Clitheroe Castle overlooking the main street
View of Pendle Hill shrouded in mist from the castle

Clitheroe Castle


After major renovation and refurbishment Clitheroe Castle reopened on the 23rd May 2009.

Clitheroe Castle stands 35m above the River Ribble making it a prominent landmark for the surrounding area. The sky line of Clitheroe has been dominated by its castle for more than 800 years since being built around 1186 by Robert de Lacy to protect the administrative centre of his vast estates.

 The motte and bailey castle is said to be one of the oldest buildings in Lancashire and the second smallest keep in England, since the rooms are only about 20 feet square. The present entrance passes through what was originally a window into what was a cellar. The original entrance was on the right on the next floor. The keep was deliberately damaged after its capture by Parliamentary forces during the civil war, but was repaired in 1848 with smooth-faced limestone blocks, which can be clearly seen.

There is a legend that says the devil through a boulder from Pendle Hill hitting the castle and creating the hole that can be seen today.

The views from the old castle walls are breathtaking, as is the walk up the hill.

Opening Hours

April - October     11am-5pm Daily
November-March  12pm -4pm Daily

Entrance Fees
Adults                         £3.75
Concessions                 £2.85
Accompanied children   Free

Access available for disabled users

The castle offers a glass atrium linking linking the museum and North West Sound Archives,  exhibition space, interactive display facilities, multi-sensory creative activity area, cafe and several multi-media exhibitions depicting the history of Ribble Valley.


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015