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 Mills Textile Museum

Holcombe Road, Helmshore BB4 4NP
T: 0300 123 6701

The museum is open Friday-Sunday 11am until 4pm between 27th of July and the 28th of October 2018. 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.


The Whitaker

Whitaker Park, Haslingden Road, Rossendale 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

24 Yorkshire Street, Bacup OL13 9AE
T: 01706 870260
M: 07735 555533

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


East Lancashire Railway Rawtenstall Station

East Lancashire Railway, Rawtenstall Station, Bury Road BB4 6AG
T: 0161 764 7790
E: enquiries@eastlancsrailway.org.uk

The East Lancashire Railway is the 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.   


Whitworth Historical Museum

North Street, Whitworth OL12 8RE
T: 01706-343370
E: secretary@whitworthhistoricalsociety.org.uk

Open: Tuesday 7.30pm–9.30pm,

Saturday 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 first Wednesday of each month between September and June. Admission is free.


Weavers Cottage

Lee Brook Cl Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 8ET
T: 01706 229828
E: rossendalecivictrust@googlemail.com

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.


Holden Wood Antiques

Grane Road, Haslingden BB4 4AT
T: 01706 830803
E: john@holdenwood.co.uk

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.