Clitheroe is a market town located In the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, on the banks of the River Ribble. The beautiful surrounding countryside is filled with small towns and villages and a Clitheroe b and b is perfect if you're in need of a peaceful country break.
Clitheroe Castle and Museum sits on a limestone outcrop overlooking the town. This 12th Century Norman castle is set amongst sixteen acres of landscaped gardens, which offer beautiful views over Pendle Hill and beyond. The museum makes a great family day out, with a bandstand, skate park and an outdoor play zone. Families staying at a bed and breakfast in Clitheroe and seeking more family friendly activities should head for Brungerly Park, to the north west of the town. Here you can enjoy a walk through the park and explore the maze of wooden sculptures in the Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail. The Cross Hill Nature Reserve is also worth a visit - an abandoned quarry, it is now teeming with wildlife.
The town has some great little independent shops selling local produce and, if you plan a visit during the Annual Clitheroe Food Festival, you can enjoy quality Lancashire produce from top chefs, as well as music, food stalls and activities that make it a great day out for the family. The festive fun continues with the Annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival in May. This popular event attracts a lot of tourists so if you would like to go, book your B&B in Clitheroe now. You can expect a weekend filled with jazz musicians, live gigs and more than a bit of dancing!
Swan Courtyard in the town is a quaint shopping arcade with a nice selection of cafes and shops,where you can happily while away an afternoon. Specialist wine and sausage shops make an interesting browse in the town and, also worth a visit is the Platform Gallery, where you can ponder some contemporary art. For evening entertainment head to The Grand, where you can catch an old movie or a live music performance.
Clitheroe is the perfect base for exploring the nearby Forest of Bowland, one of Britain's Areas of Outstanding Beauty. Cyclists will be eager to cruise around the small towns dotted throughout the Ribble Valley. If you seek opportunities to get out and explore the British countryside from your bed and breakfast Clitheroe is a top choice. A few days in this rural retreat and you are bound to leave feeling refreshed.