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2016 was a landmark year for Blackburn marking the completion of the Cathedral Quarter Development in the heart of the town centre.
This multi-million pound investment has breathed new life into Blackburn centre with a new Premier Inn (opened Oct 2015), restaurants and opportunities for new businesses. A new refectory and courtyard opened within the Cathedral complex itself and a community of clergy will be moving into the first residential cloisters to be built in the UK for over 600 years.
If live entertainment is your thing, then look no further! Blackburn has 3 local theatres bursting with live music, comedy & drama, featuring a host of famous faces & a variety to suit all ages & tastes. King Georges Hall plays host to some of the biggest names in comedy 2017 such as Jon Richardson and Omid Djalili. Thwaites Empire Theatre and Darwen Library Theatre also offer a wide range of music, plays and dance to suit everyones taste.
Love shopping? Love Blackburn! The Mall Blackburn has all your high street stores under one roof, and the bright contemporary Blackburn Market offers everything you’d expect from a traditional market & more! Look out for our specialist independent shops such as Eve Lingerie, Reedys Home of Music, Exchange Coffee & Hobkirks Sewing Machines.
Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery is one of the first purpose built free museums to open outside of London in 1874. The Museum houses a rich and fascinating collection covering fine art, decorative art, Egyptology, coins, manuscripts, natural history, social history and South Asia. With over 1000 Japanese prints, 5000 examples of of coins and money, 500 books and manuscripts and largest icon collection outside London, you certainly won’t be short of things to see.
Want to find out about what else Blackburn has to offer? Why not check out our feature in our new Visitor Magazine '24 hours in Blackburn' for some ideas.
Blackburn Visitor Centre
- 01254 688040