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Lancashire Visitor Travel Guide Page

We have compiled a travel and holiday information guide to help with your holiday stay in Lancashire.

About Lancashire

Ribble Valley, Lancashire

Lancashire is a county in the north west of England. Its county town is Lancaster whilst other towns such as Blackburn, Preston and Burnley lie within its boundaries. The holiday resort of Blackpool is a popular tourist destination. The Blackpool Pleasure Beach and golden beaches the town has to offer ensure it attracts millions of tourists every year. The Blackpool Tower is an iconic structure and the town itself is also a keen destination for many stag do and hen trips.

The furthest northern part of Lancashire takes in some of the picturesque Lake District region whilst the Pennines are a beautiful area suitable for walking. The Forest of Bowman is also a great place to go walking and cycling.

The metropolitan areas of Liverpool and Manchester are within short distance of Lancashire whilst Ireland can be visited via either the airports in the two cities or by the ports.

Lancashire came into its own during the Industrial Revolution when the textile trade boomed through the mill towns within the region. This is an era that is kept alive by the numerous museums around the county.

Attractions & Heritage Sites within Lancashire

1. Blackpool Zoo & Dinosaur Safari - East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 8PP - Tel No: 01253 830 830

Blackpool zoo has over 1500 animals and welcomes schools and parties, there are cafes and shops and is a great day our for all the family.

2. Camelot Theme Park - Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, Chorley, PR7 5LP - Tel No: 01257 455001

Camelot theme park has lots of attractions from sorcery to entertainment as well as thrilling rides. The theme park really has something to offer everyone and is the perfect family day out destination.

3. Ingleton Waterfalls Trail - Broadwood Entrance, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA6 3ET - Tel No: 015242 41930

Ingleton waterfalls is a trail that is approximately four and a half miles through many picturesque waterfalls and woodland in wonderful Dales countryside.

4. Warton Old Rectory - Near Carnforth, Lancaster, Lancashire

Grade 1 listed building, well preserved ruin of an old refectory made from limestone and sandstone. The great hall can be seen with service rooms off to the sides and a first floor.

5. Lancaster Castle - Castle Parade, Lancaster, LA1 1YJ

This impressive castle started life as a female prison and saw many alterations during its life. Enjoy a visit to the dungeons.

See Full List of Attractions in Lancashire

See Full List of History and Heritage Sites in Lancashire

Towns and Villages in Lancashire

Lancashire has some lovely towns and villages to explore, below is a list with a short summary and link to more information about it and pictures.

  • Accrington - has a heritage which parallels that of the other mill towns... More...
  • Blackburn - has plenty of entertainments conveniently situated near town centre... More...
  • Blackpool - has developed quite a reputation as one of the top seaside resort towns in the whole of Britain... More...
  • Bolton - is rather well provided with listed buildings and sites of interest... More...
  • Bootle - has always stood apart from its large neighbour to the south... More...
  • Burnley - originated in the 11th century after the Norman Conquest... More...
  • Bury - residents are most boastful of the town's military heroes... More...
  • Chorley - is a medieval market town still attracting visitors today... More...
  • Colne - lies close to the wonderful Yorkshire Dales National Park... More...
  • Lancaster - acts as the county town of Lancashire... More...
  • Liverpool - has been a major port since its inception in the 13th century by King John... More...
  • Lytham St.Annes - is well renowned for its pristine beach but offers much more... More...
  • Manchester - stands apart as a wonderful example of urban redevelopment... More...
  • Morecambe - Beach plays host to several holiday-themed festivals during the summer... More...
  • Oldham - has several sites of interest which are worth a tour once you arrive... More...
  • Preston - acts as the administrative centre for the whole of Lancashire... More...
  • Rochdale - lies on the flat expanse of the River Roch valley at the foot of the Pennines... More...
  • Skelmersdale - was mentioned in the infamous Domesday Book in the 11th century... More...
  • Southport - dates to the early 18th century when the town began to rapidly develop as a seaside destination... More...
  • St.Helens - is home to the pristine grounds of Taylor Park... More...
  • Ulverston - is a pretty market town situated on the northern shores of Morecambe Bay... More...
  • Widnes - has a modern shopping centre adjacent to the town's historical market... More...
  • Wigan - offers visitors with a healthy historical interest plenty to see whilst visiting town... More...
Useful Contact Information for Lancashire

Accrington Tourist Information Centre
Town Hall, Blackburn Road, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 1LA
Tel: 01254 380293

Ashton-Under-Lyne Tourist Information Centre
Council Offices, Wellington Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 6DL
Tel: 01613 434343

Barnoldswick Tourist Information Centre
The Council Shop, Fernlea Avenue, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB18 5DL
Tel: 01282 666704

Blackburn Tourist Information Centre
50-54 Church Street, Blackburn, Lancashire BB1 5AL
Tel: 01254 688040

Blackpool Tourist Information Centre
1 Clifton Street, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 1LY
Tel: 01253 478222

Bolton Tourist Information Centre
Central Library Foyer, Le Mans Cres, Bolton, Greater Manchester BL1 1SE
Tel: 01204 334321

Burnley Tourist Information Centre
Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 1BH
Tel: 01282 664421

Bury Tourist Information Centre
The Fusilier Museum, Moss Street, Bury BL9 0DF
Tel: 01612 535111

Cleveleys Tourist Information Centre
Victoria Square Thornton, Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5 1AU
Tel: 01253 853378

Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre
Ribble Valley Borough Council, Church Walk, Clitheroe BB7 2RA
Tel: 01200 425566

Fleetwood Tourist Information Centre
Old Ferry Office, The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6DL
Tel: 01253 773953

Garstang Tourist Information Centre
Unit 1, Cherestanc Square, Garstang, Lancashire PR3 1EF
Tel: 01995 602125

Lancaster Visitor Information Centre
The Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH
Tel: 01524 582394

Albert Dock Visitor Information Centre
Anchor Courtyard, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BS
Tel: 01512 332008

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Arrivals Hall, South Terminal, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool L24 1YD
Tel: 01519 071058

Liverpool '08 Place
Whitechapel, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 6D2
Tel: 01512 332008

Lytham St Annes Tourist Information Centre
Town Hall, St Annes Road West, St Annes, Lancashire FY8 1LW
Tel: 01253 725610 or 01253 658443

Manchester Visitor Information Centre
45-50 Piccadilly Plaza, Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4AJ
Tel: 08712 228223

Morecambe Visitor Information Centre
Old Station Buildings, Marine Road Central, Morecambe, Lancashire LA4 4DB
Tel: 01524 582808

Oldham Tourist Information Centre
Gallery Oldham, Cultural Quarter, Greaves, Oldham OL1 1AL
Tel: 01617 703064

Pendle Heritage Centre Tourist Information Centre
Park Hill, Barrowford, Nelson, Lancashire BB9 6JQ
Tel: 01282 661701

Preston Tourist Information Centre
The Guildhall, Lancaster Road, Preston, Lancashire PR1 1HT
Tel: 01772 253731

Rochdale Tourist Information Centre
Touchstones, The Esplanade, Rochdale, Lancashire OL16 1AQ
Tel: 01706 924928

Salford Tourist Information Centre
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, Greater Manchester M50 3AZ
Tel: 01618 488601

Southport Tourist Information Centre
112 Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1NY
Tel: 01704 533333

St Helens Tourist Information Centre
The World of Glass, Chalon Way East, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1BX
Tel: 01744 755150

Stockport Tourist Information Centre
Staircase House, 30 Market Place Stockport, Greater Manchester SK1 1ES
Tel: 01614 744444

Wigan Tourist Information Centre
62 Wallgate, Wigan, Greater Manchester WN1 1BA
Tel: 01942 825677