Things to do in Ramsbottom

Set in the thriving market town of Ramsbottom, amid breath-taking views of the surrounding Pennine landscape, lies the small yet charming Best Western Old Mill Hotel. Set in miniature private grounds, complete with cascading streams and pools, spectacular views can be seen from almost every room. The close proximity to the Rossendale Valley, Pendle Hill and Manchester makes the Old Mill a haven for nature-lovers and city-goers alike, providing an ideal short-break retreat whatever your preference.

Here at Lavender, we want to make your stay as enjoyable as possible and have personally hand-picked some fantastic attractions for you to enjoy whilst staying at the Old Mill, whether you’re with the family or with a loved one. 

Theatre Royal

For a night of quality entertainment why not take a short walk from the hotel to Britain’s last working regency playhouse, the Theatre Royal. Enjoy a combination of traditional and contemporary performances for the whole family to enjoy. The Theatre Royal is a just five minute walk from the Old Mill hotel in Ramsbottom. 

Bury Art Museum

The Bury Art Museum was originally built to house the impressive private collection of local paper manufacturer Thomas Wrigley, including works by the likes of Turner, Landseer and Constable, which has continued to expand over the years. Bury Art Museum is a must for all art lovers and their weekly workshops make it a great day out for the whole family. The Bury Art Museum is a fifteen minute drive from the Best Western Old Mill. 

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Step back in time and experience working-life in a historic Lancashire Mill and witness original working machinery at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum. A combination of demonstrations, videos and hands-on activities provide an interactive insight into Lancashire’s once great textile industry in a fun learning environment. The Helmshore Mills Textiles Museum is open daily and is just a ten minute drive from the Old Mill Hotel. 

Ski Rossendale

Ski Rossendale offers the largest outdoor ski and snowboard centre in the North West and, at just a ten minute drive from the Old Mill, is an unmissable attraction for thrill seekers. The centre caters for all ages and capabilities, with three slopes of various gradients, and provides lessons from beginner to advanced. All necessary equipment is provided in the price of a lesson or recreational ticket. Lessons are required for complete beginners. 

Rossendale Pennine Adventure Limited

Based in the stunning Rossendale Valley and located directly on the Mary Townley Loop, Rossendale Pennine Adventure Limited provides the perfect starting point for rides and walks in one of the best mountain bike and hill walking areas in the Pennines. Mountain bikes are available for hire from their base at Ye Olde Boot and Shoe, in addition to trail guiding, skills training, workshops and food and drink facilities. Rossendale Pennine Adventure Limited is a fourteen minute Drive from the Old Mill. 

The Old Mill’s location in the heart of Lancashire and its close proximity to major motorway networks is ideally situated for Manchester, Bury, Bolton and Blackburn, making the Old Mill in Ramsbottom the perfect destination whether you’re travelling through or on a short break.