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.

Opening Hours

Tearoom: Tues – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Shop/Museum : Tues – Sun,  12noon – 4pm

Closed Mondays

If you need to contact us please email


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

The Hills and Moors

There are some great hill walks across Pendle Hill or on any of the surrounding moors such as Great Hameldon which lies between Accrington and Burnley, Darwen Moor and Tower, south of Blackburn, and, Boulsworth Hill, east of Nelson. Experience the wind in you hair and the sound of the moorland birds!

These outdoors have big spaces and open views for miles, north to the Yorkshire Three Peaks, south to  the Rossendale Forest, west to the Forest of Bowland and even views of Blackpool Tower and the silver line of the sea in the distance.

Wycoller Country Park

Wycoller Country Park is a great place for walkers of all ages. More sheltered than the nearby moors, there are car parks, a takeaway and a visitor centre. Wycoller’s medieval vaccary walls, ruined hall, historic clothiers houses and ancient barns make for a fascinating place to explore. Much loved by the Brontë sisters of Haworth, Wycoller is also rich in birds and wildlife.

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

Walled garden, Bluebell Wood and Barrowford Park

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

Barley Picnic Site

Barley is a pretty Pendle village with a great pub, The Pendle Inn, and many old stone buildings to explore. The picnic site is close to the stream and has lawns, benches, a playground, takeaway and car parks. It is an ideal place for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors.