Blackburn local area guide

North of the West Pennine Moors on the beautiful, scenic edge of Ribble Valley is the large town Blackburn. Find out more about the local area.

About Blackburn

The town has a rich heritage in manufacturing, specifically textile and is surrounded by open, natural picturesque surroundings. With a variety of properties to suit all budgets, fantastic schools and plenty of things to do, Blackburn is a desirable location for many.


Best places to eat in Blackburn

The Bank Bar & Kitchen –A sophisticated venue that offers a variety of dishes from small plates to big plates and has options for vegetarians and vegans. 8 Church St, Darwen BB3 2RE Amalfi Lounge Restaurant – Offering an extensive Italian menu with traditional pizza and pasta dishes to homemade tiramisu for dessert, this restaurant ticks all the boxes for a tasty Italian meal.  189 Duckworth St, Darwen BB3 1AU The Clog & Billycock – Head here for your traditional pub setting, a long-standing pub using fresh produce you’ll find food served all day, every day. Billinge End Rd, Blackburn BB2 6QB


The best schools in Blackburn

Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School – A secondary school for girls, it was founded by the charitable trust Tauheedul Islam Faith, Education and Community Trust. Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted this school is a fantastic choice for girls aged 11-19. Preston New Rd, Lancashire, Blackburn BB2 7AD St Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy – A great mixed secondary school and sixth form, founded in 2011 it is named after Saint Wilfrid, a former archbishop of Canterbury. Duckworth St, Blackburn BB2 2JR St Gabriels Church Of England Primary School – A high achieving school on the outskirts of Blackburn, they have an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ and are committed to providing the best learning opportunities to help nurture and develop all children. Wilworth Cres, Blackburn BB1 8QN St Joseph’s Primary School – A good, caring, mixed school that welcomes all from ages 5-11 years old. It is well managed and led with high aspirations for pupils. Limes Ave, Darwen BB3 2SG


Places to visit in Blackburn

Hoghton Tower – Less than a 20 minute drive away is the naturally beautiful Hoghton Tower, a fascinating historic house and garden. Take a stroll and explore around and throughout the year find fantastic events including a monthly Farmers’ Market and live theatre. Hoghton, Preston PR5 0SH Samlesbury Hall – A stunning stately home, this is a great place to visit, stay or even hire as a venue. Open almost every day of the year, entry is free and there is an abundance of parking available. Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston PR5 0UP Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery – Find out about the local history and discover fascinating collections from fine art to coins to manuscripts. Regular events are put on including talks, exhibitions, workshops and children’s activities. Museum St, Ewood, Blackburn BB1 7AJ

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