Roughly 20 miles from Manchester and nine miles from Preston, Blackburn sits at the top of the West Pennine moors. It's historically a mill town, and migration from other countries has seen the population become diverse and multicultural.
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Travel tips for Blackburn
The advantage of staying in a Blackburn hotel is that it puts you close to both the motorway and public transport links. For a business trip, a night out or a weekend break, it's convenient and offers plenty of attractions.
Sightseeing in Blackburn
At the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, the main attraction is the mummy. It's the most popular and requested item in the museum's permanent collection. You can also see natural history exhibits, textiles, Japanese woodblock prints and ancient manuscripts.
If you have around two hours to spare, take the Thwaites Brewery tour. The brewery's been in Blackburn for over 200 years, and many pubs in the area stock Thwaites beers.
The brewing dynasty lends its name to the Thwaites Empire Theatre, which has gone through numerous name changes. Plays, musicals and tribute acts appear here on a regular basis. The venue also has partnerships with local pubs and restaurants for pre-theatre dining.
Sports and activities
Blackburn Rovers football club plays home games at Ewood Park. The stadium hosts other football matches, and was used for an international rugby match in 2002.
Family outings to the Blackburn Ice Arena are fun for those of all ability levels. The rink is the home of several local teams, with matches held every month.
If the great outdoors is looking a bit wet and cloudy, do some indoor exploring at Boulder UK. The climbing walls are made from plywood, with carefully planned angles and routes for beginners and experts alike.
Food and drink
Wherever you stop in for a bite to eat, you'll enjoy good food and Northern hospitality. Several restaurants in the area have been recognised by Taste Lancashire for their quality, authentic dishes and decor. There are also plenty of chances to try Chinese, Caribbean, Indian, French and Italian food.
The local council encourages traders and tourists to ‘Think, Buy, Eat Local'. You will find national chains in Blackburn, next to a host of independent coffee shops and boutiques.
Whalley Range Bazaar serves as the town's Asian quarter. Alongside samosas, kebabs and curries, you'll find a halal bakery and south Asian sweets.