Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral is unique in that it’s one of the UK’s newest cathedrals.

It is situated on one of the country’s oldest sites of Christian worship in the centre of Blackburn.

Formerly, it is the parish church of St Mary the Virgin. In fact it was consecrated in 1826, then it became a cathedral in 1926.

There is historical evidence that it stands on the foundations of a church from the year 596. This was after Christianity survived in the district when the Romans left at the beginning of the 5th century.

Today, it is a grand place to visit, even if you’re just admiring the architecture rather than partaking in Christian worship.

Art lovers will be interested in the large religious artwork collection. Indeed, this includes the 35ft sculpture, ‘Healing of the Nation’ on its exterior. In addition, there are regular concerts and events, making the most of the cathedral’s world-class Walker organ.

Opening times

Blackburn Cathedral is open half an hour before the act of worship each day and closes after the evening prayer. You can expect the cathedral to be open from the following times:

Monday to Saturday: 08:30 – 18:00
Sunday: 08:00 – 18:00

Admission to enter the cathedral is FREE.

More information about Blackburn Cathedral such as upcoming times of worship can be found on the official website –

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