It’s Cool to be in Accrington

accringtonLocated between Blackburn and Burnley in the county of Lancashire, Accrington boasts the oldest market hall in the county. This former mill town is surrounded by beautiful countryside that is ideal for walking, while the shopping is also good.

The textile industry used to be huge in Accrington and it was in nearby Oswaldtwistle that James Hargreaves invented the Spinning Jenny in 1764. The dyeing process was also revolutionized here in the mid-1700s and the cotton-carding machine was invented here too.

Nearby is the amazing Haworth Art Gallery with its rare collection of Tiffany glass that was donated to the city by Joseph Briggs, a successful Accrington native who worked in Tiffany’s in New York.

One of the town’s most endearing attractions, particularly among the locals, and the butt of many sporting jokes over the years is Accrington Stanley Football Club, a non-league playing club that originally began in the 1880s as Accrington FC. Back then, as now, the club was never very successful and today they play in the Nationwide Conference divisions along with the likes of Hereford United.

Factory shops, Lancashire’s oldest market hall and numerous specialist stores make up the excellent shopping options here and there is ample opportunity to sample some real ale in Accrington’s many watering holes.

Another attraction worth seeing is the well-preserved East Lancashire Light Railway, with its rolling stock; a trip along the beautiful Rossendale Valley is a wonderful experience. Back in the town, monuments of one of Bury’s most famous of sons, former Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, can be seen outside the parish church and on nearby Holcombe Hill.

The best shopping in the town is in the Millgate Centre in the town center, a large covered shopping mall. There are also many cafes and restaurants in town where you can enjoy a bite to eat, as well as a number of traditional pubs and bars.