History, countryside, fine buildings, friendly folk.
Town Centre not great
Not just pie and mash
The canal passing through the town includes the 'Straight Mile' a stretch which carries it 60 ft above the town and is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the British waterways system.Straight it is - it was built up on an embankment, but a mile it aint.The 127-mile long Leeds and Liverpool Canal is thought by many to be the finest in...more
The view of Pendle Hill dominates the local landscape (except when it's raining!). On a clear day it looks very close, but it's a short drive away and you get great views from the top.We decided to go for a walk up there in Jan 2003 when there was a bit of snow on the ground. One of the quickest ways up is to park on the country road and head up...more
In 1992 Coal Clough Windfarm was erected by Mc Alpines which provides clean electricity for around 6000 Burnley homes. There is a visitors car park on the long causeway above Burnley where you can see for yourself one of the UK's first commercial wind farms in operation. The 24 wind turbines are open to visitors, car parking available. You will be...more
The Millennium Commission gave Burnley 1.8 million quid to undertake a massive tree-planting scheme. The plan was to plant one million trees in and around Burnley.As such, the 'Forest' is a virtual forest because it is not just in one place. It is made up of planting 500 hectares of new woodlands, restoring 200 hectares of neglected woodland, and...more
Towneley Hall was the home of the Towneley family from the 14th century until 1902, when the house and park were purchased from Lady O’Hagan by Burnley Corporation for use as an art gallery and museum.The Hall is full of period rooms and exhibitions, but best of all it is FREE, which is a rarity these days (update: now only free to Burnley...more
A formal Edwardian urban park. Retains most original features: boating lake, Italian gardens, Ranger centre, and playground. Won a Green Flag award in 1999 and retained it for following 2 years.One of the many fine parks in Burnley. For a town of its size Burnley has more parks, and of a better standard, than you might expect.Others worthy of...more
Intersected by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal the Weavers’ Triangle is one of the finest examples of a Victorian industrial landscape still in existence. Dating from the time when Burnley led the way in the production of cotton cloth, a walk along the canal bank will give you the chance to step back in time. The visitor’s centre in the canal toll...more
This is my home village.This unspoilt village is situated in the beautiful Cliviger Gorge three miles south east of Burnley on the A646. The church is of particular interest, built by Thomas Dunham Whitaker in 1794 it is the burial place of several notable Burnley people, including General Scarlett . Whitaker was also a great naturalist and planted...more
This one is for the museum buffs out there.Queen Street Textile Museum is a unique survivor of the nineteenth century textile industry. Recognised as a national treasure and designated as part of the textile industrial collections of Lancashire County Museum Service Queen Street Textile Museum preserves an age now gone from Europe. This mill was a...more
If you like wrought ironwork, then this place will capture your imagination - if you don't, then give it a miss!Rourke's Forge has produced some of the best and most famous wrought ironwork in Britain e.g. Paisley Gates, Liverpool Football Club, and have exported their work all over the world as their reputation has grown.Their large showrooms have...more
This is a great place for a walk. The best place to start is the Ram Inn car park (see food tips for details).The area around Thieveley Scout by Thieveley Farm was a popular Victorian Picnic site in the 1920's. The climb up to the Scout is an interesting one via "Jacob's Ladder" - a series of well known steps cut. The route passes by Holme Hall,...more
A National Trust property, this Jacobean manor house is set in a green oasis of gardens and woodland on the banks of the River Calder. The hall is home to the world famous Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth collections of lace, embroidery and costumes, has civil war connections and was visited several times by Charlotte Bronte, who was a friend of the Kay-...more
Queen Victoria Road, Lancs, Burnley, BB10 3EF, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
Trapp Lane, Simonstone, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 7QW, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
Rosehill Avenue, Burnley, BB11 2PW, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
This place is something else!Who would suppose that such an unasuming small shop front could be the home for one of the best pizza takwaysin the UK?Their pizzas are historic. Deep filled with as much veg and cheese as they can manage. We usually share one between two because they are very, very filling.Their garlic bread is the same pizza base with...more
When we first moved to Burnley this pub (which is our local) was very average. It has now been bought out from bass by Vintage Inns and is very much above average.The new owners have given it a complete makeover, but it is probably more like the historical hostelry that it once was than before they started. They really have made a first class job...more
"Cool and funky, fun and friendly, vibrant and varied are just a few words to describe Burnleyýs pub and club circuit by day and night.
With upwards of 30 pubs and bars in the town centre you will be spoilt for choice! By night the lively bars and clubs attract an evening crowd of trendy new drinkers, residents and workers all looking to relax and enjoy themselves in the modern pub chains such as Chicago Rock, Orange House, JD Wetherspoons, Walkabout and Surfers Paradise, Litten Tree and Yates Wine Lodge."
That's the offical line! Burnley does seem to becoming something of a regional centre for clubs, and old churches and mills are being converted all over the place to clubs.
There are plenty of night clubs to choose from, and between them all there is a massive capacity, drawing reverllers in from surrounding towns.
Just opening in Dec 2003 are new night clubs at Hammerton Street (Lava/Ignite) and a converted church on Queens Lancashire Way.
You should be able to find somewhere that stuas open to 3am, if thet's your thing.
The Orange House, 13-19, Hammerton St Burnley, Tel: 01282 451095
Afterlife, Red Lion St, Burnley, Tel: 01282 832404
Posh Nightclub, 16 Ormerod Street, Burnley,Tel 01282 718333
Paradise Island, 18-20 Bull Street, Burnley, Tel 01282 411899
The Ironworks, 22a Hammerton Street, Burnley, Tel 01282 430011
Dress Code: Smart casual at most places.
I got a taste for these biscuits while I was at College in Lancaster. If there was a posh meeting or function a selection of them would appear with coffee.Now I live in Burnley, I am just a couple of miles down the road from the factory that makes them. Even better is that they have a genuine factory shop with some great bargains.As the success of...more
Burnley is a bit of a magnet for those that like a Mill Shop bargain - I even see coach tours coming here now. Here are some of those available:Brands at HomeHeasandford Industrial Est, Burnley Tel. 01282 427008 Home furnishings including wallpaper, fabric, paint and bedding - discontinued lines or slightly imperfect.Colour BlindFarrington Court,...more
OK, Burnley Town Centre is never going to rival Manchester or Bond Street, but we like it.Burnley is a small town, but in comparison to other Lancashire towns we think it compares very favourably. For a start it's pedestrianised so you won't get run down and have to dodge buses like in other so-called pedestrianised town centres like Preston.A lot...more
If you’re travelling to or from Burnley to west Yorkshire, the best way to do it is via The Long Causeway.
This is an ancient route, first created in times when it was too dangerous to travel in the valley bottoms due to rouges and bandits.
Travelling this way still has its uses today - there are no traffic lights, the National Speed Limit applies for most of the route, and the views are great. Just don't use it as a short cut when there has been snow in winter - the snow is still lying up here for weeks after it has thawed in the valleys.
League Play In
Claret and blue shirts, white shorts
My first visit to Turf Moor on Tuesday 26th 0ctober 2004 wasn`t a very happy one. I went to watch Villa play Burnley in the Carling Cup. Villa lost embarassingly 3-1 to the lower division side.
The one good thing about it for me was the stand that we sat in, it wasn`t architecturally spectacular or anything, just basic but it was good to get back to the old style stadium with wooden seats. Just like the old days before the sanitized, identikit stadiums started to be built.
Equipment: To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.