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Lancashire and the North West

Farington Lodge is surrounded by the very best of the North West of England.
Within easy driving distance is the coast, some of the best shopping in the country, the stunning South Ribble Valley and the breath-taking Lake District National Park, with its wonderful views and miles of challenging walks. There is plenty for children to enjoy too with fun fairs and museums.

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum - Leyland
Situated on the situated on the site of the fomer Leyland Motors factory, represents the heart of the British commercial vehicle industry, and has many exhibits of the vehicles, old and new, which continue to form the lifeline of British industrial success. The museum is only five minutes' drive from the hotel, or twenty minutes on foot.
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum

The Bee Centre - Salmesbury
Enter the incredible world of the honeybee at The Bee Centre. The visitor centre is full of information, displays and activities which provide a fascinating insight into these amazing and important animals & their relationship with humans.
The Bee Centre

South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre
Explore our quirky timber-framed Tudor school house, where a fantastic collection of local history and archaeology awaits you
South Ribble Museum

Salmesbury Hall
Built in 1325 Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior, the Hall is almost equidistant between Blackburn and Preston, yet retaining a rural feel.
Salmesbury Hall

Brockholes Nature Reserve - Preston
Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve. Located at Junction 31 of the M6, our beautiful reserve complete with trails and hides, is crowned by a floating Visitor Village featuring a gift shop, local food store and restaurant.

Worden Park, Arts, Crafts and Galleries - Preston
Worden Park is over 150 acres in size. It includes the formal gardens, overlooked by a magnificent conservatory originally built in 1892, and the famous maze or puzzle garden.
Worden Park, Arts

Cuerden Valley Park, Preston
With 650 acres of woodland, parklands, agricultural lands, meadows, a lake, the River Lostock and 10 miles of paths Cuerden Valley Park is a refuge of countryside at the heart of Lancashire.
Cuerden Valley Park, Preston

Forest of Bowland
Head to the geographic centre of England, the Forest of Bowland, via pretty English villages, traditional pubs and film and literature locations.It’s been designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, so expect to be impressed by The Forest of Bowland. The exact geographic centre couldn’t be quainter – the tiny village of Dunsop Bridge – with its teashop, riverside ducks and stunning fell views. 

Head to Hurst Green and enjoy a traditional pint of ale at The Shireburn Arms, whose surrounding landscape was inspiration for Middle Earth in Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was another author moved by the area, depicted in the Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Visit the historic market town of Clitheroe and explore its independent shops, admire the picture perfect English village of Downham, regularly used as a film and TV location, and visit the Roman museum and baths at Ribchester.
Forest of Bowland

Ribble Steam Railway - Preston
Take a train ride in a locomotive (probably that has been restored on site) a three mile track over the dock’s swing bridge which is part of the biggest inland dock in England which runs alongside the diverted River Ribble in a locomotive that probably has been restored on site. See the largest collection of industrial locomotives in the country and then visit our workshop for a look behind the scenes and see restoration work underway on both steam and diesel locomotives.
Ribble Steam

Ribble Valley
Ribble Valley is one of those places you will fall in love with and want to return to again and again. Acknowledged as one of the most popular places in the country to both live and work, it is set within the Forest of Bowland, a recognised Area of Outstanding Beauty, from breath taking vistas and valleys to star-studded skies, Ribble Valley offers a perfect environment for lovers of outdoor pursuits.
Ribble Valley,

National Football Museum - Manchester
The National Football Museum originally opened in Preston in 2001. Home to a collection of over 140,000 boots, balls, programmes, paintings, postcards and ceramics (including the prestigious FIFA collection).  The Museum was moved to the Urbis building in Manchester in July 2012 where visitors from across the globe continue to enjoy world class objects (over 2,500 are on display at any one time), ground breaking interactives and a changing programme of temporary exhibitions, linking football to topics as diverse as fashion, history, art and World War 1. Only a 40 minutes' drive (central Manchester).
National Football Museum, Preston

The Lake Disctrict
England's largest National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country and a haven for walking, hiking and climbing, as well as many other activities. Lake Windermere is around one hour away by car from Farington Lodge.
The Lake District,

Blackpool Tower and Winter Gardens
Situated in what has been the North-West's entertainment capital for over a century. Half-an-hour's drive from the hotel.
Blackpool Tower and Funfairs

The Trafford Centre - Manchester
The UK's largest shopping centre, an amazing example of oddbox British architecture and a hub for shopping, eating and leisure. Situated 35 minutes away, just outside Manchester.
The Trafford Centre,



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