Our Borough

We want you to picture yourself here – there is so much about our Borough which makes us unique.

Blackburn and Darwen – two different towns one unique vision

Blackburn and Darwen are vibrant towns surrounded by beautiful countryside and within easy reach of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Preston, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

Local population

We have over 140,000 people living in the borough and are very proud to have a rich and diverse mix of people from all backgrounds including British, Asian, Irish and Polish heritage. We are also one of the youngest populations in the country, with over a third of our residents aged under 19.  Find out more about the population of the borough on the Blackburn with Darwen Council website.


It’s an exciting time to live and work here. Millions of pounds of investment has flowed and continues to flow into the borough to regenerate our town centres, refurbish buildings, improve roads and provide new facilities and opportunities for local people.


Blackburn and Darwen are at the heart of the motorway network. The M65 links to nearby towns and the M6 for the Lake District or the Midlands while the M61 and M66 motorways provide easy access to Manchester and the M62 for Yorkshire. Manchester, Blackpool and John Lennon (Liverpool) airports are all close by and London three hours away by train.

Facilities: shopping, entertainment and leisure

Over £66m is being invested in expanding and improving shopping in Blackburn town centre and £6m in our free re:fresh sports and leisure scheme.

King George’s Hall, and Darwen Library Theatre host a wide range of performances by local and national artists or you can enjoy street theatre and music at our annual ‘Celebrate Blackburn and Darwen Live’ event.

You can go skating at Blackburn Arena which is close to the Vue cinema, the Bowlplex bowling arena and restaurant complex or enjoy our many other restaurants, parks and open spaces.

Education and childcare

The borough has a good mix of state and independent schools and superb schools for children with special needs. Our two colleges provide a wide range of professional, vocational and degree qualifications up to MBA level.

Housing and accommodation

From Victorian villas and traditional terraces in the town to historic country cottages, modern new homes or converted barns on the edge of the moors, you’ll find a wide range of affordably priced housing to suit all tastes across the borough.

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