Burnley local area guide

Named after its largest town, Burnley is a borough in Lancashire and is home to a number of towns and villages - learn more about the area in our local guide.

About Burnley

With breath-taking countryside surroundings and a wide range of outdoor activities available, the area provides an excellent quality of life. The varied housing, primary and secondary schools available as well as the convenient location to major cities and heaps of independent shops make it a great place to live.


Best schools in Burnley

Blessed Trinity College – Founded in 2006, this Roman Catholic coeducational secondary school is committed to inspiring and enabling students to flourish. Ormerod Rd, Burnley BB10 3AA Unity College – In the heart of Burnley, Unity College is a mixed comprehensive school for ages 11-16 and prides itself on being forward-thinking and providing pupils with the skills they need. Towneley, Holmes St, Burnley BB11 3DF St Marys Magdalene’s Roman Catholic Primary School – A mixed primary school for ages 4-11 their curriculum is designed to build upon previous learning and allow children to develop. Wellfield Dr, Burnley BB12 0JD Burnley College – Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, Burnley College provides further education for those aged 16+ and their success rates are high and improving. Princess Way, Burnley, BB12 0AN


Best places to eat in Burnley

Fence Gate – An elegant location to dine, their modern British menu has a mix of traditional dishes as well as chef’s daily specials. Wheatley Ln Rd, Fence, Burnley BB12 9EE The Forest – Serving up Mediterranean favourites, this contemporary pub also incorporates British classics. Cuckstool Ln, Fence, Burnley BB12 9PA White Swan at Fence – A Michelin starred restaurant, the Head Chef Tom Parker was trained at Michelin-starred Northcote and cooks with only the finest seasonal ingredients. 300 Wheatley Ln Rd, Fence, Burnley BB12 9QA The Ram Inn – Set in exceptional surroundings, this well-loved pub has all the usual suspects on their menu and have a great outdoor seating area. Burnley Rd, Cliviger, Burnley BB10 4SU


Places to go for walks in Burnley

Hurstwood Reservoir – An 8.7 km loop trail featuring a lake, it’s a great place to go for a stroll or to walk the dog. If you want to explore more you can go off path through woodland or across the moors. Hurstwood Reservoir, Burnley, BB10 3LH Towneley Park – This is the largest park in Burnley and the beautifully landscaped parkland around Towneley Hall and Museum provides a pleasant walk whether it’s around the gardens or woodland. Towneley Park, Burnley, BB11 3RQ Rowley Lake – On the outskirts of Burnley, you’ll find plenty of wildlife at this stunning lake. Take in the fresh air and fantastic views. Rowley Lake, Burnley, BB10 3LE Singing Ringing Tree – The spectacular wind powered sound sculpture that represents a tree is set in the landscape high above Burnley and makes your walk a little more interesting on a windy day. Crown Point Rd, Burnley BB11 3RL


Places to shop in Burnley

Burnley Retail Park – Adjacent to Burnley town centre, this retail park and its surrounding area have a range of homeware stores as well as big supermarkets. Nearby you can find Asda and Aldi to do your food shops. 11 Canning St, Burnley, BB12 0AD Charter Walk Shopping Centre – A large, bright shopping centre located in the town centre of Burnley, it is filled with over 85 stores including well-known high street brands. It is also home to the diverse market hall where you’ll find a variety of food and fresh produce. Easily reachable by public transport, there are also two car parks – one on the surface and one multi-storey. 93 St James’s St, Burnley, BB11 1PY

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