Rawtenstall is one of the best preserved mill towns in the country and the perfect home to the second largest heritage station on the East Lancashire Railway. Take a short, 5 minute stroll into the town centre, and you’ll find yourself on cobbled streets, surrounded by industrial heritage, historic architecture and dramatic landscapes.
If you’re feeling active, hike up the hills for amazing views of Lancashire, or head over to Ski Rossendale – one of the best snow sports venues in the North West – to zip down them instead!
Explore the history of the area at the Whitaker Museum, and then head back to the town centre for some specialist shopping and delicious food and drink.
This dry ski slope is perfect for the skiers, snowboarders and snow tubers in your family, or those who just fancy giving it a go (and having a laugh!)
Find out more – thehilluk.com
There aren’t many places where you’ll find a 12ft snake wrapped around a huge tiger – alongside a faithful recreation of a Victorian sitting room.
Find out more – thewhitaker.org
Stroll across the old cobblestones in the centre of Rawtenstall and explore all the local, independent shops as you wander up this picturesque street.
Find out more – bank-street.co.uk
Pop into Britain’s last remaining temperance bar, learn all about the 19th century movement and sample the Sarsaparilla and rosehip cordials.
More info – facebook.com/MrFitzpatricks
You don’t need to wander far from Rawtenstall Train Station to find something tasty to eat and refreshing to drink. Buffer Stops Bar serves up real ales and refreshing ciders, while the carriage café is the place to stop by for delicious cakes and sweet treats. Rawtenstall town has dozens of delicious places to eat and drink too. Don’t miss an original recipe Dandelion and Burdock at Fitzpatricks.
Prices shown are for online booking only and allow you to take a full round trip of the line.
Start at any station and break up your journey on the way.
3 – 17 years
2 Adults + 3 Children
Rawtenstall Station is south of Rawtenstall town centre. Follow St. Mary’s Way if you’re arriving from the North, or the A682 if you’re coming from the South.
There is a car park at the station, and additional parking options in and around Rawtenstall.Find us on Google Maps
This station has flat street level access to the platform, but the surface is slightly uneven as you head towards the train. There are accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. The waiting room is accessible via a ramp and the bar area has flat level access. Disabled parking bays are available.