Top things to do in Burnley

Burnley is full of amazing shops and hospitality businesses but they’re not the only reasons you should visit.

The town and surrounding areas are also packed with great visitor attractions and greenspaces which offer something for the whole family.

Keep reading to discover some of the top things to do in Burnley and plan your trip today.

Towneley Hall

Set in 445 acres of parkland, Towneley Hall has all the ingredients for a fun and entertaining day out.

There’s a museum featuring artefacts, displays, local history and more, an art gallery, period rooms and even a Mouse Trail for the children.

Outside there’s so much to see too! Visitors can explore beautiful gardens and marvel at sculptures, while little ones will enjoy the children’s play area. There are also two cafes where you can refresh yourself and recharge the batteries. Head to the Towneley Hall website to learn more.

Photo by Mark Stinchon

Gawthorpe Hall

Historic Gawthorpe Hall offers an intriguing day out. Learn something new while exploring the house and grounds, and don’t miss the Textile Collection which features unique and intricate items.

Seasonal events happen regularly too, especially during school holidays, with trails and workshops guaranteeing fun.

On top of this, there are some great walking routes waiting to be enjoyed on Gawthorpe’s doorstep. Happen upon spectacular views and enchanting woodland while on easy-to-follow routes. For opening times, prices and more, check out the National Trust website.

Photo by Anthony Black

Singing Ringing Tree

Located on Crown Point, it is worth seeing the Singing Ringing Tree for two main reasons.

One, it creates a unique sound that you have to hear to believe. And two, from the sculpture you get the most incredible panoramic views of the Lancashire countryside and beyond.

You could walk there if you’re feeling like a challenge, or you can park just a short stroll away. For more information, head over to the Visit Lancashire website.

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Step back in time at Queen Street Mill Textile Museum and get a taste of Burnley’s history.

At this Grade I listed building, visitors can see the mighty steam engine, learn about weaving and imagine what life as a mill worker would have been like.

With a five star rating on Tripadvisor, this is an attraction not to be missed. Visit the Lancashire County Council website for more details.

Enjoy a walk

Right on Burnley’s doorstep there are miles and miles of fantastic walking routes which can be enjoyed by all ages.

Take to the moors, relax by the water or wander in the woodlands; there’s something different at every turn.

What’s more there are walks for all abilities too so you can go as far or as short as you like. Take a look at our walking blog now for inspiration.

The Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre

Telling the story of the canal and the cotton industry, the Weavers’ Triangle shines a spotlight on Burnley’s history and heritage.

Try your hand at weaving, visit a Victorian Schoolroom and take a look at the display rooms which house changing exhibitions.

There’s plenty for kids to do too! From trails and quizzes to seeing a working model of a fairground, they’re bound to be kept entertained. Take a look at the Weavers’ Triangle website to plan your visit.

Don’t forget to Discover Burnley town centre

After you’ve enjoyed one of the activities above, why not come and Discover Burnley town centre?

Our cafes, bistros and restaurants are perfect for lunch or an afternoon tea, while our pubs and bars are ideal for a well-earned sip of something stronger.

Don’t forget about our shops either! From major nationals to the most unique independents, Burnley has everything you need to indulge in some retail therapy.

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