Clitheroe Castle and Museum

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Clitheroe Castle and Museum

Clitheroe Castle and Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles • History Museums
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The museum stands high on Castle Hill, in the shadow of the Castle Keep, an image which has dominated Clitheroe's skyline for over 800 years. The historic landmark of Clitheroe, in the heart of the Ribble Valley offers a day of exploration for all the family. Our intriguing galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of history, heritage and geology of the local area. We have lots of activities for children in the museum - a competition hunt, dressing-up costumes, explorer back-packs (with hat and magnifying glass), craft activities and various interactive displays. Come and enjoy a fun-filled day of exploration and learning. The castle and grounds are free to access all year round. The museum is open daily from March to October and Friday to Tuesday from November to February. Please see website for further details.
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loopysue1
Birmingham, UK41 contributions
Oct 2021
Enjoyed morning spent wandering around the museum and listening to the talks. It was a bitter cold day but unfortunately the cafe wasn't open due to COVID having caused it's closure.
Written October 31, 2021
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Vacation260505
1 contribution
Oct 2021
Very poor experience - I took my 2 grandchildren during half-term week as they were so excited to hear the museum also had a witch activity and rubbings.

The museum was lacking in any atmosphere, dull and tired, certainly not child friendly with broken equipment - what missed opportunities for 2 very keen eager children- this has put them off museums - how very sad.

The activity was very poor with clearly no creative / educational planning - where a witch sticker had been just plonked into glass cabinet and children told to count and find these in each room - then put their answers in a box - all very vague?

It certainly did not meet equality and diversity - the 3 year old and 7 year old given same dull sheet to complete very inappropriate. We couldn't find any 'rubbings'?

As a minimum the museum could have had coloured paper, pens, could have used the history of the witches link to this wonderful Town and area could have used visual displays or even got children to engage in activity creating things.
The top room was just bare we just bumped into families with children who also expressed their disappointment

The rooms were unclear and everyone was getting very confused - the staff lacked interest and engagement with the public and certainly the children.

Why was there no monitoring / client feedback forms to help improvement?

Why were there no quality, exciting activities and failure to meet equality and diversity for the children in half term?

What targets are the museum set and how are these being monitored?

I am a teacher and very experienced in education and this is extremely disappointing and needs to be addressed with urgency.
Written October 29, 2021
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Thank you for your review. It is important to us that all our customers have a positive experience. We are very sorry to learn that your visit to Clitheroe Castle Museum did not meet your expectations and a full refund has been offered. We take all reviews seriously and use them in our continuous improvement efforts.
Written November 2, 2021
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karenntrace
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK14 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The views from the castle were amazing … the museum was a lovely informative place about the history or the area .. the staff were lovely friendly and helpful. Recommended if your in the area.
Written October 2, 2021
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Thank you very much for your recommendation. Very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your visit.
Written November 19, 2021
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OldBear
Wigan, UK8,840 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
After climbing approximately 85 steps to the castle tower and taking a few deep breaths, I looked out ahead of me and the views were outstanding. It was a clear bright day and as I walked around the outside of the tower I could see the surrounding town and countryside for miles. It was well worth the walk, but is quite steep. The tower ruins date from around the 12th century.

The Castle and grounds are open daily and free to visit, however the museum costs four pounds and thirty pence to visit and apparently is very interesting to see. Unfortunately I had a dog with me so will have to visit on another occasion.
Written September 30, 2021
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Thank you for your review. Pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the castle and grounds. The views really are amazing all year round. Sorry we could not admit your furry friend to the museum. We are able to welcome all dogs in the museum shop and our free exhibition space in the Steward's Gallery. However, the museum itself is assistance dogs only. Hope to see you in the museum next time you are in the area.
Written November 19, 2021
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Mary T
3 contributions
Sep 2021
We visited the museum today and were very impressed by the museum staff. They were extremely friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The exhibits were well-presented and interesting and we particularly enjoyed reading the postcards sent to and from the front in WWI. Not surprised to hear that the museum has won awards
Written September 22, 2021
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Thank you very much for your lovely review. Your comments have been highlighted to the team and we are all very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your visit to the museum.
Written November 19, 2021
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Dean S
Lytham St Anne's, UK14 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We went upto the top of the castle to find a bunch of kids smoking weed. Then walked to the river passing by numerous people (locals/visitors) who when we said hello looked down at us like a piece of s*@$.

Quite a stuck up place to visit.
Written September 19, 2021
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Sue S
Consett, UK51 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Lovely sunny day, we took a picnic (bought in the shops on the way up) and enjoyed our visit very much.
My 12 year old went into the museum which he enjoyed and the staff were friendly.
Written August 25, 2021
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Thank you very much for your review. Great to hear how much you enjoyed the castle, grounds and the museum.
Written November 19, 2021
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Williams W
Belgium4 contributions
May 2021
museum available but full when we visited.Some steps but not to steep
Lovely gardens at the base of the tower
Written August 22, 2021
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Thank you for your review. Pleased to hear you enjoyed the castle and grounds which are beautiful all year round but especially in the summer. Sorry to hear the museum was fully booked on the day. Our visitors can once again drop in any time now covid restrictions have been lifted so hope to welcome you in the museum next time you are in the area.
Written November 19, 2021
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NorthernBritUk
UK26 contributions
Aug 2021
I was just passing through Clitheroe and stopped for lunch. But right in the centre of town is the castle and castle mound - it just seemed churlish not to take a look. I'm really glad I did! You can either climb up via steps (not too exhausting) or by a gentler slope, and you're rewarded with superb 360 degree views back over the Trough of Bowland, down onto the town and south towards the hills of North East Lancashire. Highly recommended.
Written August 17, 2021
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Thank you very much indeed for your recommendation. The castle and grounds are free to access all year round and the views really are amazing. We also have the museum in the Steward's House which tells the story of Clitheroe and surrounding area. There's a small admission charge for adults. Anyone 18yrs or younger comes in for free. Hope to see you again next time you are passing.
Written November 19, 2021
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Simon Stones
Bolton, UK1,133 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
Fabulous day out exploring Clitheroe Castle and the surrounding area, especially when the sun is shining. The views from the castle around the Ribble Valley are stunning.
Written August 13, 2021
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Thank you for your review. Pleased to hear how much you enjoyed exploring. There are 16 acres of parkland and the views from the keep really are stunning. We also have the museum in the Steward's House which tells the story of Clitheroe and surrounding area. There's a small admission charge for adults. Anyone 18yrs or younger comes in for free.
Written November 19, 2021
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