10 Things to Do in Clitheroe That You Shouldn't Miss

October 22, 2017 Viva Honore

Clitheroe (/ˈklɪðəroʊ/ KLIDH-ə-roh) is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Ribble Valley, approximately 34 miles (55 km) northwest of Manchester, in Lancashire, England. It is near the Forest of Bowland, and is often used as a base for tourists visiting the area. In 2016, Clitheroe Built-up Area had an estimated population of 15,517.
Restaurants in Clitheroe

1. Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe Castle Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA, England +44 1200 424568
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4.5 based on 444 reviews

Clitheroe Castle

The museum stands high on Castle Hill, in the shadow of the Castle Keep, an image which has dominated Clitheroe's skyline for over 800 years. The historic landmark of Clitheroe, in the heart of the Ribble Valley offers a day of exploration for all the family. Our intriguing galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of history, heritage and geology of the local area. We have lots of activities for children in the museum - a competition hunt, dressing-up costumes, explorer back-packs (with hat and magnifying glass), craft activities and various interactive displays. Come and enjoy a fun-filled day of exploration and learning.

Reviewed By Stewpot765 - Clitheroe, United Kingdom

Good history roman castle a great family day out plenty for everyone a museum children’s play area brilliant views of the area including Pendle hill

2. Whalley Abbey

The Sands, Whalley, Clitheroe, England +44 1254 828400
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Whalley Abbey

Reviewed By Skibum63 - Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom

Very interesting extensive ruins of a large Cistercian monastery on the banks of the river Calder with good views around. Late afternoon the kiosk near the entrance was shut. So a guide leaflet is recommended as you cannot be quite sure the original purpose of the buildings due to the signs being too faded. All that remains of the abbey church is the foundations; it must have been quite a sight !

3. Stonyhurst College

Clitheroe BB7 9PZ, England +44 1254 827073
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Stonyhurst College

Reviewed By Steve_W_Darwen - Darwen, United Kingdom

This famous Roman Catholic public school started life across the Channel in France to educate English Catholics in the hope that Catholicism might be restored in England. That was in 1593. The first building at Stonyhurst was an oratory built by John de Bayley in 1372. He was a descendent of the de Lacys who were entrusted with the lands around here by William the Conqueror. An archway from the oratory survives to this day. The de Bayleys became the Shireburns and they made Stonyhurst their home. Most of the famous gatehouse and West Front were completed by Sir Richard Shireburn in the 1590s but work was stopped by the persecutions of Catholics following the Spanish Armada. It took until the 1690s for conditions to improve so that Richard Shireburn's great-great grandson, Sir Nicholas, could resume building. He added the famous towers, much of the beautiful Gardens and the landmark avenue and ponds leading to the gatehouse. Unfortunately Richard, his only son, predeceased him. Tradition has it that he died aged nine from eating yew tree berries in the Gardens at Stonyhurst so beware. After Sir Nicholas died the house eventually passed into the hands of Thomas Weld who had no need of the decaying mansion so he donated it to the Jesuits in 1794 and the present day school was founded. The long history of the college has allowed them to build up the largest collection of relics in Britain. Most of it is kept away from public view. There is the prayer Mary Queen of Scots took to the executioner's block, some of James II's hair and blood, the skull of Cardinal Morton, the ropes used to quarter St Edmund Campion, the hairs of St Francis Xavier, the cope worn by Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520, and a thorn said to be from the crown of thorns worn by Christ at His crucifixion. There are also engravings by Rembrandt and Durer and a Shakespeare First Folio. Visiting the college can be quite a challenge. Apart from occasional events it is only open to pre-booked groups of 15 or more during weekends in the school summer holiday. The fee is £7 in 2017. Making a charitable donation might get you in at other times. The 250 acre Gardens are also open at these times. Even if you can't arrange an organised tour it is worth walking or driving to the front gate to get a view of this magnificent building. You could always feed the ducks and geese in the ponds.

4. The Grand

18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL, England +44 1200 421599
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

The Grand

Reviewed By YorkshireZimmer - Yorkshire

Attended a concert there last night. We love the Grand. It's had a facelift since its days as The Civic and now has events regularly every week from tribute bands, to plays and " evenings with ..." The acoustics are terrific, the bar is easily accessible with competitive prices and there was a mix of standing room and Seating at the back of the theatre. Parking may be a problem but there is lots of side streets to leave your car safely if you look round. Can't wait to return to The Grand.

5. Browsholme Hall

Browsholme Hall Clitheroe Road | Cow Ark, Clitheroe BB7 3DE, England +44 1254 827160
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Browsholme Hall

Reviewed By mikeandros - Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom

Sadly one can see why this is “hidden” if not a gem in the Forest of Bowland. Not noticed even on our AA map, although found through Satnav. The Gardens are relatively small. We could not find a lake (although prominent in photos) but did...MoreThank you for comments. I'm sorry you didn't manage to find the lake, it sits alongside the main drive and is, as you say, quite prominent at four acres in size and is signed from within the garden. Perhaps next time! AP

6. Clitheroe Country Market

Castlegate | Clitheroe United Reformed Church, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ, England
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Clitheroe Country Market

Reviewed By Denise S - Cheshunt, United Kingdom

There is plenty of free parking in the supermarket car parks. Walking along the road towards the market you pass a number of interesting independent shops and restaurants. There is something here for everyone. I was asked to pick up a Manchester tart and Bilbery pie from the deli stall for my friends and family in Hertfordshire. The deli stall is very very popular. There is a good range of stalls but I was disappointed to see empty pitches as this is such a good place to shop. The stallholders are lovely. I enjoy the cheese and honey stall at the back of the market. I visit Clitheroe every six weeks travelling from Hertfordshire. I enjoy getting that special present here. There is a good variety of niknaks, fresh fruit and veg. Go and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

7. Driscolls Antiques Ltd

Unit 6 Deanfield Drive Link 59 Business Park | Unit 6 , Link 59 Business Park, Clitheroe BB7 1QJ, England +44 1200 425443
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Driscolls Antiques Ltd

Driscolls Antiques is a family business, established over 35 years ago. We specialise in restoring and selling high quality pieces of British antique furniture. Using traditional techniques, and a level of craftsmanship only gained through years of experience, we fully restore and enhance the original build quality and finish found in these beautiful pieces of history. We passionately believe we are merely custodians of these historic pieces for future generations to enjoy. Items can be viewed at our large antique furniture warehouse in Clitheroe or we do display all our beautiful antiques on our website. we stock a large range from Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras in the finest quality woods such as Mahogany, Walnut and Oak. As members of LAPADA - the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, we provide the highest standards of quality and only offer genuine pieces, with a fully detailed certificate with every purchase.

Reviewed By David F

I visited Driscolls Antiques whilst on business in the area as I was looking for an antique desk. It is a large Antique Furniture showroom / warehouse with a wide range of antique furniture from the Georgian period onwards. James the owner is very friendly and knowledgeable.

Station Road Old Railway Station Clitheroe, Clitheroe, England +44 1200 443071
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Platform Gallery

Reviewed By Sue00do - North West England, United Kingdom

Set in what appears to be the original railway station offices, waiting rooms etc, with the railway lines running right behind, there is a tourist info centre and a craft gallery exhibiting and selling a good range of ceramics and hand crafted items.

9. The Time Train

Ground Floor, Lee Carter House, Off Castle St, Clitheroe BB7 2BX, England +44 7854 380100
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The Time Train

A curious, collectables and Vinyl Record shop sat on a pretty courtyard; residing in sunny Clitheroe, Lancashire. We have a small cafe serving freshly ground coffee, pots of tea, cakes and light bites! All sorts of curios items from years go by. We buy all sorts, so do get in touch if you have any retro, vintage or antique items you are looking to sell.

Reviewed By shazzadawn - Lancs

Recently relocated to Lowergate, in a bright courtyard above the car park opposite Keystreet. Great to look around with lots of retro goodies and curios. Once you have had a good browse, you can indulge in lunch ( locally sourced pies from Roy Porter's the Butcher) or coffee and cake in the light and airy Seating area upstairs. Friendly staff and they are happy to welcome dogs too. :)

Castlegate | Lee Carter house, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ, England +44 1200 538385
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Longitude Art Gallery

An independent art gallery showcasing local artistic talent from the North West. New Exhibitions staged every two months.

Reviewed By lindawilson547a - Preston, United Kingdom

A small but well stocked local gallery with interesting Exhibitions.Unlike many similar places it has not fallen into the trap of stocking 'twee' art and crafts and we bought a very nice contemporary piece on our first visit-we would have bought a second but it was too large for the space we had.There is also a good range of prints in stock and the owner was very helpful and enthusiastic even though ours was small purchase.

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