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Astley Hall, Off Hallgate, Astley Park, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 1XA

Astley Hall is a FREE ENTRY museum and art galleryAstley Hall is a museum and art gallery all housed within a Grade I listed Elizabethan historic house. The Hall is situated within a majestic public park and includes a fully restored Victorian walled garden that is used for events and a community food growing project.

Housed within a FREE ENTRY Grade I listed Elizabethan historic houseThe interiors of Astley Hall are setup in a period fashion to illustrate how the Hall would have been when occupied over the last four hundred years. It includes period furniture, pieces from the Hall art collection and decorative tapestries and panelling. The Hall’s exquisite ornate plaster ceilings, still in fantastic condition are one of the main attractions of the house.

There are 10 exhibitions per year featuring talented local artists or displays curated from Astley Hall’s own art and artefact collection.

Café Ambio is housed within the Coach House and is open seven days a week.

Astley Hall also offers weddings, civil partnerships, baby naming ceremonies and it also has a number of spaces available for hire for events, meetings and seminars.

Tel: 01257 515151 (Office hours) / 01257 515920 (Evenings and weekends)

Web: www.Chorley.gov.uk/AstleyHall

Open Season: Easter weekend until Dec
Open: Every weekend and Bank Holiday 12.00 - 16.30

Admission: Free entry

Parking: Ample free parking on Hallgate public car park

Public transport: Astley Hall is a 20 minute walk from Chorley Train Station. Buses 10 and 11 also run from Chorley Interchange to Astley Village which is a 5 minute walk to the Hall.

In Simon Jenkins book ‘England’s 1000 Best Houses’ Astley Hall is described as “the most exhilarating house in Lancashire”.

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery
Museum Street, Blackburn
Lancashire, BB1 7AJ

Free thing to do in Blackburn, LancashireBlackburn Museum now offers a lively programme of exhibitions and events for all.

Open Tue - Sat
Closed Good Fri, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day


Admission is Free.

Tel: 01254 667 130
Fax: 01254 695 370
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Bolton Museum Art Gallery and Aquarium
Le Mans Crescent, Bolton
Lancashire, BL1 1SE

Bolton Museum, Art Gallery and Aquarium is one of the largest regional art galleries in the North West. The aquarium features a wide variety of species of fish from around the world, now extinct in their natural habitat.

Open Mon - Sat: 10.00 - 17.00
Closed Sun and Bank holidays

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01204 332 221
Fax: 01204 332 241
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Bolton Steam Museum, Mornington Road,
off Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 4EU

Bolton Steam Museum, Mornington Road, off Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 4EU

Bolton Steam Museum volunteers have rescued and restored over 25 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills of Lancashire. Most can be seen running in steam on our Steaming Days. The collection includes 2 rare beam engines (the oldest is around 170 years old!) an a unique Bolton-built "non-dead-centre" engine. We have just rescued another very old any unusual engine from the scrap man. After lying in a field in Yorkshire for 30 years, our volunteers are busy now restoring it to working order. Come and see how we are getting on!

Admission is Free.

Website: www.nmes.org - Tel: 01204 846 490

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Chapel Gallery
St Helens Road, Ormskirk
Lancashire, L39 4QR

Open all year, Tue - Sat, 10.00 - 16.30. Closed Mon, Sun.

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01695 571 328
Fax: 01695 579 856
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Corgi Heritage Centre
53 York Street, Heywood
Rochdale, Lancashire, OL10 4NR

Open all year, Mon - Fri, 09.00 -1730, Sat, 09.00 - 17.00.
Closed Sun, Bank Hol Mon.

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01706 365812
Fax: 01706 627811
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Cuerden Valley Park, Bamber Bridge
Preston, PR5 6BY

A 650-acre country park opened to the public all year round, Free of charge.

Following the scenic valley of the River Lostock where a picnic area has been provided along with a 10-mile network of footpaths, a cycle path and bridleway.

A restored Pinetum/American Garden and Victorian Walled Orchard and an archaeological excavation of Kem Mill bleach and dye works.

There is a visitor centre at The Barn, Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge, which is open 9.00am-5.00pm on weekdays.

From motorway junctions on M6 (28 & 29), M61 (8 & 9) and M65 (Western end), leading to car parks on A6, A49 and B5256.

Tel: 01772 324436
Fax: 08712 425343

Registered Charity no. 1002888

Haigh Country Park
Haigh, Wigan
Lancashire, WN2 1PE

M6 junction 27 or M61 Junction 5 or 6 and follow our signs.

Set in 350 acres of wood and parkland just north of Wigan, Haigh Country Park is a great place for a day out and it won't cost a fortune! Admission is Free and you only have to spend as you wish. There are also Free attractions like the play area, Craft gallery and of course, the whole park is an adventure playground with loads of space for football, picnics and exploring the woods.

There is Free entertainment every Sun in Summer.

Admission is Free.

Charges are made for certain attractions

The Bouncy Castle, Model Village, etc, Ladybird ride are all around the play area and in the woods just down from the Hall is a 15" Railway to take you on a magical tour of the woods.

Tel: 01942 832 895
Fax: 01942 831 081
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Harris Museum and Art Gallery
Market Square, Preston
Lancashire, PR1 2PP

Open all year, Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00, Sun, 11.00 - 16.00.
Closed Bank Holiday Mon

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01772 - 258248
Fax: 01772 - 886764
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Horwich Heritage Centre
Resource Centre, Longworth Road
Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 7BG

Open all year, Sat, 10.00 -1200, Wed, 14.00 - 16.00.
Closed Easter (9-12 Apr), 12 Dec-29 Feb

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01204 847797

Lambert Howarth Factory Shop and Museum
Greenbridge Works, Fallbarn Road
Rawtenstall, Rossendale
Lancashire, BB4 7NY

Open all year, Mon - Fri, 09.30 - 17.00,
Sat, 09.00 - 16.00, Sun, 10.00 - 16.00.
Closed Good Fri, Easter Mon, 23 Dec-4 Jan

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01706 235160
Fax: 01706 235129

Lancaster City Museum
Market Square, Lancaster
Lancashire, LA1 1HT

Open all year, Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00.
Closed Sun, 25 Dec-1 Jan

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01524 - 64637
Fax: 01524 - 841692
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National Football Museum
Deepdale Stadium, Sir Tom Finney Way
Preston, Lancashire, PR1 6RU

Open all year, Tue - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00, Sun, 11.00 - 17.00.
Closed Mon except Bank Holiday Mon

Discover the best football museum in the world.
Exciting moments, unforgettable memories, world famous objects, legendary players, 'hands-on' fun for all the family ... best of all it's Free.

Admission is Free.


Tel: 01772 - 908442
Fax: 01772 - 908433
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Park Bridge Heritage Centre
The Stables, Park Bridge
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, OL6 6DL

Park Bridge Heritage Centre, once splendid stables.Here you can find out how wrought iron was made and what it was like to live and to work at Park Bridge. In the Medlock Valley between Ashton and Oldham, Park Bridge was an early industrial settlement, based on an iron rolling mill and forge to provide parts for the cotton spinning trade and other industries.

Open all year Wed - Thurs 12 - 4
Sat, Sun & Bank Hols 11 - 4

Admission is Free.

Tel: 0161 330 9613
Fax: 0161 343 1834
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Penny Farm - World Horse Welfare (formerly ILPH)
Preston New Road, Peel
Blackpool FY4 5JS

Penny Farm, World Horse Welfafre Centre, Blackpool, Lancashire

Penny Farm, World Horse Welfare Centre, is a horse rehabilitation centre in Blackpool Lancs.

Open to the public Weds, Sats and Sun 11.00 - 16.00

There are guided tours of the stables, a chance to meet horses and ponies and find out about the work they do.

You can also walk around the paddocks.

There is a picnic area, coffee shop and visitors centre. Wheelchair access is good.

There are regular special events during the school holidays so check their website for details - www.worldhorsewelfare.org

Admission is Free

Tel: 01253 766983


'Jenks'World Horse Welfare is the new name for the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH). They are one of the world’s leading equine welfare charities; working towards a world where the horse is used but never abused.

Queens Lancashire Regiment Museum
Fulwood Barracks, Fulwood
Preston, Lancashire, PR2 8AA

Open all year, Tue to Thur, 10.00 to 16.00
Closed 17 December to 3 January

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01772 260362
Fax: 01772 260583
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Rimington Museum of Transport
The Black Bull, Rimington
Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4DS

Open all year, daily, 12.00 -1430, 1900-2100,
except Mon and Sun evening

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01200 445220
Fax: 01200 445220

Rossendale Museum
Whitaker Park, Haslingden Road
Rawtenstall, Rossendale
Lancashire, BB4 6RE

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01706 244682
Fax: 01706 250037

Ruskin Library
Lancaster University, Lancaster
Lancashire, LA1 4YH

Open all year, Mon - Sat, 11.00 - 16.00,
Sun, 1300- 16.00.
Closed 24 Dec-4 Jan

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01524 - 593587
Fax: 01524 - 593580
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Slaidburn Heritage Centre
25 Church Street, Slaidburn
Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3ER

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01200 446161
Fax: 01200 446161
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Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum
Todmorden Road, Burnley
Lancashire, BB11 3RQ

Open all year, Mon to Thur, 10.00 to 1700, Sat, Sun, 12.00 to 17.00
Closed Fri.

Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum is only Free for residents of Burnley and proof of residency is required before admission.

Tel: 01282 424213
Fax: 01282 436138
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Weavers' Triangle Visitor Centre
85 Manchester Road, Burnley
Lancashire, BB11 1JZ

10 Apr to 30 Sept, Sat to Tue, 14.00 to 16.00

3 to 31 Oct, Sun, 14.00 to 16.00

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01282 452403

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