Fun Historical Outings Around Burnley, Rossendale & Pendle

There are plenty of hidden gems in this Burnley, Rossendale & Pendle that are great for all ages - take a trip into the past with these historical outings.

For a real taste of local history on your next adventure in Burnley, Rossendale & Pendle with a loved one, our team recommends that you stop by one of these great locations.

Getting out and about in your local area is a great way to stay engaged, active and happy in senior years. Don’t confine your days out in Burnley, Rossendale & Pendle to the present, though – take a trip to the past and discover some of the fun to be had reminiscing and learning together with curious loved ones.

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley

Gawthorpe Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan country house on the banks on River Calder. The house is traditionally attributed to Robert Smythson. The house was rebuilt by Charles Barry, in the 19th century. The house has plenty of history dating back to the 14th century.

Gawthorpe Hall is located in Ightenhill, a civil parish in the Borough of Burnley surrounded by 40 acres of enchanted landscape gardens and woodlands, with an ornamental terraced garden overlooking the river Calder – there is also a play area and a shop inside the hall which have a range of souvenirs and gifts – this would really make a lovely day out of all of the family. Find it on the A671, from the M65 exit 8 towards Clitheroe then Padiham.

For your information – there is a small charge of £6.00 per person to gain access to the Hall.

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley

The Grade I listed building is the last surviving  19th Century steam powered weaving mill in the world – now turned Museum. An ideal nostalgic outing for our older generations and something new to learn for the younger generations. The museum offers a guided tour around the mill where you can learn about the history and also hear about filming projects that have took place in this heritage venue, including the King’s Speech – the mill was previously used as a location for the film about how King George VI overcame a debilitating stammer after his surprise ascension to the throne, the film started Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Michael Gambon.

The guided tour is led by well experienced guides who explain about the history of the mill, as well as show the process of raw cotton through to woven cloth and demonstrate the machines.

The Museum offers a rang of facilities including: free parking, Café (Wed – Sat, midday – 16:30), full disabled access and disabled toilets and a gift shop to name a few. There is a small admission fee.

You can find them by the following address: Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Queen Street, Harle Skye, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 2HX.

Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford

Visit Pendle Heritage Centre and marvel at the outstanding natural beauty of Pendle Hill and the surrounding areas. The Heritage Centre offers a museum where you can learn about the fascinating history of Park Hill and the ancient Bannister family. The museum also tells the story of the most notorious witch trial of the 17th century … The Pendle Witches.

Fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with low mobility, they also have a lovely little tearoom where you can relax with loved ones whilst overlooking the scenic 18th century walled garden – they do a mix of home cooked dishes and true traditional Lancashire dishes.

Whitaker Museum, Rossendale

Located in the heart of Rossendale is the forward-facing Museum and Art gallery. The Museum is much about the future as it is the past, offering a vast rich history of the Oak Hill house was donated to the people of Rawtenstall as a museum as well as admiring the natural history exhibits of taxidermy animals from all around the world.

The Museum has numerous different exhibitions and activities on regularly for all age groups and has disabled access and toilets. Why not take full advantage of their scrumptious menu, where they offer a variety of dishes for all tastes. Find it on Haslingden Road, Rossendale, BB4 6RE.