Blackburn Area Guide

Blackburn's town centre has plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops ensuring there is always something to do! The Mall is one of the largest shopping centres in Lancashire and houses all the high street stores we know and love. Blackburn's train station makes it ideal for commuters as its lines run directly to a variety of nearby locations.

Blackburn Town Hall

Things To Do

Blackburn is a bustling Lancashire town with rural surroundings and plenty to see and do! The large town centre is always filled with life with plenty of pubs, restaurants, shops, and activities to keep you busy. A highlight of Blackburn town centre includes The Mall, which is one of the largest shopping centres in Lancashire where you can browse all your favourite high street stores with over 130 stores in total! Other activities to keep you entertained include a trip to Tenpin Blackburn which comes complete with 24 bowling lanes, a fully licensed bar, arcade machines, a restaurant, table tennis and pool tables providing you and the family with a fun-filled day out.

Things You Didn't Know About Blackburn

England Rugby International and British & Irish Lions star Will Greenwood was born in Blackburn. Greenwood went on to reach 55 international caps and win the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003.

Schools in Blackburn

Blackburn is home to a number of Ofsted Outstanding schools including:

  • St Barnabas and St Paul’s C of E Primary School
  • Wensley Fold C of E Primary Academy
  • St Gabriel’s C of E Primary School
  • Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School
  • Pleckgate High School
  • Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School

As well as this there are many other schools in the area.

Transport

In the heart of Blackburn is Blackburn Train Station, which provides easy access to neighbouring areas with direct lines running to Preston, York, Kirkby, Blackpool, Colne, Clitheroe and Rochdale making the area perfect for commuters and gives you plenty of options for days out! If the extensive train routes can’t take you where you want to go, then chances are the busses will. Routes from Blackburn Bus Station can take you across neighbouring areas giving you plenty of options. Blackburn is also conveniently situated just off the M65 which gives you easy access to Manchester as well as the M6.

History

Blackburn is an old textile town with them being famous for the manufacturing of the blue and white “Blackburn checks” – now the famous colours of Blackburn Rovers!!

Corporation Park in Blackburn

Eating & Drinking

Blackburn is filled with options for a meal out with all of your favourite chain restaurants including Turtle Bay, Nando’s and Pizza Hut as well as some local favourites. Enjoy some cuisines from around the world with Calypso Caribbean Restaurant offering the taste of the Caribbean, Mangiamo Pizzaria Restorante, a taste of Italy and Thira and Roomali offering some of the best Indian cuisine in the area!

If you fancy going out for a drink, then you're not short on options with The Drummer’s Arms, The Vic and The Adelphi proving to be firm local favourites. Also, we recommend heading out of the centre to The Clog & Billycock, a short drive to this country gastropub is a lovely spot to enjoy a drink or some of their excellent food!

Shopping

You aren’t short of options when it comes to the weekly shop in Blackburn, large supermarkets include Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl with other smaller stores including a number of Asian Supermarkets bound to satisfy all of your shopping needs! The town centre brings you all your high street stores with the Mall being the go-to spot for a day out shopping with friends and family. If you’re after a few smaller independent stores then head over to the modern Blackburn market where you can find everything from butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers to ready-to-eat food stores, fashion stores and convenience shops!