The ‘Charter’ Market is located around the clock tower which forms the central-most point of the town between Moor Street and Aughton Street. This Grade II Listed Gothic-style clock tower replaced the ancient market cross in 1876 and is a fantastic landmark for tourists to the area. Don’t miss a visit to the Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk centre with galleries displaying contemporary crafts and fine art for across Britain. The Gallery also hosts some fantastic Vintage Fairs.
Ormskirk is within easy reach of the coast for day trips, and it’s close to countryside walking trails allowing you to explore the local area on foot. A six-mile walk will take you to Rufford, where you can stop for tea at the Victorian tea room within the grounds of Rufford Old Hall. It’s one of Lancashire’s most famous Tudor houses, and was the venue of performances by William Shakespeare before he became a world-famous playwright. Ormskirk is also home to Edge Hill University, and if you’re visiting friends or family you’ll find plenty of places to stay. Book Ormskirk accommodation, and plan your visit in advance.
Things to do in Ormskirk
Ancient houses and estates feature in the Ormskirk area including beautiful Rufford Old Hall, a great Tudor hall dating back to the 16th century, cared for by the National Trust. A rare collection of arms, tapestries and armour are inside and famously the young Bard performed at Rufford Hall on The Great Hall stage which survives today within the house.
Visit historic Lathom Park and House, once defended by the Countess of Derby during the English Civil War (the siege of Lathom House). All that remains today is the west wing of the original Lathom House. Lathom is also linked to Iron Age Settlement, Roman invasion and Shakespearean theatre as well as the English Civil War. Tour the nearby Burscough Priory, featuring the ancient remains of an important local priory. It was dissolved in 1536 by Henry VIII. The bells from the priory are now situated inside the tower of Ormskirk Parish Church.
For nature lovers, Martin Mere Sands Nature Reserve is a rich haven of wildlife. Covering a total of 42 hectares of lakes, wooded areas and meadows, this reserve is important for wildfowl and dragonflies. The reserve features a dedicated footpath and its own car park.