Blackburn UK

Living in Blackburn, UK – What to Know Before Moving

What this article covers

  • What makes Blackburn a good or bad place to live in relation to other cities and towns in the UK
  • Pros and cons of living in Blackburn for working professionals, students, and families
  • Best and worst areas to live in Blackburn

Best places to live in Blackburn

The following areas are considered a few of the better places to live in Blackburn.

Great Harwood (postcode district: BB6)

Ribble Valley (postcode district: BB7)

Whalley (postcode district: BB7)

Worst places to live in Blackburn

The following are some of the places in Blackburn you may want to consider avoiding.

Blackburn town centre (postcode district: BB1)

Accrington (postcode district: BB5)

Housing prices in Blackburn

The following is based on data from the UK House Price Index (September 2023).

Detached properties

The average price of a detached property was £262K (+32% vs. 5 years ago).

Semi-detached properties

The average price of a semi-detached property was £146K (+24% vs. 5 years ago).

Terraced properties

The average price of a terraced property was £113K (+23% vs. 5 years ago).

Flats and apartments

The average price of a flat was £84K (10% vs. 5 years ago).

Public Transportation & Commuting

Bus access

There are three bus operators that serve routes in Blackburn with Darwen area. They are Blackburn Bus Company (TransDev), Stagecoach, and Preston Bus.

Train access

Blackburn is the main railway station in the area. This station is part of the Northern Rail route. You will have routes taking you to destinations such as Manchester Victoria, Blackpool North, Leeds, York, and Colne.

Closest airports to Blackburn

The two closest airports to Blackburn are Blackpool Airport and Manchester Airport. There is no direct train line to either of these airports. Expect a journey of at least 1.5 hours if you go by public transport or up to an hour if you drive or take a taxi.


Primary schools

Blackburn is a great location in terms of education. You will find plenty of ‘outstanding’ primary schools including Blackburn the Redeemer CofE Primary, Hoddlesden St Paul’s Church of England Primary School, and St Cuthbert’s Church of England Primary School.

Secondary schools

The best secondary schools in Blackburn with Darwen include Pleckgate High School, Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School, and St Thomas’s Centre.

Published on | Last updated on 11/23/2023

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