If you are looking for things to do in Clitheroe, you will not be disappointed.

Considered to be one of Ribble Valley’s hidden gems, Clitheroe is a charming market town boasting cobbled streets and a majestic Norman castle. You can immerse yourself in the local art scene, savour the delights of fresh produce at farm shops and delis, or embark on adventures in the surrounding area of outstanding natural beauty.

Whether you seek a relaxing escape or an action-packed itinerary, this delightful Lancashire town offer the perfect blend for all types of travellers. And with our serviced accommodation as your comfortable home base, you can explore it all at your own pace.

Let’s unveil the magic of Clitheroe!

Clitheroe Castle and Museum

Clitheroe Castle offers a glimpse into the region’s rich past.

Built in the 12th century, this Norman keep, one of the smallest surviving stone keeps in England, stands sentinel on a natural limestone mound. As you explore the castle grounds, imagine the bustling activity that once unfolded within its walls. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Ribble Valley.

Visit the award-winning Clitheroe Castle Museum housed within the castle walls, where you can delve deeper into the fascinating story of Clitheroe and its people.

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Explore the Forest of Bowland

A short drive from Clitheroe’s bustling town center lies the breathtaking Forest of Bowland. Covering 312 square miles of rural Lancashire it is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual walker, the Forest of Bowland offers an extensive network of trails, each promising a unique perspective. Challenge yourself by scaling Ward’s Stone, the highest point in the Forest, and be rewarded with panoramic vistas that stretch for miles. Keep your eyes peeled for the diverse wildlife, from soaring birds of prey like the hen harrier to curious sheep grazing on the slopes.

Summit of Wards Stone

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Visit St. Michael and St. John’s Church

Steeped in history and architectural beauty, St Michael & St John’s Church stands proudly on Lowergate Road.

Founded in 1799 by the philanthropist Thomas Weld, this elegant Grade II listed building was designed by renowned architect Joseph Hansom. Step inside to discover a serene atmosphere perfect for quiet reflection or appreciating the church’s historical details.

St Michael & St John’s Church offers a glimpse into Clitheroe’s Catholic heritage and serves as a beautiful landmark in the heart of the town.

St Michael and St John Church Clitheroe

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Clitheroe Market

A trip to Clitheroe wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the vibrant Clitheroe Market.

Held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, the market transforms the town center into a bustling hub of activity. Rows of colorful stalls overflow with fresh, local produce, tempting you with seasonal delights from nearby farms. Sample juicy berries, plump vegetables, and artisan cheeses, all bursting with flavor. Chat with friendly stallholders passionate about their craft, perhaps picking up unique handmade jewelry or locally sourced honey.

The market is more than just shopping; it’s a social experience, a chance to soak up the lively atmosphere and connect with the heart of Clitheroe’s community.

The Longitude Art Gallery

Clitheroe’s artistic spirit thrives at the Longitude Gallery, a haven for contemporary art enthusiasts.

This light-filled exhibition space showcases the best of established and emerging regional artists. Immerse yourself in a vibrant display of creative expression, where captivating paintings, thought-provoking sculptures, and innovative photography take center stage. The gallery’s commitment to showcasing local talent ensures a fresh and dynamic experience with each visit.

Take a tour of the Bowland Brewery

No exploration of Clitheroe’s delights is complete without a taste of its award-winning handcrafted beers.

Bowland Brewery is a stone’s throw from the town center nestled beneath the iconic chimney of Holmes Mill. Sample their cask ales, each boasting unique flavours and reflecting the rich heritage of the region. Take a brewery tour to witness the brewing process firsthand and learn about the brewers’ passion for creating exceptional beers.

Whether you’re a seasoned beer aficionado or simply curious to try a local brew, the Bowland Brewery offers a delightful experience that perfectly complements your exploration of Clitheroe.

Place To Eat

Foodies will delight in the town’s offerings, from the bustling Clitheroe Market overflowing with fresh, local produce to award-winning restaurants, or traditional pubs and coffee shops. For example:

Holmes Mill: A former textile mill that has been converted into a food hall and brewery, offering a variety of cuisines and a unique atmosphere.

The Emporium: This Parisian-style brasserie within a former chapel is a popular spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks. They offer a varied menu with a focus on modern European cuisine..

The Atrium Cafe: A vegetarian and vegan café with a relaxed atmosphere and delicious food.

The Spread Eagle: This historic hotel boasts a traditional pub with a welcoming atmosphere. They offer a classic pub fare menu alongside a wide selection of beers and wines.

Exchange Coffee Clitheroe: This independent coffee shop is a great place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. They also offer a selection of cakes, pastries, and sandwiches.

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In Summary

Whether you seek historical intrigue, cultural exploration, a foodie paradise, or an adventure in the great outdoors, Clitheroe promises an unforgettable experience. And with our comfortable serviced accommodation as your home base, you can explore it all at your own pace.

The Barn and Damson House both offer outstandingly luxurious choice, however, all our properties are stylish, well equipped and fabulous.

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