Museums

(updated 16 July 2021)

Step 4 of the Roadmap out of lockdown starts on Monday 19 July when most legal restrictions to control Covid-19 will be lifted. In order to mitigate the risk of both contracting and spreading Covid-19 in Lancashire we will continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

Read the full government guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July.

In museums to protect our customers and staff.

Our staff will:

  • continue to wear a face covering, unless exempt. 
  • respect other people's personal space and keep a safe distance
  • use hand sanitiser and wipe down high touch areas
  • keep spaces well ventilated

We ask customers and visitors to:

  • wear a face covering when moving around the building, unless exempt. Exemptions to wearing a face covering.
  • use hand sanitiser
  • respect other people's personal space and keep to a safe distance
  • avoid visiting while self-isolating or whilst showing any Covid-19 symptoms
  • participate in the NHS Test and Trace scheme

All visits should be pre-booked to ensure entry and there will still be some restrictions in place. Walk-up entry may be available but cannot be guaranteed. Visitors will be asked to wear a face covering whilst in the building, unless they are exempt, provide details for NHS Test and Trace, maintain appropriate distancing and hand sanitise on entry. All our venues are Covid-19 secure.

Please read the relevant further information carefully before booking your visit.

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Further information

Please check individual museum pages for access and facilities details.

Admission charges apply at our museums. Contactless payment is preferred.

Concessions apply to those over 65, people with a disability, carers, unwaged and students.

The Kitchen cafe at Lancaster Castle will be serving refreshments and light bites to customers seated at outside tables from 10am to 4pm Monday to Sunday.

The cafes at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum and Queen Street Mill are open in line with their opening times.

If you are unable to attend please cancel your booking as soon as possible.

Use the cancellation link in your confirmation email or phone or email the museum.

Clitheroe Castle Museum clitheroecastle@lancashire.gov.uk 01200 424568

Gawthorpe Hall gawthorpehall@lancashire.gov.uk 01282 771004

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum helmshoremuseum@lancashire.gov.uk 01706 226459

Judges' Lodgings Lancaster judgeslodgings@lancashire.gov.uk 01524 581241

Lancaster Castle lancastercastle@lancashire.gov.uk 01524 64998

Queen Street Mill Museum queenstreetmill@lancashire.gov.uk 01282 459996

We will email you if your tour is cancelled due to events beyond our control.

Clitheroe Castle Museum is open for pre-booked visits. It will open daily 11am to 4pm. Last entry at 3.20pm. Walk-up visits will be admitted wherever safely possible and we advise pre-booking.

Admission charges

Contactless payment is preferred.

Adults £4.70

Concession £3.60 over 65, people with a disability, carers, unwaged and students. 

Accompanied children free

Young people 13-18 free

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With panoramic views across the Ribble Valley, Clitheroe Castle is perched above the town of Clitheroe where it has dominated the skyline for 800 years.  The Keep is 12th century Norman and has Ancient Monument status.  The Castle and grounds are free to access and open all year round.

The Museum is located in the former Steward's House, a Grade II listed building that was built in the 18th century to house the Steward of Clitheroe Castle.  The Museum tells the story of Clitheroe and surrounding local area using exhibits, touchscreen animations and oral history sound points.  The galleries are fully accessible and there is a vibrant and visible family friendly offer of monthly themed hunts for our younger visitors.

Things to see and do at Clitheroe Castle Museum.

Gawthorpe Hall is open for pre-booked visits. It will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12noon to 5pm. Last entry at 4.15pm. Booking is required. Please note there is no tearoom available. Ask in the Hall for details of good local ones nearby.

Admission charges

Contactless payment is preferred.

£6 adults

£4 concessions over 65, people with a disability, carers, unwaged and students

Accompanied children free (up to 16 years old) 

Free entry for National Trust members with a valid membership card.  A booking is required.

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Explore Gawthorpe’s historic rooms and collections of paintings, furniture and Gawthorpe Textiles Collection displays.

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is open for pre-booked visits. It will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12noon to 4pm. Last entry at 2.45pm. Booking is required.

Admission charges

Contactless payment is preferred.

Adults £4

Concessions £3 over 65, people with a disability, carers, unwaged and students

Accompanied children free (up to 16 years old) 

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Tours of the grounds of the museum and Helmshore, lasting around one hour, will be available on Friday and Saturday at 11am. Admission charges, £3 adults and concessions, accompanied children free (up to 16 years old). Tours must be pre-booked. You will find out fun facts about the history and heritage of Helmshore, the role the Turner family and the mills they built played, as well as stories of the people who came before us living and working here. The tour is fully outside and is just over a mile and a half in length. The tour starts and finishes on the car park outside the museum. The tour is subject to weather conditions and you take part at your own risk. We have the right to cancel the tours on the day if weather conditions or issues out of the museums control deem the activity to be unsafe.

Come and experience Lancashire’s industrial past being brought to life through a multi-sensory experience like no other. Find out about the industrial innovations and how life was for the mill workers. Witness our spellbinding historic machinery in action; where the noisy clicks, clunks, thumps and distinctive scents will transport you to another era.

The Judges' Lodgings is open for pre-booked visits. It will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Last entry at 3.20pm. Booking is advisable. Walk-up visits will be admitted wherever safely possible and we advise pre-booking.

Admission charges

Contactless payment is preferred.

Adults £3

Concessions £2 over 65, people with a disability, carers, unwaged and students

Children free

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Bringing the stories of Lancaster to life for everyone, through the city's oldest town house.

Nestled below Lancaster Castle, the Judges' Lodgings dates back nearly 400 years on a site that has been at the centre of Lancaster's history for nearly 2000 years. The current house was built around 1625 by Thomas Covell, Keeper of the Castle and famous for locking up the Pendle Witches during the infamous Lancashire Witch Trials. From 1826 the house became a lodgings for the travelling 'Red Judges' of the Assizes Courts. Dressed in their scarlet robes, the Judges decided the fate of murderers, forgers and highwaymen at Lancaster Castle. Today the house is home to beautiful Georgian furniture by Gillows of Lancaster, elegant period rooms and the popular Museum of Childhood.

Lancaster Castle is open for pre-booked visits. Walk-up visits will be admitted wherever safely possible and we advise pre-booking.

It will open daily with visits available from 10.30 am until Tuesday 27 July when it will open at 10am. Each visit lasts around fifty minutes and accommodates up to six people. Availability is limited. We strongly advise booking ahead.

We will re-allocate your place on the tour to other members of the public if you do not arrive within 10 minutes of the tour start time.

Please read the guidelines carefully before booking your visit.

To celebrate the reopening of the Castle courtrooms to visitors, tours will be free for a limited time.

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Queen Street Mill Museum is open for pre-booked guided tours. It will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12.15pm to 4.30pm. Last entry at 3.15pm. Walk-up visits will be admitted wherever safely possible and we advise pre-booking.

Admission charges

Contactless payment is preferred.

Adults £3

Concessions £2 over 65, people with a disability, carers, unwaged and students

Children under 16 free

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Queen Street Mill is the last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill in the world. Come along to this Grade 1 listed building and relive the days when cotton was king. 

Our shops are open.

I will wear a face covering on my visit unless I am exempt.

I will follow the guidance of the staff.

I will attend the tour on my own or with the number of people in my group booking.

I will stay in my group throughout the visit.

I will abide by social distancing and will keep a two metre distance at all times.

I will not attend the tour if I have developed Covid-19 symptoms.

I will cancel the tour if I am not able to attend.

We continue to participate in the NHS Test and Trace service. You will be able to download the NHS Covid-19 app and scan a QR code when visiting. The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check into venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus. If you cannot, or choose not, to download the app our staff can take your details.

Toilets are open at our sites. 

Please check your confirmation email carefully for date, time and the number of people in your group. A maximum of 6 people are allowed on each visit and for safety reasons we cannot allow additional visitors. If more people arrive than are booked we have to refuse entry.

Example of a booking email