Visit The Whitaker Museum

The Whitaker, Rossendale’s Museum and Art Gallery, set in the grounds of Whitaker Park in Rawtenstall. A little ‘gem’ of the valley originally built in 1840 and heroically rescued from closure in 2013 when it embarked on a loving and passionate journey of restoration and enhancement under the leadership of the newly formed ‘Whitaker Group’.

The Whitaker Museum has now partnered with Rossendale Leisure Trust offering events, hospitality and culture to the Rossendale Valley and wider community! The Whitaker holds amazing monthly art exhibitions, showcases past and present culture and has a fantastic hospitality space for public and private functions and occasions. 

Showcasing various memorable collections, the Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery houses a Natural Heritage gallery, a Social History and Art gallery. And has impressive archives on display revealing the fascinating history of the Rossendale Valley.

Bar & Kitchen

From exceptional Fair-Trade teas & locally roasted coffee, wines and craft beers to the best breakfasts, lots of lovely vegan & veggie treats, salads, homemade soups & sarnies to heartier dishes that are sometimes innovative, sometimes traditional, but always full of flavour and incredibly delicious!

Weddings & Events

All of the public and private spaces at The Whitaker have been designed with events in mind. Guests can enjoy food and drink throughout, including the galleries and gardens. 

Artist In Residence - Professor Jigget

Professor Jigget arrived at the Coach House to study and document the mysterious Faerie Folk of the surrounding park and gardens. And this he has done! But, when the time came for him to leave, the Professor found that he couldn’t.

"Great venue! Lovely building including the new part. All age groups will love the museum and plenty of helpful and welcoming volunteers to answer questions and assist your visit. Restaurant lovely service, and look forward to trying the food soon which looks amazing. So pleased it's finally open again."

Louise