With a market finding a home in Chorley for over five centuries and the present market located in the square known as The Flat Iron for over two, the town has long been centred around the trade of local goods and produce.
Even today both the outdoor market in The Flat Iron and the larger Chorley Covered Market are extremely popular with locals and visitors alike because of the wide range of products on offer.
With retail being an important part of the local economy it is unsurprising that the centre of town is home to many shopping facilities and that several major retail parks dot the town's outskirts. As part of an extensive redevelopment plan, much of the town centre is at present undergoing modernisation work.
As a direct result of Chorley's prosperity that derived from its important place in the surrounding region's industrial history, several stunning stately homes stand within easy reach of the town. Perhaps the finest of these is Astley Hall, a beautifully preserved Tudor mansion containing many stunning works of art and other antiquities and surrounded by many acres of breath-taking parkland.
One of the town's premier cultural venues is the Chorley Little Theatre, which has a charming and intimate auditorium and is fully equipped with state of the art sound and lighting. The theatre plays host to many touring companies as well as being home to the local amateur dramatics society.