Rawtenstall is the largest town the Borough with a population of 23,000.   Located just over 17 miles north of Manchester, it has good road connections via the A56.   It is a typical Lancashire town boasting cobbled streets, stone architecture and dramatic landscape.  

Bank Street in Rawtenstall is a fantastic shopping experience for those keen to celebrate local, independent businesses. It provides a great opportunity to shop local and experience a different shopping offer to many other towns. Rawtenstall is also the home of the last Temperance Bar in England, Fitzpatrick’s, which has been making cordials and drink since 1899. Rawtenstall also boasts a successful and thriving market.  There are monthly Farmers and Clog Markets on the Town Square in the centre of Rawtenstall. 

The area around the former Town Hall and Police Station is being redeveloped with the building of a new £3m bus station as the first phase of the Rawtenstall Masterplan. 

Rawtenstall station is the northern point of the East Lancs Railway the North West’s premier heritage railway. www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk   Nearby, the Whitaker is a stunning museum, gallery and café situated in the picturesque Whitaker Park.   www.thewhitaker.org

Rawtenstall also has one of the best dry ski slopes in England, Ski Rossendale www.thehilluk.co.uk

Rawtenstall is also featured on Visit Lancashire here; http://www.visitlancashire.com/explore/haslingden-p96280

Map of Rawtenstall showing car parks

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