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The Whitaker

  • Rawtenstall
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information

Set in a stunning park area in the heart of Rossendale Valley, The Whitaker (previously Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery) is a local Lancashire gem where you can easily spend a few fun hours with the kids. For one, the animals in the taxidermy display are always a hit with the youngsters! 

Interested in learning? Discover the heritage of the region, as well as curious artefacts from all over the country in the Natural History Museum. Oh, and make sure you check out the latest exhibition at the art gallery! Fancy playing outside? The Whitaker museum is surrounded by wonderful woodlands for you to explore, plus, there’s a kids’ play area, perfect for outdoor fun.

Tired out & hungry? The museum has a lovely cafe on site where you can relax and enjoy a healthy meal with the little ones. Thanks to the lovely volunteers who work at The Whitaker, you’ll have a nice and pleasant day out!  

  • Natural History museum and art gallery
  • Set in a park, perfect for outdoor play
  • Helpful and friendly staff
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Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00


General Admission
Free Admission
Suggested donation £3.00

Travel & Contact Information


Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, BB4 6RE, England

Phone number

01706 260785



Click here to visit The Whitaker's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Yes, The Whitaker is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, The Whitaker have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome

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