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Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford

(4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Pendle Heritage Centre is a museum and visitor centre in Barrowford, Lancashire, England, dedicated to the history and heritage of Pendle. The heritage centre occupies Park Hill, a two-storey former farmhouse which has a 1661 date stone but was developed over an extended period between the 16th century and the beginning of the 18th century. The centre has an 18th-century walled garden and woodland walk, and houses the Pendle Arts Gallery.Park Hill is an old farmhouse that has been restored using traditional building techniques to provide visitors with an insight on how the house has been developed and adapted from the 15th century. The centre, formed in 1977, is one of the Heritage Trust for the North West's flagship projects, attracting over 100,000 visitors a year. The permanent exhibitions include the story of Park Hill as a working farm, the history of the Bannister and Swinglehurst families who occupied the house and the Pendle witches. Sir Roger Bannister is a descendant of the family that once lived here.To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the trials of the Pendle witches, a new long-distance walking route called the Lancashire Witches Walk has been created. Ten tercet waymarkers, designed by Stephen Raw, each inscribed with a verse of a poem by Carol Ann Duffy have been installed along the route, with the first located here, to mark the start-point.
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  • Based on some of the reviews I read I expected this to be a small scale, amateurish local museum - it is not. The old house has been turned into a very interesting and informative exhibit with many in...  more »
  • We went to heritage centre for lunch. Got there at 11. 25. He said youre too early for lunch (12) and too late for brekkie (11.30) so I got a sandwich for my mum. Went out at 11.55 and saw a couple ha...  more »
  • Visited with relatives from Canada who were fascinated by the Pendle Witches story illustrated by the excellent exhibition. The other fascinating thing about the museum is the building itself which da...  more »
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  • Great cafe and shop. Attended the art fair which had 20 stalls in the barn opposite the centre and also at the Mill opposite which was featured on Restoration programme.
  • Beautiful venue. Will definitely return.
  • I've been eating here for years now, the food has always been 5 star.....till recently !!! I asked the man who works behind the food counter why, he said the cook has retired. I had a scone that could have broken a window if i'd have chosen to throw it. Also, it was only half the size of what they used to be. I'm looking for another cafe to spend my hard earned money in.
  • Love getting coffee and ice creams and sitting on the park.
  • One of the nicest such centres I've ever been to. Helpful and knowledgeable people, decent shop with good books, and the start of the best walk I've ever been on - The Lancashire Witches Walk.