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Address: Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA, England
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+44 1200 424568
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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The museum stands high on Castle Hill, in the shadow of the Castle Keep, an...

The museum stands high on Castle Hill, in the shadow of the Castle Keep, an image which has dominated Clitheroe's skyline for over 800 years. 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. We have lots of activities for children in the museum - a competition hunt, dressing-up costumes, explorer back-packs (with hat and magnifying glass), craft activities and various interactive displays. Come and enjoy a fun-filled day of exploration and learning.

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Nice visit wet day

We enjoyed our visit today the museum was good and the competition's. Kept the kids busy shame about the weather although the views were great,kids got in free and 4.20 each for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Accrington, United Kingdom
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Accrington, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our visit today the museum was good and the competition's. Kept the kids busy shame about the weather although the views were great,kids got in free and 4.20 each for adults,parked on mitchel street for free

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Thank Warren E
LMuseums, Site Supervisor at Clitheroe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit - despite the dreadful weather. More 

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85 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While staying in the Ribble Valley we visited the castle. There is parking in pay and display areas in town and around a 5 minutes walk up to the castle entrance. There is a competition for kids to find all the Robbins inside the museum. The exhibitions are very informative and great for kids and adults alike. Well worth the... More 

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LMuseums, Site Supervisor at Clitheroe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit. Our themed hunt for children changes every month - February is film & cartoon characters, March is dinosaurs and April will be dragons. Children also enjoy the interactive displays in the museum, the dressing-up clothes and the craft activity. A fun day out for the whole family. More 

Lancashire, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well... The castle was... uhm... tiny. More of a keep than a castle. It was small. There was not an awful lot to walk around or to look at. The surrounding areas to be fair were gorgeous. And the walk leading up to the castle was also very nice. The views were excellent, the surrounding area of Clitheroe is really... More 

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LMuseums, Site Supervisor at Clitheroe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The Norman keep at Clitheroe is the second smallest in England and offers panoramic views over the surrounding countryside - Pendle Hill and the Ribble Valley. Access to the keep and grounds is free of charge, with plenty to entertain the whole family - playgrounds and activity spaces, winding paths, landscaped gardens and wonderful views.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for a special day out and we were not disappointed. We went to museum which had lots and lots of information in it about the history and geography of the world. Also lots of fun activities which I think are aimed towards the children but we enjoyed them too and loved being big kids dressing up in... More 

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LMuseums, Site Supervisor at Clitheroe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed the activities in the museum as well as the wonderful views from the castle keep. More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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238 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although we have visited Clitheroe numerous times over the years, we have never actually walked up to the castle. And now, we are so glad we did. Even on a pretty dull day in February ( ok, there were bits of blue sky and some watery sun!), we had a great view over the town and beyond. I must say,... More 

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LMuseums, Site Supervisor at Clitheroe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a review. The castle grounds are quite extensive and include a skate park, a bandstand (brass-band concerts take place during the summer), landscaped gardens with winding paths and specimen trees, a bowling green, a garden of remembrance and cenotaph, a large field as well as play areas and activity spaces for children. The castle keep offers... More 

North West England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle sits in the middle and high above the town of Clitheroe and is surrounded by parkland with paths leading up to the entrance to the ruins and to the museum, etc. It is possible to enter the ruins and to walk around the outside via a raised walkway. The views of the surrounding landscape are stunning, we did... More 

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LMuseums, Site Supervisor at Clitheroe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have noted your comments regarding outside signage to identify landmarks and points of interest. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit and had time to visit the Atrium café. More 

Whalley, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated on a hill in the middle of town the castle is beautifully situated within its own grounds, a lovely memorial garden on the way up to the castle and then beautiful views of Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley from the castle. There is a lovely café to while away some time should you wish to do so.

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LMuseums, Site Supervisor at Clitheroe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed the gardens and the views from the castle. Did you find time to visit the museum while you were here? More 

Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

A nice visit, without being a trial. Also sell "The Lancashire Witches Walk Guide", because it is right on the route, and has the "tercet" with the poem by Carol Ann Duffy, the Sovereign's Poet Laureate, which was written for the walk.

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LMuseums, Site Supervisor at Clitheroe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. We are indeed on the route of the Lancashire Witches walk -a 51-mile long-distance walk developed in 2012 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the hanging of the Lancashire Witches. The walk starts in Barrowford and finishes at Lancaster Castle and is the believed route the ‘witches’ took... More 

Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

I come upto clitheroe castle fairly often and walk around the grounds. It's free to do this. There is a museum and a cafe to go into too. It's great to bring dogs and also kids and there's a big park at the bottom of the castles grounds.

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LMuseums, Site Supervisor at Clitheroe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoy the grounds. There are plenty of activities for children - both outdoors and inside the museum. We also have an art gallery which is free of charge. More 

Nice, France
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Nice easy climb, nice views. Worth the short walk. There's a museum up there, but it wasn't open when we went

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LMuseums, Site Supervisor at Clitheroe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a review. Sorry that the museum was closed when you visited - our winter opening hours are : Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday : 12 noon - 4 p.m. (last admission 3.30 p.m.) From 12 February we will be open every day (12 noon- 4 p.m.) From 1 April we will be open every day... More 

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