Ribchester grew significantly during the 17th and 18th centuries due to the expansion of the cotton industry in Lancsashire and as a result there are a number of 17th century cottages once used by the loom weavers. The cottages have an unusual facade with three levels of windows and a small top single window, thought to provide extra light for weaving. They are now converted into beautiful residential properties and at least one is available for holiday lets. The weaving of textiles continued in the village’s mills (Bobbin Mill, Corporation Mill and Bee Mill) until the 1980s when sadly the last mill closed. Whilst the other mills were demolished, Bee Mill was remodeled to house a range of local businesses.
The Grade 11 listed White Bull Inn with its unique portico, said to be supported by four Tuscan pillars from the Roman fort, is also close to the remains of the Roman baths which can be found just behind the Inn. The White Bull has three en suite double rooms and is located in the centre of the village opposite the weavers’ cottages on Church Street and dates back to 1707. The Inn has undergone a major refurbishment maintaining all its original features, including the unusual wooden white bull statue at the entrance. Other dining and drinking venues in the village include Angels Restaurant, the vegetarian friendly Potters Barn cafe, the Black Bull serving home cooked food and traditional cask ales and the Ribchester Arms which also with three double en suite bedrooms.
There are lots of interesting things to see and do whilst visiting Ribchester, including Stydd Gardens on Stoneygate Lane which is home to a collection of creative businesses ranging from a garden nursery specialising in roses, a garden design business, a unique wine merchant, vintage lighting specialist and a cafe and tea room in the beautiful glasshouse. For those wanting to spend time wandering around the village, relax on the banks of the river or explore the Ribble Way walk, there is plenty of parking available and just off Church Street there is a pay and display car park.