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Heritage Open Days: Tours of the Cotton Exchange

The Cotton Exchange Blackburn

Contact Information

The Exchange
71 -73 King William Street

Tel: 07850 959898

As part of Heritage Open Days 2017 there will be a chance to take a Hard Hat tour of Blackburn's Cotton Exchange on Saturday, 9th September 2017.

Find out how volunteers are rescuing and restoring this iconic building and how you can get involved. Generations of families remember the old Apollo cinema, originally the Cotton Exchange completed in 1863. This is where we met for teenage dates and later enjoyed Disney classics with our children. Spent happy times and family celebrations in Tiggis restaurant. Back in time this iconic building represents the prosperity of the Cotton Trade era, which was the very reason that Blackburn expanded, becoming the foremost cotton weaving town in the world.

For 11 years the doors of the Cotton Exchange have remained closed, leaving sadness and frustration that this beautiful place could be neglected, left empty, a blight on the high street, a reminder of a ‘better Blackburn’ slowly eroding.

In 2012 a group of volunteers came together to save the Exchange. They have jumped hurdles, pushed down barriers and excited funders to come together to rescue this amazing building. This is your chance to find out how we aim to restore the building for future generations. See the architect's vision to create one large awe-inspiring flexible space with smaller creative areas. The new Exchange will be reborn to support the flourishing cultural and economic growth of Blackburn.

Tours last 20 minutes & must be pre booked. Max 15 people per tour/session. 

Booking opens: 28 July 2017 00:30 Booking closes: 1 September 2017 00:30 

Tours at 1015, 1045, 1115, 1145, 1215, 1245, 1315

Please note: There is no wheelchair access. Visitors will have to climb steps for access, There will be restrictions as to where visitors may go . The nearest public toilets are in The Mall which is a few hundred yards away. Visitors must be accompanied by a tour guide .



Road Directions

The Cotton Exchange is situated in the centre of Blackburn - opposite the Town Hall. 

Public Transport Directions

A short walk from Blackburn Bus & Rail Stations. 

Please contact Blackburn Visitor Centre for more information about public transport 01254 688040 

For information outside normal office hours contact Traveline 0871 2002223 or National Rail 03457 484920

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Opening Times

9 Sep 2017


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free EventFree

Pre Booking Required


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  • In town/city centre
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