Explore Burnley

We’re not just claret and blue.
We’re green too.

We are proud of many things about our town, one of which is our stunning countryside. Burnley is 80% rural, providing an excellent quality of life and making it a fantastic place to visit. Whether you’re into windsurfing, hiking, kayaking, cycling, sailing, golf or horse riding, you can do it all right here in Burnley.

Our parks and forest

Many of our parks have been awarded Green Flags for their high standards. Queen’s Park is 28 acres and dates back to 1893, with many of its traditional design and features still in place. As well as bowling greens and tennis courts, you can also play basketball, football or show off your tricks in the skate park.

Thompson Park, like Queen’s Park, is a registered historic park and gardens, and is home to a charming boating lake, a recently refurbished children’s playground and paddling pool, a putting green and popular miniature railway, making it perfect for families who live in and visit Burnley.

Another historic park is Ightenhill Park, which dates back to 1912. As well as facilities such as a bowling green and tennis courts, it also hosts the annual Ightenhill Festival. Scott Park is also fun for all the family, with a giant draughts board, woodland walks and a Victorian bandstand, whilst Memorial Park in Padiham provides beautiful walks along the River Calder.

Towneley Park

Last but certainly not least, Towneley Park is the largest park in the town. It is home to the famous historic Towneley Hall and has a new children’s area packed with lots of different things to do, a Victorian flower garden, abstract and outdoor sculptures and plenty of space for events, family bike rides and leisurely dog walks.

And if all our award-winning parks are not enough, we also have the Forest of Burnley. One million trees were planted between 1997 and 2001, creating a 2,000-tree arboretum and 400 hectares. There’s 32km of footpaths, bridleways, sculpture trails and cycle routes to explore.

burnley's singing ringing tree

The great (and famous!) outdoors

We may be blowing our own trumpet, but we have plenty of accolades to our name. From our football club and global award-winning spa to being named the friendliest and most enterprising town, we are proud of our achievements.

Our outdoors attractions are also well known. The Singing Ringing Tree on Crown Point Moor is one of the top ten pieces of sound art in the world. Standing 3m tall, it is made of galvanised steel pipes which make both an incredible and eerie noise in the wind. You can also enjoy breathtaking views across Burnley, which is surrounded by Pennine countryside.

The panopticon is only a short walk from the carpark and picnic area – but for those who are slightly more adventurous, you can set off from the Wayside Arts Trail from Towneley Park and follow the carved Lancashire oak marker posts.

Gawthorpe Hall and grounds, seen from above, surrounded by trees

The aforementioned Towneley Park is home to Towneley Hall, often chosen as a wedding venue due to its beautiful exterior and interior. There’s also Gawthorpe Hall, which is referred to as “the Downton of the North” and marks the start of the Bronte Way, a linear walk from Burnley to Wycoller, Haworth and finally Oakworth, near Bradford.

We are proud of our industrious past and a key player in that was the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The Burnley stretch of the canal includes one of the Seven Wonders of the British Canal system – the Straight Mile. This embankment carries the canal 60ft above town, from Reedley Marina to Hapton Boat Yard via the Weavers’ Triangle.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you want to visit Burnley or you already live here and need some inspiration, you can find a jam-packed list of things to see and do here.