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A real jewel in Lancashire’s crown, Blackburn Cathedral is one of England’s newest cathedrals, offering opportunities for worship, guided tours and concerts.

Residing in a green oasis in the heart of Blackburn this light and airy religious institution has many unexpected features including an awe-inspiring ‘Crown of Thorns’ which is suspended above the altar. The original church, built in 1826 now forms the cathedral’s nave – while the rest of the building’s imposing edifice was finally completed in the 70’s.

Modern art you can’t miss

On the outside of the building is a 35ft sculpture which you literally can’t miss. Entitled ‘Healing of the Nation’ it’s been described as one of the most innovative pieces of modern sculpture at any English cathedral. Inside, there’s plenty more religious art, both in the Cathedral and in the gallery, most of which is unashamedly modern. The amazing acoustics make this the perfect venue for a concert or recital, while the charming cloister garden offers a retreat for quiet contemplation.

Other cathedral's to explore in the North 

Liverpool cathedral

Lincoln cathedral 

Other activities in this area

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

Blackburn Ice Arena


Getting to Blackburn Cathedral

Nearest train station: Blackburn 

Distance from train station: 0.1 miles , 3 min walk


Cathedral Close, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5AA

01254 503090

What to know before you go

Various opening hours. Please check the website before your visit.


The main Cathedral entrance is wheelchair accessible

Disabled visitors can book a disabled parking space in advance by telephoning 01254 277430

Café Northcote is open from 8am to 5pm (4pm on Sundays)

Gift shop

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