Trains to Burnley

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Burnley is a market town in Lancashire 21 miles (34 km) north of Manchester and 20 miles (32 km) east of Preston, at the confluence of River Calder and River Brun. It is surrounded by open fields and wild moorland at higher altitudes.

The town began to develop in the early medieval thanks to farming and it is famous for hosting a more than 700 years market. During the Industrial Revolution it has become one of the most prominent mill towns in Lancashire. At its peak it was one of the world's largest producers of cotton cloth, and a major centre of engineering. Today the town is known for being the regional centre of excellence for the manufacturing and aerospace industries. Burnley’s economy is dominated by the manufacturing sector, and it is economically linked to Manchester and Leeds. A direct train railway service connects Burnley station to Manchester Victoria, via Todmorden Curve. On weekdays, there is an hourly railway service connecting Burnley Central to Colne and one train per hour to Preston. Northern now runs an hourly Sunday service each way.

Passengers travelling by train are advised to purchase train tickets to Burnley in advance to benefit from special offers and early bird discounts. Travellers arriving at this station will find it on Manchester Road. There is only one platform in use together with a small ticket office open on weekdays and waiting area. The train station is equipped with information boards at the entrance of the station and in the booking hall, along with passenger information screens on the platform. There are no toilets nor self-service ticket vending machine available at this station, therefore passengers are advised to purchase tickets on the train. Burnley train station is fully accessible to disabled travellers, with a ramp from the entrance for passengers heading to the waiting room, ticket office and to the platform. A free of charge car park and bicycle racks are available directly outside the train station. Passengers requiring accessibility assistance may require help to reach the train station from the car park. CCTV and Wi-Fi services operate at this trains station.

Burnley main landmarks include the Leeds and Liverpool Canal that passes through the market town and links Liverpool to Leeds. It is the longest canal in Britain built as a single waterway. It was built between 1796 and 1801 and it is now considered one of the original seven wonders of the British waterways. The area that surrounds the canal is known as Weavers' Triangle, it is constituted mostly of 19th-century industrial buildings. Tourists are recommended to visit this area characterized by former cotton mills and associated buildings that are considered of significant historical interest due to their contribution to the social and economic development of the town. Since the 1980s special efforts have been made to the redevelopment of this area. Another Burnley landmarks is constituted by the Singing Ringing Tree, a wind powered sound sculpture located 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Burnley town centre. The sculpture is 3 metres tall and is made by pipes of galvanized steel that with the energy of the wind produces a choral sound. The sculpture was completed in 2006, in 2007 won the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects for architectural excellence. and is part of the series of four sculptures that constitute the Panopticons art and regeneration project created by the East Lancashire Environmental Arts Network (ELEAN). The other three sculptures are the Atom, the Colourfield and the Haslingdean Halo.  These four 21st-century landmark structures are set across East Lancashire as symbols of the revamp of the area. Towneley Hall is surrounded by 62 acres of land that constitute Towneley Park, located on the eastern edge of the town. It now belongs to the Burnley Corporation. The hall contains Whalley Abbey, built in the 15th-century. It is characterized by a chapel with a finely carved altarpiece made in Antwerp in 1525. Start planning your journey, book train tickets to Burnley and come and experience the Weavers’ Triangle and listen to the sound of the Singing Ringing Tree.