Accrington is an East Lancashire town which developed during the industrial revolution into a mill town. It has a population of just over 70,000, and as well as textiles it's famous for Accrington Brick, renowned as the best bricks in the world.

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The Haworth Art Gallery

contains an outstanding collection of Tiffany glassware presented to the town by Joseph Briggs, an Accrington man who had joined Tiffany’s in the late 19th century and eventually became art director and assistant manager. The Art Nouveau vases are considered to be the most important such group in Europe. One of the most striking items is a glass mosaic exhibition piece, designed by Briggs himself and entitled "Sulphur Crested Cockatoos". The gallery also has displays about the '''[ Accrington Pals]''', famous within the UK as the smallest home town battalion of volunteers servicemen who fought in the First World War. More than half the battalion were killed or wounded within half an hour on the Pals' first day of action.

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Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel and and Spa

Set in 17 acres of glorious parkland, this 4 star, 700 year old main building with 175 bedrooms has restored original features. A little remote and expensive and frustratingly charge £12 per day for Wifi but the hotel has nice rooms and excellent spa facilities.

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Market Hall

The centre of Accrington boasts a few grand Victorian civic buildings, this is the most magnificent, built in traditional style in 1868, and also the setting for Jeanette Winterson's novel "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit'.

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Sparth House Hotel

This splendid Georgian house is set in its own wooded grounds on the edge of The Ribble Valley and is within easy reach of the Lake District and the Trough of Bowland.

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stone railway viaduct

seems to have inspired Accringtonian composer Harrison Birtwistle's 'The Mask of Orpheus', which is structured around a similar 17-arch viaduct.

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Gawthorpe Hall

was built between 1600 and 1605 for the Shuttleworth family who had already been at Gawthorpe for over 200 years.

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AnZart Online Art Gallery

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