At the Centre of the Kingdom lies the hidden gem that is Ribble Valley. With its picturesque villages, soul-soothing countryside and warm-hearted inhabitants, Ribble Valley is somewhere rather special—and certainly worth a visit.

Places in the Ribble Valley

Things to enjoy in the Ribble Valley

Food and Drink in the Ribble Valley

Places to stay in the Ribble Valley

Weddings in the Ribble Valley

Events in the Ribble valley

A significant part of Ribble Valley countryside is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From the River Ribble to the Bowland Fells, the area is the perfect destination for immersing oneself in stunning scenery and engaging in adventurous outdoor activities. Both locals and visitors alike revel in the area’s natural beauty, never failing to flock together indoors to enjoy some second-to-none warmth and hospitality.

Also known as the food capital of the North, Ribble Valley offers an array of gastronomic experiences, from Michelin-star dining to family-friendly eateries. This is what makes the area so unique. Be it international cuisine or high-quality homegrown produce, there is something to suit every taste. Not to be overlooked are, moreover, the countless wine bars and pubs which distinguish themselves by their unequivocal elegance and charm.

In addition to wining and dining, Ribble Valley is home to an impressive selection of short- and long-stay accommodation. Glamping, cosy cottages and luxurious lodges, magnificent Tudor manors and beautiful B&Bs; it’s this variety of options that attracts such a diverse demographic to Ribble Valley. Everyone is welcome here, from soon-to-be newlyweds and families seeking peace and quiet, to long-lost friends reuniting in the place where their heart is.

Another feature of Ribble Valley that makes it so unforgettable is its heritage. Sites such as the 14th century Whalley Abbey, the Ribchester Roman Museum and the medieval Clitheroe Castle form part of the locality’s backdrop. What’s more, the breathtaking Stonyhurst College served as a source of inspiration for the prolific author JRR Tolkien. In addition to its history, Ribble Valley also plays host to annual cultural, music, art and food events including the ever-growing Clitheroe Food Festival.

Considering all that Ribble Valley has to offer, it’s no wonder that it is recognised nationally as one of the best places to live in the UK. Even the Queen told her biographer that she and Prince Philip yearn to retire to the area one day. Like Her Majesty, you are bound to fall in love with the many wonders of Ribble Valley.

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Surrounded by glorious, unspoilt landscapes, there are opportunities for everyone to enjoy in the Ribble Valley. From shopping and entertainment, to history filled family days out exploring the Ribble Valley's rich heritage and great places for food and drink, to walks in the countryside and quiet, idyllic villages just waiting to be explored. Learn More»


Ribble Valley boasts an abundance of award-winning eateries with friendly and professional staff just waiting to welcome you. From cosy cafés and tearooms to gastro pubs, contemporary mill conversions and a Michelin-starred manor house restaurant, there is somewhere to suit all tastes here in ther Ribble Valley. Learn More»


Whether you are travelling with family, friends or alone, Ribble Valley has high quality accommodation to suit everyone. You will love the diversity of places to stay, from fully serviced luxury, to the freedom of self-catering and camping or glamping. Set in scenic splendour, you can choose to be close to a town or to hide away in pure peace and tranquillity. Learn More»
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