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Lying to the north of Manchester, east of Preston, on the edge of the West Pennine Moors is the Lancashire town of Blackburn, home to over 100,000 residents.

The former mill town, which made its name in textile manufacture, was at the heart of the industrial revolution, in fact it was one of the world's first industrialised towns.

In recent times this industrial heritage has declined but, in spite of this Blackburn has had something of a renaissance and is now undergoing significant regeneration. This investment has meant that areas such as Church Street with its selection of listed buildings, not least the stunning art deco Waterloo Pavilion, and impressive street-art projects have flourished as visitor attractions.

Alongside the attractive public areas in central Blackburn there are a number of busy shopping establishments such as The Mall, which is home to a vast array of high street names.

Read more about Blackburn in the About Blackburn section.