Things to do in Burnley

Alex Zawadzki

The town of Burnley in Lancashire has retained the architecture of its industrial heritage. With 12 factory chimney stacks still standing and its canal banks dotted with characterful buildings, Burnley’s rolling hills are the epitome of mill town landscapes. 10 miles from Blackburn, connected by the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, the two towns are lovely twin destinations, nestled within the beauty of the Pennine hills.

Our top picks

Rowley Lake

Rowley Lake, Rowley Lane, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 3L - Visit now

Rowley Lake is on the outskirts of Burnley, with much to offer to the walker who goes out of their way to venture out here. It’s open scope and substantial size lend it vast appeal, while it’s natural activity and beauty make it a pretty picture, with views extending endlessly across the flat plain.

Rowley Lake
Rowley Lake

The Weavers Triangle

The Weavers Triangle, The Weavers' Triangle Visitors Centre, 85 Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 1JZ - Visit now

Located at Burnley Wharf, this museum tells you the story of cotton manufacturing and the lives of it’s weavers. The visitor centre takes you back into the lived experiences and spaces of those who made the cotton industry keep turning, with an authentically recreated Victorian classroom, a typical home used by a mill worker, a toll house office and a bathroom from the later Edwardian period.

The Weavers Triangle
Courtesy of Weaver's Triangle

Glassmonkey Studio

Glassmonkey Studio, Unit 1 Oakmount Mill, Wiseman Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 1RU - Visit now

Glassmonkey studio, set in Oakmount Mill, is a gift shop brimming with colourful trinkets made predominantly in glass and sterling silver. The craftspeople running this makers shop sell handmade jewellery, greetings cards, keyrings, etched glasses, coasters, decorative art and objects for the home and you can watch the makers at work in the studio as you browse.

Glassmonkey Studio
Courtesy of Glassmonkey

Thompson Park, Burnley

Thompson Park, Burnley, Thompson Park Ormerod Road, Burnley, BB11 3QW - Visit now

A formal Edwardian urban park which retains most its original features including a boating lake and an Italian garden. Thompson Park is more ornamental than Burnley’s other parks with large numbers of flower beds and a large rose garden.

Thompson Park in Burnley
Thompson Park, Burnley © Chris Heaton

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Museum St, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7AJ - Visit now

Blackburn Museum and Art gallery is home to a fabulous array of  history and Art including traditional Japanese prints the UK’s second largest collection of icons, medieval manuscripts, an Egyptian mummy, beetle specimens and a room of gilded framed art works hung salon style. It also houses displays of the looms laboured over by the working classes to build the economy of what was once of Britain’s wealthiest towns.

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
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Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill, Pendle Hill, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 6LG - Visit now

Pendle Hill  is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty situated in the Forest of Bowland. This hillside was once home to the Pendle Witches executed in 1612, and an ancient hunting ground inhabited by wild boar and wolves. A walk across this haunted hill alone at night is rumoured to be for those of sturdy nerves. However, during the day, this is a great family friendly spot for walking routes with a play area, toilets and an honesty box for parking.

Pendle Hill
Courtesy of Visit Lancashire

Where to go in Lancashire

Winckley Square
Lancashire
Park
Winckley Square

Hosting a variety of year-round events, from guided walks to jazz evenings, Winckley Square is a Georgian square packed with history in Preston city centre.

Friargate
Lancashire
Shop
Friargate

With an array of independent shops and places to eat and drink, including a number of contemporary pubs and bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Avenham and Miller Parks
Lancashire
Park
Avenham and Miller Parks

Located in the heart of Preston, Avenham and Miller Parks are among the finest examples of traditional Victorian parkland in the North West.

Blackburn
Music venue
The Exchange, Blackburn

Dating back to 1865 when it opened as one of four exchange halls in the country, The Exchange is an iconic Blackburn venue

Lancashire
Music venue
The Platform

Music, comedy, dance, drama and children’s shows in an Edwardian railway station, opposite The Midland Hotel.

Lancashire
Gallery
The Crescent Gallery

Morecambe gallery which showcases and sells contemporary works, often by artists from the area, which are varied and beautiful.

Lancashire
Gallery
Edgelands Gallery

Edgelands Gallery in Morecambe is a beautiful studio and gallery, regularly displaying high quality artwork.

Lancashire
Restaurant
The White Swan
at Fence

The White Swan at Fence is a gastro-pub with much to brag about. Delicious drinks and fantastic food has got this pub a Michelin Star.

Lancashire
Restaurant
Bootleg Social

The live-music venue and bar is a hidden gem, standing out against the technicolour nightlife of Blackpool with its own understated edge.

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Food and Drink in Lancashire

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Hotels in Lancashire

Our guide to the best hotels in Lancashire, including Lancaster, Morecambe, Blackburn, Burnley and Blackpool.

Walks in Blackpool
Walks in Blackpool

A round-up of the best walks in Blackpool, including the sights of the promenade and nearby country walks.

Walks in Blackburn & Burnley
Walks in Blackburn & Burnley

An inspired array of walks and cultural spaces to hike, saunter or work your way through, featuring wild landscape and stately halls alike.

actor with pig puppets The Three Little Pigs at Waterside Arts
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