Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe Castle

Earlier in the week the children and I headed north to Clitheroe to have a look around and to visit Clitheroe Castle.

The children have a lovely book for Usborne called Peep inside the Castle (I’ve written about it here) and I thought I’d build on this and take them to the castle.

It’s only a small castle, and it sits atop a hill, overlooking the town of Clitheroe. It’s a fair old walk up there as it is quite steep but Mr D managed it, despite the wind that day! It was super blustery that day and once inside the keep, it was a little bit of a wind tunnel and the children had a great time standing in the wind and letting it blow through their hair.

Clitheroe Castle

It was a strange day weather wise, it had been raining first thing but was much brighter by the end of the day. It was super windy, which in some ways was good as it meant that the flag atop the castle was easy to see. Both pictures, above and below, were taken on the same day – one shows thick grey cloud and another blue skies! Such a strange day.

Clitheroe Castle

The castle is really a keep and I think it is one of the smallest keeps in the country, and dates back to Norman times (around 1186).

Clitheroe Castle We talked about the castle and why it was sited so high up and then went for a walk around. There is a wall that you can walk around and the views across the area are superb. We then headed back inside the castle and the children had run running around again and looking up to the windows.

We then headed across to the cafe for a coffee which is very well set up with books and toys for children. We had a drink and then popped into the gift shop to get a postcard.

There is a museum on site, but we didn’t go in there (I think the charge is £4 per adult). It will be somewhere I will head to again with the children in the next month or so. They really enjoyed it and I’d like to go into the museum next time and have a look around.

There is a small play area outside the museum and castle area and the children had a run around here. I think it’s probably aimed at children a little older than D and E, but they enjoyed exploring it.

After we had visited the castle we went for a walk around Clitheroe. The town itself is lovely and there are lots of little independent shops which are nice to have a nosey around. We managed to get a couple of bargains for some of the charity shops, two Orchard Toys games (75p and £1.50 respectively) and a couple of jigsaws which were in perfect condition.


We then had our picnic in the market area which was lovely. Sadly the market wasn’t on when we were there so I need to check out the dates it is open as it looked like it would be well served.

We had a lovely few hours in Clitheroe and I’ll be heading back there with the children soon. It’s a very pretty little town and we will enjoy exploring the castle museum next time we go.


Clitheroe Castle is a great place to visit with children as part of a study unit on castles



  1. 22nd September 2015 / 10:37

    Sounds like a lovely day out and a nice place to explore. I like castles, we really must visit a castle again soon.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    • 23rd September 2015 / 20:45

      It was a great day – castles will be on our winter list I am sure for visits x

  2. 29th September 2015 / 08:03

    Flipping weather is all over the place, isn’t it! Looks like a fab day out though, castles are the best. #toddlerapprovedtuesday

    • 29th September 2015 / 12:44

      Castles really are great. We went to Beeston castle as well (still not written about it!) x

  3. 29th September 2015 / 12:54

    Amazing how the weather can change so dramatically, in this case for the better. I do love a good castle, they are great for kids to explore and to stretch their imagination bringing fairy tales to life. This one looks perfect and a quaint town too.

    • 29th September 2015 / 19:14

      indeed. We have also been to Beeston Castle recently – not got round to writing that one up yet! x

  4. 4th October 2015 / 04:19

    I really need to start visiting castles with T he loves castles and knights thanks for sharing such a lovely account of your day #toddlerapprovedtuesday X

    • 5th October 2015 / 07:56

      ah, they do seem to love castles don’t they? there is a great book called Peep Inside the Castle that we have been reading too x

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