blackpool offers Pleasure beach and countless arcades as well as attractions such as Blackpool tower and the famous Blackpool illuminations which light up the promenade.
3. Lytham St Anne's Spitfire Centre
The centre is based at Blackpool airports, Hangar 42, which as constructed in 1939 for the RAF for use during WW2.
The display is made up of replicas and original RAF equipment and the volunteers work to restore and keep the rare items.
Open the first Saturday of the month throughout the summer, it is well worth a visit.
4. Pendle Hill
The year 1612 saw the Pendle Witch trials where 11 local women tried and executed for witchcraft.
Long distance walks, such as Pendle Way and parts of the Bronte Way, combine history with stunning scenery.
5. Beacon Fell
The country park features 75 Hectares of woodland, grassland and moorland, with multiple trails all of different lengths for the whole family to enjoy.
6. Clitheroe Castle
Clitheroe Castle is perched atop Castle Hill, with panoramic views across the Ribble Valley.
The castle now features a museum, telling the story of the town as well as the formation of the landscape and teaching about Lancashire wildlife.
Although the castle is open to the public, bookings must be made due to the pandemic.
7. Brockholes Nature Reserve
Previously a quarry, now owned by the wildlife trust, Brockholes is home to the UK’s first floating visitor village.
The land has been regenerated and developed with multiple habitats for wildlife including Osprey, Otters and Bittern.
8. Bowland Wild Boar Park
Situated in the Forest of Bowland, the wild boar park is surrounded by fells and woodland.
The family-owned park has plenty of activities to choose from, and they even offer camping pods, and a campsite for overnight stays.
9. St Anne's Beach
The sandy beach offers the perfect walk for families, there is lots and lots to do in Lytham.
Visit the iconic windmill, the jetty of the pier built in 1885, and take a walk down the promenade where there is a beautiful row of beach huts as well as sand dunes and the boating lake.
10. The British Commercial Vehicle Museum
The museum building was formally part of Leyland Motor’s and the town’s history and was used as the Customer Inspection Dept where lorries and busses were inspected by buyers before they took delivery.
The museum was opened in 1983 and refurbished in 2018.