Things to do in Burnley
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Burnley Activities & Things to do in Lancashire
If you are looking for a vacation that offers non-stop excitement, a wide variety of activities to enjoy, and an over the top nightlife, then Burnley, Lancashire will be the last place you'll want to spend your vacation. However, if you are looking for a relaxing vacation, and enjoy spending a lot of time out of doors exploring beautiful scenery and soaking up a bit of good old English history, then Burnley is definitely worth a visit when in Lancashire.
Lancashire county was established in 1182, and Burnley is part of this historic county, and the hub of some of the smaller communities around it. Now a market town, Burnley was once a major cotton mill town in a county known for it cotton mills in the 1800s.
Located just 30 miles north of Manchester and situated in a lovely valley between the Calder and Burn rivers, Burnley is medium size rural town with few pretentions and a great open air market.
Getting to Burnley isn't at all difficult as a major motorway runs through the town, making a trip to Burnley by bus, train or car a simple matter.
Although this town lacks some of the more exciting elements of cities such as London and Manchester, it does have a fair amount of tourists each who come to enjoy the simplicity of town while still having easy access to larger thriving city. Many people come here to walk or bike along the 40 mile Burnley way that offers outdoor enthusiasts a wonderful trip through moorlands and woodlands while enjoying picturesque waterways and old stone farms.
Or the entire family can enjoy wandering along the Sculpture trail where there is something different to see at every turn including crocodiles and kingfishers.
Of course most visitors to Burnley enjoy visiting the towns 700 year market that offers visitors a chance to visit over 200 stalls and purchase everything under the sun from food items to crafts and even some clothing.
Visitors who enjoy learning a little about Burnley's history enjoy stopping by the Queen Mill Textile Museum that has the last running commercial steam mill in existence.
While Burnley doesn't offer any major festivals, it does offer a wide variety events over the course of the year, about 150 to be exact. These events include such things as fun runs, movies in the park and viewing sculptures and paintings. All events that one would expect to find, in a town with Burnley's rural image.
If you are seeking, an exciting nightlife in Burnley then you will find that the local theatre, and a few pubs is about as exciting as it gets. Although some of the pubs are worth a visit. Smackwater Jacks or Smacks as it is called by locals, is rather a dark and old fashioned pub, with a wonderful atmosphere and clientel made up of all ages.
The Lotenleigh Social club, known by locals as Mullards may not be able to compete with those big cities nightclubs, but it does offer live music and cheap drinks.
While the Swann Hotel is simply a quaint little pub with typical pub fair.
Of course with Manchester being only 30 miles away, most visitors to Burnley really don't mind the lack of active nightlife or excitement, as they can get that by making a short road trip. What visitors do enjoy about Burnley is it's beautiful surrounding countryside and it's family friendly atmosphere and it's total lack of excitement.