Clitheroe is first and foremost a market town of some antiquity,its origins pre-dating the 12th century Norman keep which overlooks the town today,commanding wide views of the surrounding area.Clitheroe's market charter dates from1283 and on Tuesdays,Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year crowds flock to the market,which can be found off King Street or Parson Lane.
The area has a wide variety of coaching inns,restaurants and cafes,several of which are open for meals or snacks even on Sundays during the season.The castle grounds are a beautiful spot for a picnic in fine weather.Ideally situated in the centre of the town,the grounds provide pleasent flower gardens and extensive recreational facilities including:tennis,bowls,putting and a childrens play area.There is an open air theatre where concerts and historical pageants are given.The grounds cover approximately 16 acres.In 1920,together with the castle and other buildings they were purchased as a war memorial for the towns people.
Clitheroe has its own museum,housing an interesting and varied collection,principally of items of local history,geology and archaeology.There are reconstructed cloggers'and printers'workshops and scenes of domestic life with a wide range of household objects in a hearth side setting.Hear the grandfather clock chime and the music box play while the housewife of the past bakes bread in the huge black range.
A pleasent spot for picnics is at Edisford,perched on the River Ribble on the edge of town,children can safely paddle in the river or play in the play area.A well appointed caravan site caters for touring vans and the cafe and ice-cream shop does a roaring trade in the summer.Nearby we also have a pitch and putt course and a fine indoor swimming pool.On many Sundays during the season there is a miniature steam railway where rides are open to young and old alike.
Clitheroe is a wonderful starting point for many local walks(catering for the least and most energetic of walkers)situated as it is along the Ribble Way and within striking distance of Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland.If you only feel like a stroll around town they have a very thorough Town Trail booklet which shows you places you might otherwise miss,like our town wells tucked away in side streets.Many maps and guides are available from the Tourist Information Centre.
Clitheroe has a sculpture trail leading from Brungerley Bridge to Crosshill Quarry.The trail was begun in 1993 by Thompson Dagnall who worked in the Ribble Valley for seven months.
The Platform Gallery,the first of its kind in the Ribble Valley,is situated in the old railway station.The line itself was re-opened in May 1994 and a regular service runs from Clitheroe to Blackburn and Manchester every day except Sunday.The gallery and visitor centre is host to a continually changing series of contemporary craft exhibitions including anything from furniture to embroidery and sculpture to jewellery.Most of the work is produced by professional artists based in the North West.
open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm,Sat-9am-5pm,Sun-closed,Bank holidays-10am-4pm
Most local shops close early afternoons on Wednesdays.