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Burnley has been a centre for making textiles since the Middle Ages. The Weavers’ Triangle is the name for the area by the canal that was once at the heart of the town’s textile industry. The Leeds to Liverpool canal, which runs through Burnley, was built between 1770 and 1816 and there is plenty of history to be discovered along its route.
An area of the Weavers’ Triangle at Burnley Wharf has been restored, and old warehouse buildings are now used as an inn, offices and the Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre. Burnley town centre is undergoing major transformation and work includes a new gateway, new public space, paved public walkways, street furniture, landscaping and lighting. Burnley Football Club plays a ...Read more
Burnley May Day Festival has been taking place in the town since the May bank holiday was established in 1978. The festivities take place in Towneley Park. Towneley Live is Burnley’s new music festival, which takes place in Towneley Park over one day in August. The day includes a full line-up of pop acts. A huge Classic Car Show takes place in Towneley Park on a Sunday in J...Read more
The Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre, at Burnley Wharf, tells visitors the story of the canal and the cotton industry in the area. This attraction includes a Victorian schoolroom and weaver’s dwelling, the restored Burnley Toll Office where tolls were paid for the Leeds and Liverpool canal, fun trails and quizzes for children and a model fairground. Visitors can see an ori...Read more
5. Things To Do
Burnley is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The Burnley Forest includes bridleways, cycle routes, footpaths and sculpture trails, while Crown Point offers fantastic views over the town. There is plenty of water to be enjoyed in and around Burnley. Visitors can take a walk or boat along its section of the Leeds to Liverpool canal, take a walk along the river or enjoy waters...Read more
Charter Walk Shopping Centre is a large shopping centre at the heart of the town, housing many high street stores. Burnley Market is located on the first floor of the Charter Walk shopping centre and includes the Market Hall and the Open Market. Market Hall includes over 100 stalls selling everything from food to fashion. The Open Market also houses over 100 stalls and these v...Read more
The M65 runs through Burnley and the town can be accessed from junctions 10 and 11 of the motorway. The A671, A682 and A646 are the other main roads into the town. Burnley Central Station has good rail services to Preston, Blackpool and Colne, while Burnley Manchester Road Station has trains to York and Blackpool. The nearest airport to Burnley is Leeds Bradford Internationa...Read more
Burnley Mechanics Theatre is the main venue in the town for live entertainment and its programme includes a mix of music, comedy, dance, drama and more. Pendle Hippodrome Theatre, in nearby Colne, is a venue for music, theatre and more.
9. Famous Landmarks
The Straight Mile is the name given to the famous stretch of the Leeds to Liverpool canal, which runs 60ft above the town of Burnley. The Straight Mile is an embankment built between 1796 and 1801 to carry the canal across the valley. It is often referred to as one of the "seven wonders" of the British Waterway System.
10. Interesting Fact
The Singing Ringing Tree is a musical sculpture situated at Crown Point, above the town. The construction is made from metal pipes that make a humming sound when the wind blows. They have been specially tuned so that they do not disturb the wildlife.
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