The Whitaker

Sarah Gaffney-Lang, Families Editor

The award-winning Whitaker Gallery & Museum is a multi-purpose venue which celebrates the area’s varied and amazing heritage whilst providing a dynamic, challenging and diverse programme of events, exhibitions and education-based activities. And the cafe’s pretty good too!

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Telephone: 01706260785 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Friday9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday9:30am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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