Is Blackburn A City

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Attractions in Blackburn

The number one attraction in the District is the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery which has a beautiful Victorian building that houses many exhibitions during different periods of time. It also holds an incredible collection including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings by old masters such as Rubens or Picasso as well as modern artists like Francis Bacon or Andy Warhol.

The town of Blackburn is popular with tourists and locals alike, due to the rich heritage which it offers in its landscape, architecture and museums.

In terms of nightlife there are a number of bars and pubs which serve up an excellent range for all tastes from traditional wet-led boozers to trendy wine bars; not to mention a number of clubs and pubs which focus on more modern music such as rock, indie or dance.

One thing to bear in mind is that Blackburn has seen its fair share of riots over the years so it is best not to wear anything too flashy in town; A couple of the main shopping precincts are Blackburn Market and Underhill Street, which is not only home to a number of high street stores but also has more niche independent shops.

There are many reasons for visiting Blackburn, but one of them is its shopping centre which has over 200 stores and 500 restaurants. There are some amazing shops in town including Debenhams, New Look, H&M and Primark – just to name a few!

If you’re more parks to explore.

  • Blackburn is a popular destination for families, with lots of attractions and events to keep children entertained. There’s the Blackburn Museum which covers local history as well as natural sciences such as geology or zoology, plus there are plenty of theme parks that offer entertainment like Dreamland Amusement Park & Warrington Wolves Rugby Club (which has bouncy castles and a terrifying wall of death).
  • Blackburn is also home to the very first branch of Costa Coffee, which opened in 1992.
  • Another famous landmark is the Williamson Tower that served as an observatory until about 1920 when it became too dilapidated for this use but you can still climb up its narrow spiral staircase for a panoramic view of the town.
  • The Blackburn Cathedral is also worth mentioning; it was built in 1841 and has some impressive stained glass windows by renowned artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones.
  • Blackburn has a list of attractions that are both indoor and outdoor.
  • Visiting the castle is one popular attraction in Blackburn as it often holds festivals, markets and concerts throughout the year. ]There is also an art gallery which displays paintings from local artists on its walls with plenty of exhibition space inside.
  • Blackburn’s market is also worth a visit for those looking to try new foods and see some traditional crafts from around the world, or if you need supplies then this is where you can find them too!

Football in Blackburn

Blackburn is famous for its football clubs which have both won the league title in the past such as Preston North End with three titles and Manchester United with 12; it’s home to hundreds of amateur teams of all ages, and has been since 1878 when they were founded by a group of railway workers

  • Football in Blackburn includes amateur side AFC Darwen based out of Wood Street while there are two football clubs in close proximity: Rovers F C playing their games at Ewood Park about ten miles away and Darwen F C playing their games at the Darwen Football Club about five miles away.
  • Blackburn is of course famous for its association with football giants, Liverpool FC and has two notable landmarks down Wood Street: The Sir Tom Finney Stand on one end which overlooks the field where Rovers F C play their home matches and a statue to fans’ favourite Bill Shankly who led Liverpool FC from 1959 until 1974.
  • Football in Blackburn. Blackburn is famous for its football team, Blackburn Rovers. They have won the English First Division three times as well as winning the FA Cup in 1884. In Blackburn, young children play football in the streets and public parks.
  • Blackburn has its own professional football team, playing in English Football League One (the third tier of football in England). The club has won multiple league titles throughout history.
  • Fans include a number of famous figures such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair who supports them from afar.
  • Famous football players who are from Blackburn include Sir Stanley Matthews, who is now a legend in English football.
  • The club has had its own stadium since 1878 and the present Ewood Park was opened in 1997 with seating capacity of 22,500.

Transportation in Blackburn.

Public transportation options are fairly limited outside of town so it’s best to rely on taxis or buses. The bus system is operated by Blackburn with services to Blackpool, Manchester and Preston. There are about 280 buses in operation each day providing a network of routes around the town’s streets. These are managed by a team of about 130 drivers. Taxis can also be found in Blackburn and will typically charge between £12.00 – £15.00 for a one way journey to Manchester city centre from the town’s bus station. Taxis are available from taxi ranks at railway stations or can be ordered for pick up from anywhere within the borough.

Daily runs to Manchester airport are available with a minimum of 24 hours notice.

  • BB1- Blackburn Bus Station
  • BB11- Hilton Park & Ride with a number of buses to and from the town centre.
  • BB12- Town Hall Car Park which is often used by visitors as parking spaces are cheaper when booked in advance.

The train stations on offer in Blackburn include:

  • BB18 – Blackburn Railway Station
  • BB19 – Darwen Railway Station
  • BB20 – Todmorden Railway Station.

There is also the Salford Royal Hospital that can be found at BB27 and has accident & emergency care as well as a range of other services including obstetrics, orthopaedics and gynaecology.

  • The Blackburn Market which is located at BB30 and the Blackburn Central Library which is at BB31.
  • BB32 – Blackburn Bus Station, BB33- Darwen Railway Station, BB34- Todmorden Railway Station
  • The various bus routes that can be taken in Blackburn are: 505A – Bamber Bridge to Preston via Leyland (Monday-Saturday), 505C – Blackburn to Preston (Monday-Saturday), 505D – Leyland to Preston via Darwen and Todmorden (every day).