BlackburnBlackburn (population 140,000) is a large town in Lancashire in North West England.
By trainBlackburn station
By planeBlackburn is serviced by both Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon airport - both only approximately 1.5h away.
phone: +44 1254 667130address: Museum Street
Witton Country Park and Visitor Centre
Blackburn CathedralBlackburn's Gothic style 19th century cathedral in the centre of town.
- Samlesbury Hall is a mansion built 1325. It's five miles east of town on A677 to Preston. Open Sun-F 10:00-16:00, free, but sometimes closed for weddings or similar functions.
- Turton Tower is a Tudor mansion at the south edge of the borough, but it's easier to reach it from Bolton.
address: Feilden St, BB2 1LQSwimming pool with flumes and a fitness suite.
- Watch football ie soccer. Blackburn Rovers play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Their home ground (capacity 31,000) is Ewood Park, Nuttall St BB2 4NF, off A666 in the south of the city.
phone: +44 1254 582579address: Northgate, BB2 1AA
Blackburn MarketHas one of the largest markets under one roof in England - a great place to pick up textiles.
Chinese Buffet in a converted pub by the side of the Town Hall
Saharaaddress: Darwen StreetAsian Cafe
- Tea and butties (sandwiches)/ pies / chips - any of the cafés in the Market Hall.
Exchange Coffee Houseaddress: Fleming Square
Rhubarb Caféaddress: Church StreetLight meals / paninis etc.
Cafe Beezaddress: Church Street
Upmarket is a bit harder and there isn't really much in the centre. Locally try:
Stanley Houseboutique hotel and expensive restaurant. The food is good, the value is more questionable and the decor is over the top.
MillstoneCountry pub and hotel. Comfortable place with good food, good portions and an OK quality/ value mix.
Clog and BillycockSelf-consciously 'country pub' GastroPub from a group with 2 other similar ventures. Good food and reasonable quality / value mix.
- The Market Hall (especially on the full market days - 3 days a week) is a good source for some excellent local food - Black Pudding, cheeses, breads, curries, fruit and veg. Some of the cafés do seriously good value meals as well although it probably isn't the venue for a romantic lunch for two.
phone: +44 1254 812434address: Mellor Lane, Mellor, BB2 7EN4 room B&B.
phone: +44 1254 426800address: Blackburn Rd, Clayton-le-Moors, BB5 5JPPossibly the most expensive hotel in Blackburn and the surrounding area, it was once a grand manor house. The hotel building is 700 years old and is surrounded with acres of countryside.
address: Whalley Road, BillingtonThe Mercure Foxfields Hotel in Blackburn is situated in a picturesque location just off the A59 in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley enjoying outstanding panoramic views of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside.