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Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe castle
Clitheroe castle

Clitheroe Castle Museum

Clitheroe Castle Museum opened on 23 May 2009 following major restoration to the Keep and a complete refurbishment of the museum.

The museum includes innovative interactive galleries, disabled facilities, a changing exhibition space, an education/meeting suite and a stunning glass entrance housing a souvenir retail space, reception and cafe/restaurant.

Opening Times

Clitheroe Castle Opening Times

1 April - 2 November 3 November - 15 February 16 February - 31 March
 Monday  11.00am - 4.00pm
 12.00pm - 4.00pm
 12.00pm - 4.00pm
 Tuesday  11.00am - 4.00pm
 12.00pm - 4.00pm
12.00pm - 4.00pm
 Wednesday  11.00am - 4.00pm
 Closed 12.00pm - 4.00pm
 Thursday  11.00am - 4.00pm
 Closed 12.00pm - 4.00pm
 Friday  11.00am - 4.00pm
 12.00pm - 4.00pm
12.00pm - 4.00pm
 Saturday  11.00am - 4.00pm
 12.00pm - 4.00pm
12.00pm - 4.00pm
 Sunday  11.00am - 4.00pm
 12.00pm - 4.00pm
12.00pm - 4.00pm

See Lancashire Museums, Clitheroe Castle Museum to find more information about opening times, admissions, what's going on at the museum and for school and group visits. 

For enquiries about the museum please contact 01200 424568 or visit

Or for general enquiries about Clitheroe Castle please contact Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.

Clitheroe Castle Grounds

The Clitheroe Castle is surrounded by 16 acres of parkland. 

Features in the grounds include:

  • Castle Keep
  • Skate Park
  • Children's Playground
  • Creative Activity Area
  • Stunning Views of the Ribble Valley and Pendle Hill
  • War Memorial
  • Bandstand
  • Bowling Green
  • Multi Functional Sports Court
  • Bowling Green Cafe
  • Ancient Wall's of the Castle Keep
  • Community Rose Garden
  • Labyrinth

History of the castle

Clitheroe Castle and surrounding park in the centre of Clitheroe was bought in 1920 by the people of Clitheroe by subscription and declared a memorial to the men who had lost their lives in the Great War. Later a cenotaph was built in the newly created Garden of Remembrance and unveiled in 1923. Clitheroe Castle was built in 1186 by Robert de Lacy and has been a proud feature of the town ever since. The Castle Museum can be found next to the Castle Keep in the Castle Grounds.

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