History and heritage is abundant in The Valley’s buildings and in the traditions still practiced throughout The Valley.

Its many museums exhibit The Valley’s industrial and cultural heritage in contemporary surroundings, offering excellent activities and facilities not normally associated with museums.


Helmshore Textile Museum

Holcombe Road, Helmshore BB4 4NP
T: 01706 226459

Open: Monday–Friday 12noon–4pm, Sat/Sun/BH Monday 12noon–5pm. Tucked away in the stunning Valley of Rossendale you’ll uncover a national gem. A place where pioneering innovations and ideas carved the way for Britain in the Industrial Revolution. Looking around our two mills, discover how wool and cotton became yarn and unravel the stories of inspirational inventors, their magnificent machines and understand how their ideas revolutionised the world we live in today. Historical spinning machinery in daily demonstrations and see the only surviving example of Arkwright’s original water-frame.

Helmshore Mill 2 (Meet the Mill Master)

The Whitaker

The Whitaker Whitaker Park Haslingden Road 
 BB4 6RE
T: 01706 260785

Open: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–4pm, The Bar: Thur/Fri/Sat 5pm–11pm, Evening meals: Thur/Fri/Sat 5.30pm–9.30pm. Set in the beautiful Whitaker Park in the Valley of Rossendale the museum displays interesting local history, paintings, and Victorian natural history collections and a very active contemporary art gallery. There’s also a wonderful cafe/restaurant. Keep your eye out for the fantastic Acoustic Nights


Bacup Natural History Museum

Bacup Natural History Society 24 Yorkshire Street Bacup OL13 9AE

There’s a wealth of industrial, religious, household and military artefacts collected and catalogued by local volunteers at the society.

Bacup Nat

East Lancashire Railway

East Lancashire Railway, Rawtenstall Station, Bury Road BB4 6AG
T: 0161 764 7790

The East Lancashire Railway is them North West’s premier heritage railway providing both steam and diesel journeys along a scenic 12-mile route. As a “Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” winner, the railway has two real ale pubs, cafés, gift shop and museum. Experience the luxury on-board dining, real ale trails, ‘drive a train’ course and photography days.

ELR 5a

Whitworth Historical Museum

North Street, Whitworth OL12 8RE
Open Tues 7.30pm - 9.30pm / Sat 2pm - 4pm

The display rooms have masses of exhibits, mainly donated by local people. In addition they have an extensive library of documents relating to Whitworth, and a large collection of photographs from the past. A visit to the museum gives an insight into the history of life in the Valley of Rossendale. It also has a programme of monthly lectures, held on the first Wednesday of each month between September and June. Admission is free


Weavers Cottage

Lee Brook Cl Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 8ET
T: 01706 229828

Steep yourself into industrial heritage history and dip into a bygone era with one of the finest examples of an 18th century loom shop, complete with Victorian kitchen, a clog shop, working “tippler toilets” and a tea room. Knowledgeable volunteers are always at hand to enhance the rich local heritage.

weavers cottage

Holden Wood Antiques

Grane Road, Haslingden
T: 01706 830803

Our antique centre is situated on the edge of the Valley of Rossendale. The listed building is former St. Stephens Church and has over 35 dealers in antiques, collectables, contemporary ceramic art, antique furniture, clocks, watches, jewellery, militaria, paintings and books. Interested in buying quality items. We buy single items, collections or complete house contents