Blackburn Cathedral
Blackburn Cathedral
4.5
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8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
7:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
7:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Sunday
7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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Blackburn Cathedral is one of England's newest cathedrals, yet it is one of the country's oldest places of Christian worship. For many centuries, this has been the Parish Church of Blackburn dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. It continues as a place of prayer and worship and is now at the centre of the Diocese which takes in almost the whole of Lancashire.
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  • Paul M
    Blackburn, United Kingdom10 contributions
    A gem of a resturant in an attractive setting
    Checks and Geys in Blackburn cathedral serves the best bacon butties in Lancashire in my experience. The range of food on offer inclduing fabulous all day breakfasts. A particulr feature is the welcome of the staff who are personab le and eager to please. This is a well run place where you can enjoy simply a coffee or a full meal for a competive price. We can heartily reccomend it.You will not be disappointed.
    Visited August 2022
    Written September 29, 2022
  • FiftyFifty5050
    Montgomery, United Kingdom850 contributions
    Beautiful In It's Simplicity
    We were en route to somewhere else entirely when we turned a corner and came across the cathedral, a peaceful spot in the city. This is such a beautiful building, simple and unpretentious - very little stained glass or decorative finishes but that is what enhances it's loveliness - lots of clear light streaming through into the large nave, no dark pews but light coloured modern chairs, with plain columns holding up the ceiling, which just has ribbons of colour. A tower, which looks like a modern addition, has richly coloured glass in it's high windows and the light coming through casts rainbows of colour onto the walls above the altar and choir stalls, which have been brought forward; with a small 'Jesus' chapel at the very back of the cathedral. In most cases the small chapel would be named the Lady chapel but, with the cathedral being dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the chapel has been given the name Jesus chapel. It is behind a screen, quiet and discreet for individual prayer. The space felt warm and welcoming and set quite apart from life outside. Well worth a visit.
    Visited October 2021
    Written October 23, 2021
  • Manfred B
    137 contributions
    Cathedral with Interesting Features
    We visited Blackburn Cathedral during our stay in Lancashire and we were not disappointed. The cathedral had many interesting features such as the unusual altar and the Octagonal Lantern Tower with stained glass windows above it, the organs, the stainless glass windows, the healing of the nations sculpture on the outside of the East Wall (viewed from Cathedral Square), etc. We very much enjoyed visiting this Cathedral and followed our visit up with a nice cup of coffee in the Checks & Greys Cafe, which we accessed from the Cathedral.
    Visited September 2022
    Written October 2, 2022
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Ann W
1 contribution
Mar 2022
Visited 9 March 2022. First visit to Blackburn, I came primarily to visit the Cathedral. It did not disappoint. The first thing I saw when I walked in was the effects of the sunlight reflecting on the beautiful stained glass in the roof lantern. Stunning. Cathedral is very light and bright with some lovely features, The Worker Christ, the Crown of Thrones and lovely decorative ceilings. A wonderful recital was taking place and the excellent acoustic's enhanced the experience. Enjoyed lunch in the cafe. Staff very welcoming.

Highly recommend a visit to this gem of a cathedral.
Written March 10, 2022
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J P M
Lytham St Anne's, UK15 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
I attended the Sunday 1030 Eucharist. The attendance was about typical for an English cathedral (in my limited experience, at least) and the average age possibly a little lower than I have seen elsewhere. Happily there were no guitars; the service was fairly high church, as I prefer. The Cathedral itself is unique in my experience. It is absolutely beautifully decorated inside with lots of white and lots of light. The service sheet was exemplary in every way, with music for all the hymns and chants. The choir of Shrewsbury Abbey was there on a guest visit and they sang their parts of the service exquisitely. I was there at least in part to hear the famous Blackburn Cathedral organ (Walker/Wood) and was not disappointed. It played quietly and beautifully at the start of the service but had plenty of opportunity to open up and then then its power was overwhelmingly impressive. Hearing one side come in whilst the other was blaring was thrilling (the two parts are on separate sides of the cathedral); the ‘stereo’ effect was another joy of this organ. Anyone who enjoys hearing our greatest cathedral instruments should hear this one. There was toilets easily accessible near the café which was already doing a good trade. The entire complex was in immaculate condition. The polished marble floor was lovely too. It may be my ageing ears but from well back in the nave the sharpness of focus of the organ and choir - both placed at the far side of the crossing - was slightly lost. When I go again, and I will, I will sit further forward. Good, relevant sermon.
Written August 7, 2023
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Robin_K
Accrington, UK2,431 contributions
Jul 2022
The last place I expected to be impressed was Blackburn Cathedral, sat smack in the middle of the town centre.

The gardens and grounds are surprisingly peaceful and the intererior is much larger than I expected, with some imaginative artistic creations, particularly above the altar. It definitely captured my imagination and I would like to explore further
Written July 26, 2022
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clickers3
Derby, UK90 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
A really lovely building to be inside. Entering I was given a free mini guide to its history which was interesting. There are a few information boards about different features around the building. Worth making a detour for IMHO and I'd suggest first choice to visit if you have any spare time in Blackburn city centre.
Written October 6, 2022
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Philippa W
11 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
A lovely cathedral, very beautiful and interesting, very peaceful and welcoming. Sunday morning service was lovely - clergy, congregation and stewards were so welcoming, there's a good children's corner. There's a children's prayer trail too for out of service time.
Written August 5, 2023
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waldorf53
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,413 contributions
Feb 2020
Well this was a surprise, a lovely cathedral that seemed to combine the old and modern, it was bright and airy, possibly my favourite cathedral for the design.

The people there were very welcoming and friendly, even the bishop stopped to chat.

Excellent.
Written March 2, 2020
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Chris H
Nottingham, UK24 contributions
Feb 2020
Visited Blackburn Cathedral to attend the Collation and Installation of the Ven. David Picken as Archdeacon of Lancaster and visited again the next day to look around. A beautifully designed building with stunning Windows and ornanentation, particularly the crown of thorns. An imaginative use of space within the building and comfortable seating. A building well worth a visit.
Written February 6, 2020
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Howard-Liverpool
Liverpool, UK3,123 contributions
Mar 2022
What a magnificent cathedral. Have passed many times on the train but never visited. Modern clean fresh beautifully designed and decorated. Nothing over the top. Really very impressed and was a pleasure to visit. Cafe was excellent.
Written March 9, 2022
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rick p
Blackburn, UK2 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
I found twenty quid in the pews and treated my self to a slap up meal in the crypt café, yes , I can honestly say, it was well worth the visit.
Written December 7, 2014
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helen m
Blackburn, UK16 contributions
its never open. the light feature on the outside is terrable and ugly
Written June 5, 2012
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Thank you for taking time to review Blackburn Cathedral, I would just like to point out though that the Cathedral is open 7 days a week 365 days a year. Mon - Fri 8am till 6pm Sat 8am till 4pm Sun 7:30am till 5pm
Written July 6, 2012
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