Darwen Tower

This octagonal tower lies on the West Pennine Moors and overlooks the Lancashire town of Darwen. It was built in 1898 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It is officially known as Jubilee Tower, although most locals refer to it as Darwen Tower.

Walk to Darwen Tower from Bold Venture Park

Darwen Tower is 86 feet tall and has two viewing platforms. A fairly stone spiral staircase leads up to the first level. The top level is reached via a narrower metal spiral staircase.

Darwen Tower (Jubilee Tower), Darwen,, Lancashire
Darwen Tower

The view from the tower is spectacular. It was a fairly cloudy day when we visited but we still enjoyed good views of much of the Lancashire countryside. On a clear day, it is possible to see as far as Snowdonia and the Isle of Man. There are plaques at the top of the tower to help visitors identify distant features.

View of Darwen - India Mill and Darwen Leisure Centre can clearly be seen
View of Darwen – India Mill and Darwen Leisure Centre can clearly be seen

The tower is always open and admission is free. You’ll need to walk to reach it though.

Staircase, Darwen Tower, Lancashire

One of the quickest ways to reach the tower is to take the path opposite the Sunnyhurst, a Daniel Thwaites pub (postcode BB3 1JX). There’s free street parking near the pub but Sunnyhurst Wood’s Lychgate car park is also nearby. The walk is only one mile or so but is quite steep, especially on the final stretch. The path is well-marked but is stony and certainly not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. There’s a handful of benches on the way to stop and rest.

Path to Darwen Tower
Path to Darwen Tower

Darwen Tower can also be reached from a path at the western end of Bold Venture Park. Adventurous folk can follow our walk from Sunnyhurst Wood.

Other similar towers in North West England include Peel Tower near Ramsbottom and the Pike Tower on Rivington Pike, Rivington.

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Darwen Tower include:

  • Bold Venture Park (0.7 miles) - Park near Darwen town centre with playground and sculpture trail.
  • Sunnyhurst Wood (0.9 miles) - Beautiful spot for walking and picnics

Nearby Transport Links

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Map showing location of Darwen Tower.

Map showing location of Darwen Tower


Darwen Tower

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