Enclosed on three sides by a deep meander of the River Brun, the ancient Parish Church of St. Peter marks the original centre of Burnley when it was nothing more than a medieval village. First mentioned in 1122 St. Peter’s Church is a hidden gem with beautiful stained glass windows and stunning painted rafters – a fabulous venue for concerts, recitals and performances.
The Saturday concerts attract some of the top classical musicians in the area with virtuoso performances on piano, organ, violin and cello delighting concert goers. At Christmas the Church services and carol concerts feel even more festive when St. Peter’s hosts the Christmas Tree, Cribs and Angels Festival, and at any time of year listen out for the bells as they peal out across the town, they are thought to be some of the best in the country.
The small heritage centre gives a fascinating insight into the history of the church and the town; for a closer look come along when the church opens for Heritage Open Days and join one of the guided tours around the Top o’ th’ Town area, climb up the bell tower or explore the church yard.