Local attractions

Whalley Abbey

14th Century Cistercian Abbey ruins set in beautiful gardens and woodland beside the River Calder in The Ribble Valley.

Owned by The Anglican Diocese of Blackburn, with 4 star en-suite Bed & Breakfast accommodation Whalley Abbey is available for Private Retreats, Conferences, Weddings and other Functions. Open daily from 10.00am – 4.30pm Cloisters Coffee Shop serves light meals, cakes & refreshments . The Gift Shop sells tickets to the grounds and woodland walk, souvenirs, books and gifts. There is also an exhibition describing the historic and spiritual roots of The Abbey. Pre booked guided tours of the ruins are available on request.

Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe Castle is a ruined early medieval castle in Clitheroe in Lancashire, England. It was the caput of the Honour of Clitheroe, a vast estate stretching along the western side of the Pennines.[3]

Its earliest history is debated but it is thought to be of Norman origin, probably built in the twelfth century. Property of the de Lacy family, the honour later merged with the earldom and then Duchy of Lancaster. Given to George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle in 1660, the castle site remained in private ownership until 1920, when it was sold to the people of Clitheroe to create a war memorial. Today the buildings on the site are the home of Clitheroe Castle Museum.


Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall and the house where it is located were built by Gilbert de Southworth in 1325. It was the family’s primary home until the early 1600s. The Hall was built with the purpose of replacing a building which was destroyed during the raid of the Scots back in 1322. Samlesbury Hall was played many roles in the lives of people during its existence. It was once a boarding house for girls. Since 1925, it has been administered by the Samlesbury Hall Trust. Today, it is a medieval manor house listed as Grade I and it attracts more than half a million visitors each year.

Samlesbury Hall’s ghostly reputation has prompted several paranormal investigators to investigate it. Some of the most prominent investigative shows which have been to the Hall are Most Haunted, Ghost Hunters International and Most Haunted Live.



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