Looking for a new home in Darwen?

Darwen is one of Lancashire's popular market towns. From here there's easy access to Preston, Blackburn, and Bolton, and the motorway network puts Liverpool and Manchester within convenient commuting distance. There are excellent local facilities, and Blackburn - the larger of the two towns - offers additional amenities. The industrial heritage of North Lancashire is balanced by the countryside of the West Pennines and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Living in Darwen

Travel and transport

The A666 is the main road through Darwen, connecting Bolton and Blackburn. It joins the M65 between Darwen and Blackburn. That route then joins the M6 at Junction 29. The M61 – the main route for Chorley - joins the M65 at Junction 9. The town’s train station is on the Ribble Valley Line, with services connecting to Blackburn, Bolton, Manchester, Rochdale, and Clitheroe. The Darwen Circus bus terminal provides additional local services throughout the area. Manchester Airport is 28 miles south, with an average drive time of 45 minutes.

Local information

Darwen has excellent facilities for shopping, sport and leisure, and education, with a wide range of local shops and convenience stores as well as an Asda supermarket. For local produce, the Market Square is a fantastic new public space in the heart of the town, home to Darwen’s Market. The town's leisure centre, the library, and the theatre, ensure that Darwen has a good balance of amenities. There are four town parks; Bold Venture Park, Sunnyhurst Wood, Whitehall Park and Ashton Park. They each include trails to the area’s landmark, Darwen Tower.

Local schools

Following on from the range of primary schools in the town, students attend Darwen Vale High School and Darwen Aldridge Community Academy. Blackburn Central High School, St Bede's High School, and Witton Park High School are just up the road in Blackburn. Lancashire College of Further Education is also in Blackburn.