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The summer season offers an abundance of natural beauty and long days filled with light, the perfect canvas for your special day. Take advantage of our lush gardens, scenic landscapes, and picturesque spots to create a stunning setting for your ceremony and reception. We have put together an unbelievable offer for those in-demand summer dates. Book now for May through to September 2024 to get up to 40% off our normal package prices. For more info please contact our wedding coordinators on, call 01254 777700 or simply click here.


Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s easy to see why. The magical ambiance of the season provides a unique and enchanting backdrop for your big day. Imagine exchanging vows amid a winter wonderland, with twinkling lights, a cozy fireplace, and the serene beauty of a snow-kissed landscape. Book now for January, February, March or November 2025 to get up to 40% off our normal package prices. For more info please contact our wedding coordinators on, call 01254 777700 or simply click here.


With just one booking you can have it all! Our new Crystal package includes your photographer, videographer, full venue dressing, wedding cake, photo booth, make-up, flowers, entertainment and luxury transport along with all your food for the day and evening, as well as a drinks package! Work with our dedicated weddings team to personalise every detail, ensuring your wedding is a perfect reflection of your vision. For more info please contact our wedding coordinators on, call 01254 777700 or simply click here.


Welcome to Astley Bank

The Astley Bank Hotel is located in Darwen with Blackburn and has been in operation since 1997. In that time it has gained a reputation as one of the premier hotels, wedding venues, and conference centres in the North West and has won the Lancashire Life award for Hotel of the Year.

This reputation has been built on providing an excellent service within the stunning surroundings of a superbly maintained nineteenth century Mansion House.

Astley Bank puts the best of Lancashire at your fingertips. Great memories start here. Feel right at home.


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Celebrate your love in one of Lancashire’s most idyllic venues, with a wedding day that is as exceptional as you are. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, Astley Bank really is the ‘hidden gem’ of Darwen. A beautiful Victorian-era design, scenic landscaped gardens, and a grand fountain give the property a fairy-tale character and make it a picturesque wedding spot, perfect for these photographs that you will cherish for the rest of your life. There is nothing as special as having all your family and friends in one place. Enjoy your big day by toasting champagne together while you bask in the natural light that floods our delightfully romantic ceremonial hall and, in the evening, take to the dance floor to party your way into the night.


At Astley Bank we genuinely care and we recognise that every wedding day is special and unique for all. With a plethora of fully tailored wedding packages available, each couple puts their personal stamp on their big day in order to create lasting memories. The Astley Bank wedding team are on hand to help with as much or as little planning and support as you require. The positive reviews we receive are testament to the quality of our service. We are proud to offer an exquisite venue, which allows you to unfold your most magical day from start to finish. Our family-run hotel has been successfully arranging weddings for over 25 years and we would be delighted to be a part of yours. Here’s to a lifetime full of happiness and love.


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One point that makes us stand out from a lot of our competitors is our philosophy and approach to fine dining. In Othello’s restaurant we offer a standard of cuisine to rival four or even five-star hotels. We have a vibrant team of brilliantly talented chefs who take great pride in offering ever-changing seasonal menus and freshly made food, using premium-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Everything is prepared from raw so our guests can enjoy food as it is supposed to taste, and we are proud of the fact that we do not allow processed foods in our kitchen. But we also know that life is too short to drink bad wine, so we have made absolutely sure that our wine list perfectly complements our appetising menus.


But perhaps our biggest strength is our passion for world-class service. We celebrate the fact that service is beyond doubt one of the most important elements of a meal and we want our guests to have great memories after dining at Othello’s. Our front of house team is not just a collection of individuals that can serve a plate of food or pour a glass of wine with grace and elegance. We go way beyond just solving problems and addressing complaints – we make sure that problems and complaints do not occur in the first place. We are bona fide hosts who like seeing big smiles on our customers’ faces, and we are true believers in kindheartedness, the backbone of genuine Northern hospitality.

19th Century Mansion House


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Relax and enjoy our luxuriously elegant hotel rooms, a stone’s throw from Darwen’s city centre. All our spaces feature complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs, en suite bathrooms, award-winning toiletries, hairdryers, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Located in the Garden Wing, our Standard Rooms offer modern comforts expected by the discerning traveller of today. Each room is unique, with private bathrooms that blend in seamlessly with the comfortably styled bedrooms. For a little more indulgence, our extra-spacious Executive Rooms are situated in the Old House, offering high ceilings, architectural coving, and lavishly complementing décor. Individually designed and distinctive in character while reflecting the hotel’s grandeur, these rooms encompass an unmistakable sense of luxury. All our Executive Rooms come with Super King or King size beds and beautifully appointed bathrooms, and most of these rooms are set off against spectacular views of the gardens.


Without a doubt, however, the pièce de rèsistance is the newly refurbished Four Poster Bridal Suite. Offering our most exclusive accommodation experience, this room is the definition of luxury. With an opulent bedroom area and a massive bathroom, as well as a beautiful balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Bridal Suite is what dreams are made of. Combining Astley Bank’s signature charm with classical style, this is your morning sanctuary and evening tranquility. Your home away from home.


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Whether you require a little extra space for that important meeting away from the office or a high-profile residential conference, look no further than the Astley Bank Hotel. Featuring 4 meeting rooms and flexible venue space, all with natural daylight, complimentary Wi-Fi and car parking, high specification audio visual equipment, plus tea and freshly ground coffee, this is an ideal setting for hosting events both big and small. Our largest conference space can cater for up to 70 delegates, but whichever meeting room you choose, you will be welcomed by the most gracious hosts, our dedicated team of experienced events professionals, who will be thrilled to help you host a successful event or training session. Blending state-of-the-art conference facilities with the highest quality food and drink, as well as a setting close to the attractions of Darwen and a short rail journey from Manchester International Airport, this is the perfect location to host a wide range of meetings and events.


Our aim is to provide you with a memorable experience, one that will make your conference a triumph. Choose one of our many meeting rooms to set a sophisticated tone for any event and let us work closely with you to manage your expectations and exceed those of your delegates. With emphasis on customer care and attention to detail, our privately run hotel will take care of your every need. We have a history of making productive meetings happen: Astley Bank Hotel is the place to do business in Lancashire.

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