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A large market town in Lancashire, Burnley has a population of roughly 73,500. Surrounded by countryside and charming villages, Burnley was a prominent mill town during the Industrial Revolution and is now most famous for football and its excellence as a centre for manufacturing.
Culture in Burnley
The Mechanics is Burnley’s best arts venue. Theatre, jazz, folk, blues, comedy, classical musical and family shows are all on offer in this beautiful Grade II listed building. The Singing Ringing Tree, a unique, wind-powered musical sculpture sitting high above the town on Crown Point, is also well worth a visit. Burnley Wayside Arts Trail, a local arts and heritage walk, will take you there.
There are also frequent reminders to Burnley’s industrial past throughout the town. The Weavers’ Triangle, an area on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal that was once the beating heart of Burnley’s textile industry, is like stepping back into the 19th century and is the best example of the town’s boom years. The Queen Street Textile Museum, the last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill, is another unmissable, budget-friendly day out.
Things to do in Burnley
Burnley Football Club, commonly known by their nickname of The Clarets, currently ply their trade in the Championship. If you are a keen football fan, it’s well worth trying to get tickets to a game at Turf Moor, one of England’s oldest and most atmospheric grounds.
Alternatively, the National Trust owned Gawthorpe Hill – a lavish Elizabethan country house on the banks of the River Calder – has rich interiors, a large number of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and a brilliant collection of textiles.
For family days out, look no further than Thompson Park, where visitors can explore the lovely Italian and rose gardens. For all the budding Bradley Wiggins’ out there, the Padiham to Burnley cycle route is a scenic treat, while Burnley hosts the two-day National Blues Festival each year.
Student Life in Burnley
The University of Central Lancashire has a campus in Burnley. A short walk from the town centre, students will appreciate the many bars, cafés, restaurants and pubs that Burnley has to offer.
Buying in Burnley
Burnley is home to a thriving and highly skilled manufacturing sector, which draws employees from all over the region. As well as this, the town is currently undergoing significant regeneration and investment to boost business growth in the local area. For those looking to live or work in Burnley, the average asking price of around £120,000 will make for very pleasing reading. The stunning countryside of the Pennines is on Burnley’s doorstep and the town is also home to good local amenities and a number of great local schools, giving it significant appeal to families.
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