Attractions in Lancashire

Polly Checkland Harding

The coastal county of Lancashire encompasses some top visitor destinations, including the evolution of former Victorian seaside resorts Blackpool and Morecambe into modern-day draws with year-round cultural clout. Home to the annual Illuminations, the Great Promenade Show and Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool pairs contemporary art with world-famous venues including the town’s Tower and Ballroom. Morecambe’s best attractions, including its outdoor art and beautiful coastal cycling route, are often a reflection on the maritime heritage here, as well as the stunning landscape of Morecambe Bay.

Inland, Blackburn and Burnley have gained a reputation for an impressive roster of annual festivals, but also for new artworks by notable artists. Walk out to Burnley’s much-loved Singing Ringing Tree, or explore the street art decorating Blackburn’s Open Walls. Head to Prism Contemporary – or travel back in history to the tours and walks that document the notorious Pendle Witch Trials in the area. The historic city of Lancaster is also filled with centuries-old buildings, including the Castle and Judges’ Lodgings, as well as more modern venues such as The Dukes. Read on to find out more.

  • 1. Blackpool Grand Theatre

    Grand Theatre Blackpool

    Blackpool Grand Theatre, 33 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HT - Visit now

    The Blackpool Grand theatre is home to a high quality touring programme including drama, musical theatre, opera, ballet and dance.

  • 2. Prism Contemporary

    Prism Contemporary
    Courtesy of PRISM contemporary

    Prism Contemporary, 14-16 Lord Street West, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1JX - Visit now

    Established in 2016, Prism Contemporary is an independent gallery run by artists, curators and producers showcasing new and evolving work.

  • 3. SHIP at Half Moon Bay

    Image courtesy of Keith Stanley/ Anna Gillespie.

    SHIP at Half Moon Bay, DECO PUBLIQUE, 3 Northumberland Street, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4AU - Visit now

    SHIP at Half Moon Bay – a striking Corten steel sculpture by artist Anna Gillespie celebrating Morecambe’s maritime heritage. Outdoors, and perfect for walkers.

  • 4. The Dukes

    The Dukes, Lancaster

    The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1QE - Visit now

    The Dukes is the only producing theatre in Lancashire, hosting touring productions, comedy, dance and music in the oldest cinema in town.

  • 5. Blackpool Tower

    Walks in Blackpool
    Courtesy of The Blackpool Tower

    Blackpool Tower, The Blackpool Tower, The Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 4BJ - Visit now

    Blackpool Tower first opened to the public in 1894, and includes the Blackpool Tower Circus and Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

  • 6. Pendle Hill

    Pendle Hill
    Courtesy of Visit Lancashire

    Pendle Hill, Pendle Hill, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 6LG - Visit now

    Most famous for its links to the now notorious witch trials of 1612, Pendle Hill is a truly bewitching area of Lancashire.

  • 7. White Elephant Gallery

    White Elephant Gallery, Morecambe
    White Elephant Gallery

    White Elephant Gallery, 40 Euston Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA45DD - Visit now

    The White Elephant Gallery, Morecambe. A radical arts space showcasing everything from photography and sculpture to installations and painting.

  • 8. Blackpool Winter Gardens

    Blackpool Winter Gardens

    Blackpool Winter Gardens, 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL - Visit now

    Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is an opulent collection of theatres, exhibitions halls, ballrooms and event spaces.

  • 9. Blackpool Illuminations

    Blackpool Illuminations
    Image courtesy of Blackpool Illuminations/ Visit Blackpool.

    Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA - Visit now

    Blackpool Illuminations: the number one free light show in the world stretches along Blackpool’s promenade every autumn for 66 nights.

  • 10. Burnley’s Singing Ringing Tree

    Burnley's Singing Ringing Tree
    Courtesy of Visit Lancashire

    Burnley’s Singing Ringing Tree, Crown Point, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 3RT - Visit now

    The Singing Ringing Tree is a unique musical sculpture which overlooks Burnley from its position high on Crown Point.

  • 11. Bay Cycle Way

    The Bay Cycle Way is a perfect introduction to long-distance cycling. Morecambe Bay is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK.
    Bay Cycle Way

    Bay Cycle Way, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA44BU - Visit now

    The Bay Cycle Way is a perfect introduction to long-distance cycling. Morecambe Bay is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK. As you cycle along the route you’ll be rewarded with incredible views, world-class historic sites and artefacts, traditional food and rare wildlife.

  • 12. Lancaster Castle

    Lancaster Castle Lancashire
    Lancaster Castle - Gidzy

    Lancaster Castle, Castle Parade, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YJ - Visit now

    Lancaster Castle dates back almost 1,000 years and offers visitors a fascinating insight into the history of the judiciary and penal reform in England.

  • 13. Grundy Art Gallery

    Tim Etchells, Lets Pretend (Large) (2014), installation view, Grundy Art Gallery. Photo: Phill Heywood, courtesy Grundy Art Gallery.

    Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1PU - Visit now

    Grundy Art Gallery is recognised as a leading contemporary arts venue in the northwest, with a programme featuring established and emerging artists from the UK and around the world, alongside historic art from its own collection.

  • 14. The Weavers Triangle

    The Weavers Triangle
    Courtesy of Weaver's Triangle

    The Weavers Triangle, The Weavers' Triangle Visitors Centre, 85 Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 1JZ - Visit now

    The Weavers Triangle is an area on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal that was once at the heart of Burnley’s textile industry.

  • 15. More Music

    More Music, Morecambe
    Image courtesy of More Music

    More Music, 13-17 Devonshire Road, Morecombe, Lancashire, LA3 1QT - Visit now

    More Music is Morecambe’s award-winning community, music and education charity offering a year-round programme of activity for all ages.

  • 16. The Comedy Carpet

    The Comedy Carpet
    Creative Tourist

    The Comedy Carpet, Tower Festival Headland, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1NE - Visit now

    Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet sits in the shadow of the world famous Blackpool Tower – and it’s one of the largest pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK.

  • 17. Gawthorpe Hall

    Gawthorpe Hall
    National Trust

    Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley Road, Padiham,, near Burnley,, Lancashire,, BB12 8UA - Visit now

    Gawthorpe Hall, or the ‘Downton of the North’, was redesigned in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of Highclere Castle, the ‘real’ Downton Abbey.

  • 18. The Grand Theatre, Lancaster

    The Grand Theatre in Lancaster
    Lancaster Grand

    The Grand Theatre, Lancaster, St Leonardgate, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1NL - Visit now

    The Grand Theatre Lancaster is one of the oldest working theatres in England and hosts plays, comedy, dance, music and musicals.

  • 19. The Great Promenade Show

    Creative Tourist

    The Great Promenade Show, New South Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1RW - Visit now

    The Great Promenade Show consists of ten pieces of artwork along Blackpool Promenade from South Pier heading south.

  • 20. Blackpool North Pier

    Creative Tourist

    Blackpool North Pier, North Pier Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1NE - Visit now

    The oldest and longest of Blackpool’s three Victorian-era piers, North Pier features a theatre, sun lounge and amusement arcade.

  • 21. Winter Gardens Theatre

    Winter Gardens Theatre Morecambe
    Courtesy of Lancaster City Council

    Winter Gardens Theatre, 209 Marine Road Central, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4BU - Visit now

    The Winter Gardens theatre is a truly extraordinary Grade II* listed building on Morecambe’s waterfront, run entirely by volunteers.

  • 22. Stanley Park Blackpool

    Stanley Park
    Courtesy of Friends of Stanley Park

    Stanley Park Blackpool, West Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 9HQ - Visit now

    There’s so much to see and do in Blackpool’s Stanley Park – so it’s no wonder it’s one of the nations favourite parks.

  • 23. Blackpool Central Pier

    Creative Tourist

    Blackpool Central Pier, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5BB - Visit now

    Blackpool Central Pier is home to the iconic Big Wheel alongside an array of attractions, amusements, shows and shopping.

  • 24. Lancaster Arts

    Lancaster arts proms
    Image courtesy of Lancaster Arts.

    Lancaster Arts, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW - Visit now

    Lancaster Arts is Lancaster University’s public contemporary cross-arts organisation and showcasing work that spans boundaries and art forms.

  • 25. Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Blvd,, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ - Visit now

    Home to over 125 rides and attractions, including the world famous Big One and Infusion, the world’s only suspended looping coaster completely over water. Pleasure Beach Arena is also home to the Hot Ice show, the longest running ice show in the world.

  • 26. Abingdon Studios

    Abingdon Studios
    Image courtesy of Abingdon Studios, Blackpool.

    Abingdon Studios, 14 Abington Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1DE - Visit now

    Abingdon Studios is a not-for-profit, artist-run contemporary art studios and project space situated in the heart of Blackpool town centre.

  • 27. Judges’ Lodgings

    Judge’s Lodgings, Lancaster, Lancashire
    Image courtesy of LCC

    Judges’ Lodgings, Church Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YS - Visit now

    Judges’ Lodgings is the oldest townhouse in Lancaster – close to Lancaster Priory it’s a popular destination hosting exhibitions and events.

  • 28. Blott Studio

    Blott Studio
    Courtesy of Blott Studios

    Blott Studio, Blott Artist Studios, 53 King Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3EJ - Visit now

    Since opening in 2000, Blott Studio has provided a platform for local, regional, and visiting guest artists.

  • 29. The Waterloo Music Bar

    Waterloo Music Bar
    Courtesy of Waterloo Music Bar

    The Waterloo Music Bar, 166 Waterloo Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 2AF - Visit now

    The Waterloo Music Bar is a buzzing, characterful pub-slash-gig venue that sits proudly as one of the pillars of Blackpool’s live music scene.

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