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Famous for its large country houses and the Singing Ringing Tree sculpture, the Lancashire town of Burnley is a picturesque destination just 30 miles north of Manchester and 35 miles west of Leeds. It is surrounded by several Areas of Outstanding Beauty and well linked to its surroundings by a great road network. It is, therefore, the ideal place to enjoy excursions, not only in Lancashire but also to other counties close by. Car rental is the most popular and convenient way of making daytrips and enjoying the stunning drives through some of England’s best countryside.
Who to Book With
Recognised international car hire agent,s such as Hertz, Enterprise and Avis, offer car rental in Burnley’s town centre. Offices are conveniently within walking distance of both Burnley Manchester Road station and Burnley Central station. Be sure to book a vehicle in advance online to grab the lowest rates.
Best time to go
Burnley can be enjoyed all year round, as it experiences cool summers and mild winters. Still, many visitors prefer to visit in the spring and summer when they can truly enjoy the town’s natural scenery. The summer is also the driest time of year in Burnley, while December and January are the wettest months.
Need to Know Essentials
Upon vehicle collection, the following documents are required:
- UK drivers require a valid UK driving licence
- Identification, such as a passport or utility bill
- The credit card used to book the car hire
- Printed confirmation if possible
As Burnley is quite small, most sights can be seen on foot. However, a car is useful for getting out of the town centre and to the surrounding countryside. There are a number of car parks right in Downtown Burnley, with both short-term and long-term stay parking available. These all run on pay and display systems, with tariffs ranging between £3.50 and £5 per day. On-street parking is predominately reserved for residents with permits and blue badge holders. The M65 dissects Burnley, connecting it to Blackburn and the M6 to the east, which then links it to the rest of the country.
The local Lancashire Bus offers bus services throughout Burnley, as well as to its surrounding areas; however, the service is not extensive. As a result, taxis are plentiful and ranks can be found everywhere.
Northern Rail provides train services to all four of Burnley’s railway stations. The Burnley Manchester Road station runs a weekend service to Blackburn and Leeds, while Burnley Central, Burnley Barracks and Rose Grove run along the East Lancashire Line from Preston to Colne.
There is no problem finding a taxi in Burnley, and tariffs should not be more than £5 for travel within the town centre. Reliable taxi companies, including Burnley & Crown, King Taxi and Royal Taxi, can be called or flagged down on the street.
The Burnley bus station is a landmark in itself, having won awards due to its innovative design. Lancashire Bus runs services from the bus station to other areas of the town, as well as to Preston, Accrington, Nelson and Manchester, among other destinations. Its Starship line of buses serve the town itself and the villages just outside of it.
Burnley, surrounded by fields and moorland, is situated at the union of the River Brun and the River Calder. It is 38 miles east of the Irish Sea, 50 miles north of the Yorkshire Dales and 65 miles northwest of the Peak District, meaning there are plenty of places that make for great excursions. Visit the massive city of Manchester, relax on the beach at Blackpool or stroll through the museums in Bradford.
The Forest of Bowland - Also known as Bowland Fells, this is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that consists of 312 square miles of moorland, summits, valleys and foothills. It is also a Special Protection Area due to its bird habitation, home to picturesque grey stone villages and a wild boar park - a great place for an afternoon hike in the fresh air.
The Yorkshire Dales - Filled with rivers, valleys rolling hills and limestone cliffs, this is another Area of Outstanding Beauty close to Burnley. Roads run through the entire national park, making for a spectacular drive. Alternately, you can park your car and explore on foot.
Blackpool - Britain’s top resort destination, with its three piers, Victorian tower, the Pleasure Beach funfair and six-mile promenade. It is the perfect place for families, couples or friends and is a great place to spend an evening enjoying the tasty Fish and Chips and lively nightlife.