Pendle Heritage – a place of mystery and wonder

Welcome to Pendle Heritage, a site dedicated to the heritage of Pendle Hill, its Royal Forest and the Boroughs of Blackburnshire which surround it.

Pendle Hill Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty draws thousands of people who enjoy the quiet countryside, pubs and villages while offering wild open spaces and hilltop views for the more adventurous.


Pendle Heritage Centre

The Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford is the perfect place to explore. It has a Museum, Shop, a Walled Garden, Bluebell Wood and attractive Tea Room serving hot and cold lunches. It is the gateway to the Pendle Hill Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, just 1 mile off the M65.


Pendle Heritage Centre is closed for the winter whilst we prepare for Spring. Please watch this space for opening dates. If you need to contact us please email

Heritage Trust for the North West would like to thank everyone for their custom and support through this difficult time.


The Museum includes…

  • The history and archaeology of the Park Hill farmstead
  • Vernacular buildings of Pendle Forest
  • Conservation work of Heritage Trust for the North-West
  • The story of the Pendle Witches
  • George Fox and the Quakers
  • The Bannister and Swinglehurst families of Park Hill


Pendle Heritage Centre has a lovely cottage garden, an Eighteenth Century Walled Garden and small Garden Museum. Box parterres and historic plants create a beautiful old-world character with changing scents and sensations throughout the year.

Tea Room

The Tea Room overlooks the Walled Garden. It serves home-made cakes, soups and traditional Lancashire dishes with vegan and vegetarian options.

Pendle Heritage Centre
Park Hill, Colne Road
Barrowford, nr. Burnley,
Lancashire BB9 6JQ

Telephone: 01282 677 150


Great Outdoors

Bluebell Wood – Pendle Heritage Centre

With Coronavirus restricting life inside, ever more people are moving to the great outdoors. The pcountryside surrounding Pendle Hill is a perfect place to enjoy.

A visit to the Pendle Heritage Centre can include a wander around the Walled Garden and Bluebell Wood before, perhaps, a walk along the Higherford Water Power Trail into the Pendle countryside or a gentler stroll through Barrowford Park.

Bluebell Wood Pendle Heritage Centre

Wycoller Country Park

A short drive eastwards on the M65 lies Wycoller Country Park, a wilder place to walk but where there are car parks, a takeaway and a visitor centre. Wycoller’s medieval vaccary walls, ruined hall, historic clothiers houses and ancient barns all enrich a great place for walkers. Much loved by the Brontë sisters of Haworth, Wycoller is also rich in birds and other wildlife.

Pendle Hill seen from the Wycoller Atom Panopticon
Old Pack Horse Bridge Wycoller