The former mill town of Blackburn is an intriguing place, with a multicultural community, great facilities, and the perfect location for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside. The town centre is a mix of Victorian architecture from the town's industrial heyday to more modern buildings, including the Art Deco Waterloo Pavilions, and in recent years Blackburn has developed a reputation for having lively pubs and bars as well as some great restaurants.

Visiting Blackburn by train

In the heart of town, Blackburn Cathedral is both a landmark and a great meeting point. It's also well worth a visit for its striking interior and famous modernist sculpture, Healing of the Nation. The area west of the cathedral is home to several restaurants and eateries; whilst to the north, shoppers can delight in the numerous stores on offer at The Mall and attached Blackburn Market.

Beyond the pubs and restaurants of the town centre, Blackburn offers a variety of choice when it comes to evening entertainment, be it live music at King George's Hall or comedy and theatre performances at the Thwaites Empire. Other cultural attractions of the town include Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, which alongside the many items in its collection, is home to an exhibition of Indian and Pakistani culture in the North West of England.

Sports fans might want to catch a game at Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers FC, the 1995 Premier League champions. But if participation is more your thing, Blackburn has all manner of leisure facilities, including the Ice Arena, swimming pools, golf courses, and great access to walking on the West Pennine Moors.


How to find the cheapest train tickets to Blackburn

There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Blackburn to help you save money and explore this gem of a Lancashire town. Whether you are getting a train to Blackburn for work or leisure, our Journey Planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.

The first way you can get your hands on cheaper train tickets to Blackburn is by using a Railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible Railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do in once you get there. To see the different types of railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy one online, check out our Railcards page.

Another way to save money on train tickets to Blackburn is by purchasing an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Blackburn. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you are off to hit the shops, watch Blackburn Rovers play football or have a night out with friends pencilled in the calendar, simply look out for the “Advance ticket” type when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.

You could also travel at Off-Peak periods, buy Return train tickets instead of two singles and catch the train with 3-9 friends and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our types of train tickets page and see useful ways to get the best value train fares.

Want even more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some railcard types.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main train station in Blackburn?

The main train station in Blackburn is Blackburn railway station. Check out live arrivals and station facilities for Blackburn railway station.

Which train companies run trains to Blackburn?

The primary operator of trains to Blackburn is Northern.

How do I find cheap tickets to Blackburn?

It's easy to bag cheap train tickets to Blackburn. We'd recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.

Are trains to Blackburn running?

There are frequent daily services to Blackburn, although there may be fewer services on weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Blackburn.

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