Blackburn (population 140,000) is a large town in Lancashire in North West England.

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Mercure Blackburn Foxfields Country Hotel

The Mercure Foxfields Hotel in Blackburn is situated in a picturesque location just off the A59 in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley enjoying outstanding panoramic views of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside.

Mercure Dunkenhalgh

Possibly the most expensive hotel in Blackburn and the surrounding area, it was once a grand manor house. The hotel building is 700 years old and is surrounded with acres of countryside.

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Clog and Billycock

Self-consciously 'country pub' GastroPub from a group with 2 other similar ventures. Good food and reasonable quality / value mix.

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Stanley House

boutique hotel and expensive restaurant. The food is good, the value is more questionable and the decor is over the top.

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Country pub and hotel. Comfortable place with good food, good portions and an OK quality/ value mix.

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Chimneys Guest House

Family-run long established guest house 10 minutes from town centre. Private off-street parking.


Has one of the largest markets under one roof in England - a great place to pick up textiles.

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Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn's Gothic style 19th century cathedral in the centre of town.

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Blackburn Sports & Leisure Centre

Swimming pool with flumes and a fitness suite.

SEE   —  Feilden St, BB2 1LQ

Rhubarb Café

Light meals / paninis etc.

EAT   —  Church Street


Asian Cafe

EAT   —  Darwen Street

La Mama


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Shahi Qila


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About Blackburn

Although the town has some attractive public buildings and parks, it is mostly known for its contribution to the cotton weaving industry and for its successful premiership football team, Blackburn Rovers. Due to the town's association with cotton, it was a natural choice for early immigrants from cotton producing countries, such as Pakistan and India, to settle. Consequently, Blackburn is a great place to sample South Asian cuisine. After years of industrial decline, the town is undergoing a 'quiet' renaissance with fast rising property prices. The name Blackburn is derived from the river Blakewater, which runs through the centre of town. Famous visitors to Blackburn include Condoleezza Rice, HM Queen Elizabeth II, and Mahatma Gandhi.

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