Living in Burnley - A Detailed Guide for New Home Buyers & Renters

Burnley is a thriving market town surrounded by breath-taking Pennine countryside. Burnley was once known as one of Lancashire’s most prominent mill towns and has even once been awarded the most enterprising area in the UK.

Burnley is an authority in East Lancashire that covers 111 square kilometres, the number of people per km² is twice the England and Wales average.

Education Institutions

As an education hub, it is also home to the University of Central Lancashire, Burnley College and Nelson Group. All the 3 are top forming in their respective categories. With one city centre, it is small enough to get around without a car. Meanwhile, within 5 minutes’ drive you can be surrounded by beautiful countryside.

If you are thinking of moving to Burnley and you’d like to find out more about it, below is our detailed guide for new home buyers and renters.

Where is Burnley?

If you’re looking at the UK’s geography and wondering where Burnley is? It’s located in North West of England in the East of Lancashire, about 40 minutes’ drive from Manchester or 40 minutes by train.

As for what time zone, it is in, the answer is that it is generally UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time) and Summer (DST) is UTC+1 (British Summer Time). Burnley postcodes are BB and the dialling code is 01282.

Another frequently asked question about the two districts is what county is Burnley in – it’s Lancashire, with easy and convenient access to all cities in the Nort West, including Preston, Manchester and Leeds. Burnley is right on the M65 motorway, M66, M62, M6 are al close by. In addition to this, Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport are within commute distance.

Living in Burnley

Living in Burnley is characterised by the fact that it has great schools and tertiary education institutions, high levels of employment and is also a hotspot for commuters. If you are wondering, “is Burnley expensive”, property prices are attractive and more affordable than in bigger hubs within the North West region.

For example, if you are considering moving to this area, one of the first questions on your mind will be the cost of the Burnley council tax – which covers services such as education, waste collection and social services. For Burnley: on average, it will fall within three bands for the 2022/23 financial year. Band A is £1,495.87, Band B is £1,745.18 and Band C is £1,994.49.

Is Burnley safe to live in?

It is only natural for people moving there to ask is the area a safe to live? In short, although some areas may report higher occurrences of crime, overall it is a safe area that reports much lower crime statistics than most cities that have a similar population spread.

Burnley Library opening times

Burnley opening times vary depending on what you are looking for. For example, the Burnley library opening times will differ depending on which of the 8 libraries you choose. Opening times vary from 9.00am to 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday.

Things to do in Burnley

Whether you like hiking, cycling, kayaking, horse riding, golf or sailing, it’s all available right here. The Prairie Sports Village has a 16-bay floodlit driving range, academy and nine-hole mini golf course. Hire a rowing boat or kayak at Thompson Park, or windsurf and sail at Clowbridge Reservoir.

Unwind and enjoy Burnley’s waterways – the canal, rivers and reservoirs are great places to escape to; walk by the river, take a boat trip along the canal or go windsurfing or sailing on the reservoirs. From Reedley Marina to Hapton Boat Yard via the Weavers’ Triangle this part of the canal is a fascinating place to visit.

The iconic Singing Ringing Tree which towers high above Burnley on Crown Point Moor and has been named in the top 10 pieces of ‘sound art’ in the world. The sculpture is a three metre tall, wind powered musical sculpture made of galvanized steel pipes. The vast views over the town to the hills beyond make a visit for a closer inspection of this breathtaking artwork an absolute must.

Visit one of our two historic houses for a trip back in time – Towneley Hall, and Gawthorpe Hall – often referred to as the Downton of the North. Towneley Hall sits in extensive historic parkland with woodland walks, formal gardens, sculpture and nature trails.

There are many fabulous places to eat and drink, from Wilfred’s a sophisticated wine and cocktail bar, to Bertram’s award winning restaurant.

If you would like to stay, try The Lawrence Hotel for design led boutique accommodation; or Crow Wood, with the fabulous Woodland Spa and Bertram’s Restaurant on site.

With regular cultural events in addition to many live music events across town, there’s always something to see and do in Burnley. Courtesy of

The climate in Burnley

The climate in this region is moderate and receives an average of 10 days of rain per month. Temperatures in January are a high of 7° degrees Celsius and a low of 1° degrees Celsius. March and April warm up to around 10 and 13 degrees Celsius, respectively. Meanwhile, the height of summer in July and August sees temperatures rising to a median of around 22 degrees Celsius, and of course at times way more in our ever-rising climate change impacts.

House Prices in Burnley (rightmove)

Properties in Burnley had an overall average price of £150,367 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Burnley during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £103,664. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £182,441, with detached properties fetching £294,203.

Overall, sold prices in Burnley over the last year were 6% up on the previous year and 17% up on the 2020 peak of £128,539.

Burnley rent prices

If you are not looking to purchase a home in Burnley but instead to rent, it’s worth knowing that average rent prices is around £500 per month (2023). However, this will greatly depend on your location within the towns and its suburbs as well as whether you are renting a semi detached, terraced, or detached house or of course a flat/apartment. We have constantly updating market snapshot data for sales and for lettings on our site

Looking for Estate and Letting agents in Burnley

Our sales and lettings experts in Burnley obviously know the area extremely well and can advise what type of property would suit your needs best. We will be able to show you properties both for sale or to invest in, and to rent in Burnley and the surrounding areas. Home seekers, whether buyers or tenants, and investors looking for great value, get in touch with us for a consultation and viewings to help you select the best property for your requirements and budget.

Our Service to You

Belvoir Burnley is one of the longest standing Property Management agents in the area. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have expert area knowledge along with a plethora of premium customer service experience in the property industry. Our aim is to deliver a quality and timely service is really what makes us stand out from the competition in a saturated market. Our team and network of industry leading experts is unmatched. We are deeply rooted within the local area. We opened just over 20 years ago and have been thriving and building wealth through property service, ever since. We are audited every year to ensure we remain compliant. We have clientmoney protection with Propertymark, we are a member of the Property Ombudsman, and our deposits are lodged in the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS).

Why choose us?

The figures speak for themselves. We are delivering some of the highest local rental values for our landlords. We are offering some of the highest customer service levels. Just to top it off we manage over 300 properties in the Burnley area alone and Belvoir in Lancashire is in 1,000’s.

We have access to:

  • Legal Team Rent Guarantee                                      –    Rent Guarantee
  • Local Accountants Landlord Insurance                  –    Landlord Insurance
  • Local Solicitors Building Insurance                         –    Building Insurance
  • Local Tradesman Government Databases              –    Government Databases
  • Local council

We have managed a landlord’s portfolio of a single property ranging in value from £50,000 to various portfolios totally over £2.5 Million Pounds.

What can we do for you?

We can offer you an expert opinion on your property, find you the right, people, place and price all under one roof. We will guide you through the maze that is property. Lets face it property is complex and we all need a helping hand.

We will deal with all aspects from selling, buying, renting and even investing.


We offer a variety of services to aid and build investors. We believe investing in the local community is a great way to develop the area. So why not invest in the people. Property is an investment rich sector offering a stable return on your investment through capital appreciation and rental income while also allowing for use of leverage. With the average investment property costing £80,000 we can make sure you are guided through the process from the start to the end.

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