Shoppers Guide

Blackburn town centre is ‘buzzing’ with the spirit of change

The long anticipated multi-million pound Cathedral Quarter area has now been completed. The new offices and restaurants have been built surrounded by an attractive green space and events plaza.  You’ll be surprised at the number of big brand high street favourites in The Mall and retail parks within walking distance of the town centre.

A myriad of high quality smaller, independent retailers, boutiques and cafes are dotted around the town offering personal service and specialist knowledge.  And, of course, a trip to Blackburn isn’t complete without a visit to Blackburn Market!

The Mall

TheMallIf you’ve not been to the shopping centre recently then you are in for a surprise. A big one!

Over the last few years a number of major regeneration projects have changed the face of Blackburn bringing new and improved public spaces, buildings and transport networks. A £66 million extension to The Mall Shopping Centre has improved the town centre beyond all expectations. A massive new two-storey Primark store, Costa Coffee, USC, H&M, Deichman & Clarks have all opened new stores & some of your favourites, such as WH Smiths, Next, and New Look have taken the opportunity to move into bigger & better premises.

Blackburn Market

Busy SmallA traditional market in a modern setting right underneath The Mall Shopping Centre. From fresh, locally sourced fruit and vegetables to the latest technology and a great food court with a choice of cafes, coffee bar and takeaways offering delicious freshly prepared meals and snacks. A visit to Blackburn isn’t complete without experiencing market shopping as you’ve never seen it before!

Fabulous Fleming Square & King Street

Janet BaileyOne of the oldest, original market areas of the town centre Fleming Square is home to chic boutiques, a specialist lingerie shops, hairdressers and beauty salons to pamper yourself. Choose from over 100 blends of coffee and speciality teas at Exchange Coffee. King Street surprises include Outdoor Action offering everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors – whatever the weather!


Rediscover Railway Road

Yunus PatelThe heart of regeneration is here!  Step out of the newly refurbished railway station and you’ll see the transformation of Blackburn taking place before your eyes in the multi-million pound development called Cathedral Quarter. Style lovers will find urban clothing, skate gear and street wear at Remix Casuals.


Discover Darwen Street

Brenda BuckDarwen Street is home of the BBC in Lancashire and the county’s cathedral both situated on the main highway to some of the town’s longest established family traders including Hobkirk Sewing Machines, Ainsworths the Jewellers and Edmondsons furniture department store.  With the new Heatley’s Emporium, furniture stores, the bed centre and a range of specialist suppliers. Darwen Street is also the route to Blackburn Rovers Football Club, the Vue Cinema and Blackburn Ice Arena


Navigate Northgate

Dale GardnerLook out for the blue plaque marking early cinema pioneers, Mitchell & Kenyon on this pedestrianised route which leads towards King Georges Hall, the town’s main concert hall and theatre. Specialist traders provide an eclectic mix from including comic books at The Bat Cave and a variety of food outlets and cafes. The world’s largest guitar wall is at Reidy’s Home of Music is on Nab Lane.


Step up to Sudell Cross

Julia ClarksonSurprises here include famous label quality childrenswear at Petit Fashion, boutique fashions for both men and women, upmarket independent jewellers and a vintage themed tea room in what was the oldest pub in Blackburn.  Not far from here, on King William Street, you’ll find a traditional gents’ barbers and a first class florist all offering good old fashioned personal service and a great Blackburn welcome.


Retail Parks in Blackburn

Enjoy an ‘Out of Town’ shopping and leisure experience that’s IN TOWN!

You don’t need to travel ‘out of town’ to enjoy the convenience of big stores in large shopping parks.  Townsmoor Retail Park is just south of the town centre and next to the Peel Leisure and Retail Park. Stores here include Argos Extra, a large Boots store with pharmacy, NEXT (with Costa coffee shop outlet), Carphone Warehouse and TK Maxx.  This is also where you’ll find the Blackburn Arena, the North West’s Regional Centre of Ice Skating Excellence.

Peel Leisure & Retail Park

This is home to Vue Cinema and DW Fitness Club. There is a Matalan and Dunhelm Mill.  For eating you’ll find Pizza Hut  and Frankie & Benny’s.

Grimshaw Park brand favourites include ASDA, Halfords, Clarks and Burger King whilst B&Q is nearby on Nova Scotia Retail Park.