Saturday, July 10, 2010

Clitheroe Castle Museum

Clitheroe Castle Museum
Clitheroe Castle Museum is a recently redeveloped local museum forming part of the castle in the heart of the thriving market town of Clitheroe, which lies between the two sections of Bowland just off the A59.  The museum offers exhibits on the social and natural history of Clitheroe, Bowland and the Ribble Valley from pre-historic times through the Norman invasion (when the castle was established), the industrial revolution, to the present day including the wildlife supported by the area.

Young explorers in the museum
Young explorers

Entry to the museum is free for children and £3.50 for adults, and parking is available at a nearby pay-and-display car park.  Children get the chance to don explorer backpacks and pith helmets and explore the museum searching for clues, which did a great job of engaging my lot, who raced around having a great time.  Lots of the exhibits are interactive, allowing the kids to dress up, press buttons, pull levers and generally play around, which helps keep them happy giving the adults chance to take in the detail in peace.

Old kitchen - No mod cons
No mod cons

The staff were helpful, enthusiastic and child-friendly, both in the museum itself and also the adjacent cafe, which was light and airy, and provided quality snacks at a reasonable price.

Engrossing - Interactive exhibit
Engrossing - Interactive exhibit

We enjoyed our visit to Clitheroe Castle Museum and I would recommend it as a good rainy-day option to occupy kids.

See the Lancashire Museums - Clitheroe Castle Museum for up-to-date information opening times, fees and events.

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