Lancashire Visitor Attractions

Lancashire Tourist and Visitor Information with links to heritage, nature and tourist attractions, many with brief details of disabled access. Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Lancashire Heritage and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support 'Accessible Countryside for Everyone' in providing a brief guide as to the disabled access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.


Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery – Chorley - Grade I listed Hall from the 1570s, built around an internal Elizabethan courtyard, has Jacobean plasterwork ceilings, collection of furniture, over 330 artworks, pottery and glassware, exhibition, events. The Coach House is also home to the Chorley Remembers Experience, an interactive exhibition of military history. Astley Park includes historic woodland, a lake, Victorian walled garden. - Due to the historic nature of the Hall and Farmhouse only the ground floors are accessible to people with wheelchairs. The Coach House is entirely wheelchair accessible and includes a lift in order to provide access to the first floor, the park is largely accessible as an open space although paths within the woodland can be unsuitable for wheelchair users


Bancroft Mill - a working museum open to the public on selected days, guided tours, steaming days, the mill engine, with its two cylinders and 16 foot flywheel originally drove some 1,250 weaving looms - "95% disabled friendly"


Blackpool Tower - hosts 5 of Blackpool’s premier attractions, The Blackpool Tower Eye with 4D cinema experience and uninterrupted views on the glass SkyWalk, The UK’s biggest Circus, Tower Ballroom, Tower Dungeon, Jungle Jim’s indoor adventure playground - wheelchairs access (but not mobility scooters), there are six steps to the entrance of the Ballroom, but a chair lift is available for wheelchair users (A Changing Places toilet is available on this level changing-places-icon). "Toilets with disabled access are available throughout the building"


British Commercial Vehicle Museum - Leyland- horse-drawn vehicles from the 1880s, steam driven, petrol & diesel powered motor lorries & buses. Get behind the wheel of a vintage lorry, admire the Pope-mobile, over 60 historic vehicles - wheelchair friendly, adapted toilet, baby changing facilities. "Ramps are situated throughout the museum for access to all exhibitions throughout", information brochures can be made available on large print on request


Clitheroe Castle Museum - Clitheroe - galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of history, heritage and geology of the local area, events, activities, café - All floors within the museum building are accessible by wheelchair, although some of the doorways cannot accommodate wider than average chairs ... /clitheroe-castle-museum.aspx


The Cottage Museum - Lancaster - 18th century cottage spread over 5 floors, offers an intimate glimpse of early Victorian life and lets you discover gadgets and utensils used in the 19th century - does not have wheelchair access beyond the living room area / entrance area


East Lancashire Railway - Heritage railway with steam and diesel locomotives, operating between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall (also see Bury Transport Museum) - Wheelchair access is provided at all stations, disabled toilets at Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.Baby changing facilities at Bury Bolton Street Station, Ramsbottom Station


Giddy Kippers - Nelson - indoor children's play centre, with a play structure built up of three storys with interconnecting passages, stair cases, walkways, bridges, rope swings etc.+ multi-coloured soft baby area


Helmshore Mills Textile Museum - two original Lancashire textile mills, Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill form the museum, witness original machinery at work, discover how raw wool and cotton were transformed into yarn, Revolution gallery, activities, events and exhibitions, shop, cafe -
Full disabled access, accessible toilet, two wheelchair lifts and a general lift, wheelchair loan facility, hearing loops (bo
th fitted at reception and a portable unit).


Haworth Art Gallery - Accrington - World-famous Tiffany glass collection, 4 rooms dedicated to the largest public collection in Europe, permanent collections of 19th and 20th artworks, tea rooms, shop - we have no accessibility information for this site


Lancaster Maritime Museum - Georgian St George’s Quay, museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings which date from the second half of the 18th century, café ,shop - fully accessible, lift access to all levels, canal boat and stagecoach may not be accessible to wheelchair
users, accessible toilet, baby changing facilities (not accessible), hearing loops are provided


Lets Play - Colne - Indoor children’s soft play centre, 2 floors with babies and toddlers having their own room and the big kids separate in a huge frame upstairs, Laser Quest is suitable for ages 7+, cafe - we have no accessibility information for this site


Museum of Lancashire - Preston - From entertainers and seaside holidays, archaeology and industry, wildlife and the war years, family friendly displays and activities, café, shop - Disabled access with a combination of lifts / stairlifts, which can be used to access the different
galleries, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, hearing loopin reception .... /museum-of-lancashire.aspx


Queen Street Mill Textile Museum - Burnley - The last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill, see the magnificent steam engine, Peace, driving over 300 looms in the weaving shed, cafe, shop - Full disabled access, disabled toilets, baby changing facilities, platform lift, hearing loop system available at reception


Ribble Steam Railway - Preston - Heritage railway, "The three mile return trip includes crossing the dock swing bridge (a unique feature on our line) and then along the bank of the River Ribble, giving interesting views of the City of Preston", “hands on” museum, "Watch treasured industrial engines and locomotives lovingly being restored, behind the scenes" - "The museum, workshops and all our train rides are easily accessible for visitors with wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs"


Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club - founded in 1886 and the present Course constructed in 1897 and the Clubhouse celebrated its Centenary in 1998, one of the premier links courses in the world, venue of Open Championships, Ryder Cups and other major tournaments. Visiting golfers can book online. - we have no accessibility information for this site


Sandcastle Waterpark - South Beach, Blackpool - the UKs Largest Indoor Waterpark with a selection of water theme rides and activities including 18 slides - "barrier-free, step-free access throughout the reception, changing rooms, pool side area, catering and retail outlets and very easy access into the pools" with accessible toilets throughout the waterpark and in the entrance area, a Changing Places ‘Wet Room’ Facility, changing-places-icon hoist, water-accessible wheelchairs. Hearing loops at reception, all cafes and retail outlets. Autism-Friendly Quiet Room,‘Relaxed’ accessibility evenings throughout the year


Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum - Burnley - 400 acres, Hall has period rooms covering several centuries of life at the hall, Priest’s Hole to the attic, Victorian kitchen, bedrooms dating back to the 16th century, Regency rooms, chapel, collections, art galleries, café, shop - we have no accessibility information for this site


Wellybobs Farm - Darwen - Adventure Farm, animals, play and climb, Pony Rides, country walks, bouncy play area - we have no accessibility information for this site


West Lancashire Light Railway - narrow-gauge passenger-carrying line runs for about a quarter of a mile around a fishing lake in the village of Hesketh Bank, between Southport and Preston - we have no accessibility information for this site


Woodend Mining Museum - one of the smaller pits in the Burnley Coalfield, it opened in 1912 and closed completely in 1959, mining equipment dating from Victorian Britain to the recent past, tea room, shop - level and accessible site, accessible toilet




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