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Discover Burnley

As a student at UCLan Burnley you’ll get to enjoy the best of both worlds: a fantastic learning experience together with opportunities to socialise, unwind and embark on the odd adventure.

The first thing you’ll be impressed by is the stunning location. Our campus is ideally situated in the heart of Pennine Lancashire, surrounded by miles of open countryside and breath taking views. It’s a landscape which will appeal to anyone with a thirst for exploration and adventure. Looking north, you’ll encounter the imposing grandeur of Pendle Hill, whose history is steeped in centuries of myths and legends. Beyond lie the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. 

What's in Burnley?

Just a few minutes’ walk away from the campus you can venture into vast expanses of scenic parkland. Burnley boasts six beautiful Green Flag parks. During your free time the opportunities for leisure are endless. Go walking and cycling, enjoy a round of golf or take to the water on Thompson Park’s boating lake. Historic Towneley Park, once the deer park for the 15th century Towneley Hall, is the perfect spot for a quiet picnic and you can enjoy live music here during the summer months. Football fanatics can experience the thrills of live football at Burnley FC’s Turf Moor Stadium.

When you’re ready to hit the town you’ll discover that Burnley is a thriving place filled with things to entertain you at any time of the day or night. A short walk from campus takes you right into the heart of it. You’ll find a multi-screen cinema, bowling alley, art gallery, sports centre and Burnley Mechanics Theatre, the place to enjoy the very best in live entertainment. When catching up with friends you can get together for a coffee or a bite to eat in one of Burnley’s many coffee shops, bistros, bars and restaurants. You can also hunt for bargains in its award-winning indoor market.

When you’re ready to venture further afield you’ll discover some of the North West’s biggest attractions within easy reach of the campus. M65 junction 10 links Burnley to the motorway network. The bright lights of Manchester and UCLan’s main campus in Preston are just 25 miles away and easily reached by direct train and bus services. For a memorable day out you can head to Blackpool, the Lake District, Leeds, Liverpool or the Yorkshire Dales – all conveniently located just an hour’s drive away.

Places to visit

  • Burnley FC / Turf Moor Burnley, one of the 12 founder members of the Football League, have been in the Premier League since 2016 and Turf Moor is the second-longest continuously used ground in English professional football. Relative to its population, Burnley is one of the best-supported clubs in the country.
  • Burnley Mechanics Theatre Burnley Mechanics Theatre is a magnificent Grade 2 Star listed building opened in 1986 in order to present the absolute best in entertainment, special events and community activities in the town.
  • Burnley Nightlife Burnley is home to a range of fabulous music venues where you can see all genres of singers, bands and musicians. There is also a wide range of restaurants so you can enjoy your free time with your friends.
  • Pendle Hill Most famous for its links to the now-notorious witch trials of 1612, Pendle Hill and its surrounding towns and villages are a truly bewitching area of Lancashire. Pendle Hill is one of the most visited Lancashire walks as explorers make their way up to the 557 metres (1,827 ft) summit.
  • Singing Ringing Tree The 'Singing Ringing Tree', is a unique musical sculpture that overlooks Burnley from its position high above the town on Crown Point. Constructed from pipes of galvanised steel stacked in layers, this Panopticon takes the form of a tree bending to the winds and harnesses the energy of those winds to produce a low, tuneful song.
  • Thompson Park Thompson Park is a popular and beautiful Edwardian park, located close to the centre of Burnley and recently restored with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The boating lake is very popular when the weather warms up!
  • Towneley Hall  Towneley Hall historic house, art gallery and museum is located on 400 acres of beautiful parkland and is ideal for a fun, educational and adventurous day out.
  • Woodland Spa The Woodland Spa is a peaceful oasis within Crow Wood Leisure, which is set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside. Winner of the Best Spa in the North in the Good Spa Guide Awards. Also winner of 'Global Luxury Day Spa' at the World Luxury Spa.

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Self-guided walking tour

We have designed this self-guided walking tour to allow you to discover our campus and Burnley town centre at your own pace. It is ideal if you want to explore the area you’ll be living in once you start at UCLan Burnley.

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