museums and attractions

Attractions in North West

The North West is rich in heritage attractions including railways, mining heritage sites and transport museums. Here are such delights as the Anderton Boat Lift, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, the new Lakeland Motor Museum and even the Windermere and Ullswater lake steamers.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions across the North West including Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumberland, Merseyside and Westmorland.

Keswick Lake Cruises

Derwentwater Foreshore, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ.

Enjoy a lake cruise on one of the Keswick Launches and experience the beauty of Derwentwater with breathtaking views of the surrounding fells. Enjoy special…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Holcombe Road, Helmshore, Lancashire, BB4 4NP.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

18th century woollen fulling mill, containing fulling & finishing machinery and a working waterwheel. Textile museum housed in a 19th century condenser…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Rochdale Pioneers Museum

31 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 0NU.

  • Part disabled access

The museum is where the ‘Pioneers’, 28 working people, opened a co-operative store on the 21st December, 1844. It commemorates the birth of the Co-operative…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Fleetwood Museum

6-7 Queens Terrace, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6BT.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Discover Fleetwood’s heyday as a Victorian seaside resort, its cargo trade, ferry services, lifeboats and brave lifeboat men. About the docks and the…

Transport / Maritime

Lancaster Maritime Museum

Custom House, St Georges Quay, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1RB.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Explore Lancaster's golden age and rich maritime and natural history. The museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings…

Transport / Maritime

Ravenglass Railway Museum

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1SW.
Tel: 01229 717 171.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The re-developed museum chronicles the history of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway from its inception in the 1870s to the present day with preserved locomotives…

Railways / Railway Museum

Western Approaches Museum

1-3 Rumford Street, Exchange Flags, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 8SZ.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop

Walk through hidden rooms and discover the stories locked in the wartime bunker that protected the tactics and secrets of the British Armed Forces plotting…

Other Sites of Interest / Military

Avro Heritage Museum

Woodford Aerodrome, Chester Road, Woodford, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK7 1QR.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

Situated on the site of the old Woodford airfield. The current museum site was donated by BAE Systems when the airfield and aircraft assembly plant closed…

Transport / Aircraft

Lion Salt Works

Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6ES.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Restored historic open-pan salt making site, in the village of Marston, close to Northwich. The site lies adjacent to the Trent and Mersey Canal, close…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Southport Model Railway Village

Lower Promanede, Kings Gardens, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1QX.

  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

Based upon typical south-west Lancashire architecture, the site consists of a country scene, village and town. Movement is generated by one of the largest…

Railways / Miniature Railways

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

Warton Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9TR.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Welcomes visitors from all over the world, who come to enjoy the nostalgia of the station, which has been restored to its 1940s glory when the Refreshment…

Railways / Rail Centre

Rainhill Trials Exhibition

Rainhill Library, View Road, Rainhill, Lancashire, L35 0LE.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The exhibition is housed in a former British Rail Mk.1 carriage specially converted for the purpose. It is in the grounds of Rainhill Library and connected…

Railways / Railway Museum

Old Hall Farm

Bouth, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8JA.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The farm is worked using 19th century methods to grow its crops and harvest the land. Horse power alongside steam and early vintage tractors and their…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Sedgwick Gunpowder Works

Low Park Wood Caravan Site, Sedgwick, Cumbria, LA8 8AD.

Operated from 1857 until 1935. Includes the remains of buildings, mill races, leats and curious earthworks abound. Six incorporating mills, all of which…

Open Access

Greenside Lime Kiln

Greenside, Kendal, Cumbria, .

Preserved in 2009 and designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Saved from dereliction to become an enduring link between the lime burning industry and…

Open Access

Weavers Triangle Visitor Centre

85 Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 1JZ.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Based at Burnley Wharf by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the Visitor Centre tells the story of the canal, cotton and the Weavers' Triangle. Oak Mount Mill…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Theatre Organ Heritage Centre

2a Alexandra Road, (corner of Green Street), Peel Green, Eccles, Greater Manchester, M30 7HJ.
Tel: 0161 792 1836.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

1920s style cinema with Wurlitzer pipe organ. Museum covering the history of theatre organs and cinemas, and related topics. Celebrating 50 years as one…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Museum of Liverpool

Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 1DG.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Includes galleries on the Liverpool Overhead Railway, Liverpool as a port, and much more. Home to the 1842 loco 'Lion', star of 'The Titfield Thunderbolt'…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Park Bridge Ironworks

Park Bridge, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 8AQ.

  • Parking

For nearly 200 years, this was a thriving family business. Hundreds of people were employed here and its iron and steel were exported around the world.…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial / Open Access

Levens Hall & Gardens

Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD.
Tel: 01539 560 321.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Fowler Showman's engine No.15116 'Bertha', also 6in. scale Foster 'Little Gem' giving rides. Weather permitting and subject to availability.

Transport / Road

The Hub Museum

Goods Shed, Station Yard, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3HN.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The ultimate visitor experience, encompassing the history of Alston Moor as depicted through an amazing collection of vintage vehicles, photographs and…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Royden Park Miniature Railways

The Sidings, Royden Park, Frankby, Merseyside, CH48 1NP.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

7.25in. ground level track. Also 3.5 & 5in. raised track. Steam and diesel.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Cinderbarrow Railway

Tarn Lane, Yealand Redmayne, Nr Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9RX.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

3.5, 5, 7.25in. gauge circuit.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Acorn Bank

Temple Sowerby, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1SP.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Best known for its comprehensive herb collection and traditional fruit orchards, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a fascinating industrial past. Wander…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

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