The octagonal Jubilee Tower on Beacon Hill, overlooking the town of Darwen, was completed in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and also to celebrate the victory of the local people for the right to access the moor.
It was opened to the public on September 22 1898. 85ft in height, walkers can climb to the top of the tower via the internal staircase to admire the breathtaking views of both the surrounding moorland, and the slightly further afield sights of Yorkshire, Morecambe Bay, Blackpool Tower, Cumbria, the Isle of Man, and North Wales. A splendid view of Darwen can also be obtained. The 300 foot India Mills chimney can clearly be seen. This took 14 years to complete at a cost of £14,000 & was opened in 1868. In recent years Peregrine falcons have successfully nested at the top of the chimney.
Directions By Road.
Darwen Tower can be reached by walking from Sunnyhurst Woods Visitor Centre, Earnsdale Road, Darwen or from Darwen Town centre, through Bold Venture Park. Car parking is available on Earnsdale Road or various Pay & Display Car Parks in Darwen.
From M65 Junction 4 follow A666 towards Darwen. Sunnyhurst Woods is signposted on your right before the town centre.
There are regular buses & trains into Darwen Town Centre. For further details about public transport contact Blackburn Visitor Centre 01254 688040.