Brilliantly located in the heart of Lancashire with superb road and air links. Whether it’s history, shopping, eating, watching or enjoying sport, going to an event or relaxing in the beautiful countryside, Blackburn and Darwen offer a huge range of experiences for all the family. Blackburn town centre has seen considerable investment in recent years and offers a variety of shopping choices including the big brands of The Mall, a very popular and thriving indoor market and interesting, independent shops to browse around.

Blackburn is now home to Lancashire’s Cathedral in the quality setting of the Cathedral Quarter, and is a place of contrast being one of the newest in the country but sited on one of the oldest places of Christian worship. The area also has outstanding leisure provision with state of the art facilities in both Blackburn and Darwen.


Witton Country Park is one of the largest urban open spaces in the country. It has a dedicated cycle centre & a full-size athletic track & is home to the Blackburn Harriers that produced 3 finalists in the London 2012 Olympics.

A step out of town brings you to the beauty of the Lancashire countryside whether that is the Ribble Valley, Pendle Hill with its Pendle Witch trail or closer to town at Witton Country Park which is one of the largest urban outdoor spaces in the UK. In the Ribble Valley you can enjoy fantastic scenery and fantastic food and drink at Michelin star restaurant Northcote and the Oyster and Otter which was awarded Best Food Pub by the Great Britain Pub Awards.

As a wonderfully multi-cultural place with 70 languages spoken visitors can enjoy true diversity of food, fashion and culture. Whalley Range is known locally as the ‘Gateway to Asia’ delivering a wonderful array of authentic restaurants, cafés, food shops alongside fashion and fabric stores that are nationally renowned.

Find out more at VisitBlackburn and discover more about how it is a proud part of Lancashire.

Find out more about our state of the art leisure facilities.