What to do and see in Darwen, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

October 4, 2017 Joeann Galban

Darwen is a market town and civil parish located in Lancashire, England. Along with its northerly neighbour, Blackburn, it forms the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen — a unitary authority area. It is known locally as "Darren" and its residents are known as "Darreners". The main road through Darwen is the A666 towards Blackburn to the north and Bolton to the south, and ultimately at the Pendlebury boundary with Irlams o' th' Height where it joins the A6, about 4 miles (6 km) north-west of Manchester. Darwen's population decreased to 28,046 in 2011 and is made up of five wards.
Restaurants in Darwen

1. My Vintage

2 The Circus, Darwen BB3 1BT, England +44 1254 774701
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5 based on 73 reviews

My Vintage

Welcome to My Vintage - the best selection of vintage and retro! Our online emporium and vintage boutique in Darwen, Lancashire, are filled to the rafters with a vast and eclectic mix of stunning clothing,accessories, jewellery, gifts and homeware, all of which are either from, or inspired by, a bygone era. We scour the world's vintage clothing collections so you don't have to. Our carefully chosen vintage clothes and vintage accessories give you a chance to look unique, show your style credentials and wear a piece of fashion history. With pieces spanning from the 1920s to the 1980s, for a vast range of sizes, styles and budgets, there really is something for everyone. In addition to genuine vintage clothing, we also have a collection of brand new/retro/reproduction items. Whether you love pin-up look, dream of baking cakes in a genuine 50s apron, consider yourself a 70s disco queen, or are totally into 80s power dressing, you'll find something you love at My Vintage. To top it all off, we're passionate about vintage fashion and will be more than happy to help with any style tips, advice or questions you may have.

Reviewed By NettiDarwen - Darwen

I love My Vintage you will go a long way to beat the kind and friendly welcome you receive from Emma the owner and her staff. Everyone genuinely goes out of their way to help you find what your looking for. No pushy sales only genuine helpfulness. Love the choice always something for everyone. Can't recommend highly enough. Go see for yourself

2. Jubilee Tower

Darwen BB3 0LA, England
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Jubilee Tower

Reviewed By Stephen C - Blackburn, United Kingdom

the views from the tower are fantastic on a clear day with pointers at top of tower. What a lot of people dont realize are the moors beyond the tower, unspoilt and vast especially at autumn with beautiful heather. you can walk down to Tockholes and have a cup of tea at Vaugns cafe or a pint at the Royal pub. For a bit more adventure you can walk through the top end of rocky brook see Hollinshead hall ruins and well house cross Belmont road near Piccadilly farm, and tackle great hill then down into white coppice, a good ramble about 10 miles in total. done it many times and always look foward to it.

3. Sunnyhurst Pub

Tockholes Road, Darwen BB3 1JX, England +44 1254 873035
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Sunnyhurst Pub

Local pub, ideally located close to Darwen Tower and Sunnyhurst Woods. As Darwen's first Cask Marque recognised pub,we have a good choice of real ales from both the local Thwaites Brewery and other guest brewers, along with a good selection of wines, ciders and spirits. We serve food at weekends and are dog and family friendly, so why not call in a sample one of the finest pubs in Lancashire.

Reviewed By EasygoingFussySod - Darwen, United Kingdom

Nice country style pub, just a few minutes from town and on the edge of the beautiful countryside. Prices are reasonable, toilets immaculate, and staff always obliging. Certainly worth calling in especially after a thirsty trip up to Darwen Tower.

4. Wellybobs Farm Park

Davy Field Farm Roman Road | Eccleshill, Darwen BB3 3PJ, England +44 1254 772884
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3.5 based on 368 reviews

Wellybobs Farm Park

Wellybobs is a family run farm with lots of indoor and outdoor facilities.The emphasis at wellybobs is close contact with our wonderful animals. All our animals are extremely tame and are displayed in clean light conditions so you can meet them and stroke them. We have a petting area where you can meet our little furry critters, this is always staffed to ensure our animals are never mishandeled.Outdoors we have lots more animals and lovely countryside to explore,we have an outdoor play area,which includes our ever popular Zip Wire. We also have a 9 hole mini golf course (extra charge applies). Our indoor play barn features a timber play frame, giant bouncy slide, bouncy castle and toddler soft play zone, we also have a reptile area and go cart track. Moo's cafe serves home made hot and cold food and drinks at very reasonable prices and our ice cream parlour serves delicious ice cream made on a local farm. We also have a party area and gift area.please check our website for seasonal opening times and prices.

Reviewed By Debbie B

After visiting similar types of places locally, we thought we'd take our grand-daughter here, I must admit we were disappointed. It's a farm, so you cannot expect it to be pristine, however that said I thought the facilities were poor given the fact you are paying for an experience they could do a little more with them, for instance, hand washing facilities in the petting barn, no hot water, no towel in the towel holders, bins overflowing with used towels. there were some young staff milling around but they didn't seem to notice this issue. We also thought that some of the animals didn't look in the best of health and if you take your eyes off your children for a second they can be knabbed by hungry mouths wanting feed (witnessed a couple of worried parents consoling their brood) Visited the café, only for a brew, the hot chocolate was lovely. Couple of nice play areas, although the soft play for younger children could do with a little more imagination. It's definitely a place to visit with older children, lots for them to do from what we could see. Personally I don't think we will go back here, as we have visited a couple of others that were far more impressive.

5. Hopstar Brewery

Grimshaw Street | Unit 9, Rinus Business Park, Darwen BB3 2AA, England +44 7817 502200
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5 based on 14 reviews

Hopstar Brewery

Reviewed By jammie4190 - Blackburn, United Kingdom

Opened up a restaurant up stairs steak house went there tonight was brilliant food and good prices for steaks would really recommend good 5 stars from joyce

6. golden cup inn

Darwen Lancs Bb3 Oaj 610 Blackburn Road, Darwen BB3 0AJ, England +44 1254 775636
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

golden cup inn

Reviewed By Renate T - Bromsgrove, United Kingdom

Tiny little friendly pub. Fantastic for pre match drinks or a place to park. Fantastic location. Brilliant

7. All Arms Airsoft

Tottleworth Road, Darwen BB1 4PA, England
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5 based on 4 reviews

All Arms Airsoft

We are a huge woodland Airsoft site , beginners welcome , just reserve your kit online . Pop down for an action packed day at a bargain price . Game dates / times are all on the booking page of our website . Ages 14+

Reviewed By Craig M

This is my go to airsoft site when i want to go out and fling plastic at other human beings.
Its a well run site that offers a wide variety of games each time i go. They started to offer hot food this year which is an added bonus on those cold days.
Its by far the cheapest site i have played at but one of the best.
Great site, great prices, great location and great fun...so get down for a game!

8. Anchor darwen

Blackburn Rd, Darwen BB3 0AB, England +44 1254 589657
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Anchor darwen

Reviewed By Jeanibop - Blackburn, United Kingdom

Lance and Mel, the owners, are a great couple. Whenever there's an event on, Halloween, Easter etc, they make a massive effort to decorate the pub. They treat customers old and new with great respect and nothing's too much trouble. Definitely worth a visit ?

9. Darwen Heritage Centre

Holker House Railway Road, Darwen BB3 2RG, England +44 1254 433140
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5 based on 2 reviews

Darwen Heritage Centre is a hub for Community, Heritage and Arts. Showcasing local artefacts and Exhibitions. Items of local interest, artwork and there is a refreshment area for drinks. OPEN WED 10 - 12.30 FRIDAY 10-4.30 please email for further opening times, scheduled talks and forthcoming events. We are run by donations and volunteers!

Reviewed By Baohx

Lovely building. I just struggled to park since the Council put a pay and display machine at the train station - everyone is taking up free spaces in town! Interesting exhibits. I visited to attend a Yoga class upstairs which I enjoyed.

10. The Spinners Darwen

253 Bolton Road, Darwen BB3 2PG, England
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4 based on 3 reviews

The Spinners Darwen

Reviewed By Kirsty_Chase - Chorley, United Kingdom

decent service, good pint, though there is a musty smell at times in there which can be a little off putting

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