Pendle Heritage Centre Barrowford, Lancashire

Pendle heritage centre, Bank Hall in Barrowford in summer

Pendle Heritage Centre: it’s 600 years old but the coffee and cakes are fresh!

Vintage farm buildings, walled gardens, a woodland walk and a heritage museum

Gift shop, bookshop, tea room and takeaway – eat and drink inside or outside.

Two ancient barns can be hired for events


The Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford is the perfect place to relax for a few hours. Explore the old farm buildings, museum, gift shop, bookshop and walled gardens. Relax in the Garden Tea Room serving hot and cold lunches or buy a takeaway and wander around Bluebell Wood or Barrowford Memorial Park.

The Cruck Barn and Bluebell Wood

You can learn about the heritage as much or as little as you wish. You can enjoy the museum either as a quick walk around or as a deep learning experience. Its very much up to you. Either way, you will leave knowing more about this fascinating part of Lancashire.

The Eighteenth Century walled kitchen garden in summer

What is a Heritage Centre?

A heritage centre presents historical and cultural information about a place and its people in a ‘hands-on’ informal way. Pendle Heritage Centre looks at the life, history and heritage of the places around Pendle Hill.

Garden Tea Room

Park Hill Story

The story of the Pendle Heritage Centre starts with a small medieval farmstead called Park Hill, guarding the river crossing from Colne into Pendle Forest, a place reserved for hunting by the king and his noblemen. Park Hill was built by the ‘Banastre’ family whose descendent, Sir Roger Bannister, was the first man in the world to run a 4 minute mile on 6th May 1954. Sir Roger later became one of the Heritage Centre’s supporters.

Park Hill house and the Eighteenth Century Barn, which can be hired for exhibitions and social events

After 1507, farming takes over the Forest and Park Hill developed as Barrowford’s principal farm. It also owned the water-powered Corn Mill adjacent. In the 1700s, the farmhouse converted and extended into two houses, a farmhouse and a gentleman’s house. The farm buildings were improved while the corn mill was converted first into a fulling mill and then a cotton mill.

Historic buildings and structures at Park Hill, Pendle Heritage Centre

– 1400s Earliest surviving parts of the Farmhouse
– 1500s Cruck Barn
– 1500s Weir
– 1500s Mill Race and Pond
– 1661 Park Hill Farmhouse and walled garden
– 1600s Garden Privy (toilet)
– 1700s Park Hill House
– 1700s Walled kitchen garden
– 1700s Barn with Dovecote
– 1700s Cottages and Stables
– 1804 Turnpike Toll House
– 1800s Barrowford Bridge
– 1800s George and Dragon Public House

After 1800, a Turnpike road is built and Barrowford grew rapidly as a cotton weaving village while Park Hill continued farming to feed the local population. After the First World War, the buildings were taken over by Barrowford District Council and the water mill was demolished. The grounds became Barrowford Memorial Park and the mill pond became the duck pond!

Archaeology Room in the Museum

In 1974, Barrowford Council is replaced by the much bigger Pendle Borough Council and Park Hill is proposed to be demolished. However, the buildings are rescued by a conservation group led by John Miller who had previously saved other buildings in the Pendle and Craven areas. They set up a Building Preservation Trust and created the Pendle Heritage Centre, one of four pioneer heritage centres in England.

The Cruck Barn provides accommodation for weddings and larger events


Just 1 mile off the M65, Pendle Heritage Centre is the gateway to Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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

Telephone: 01282 677 150


Opening Times

11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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The museum opens at 12 noon and last entry is 3pm.