Blackburn Attractions and Things To Do

Visitors can explore the history of Blackburn and its people at the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. Galleries include displays highlighting the town’s textile legacy and important collections of rare books and manuscripts, religious icons, and Victorian paintings.

Public artwork has played an important role in the modern-day development of Blackburn town centre. One of the first pieces commissioned was the Healing of the Nations by Mark Jalland. This abstract circular steel and copper piece hangs on the facade of Blackburn Cathedral and contains thousands of fibre optic cables that create changing patterns of light.

Witton Country Park Playground
Witton Country Park

More recent works include The Braid by Simon Watkinson at Sudell Cross, Possibility on Fleming Square, Colourfields at Corporation Park, and The Woven Globe and Transition, both on Church Street.

King George’s Hall is the town’s major theatre and attracts top class performers from the worlds of music, dance, and comedy. Other venues offering live performances include the Thwaites Empire Theatre and Darwen Library Theatre.

There are two Vue cinemas in the Blackburn area; a 10-screen multiplex  in the town centre and a 4-screen cinema in Accrington.

Witton Country Park is a vast country park with a couple of fantastic play areas that kids will love while Sunnyhurst Wood is a great place to go for a relaxing walk.

Blackburn Rovers FC is the town’s professional football team. They play their home fixtures at Ewood Park.

For further information about all of these attractions and more pop into the Blackburn Visitor Centre.

Name

Type

Details

Free, Historic, Religious

Cathedral in Blackburn with interesting collection of modern art.

Ice Skating, Sports Venue

Ice skating rink in Blackburn town centre.

Art Gallery, Free, Museum

Collections include textiles and looms, local history, natural history, religious icons, and rare books and coins.

Free, Park

Magnificent park near Blackburn town centre.

Theatre

Theatre in Darwen, Lancashire.

Free, Historic, Landmark, Monument

Octagonal tower overlooking the Lancashire town of Darwen.

Theatre

Blackburn's premier concert and entertainment venue.

Free, Historic, Stately Home

Historic house.Historic house with plenty of attractions.

Free, Park

Beautiful location for walking and picnics.

Theatre

Venue just outside Blackburn town centre.

Free, Park

Impressive country park with picnic spots, nature trails, woodlands and farmland.