Stay, Eat, Travel

Stay, Eat, Travel


There are many lovely hotels, bed and breakfasts and holiday cottage options across East Lancashire which are listed on the Visit Lancashire site.  We would recommend basing yourself in Blackburn particularly if you want to use public transport.

Eat and drink

There are great cafe’s at many of the Biennial venues (Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, The Whitaker, Towneley Hall, Queen Street Mill and The Haworth which we’d recommend we use.

If your’re visiting venues in Blackburn we’d recommend the following;

ThiraTurtle Bay, Firepit, Checks & Greys and The Coffee Exchange.

(Please check individual websites for opening times)


If you’re traveling by car you’ll find drivetimes between the Textile Biennial venues on our exhibition map here.

We also have weekly bus tours around the Biennial leaving from either Blackburn or Burnley which you can book here.

If you’re using public transport we would recommend you download the Transdev Go app for bus times and the Trainline app for train travel between venues.

Burnley venues
The Salon is a 10 minute walk from Burnley Manchester Road and Burnley bus stations.
Queen Street Mill is accessible by bus from Burnley bus station (approx 15 minutes)
Towneley Hall is accessible by bus from Burnley bus station and then a 15 minute walk up the drive to the house.

Rossendale and Hyndburn venues
Goodshaw Chapel is accessible from Burnley and Rawtenstall via the X43 Witchway bus ( get off at Middlegate Green)
The Whitaker Museum and Helmshore Mills Textile Museum are accessible 481 Irwell bus from Blackburn Bus station.
The Haworth Art Gallery is accessible by bus from Accrington bus station and a 5 minute walk

Pendle venues
Nelson Technology Centre is accessible on foot from Nelson Town Centre.
Pendle Heritage Centre is accessible by bus from Nelson and Burnley.
The Garage is accessible from Brierfield train station (train from Burnley Central)

Blackburn venues
All the Blackburn venues are a 5 minutes walk from both the bus and train stations.