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Blackburn Cathedral

Type:Cathedral / Minster

Cathedral Offices, Cathedral Close, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5AA

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Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral, one of England’s newest cathedrals, is also one of the oldest places of Christian worship. For many centuries this has been the Parish Church of Blackburn, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, and continues as a place of daily prayer and worship. It is the mother church of the Diocese which covers almost the whole of Lancashire and is a place where hospitable love of God is celebrated.

 

On your visit, please feel free to look around any part of the Cathedral. See the sun stream through the 56 different panes of coloured glass in the lantern tower with its aluminium spire. Come and listen to the world class Walker organ at one of the cathedral’s ambitious concerts or accompanying one of the seven choirs which broadcast regularly for the BBC.

Transport yourself back to the bell-ringers of over 350 years ago as you listen to the peal of the 10 bells which were cast by Messrs John Taylor of Loughborough in 1949 and still rung in the “full circle” style today. In the north transept the 15th century misericords remind us of the days when these “mercy seats” provided some level of comfort for the those who had to stand for long periods of prayer.

All this time travel certainly works up an appetite so it’s time to stop for a bite to eat in the uniquely atmospheric surroundings of Cafe Northcote. When refreshed, take your time in the gift shop where you can purchase postcards to send home or souvenirs to remember your visit to this fine example of religious heritage.

• The cathedral is open half an hour before the act of worship each day and closes after Evening Prayer or Evensong.

• Blackburn Cathedral still retains its status as a parish church.

• Although the current building was completed in 1967, the site has been home to a church for over 1,000 years and the church, which was built in 1826 now forms the cathedral's nave.

• A brief leaflet of welcome to the cathedral and a leaflet introducing The Journey are available at the rear of the Nave.

• Group visits are welcome and are available in the following areas: The history of Blackburn Parish Church and Cathedral; The religious meaning of the building and its furnishings; Works of art and objects of interest or curiosity in the building; Meditative tour of The Journey - a set of fifteen life-size paintings by Penny Warden and one of the most important artistic commissions made by any cathedral in recent years which retell and evoke the story of the end of Christ’s life.  

 

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Opening (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday08:30 - 18:00*
Sunday08:00 - 18:00*

* The cathedral is open half an hour before the act of worship each day and closes after Evening Prayer or Evensong.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Events

Wednesday, 31st October 2018 - Wednesday, 31st October 2018

Wednesday, 7th November 2018 - Wednesday, 7th November 2018

Wednesday, 14th November 2018 - Wednesday, 14th November 2018

Wednesday, 21st November 2018 - Wednesday, 21st November 2018

Wednesday, 9th January 2019 - Wednesday, 9th January 2019

Wednesday, 16th January 2019 - Wednesday, 16th January 2019

Wednesday, 23rd January 2019 - Wednesday, 23rd January 2019

Wednesday, 30th January 2019 - Wednesday, 30th January 2019

Wednesday, 6th February 2019 - Wednesday, 6th February 2019

Wednesday, 13th February 2019 - Wednesday, 13th February 2019

Wednesday, 27th February 2019 - Wednesday, 27th February 2019

Wednesday, 13th March 2019 - Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Wednesday, 20th March 2019 - Wednesday, 20th March 2019

Wednesday, 27th March 2019 - Wednesday, 27th March 2019

Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 - Wednesday, 3rd April 2019

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Wednesday, 8th May 2019 - Wednesday, 8th May 2019

Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019 - Wednesday, 22nd May 2019

Wednesday, 5th June 2019 - Wednesday, 5th June 2019

Wednesday, 12th June 2019 - Wednesday, 12th June 2019

Wednesday, 19th June 2019 - Wednesday, 19th June 2019

Wednesday, 26th June 2019 - Wednesday, 26th June 2019

Wednesday, 3rd July 2019 - Wednesday, 3rd July 2019

Wednesday, 10th July 2019 - Wednesday, 10th July 2019

Blackburn Cathedral Lunchtime ConcertLunchtime concerts take place on most Wednesday lunchtimes at 1pm during school term time. Organ recitals are given on the Cathedral’s 1969 / 2002  Walker / Wood organ. We also welcome a variety of instrumentalists as well as vocalists from the UK & futher afield. Admission is Free but there is a...
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Saturday, 10th November 2018 - Saturday, 10th November 2018

Blackburn Music Society Autumn ConcertBlackburn Music society joins forces with Blackburn with Darwen Brass Band to perform Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man", Sibelius' "Finlandia". Salesbury School Chamber Choir will sing songs from WWI. This will be the first BMS concert conducted by our new dynamic Music Director, Abi Kitching.
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Saturday, 10th November 2018 - Saturday, 10th November 2018

The Armed Man, a commemorative concert by Blackburn Music SocietyBlackburn Music Society The Armed ManThe Armed Man, a Commemorative Concert by Blackburn Music Society with Blackburn and Darwen Band, marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice will take place at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday November 10th  2018, 7.30pm.
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Saturday, 17th November 2018 - Saturday, 17th November 2018

Bach: St Matthew Passion Bach's St Matthew PassionOn Saturday 17th November 2018, 7.30pm English Touring Opera presents Bach: St Matthew Passion, Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny at Blackburn Cathedral. English Touring Opera present the third in the company’s stagings of Bach’s masterpieces. This will be the Passion according to St Matthew – easily...
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Monday, 19th November 2018 - Monday, 19th November 2018

The TrothThe TrothOn 19th November at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm see The Troth, a live theatre production presented by Akademi, the UK’s leading producer of Indian dance. A gripping story of love and loss set during World War One. Tickets £5.00, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Saturday, 1st December 2018

Messiah by CandlelightBlackburn Music Society Presents Messiah by CandlelightMessiah by Candlelight, a concert by Blackburn Music Society will take place at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 1st December 2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tuesday, 11th December 2018 - Tuesday, 11th December 2018

The Snowman and The BearThe Snowman and The BearCarrot Productions present The Snowman with live orchestra at Blackburn Cathedral on 11th December 2018. There will be 3 performances at 1.45pm, 4pm & 7pm. A live, professional orchestra playing the original score along to the film shown on a large screen. The effect is magical and incredibly...
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Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsMarque of Excellence for Multi-Faith Tourism Marque of Excellence for Multi-Faith Tourism 2009
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Cultural Venue/Organisation Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Cultural Venue/Organisation Award 2018

Directions

Road Directions

Centrally located on the A666 Darwen Street. There are plenty of car parks in the town centre that are only a short walk to the cathedral. There are limited short stay parking places on the street in front of the cathedral. If you require a disabled parking space please contact the cathedral. 

Public Transport Directions

Blackburn Cathedral is located next to Blackburn bus and railway stations.

Contact Blackburn Visitor Centre for details of public transport 01254 688 040.

Alternatively, for information out of normal office hours contact Travelines 0871 200 2233 or National Rail 08457 484 950.

 

Facilities

Other

  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Open All Year
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • Café

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities
  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Close to rail network
  • Coaches Welcome

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available

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