Rochdale Travel Guide

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Rochdale Things to Do

  • Springfield Park

    Springfield park is a local park which is located between the towns of Heywood and Rochdale in the city of Manchester. The park is relatively small in comparison to other Manchester parks but still has some great qualities. In the center of the park is a lake which is home to geese, ducks and other small birds. There is a small fence around the...

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  • Hollingworth Lake

    Hollingworth Lake was built in 1804 to supply water to the Rochdale Canal, the lake is surrounded by a vast country side which includes lots of hiking trails, camping sites and a water activity centre. There is an old rumour that the lake was built over the top of an old town and when the lake starts to evaporate in the hot summer months people...

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  • The Pioneers Museum

    In 1832 the Rochdale Friendly Co-operative Society was founded by local weavers.In 1833, inspired by the enthusiasm for the ideas of Robert Owen, the society opened its own shop at 15 Toad Lane. This first shop only lasted two years before it was forced to close.In 1844 the Rochdale economy was in another of those dizzying nose-dives that once...

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  • Touchstones Museum

    The Touchstones museum is a lovely little museum dedicated to life in and around Rochdale over the centuries. There is a nice collection of artifacts and memoribilia that span the years and bring the memories of Rochdale people to life.Free Entrance

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  • St Chad's Church

    Records for this Church go as far back as 1194. In 1840 the churchyard was the scene of a violent dispute between John Bright and the vicar Rev J Molesworth about Church rates. At a further meeting the Riot Act was read and the vicar was smuggled away by the military. In the chuch yard you will find some stocks which were last used in 1822.

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  • The Pioneers Museum

    The Pioneers museum tells the story of a group of men who got together in 1844 to form a co-operative which provided affordable food for the communities of Rochdale. The co-operative was a huge success with many co-operative stores still trading throughout the UK. There is a small charge for this delightful little museum although the kind lady...

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  • Touchstones

    Rochdale Borough Council's Award winning arts and heritage centre located in Rochdale town centre just two minutes from town centre shops and bus station. Here you will find a 'hands on' museum for all the family, four splendid art galleries, local studies centre, cafe and shop. It is also home to Rochdale Tourist Information Centre. The museum has...

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  • Rochdale Town Hall

    Rochdale Town Hall is a Victorian-era municipal building. It is a great looking building and has been recognised as being one of the finest municipal buildings in the country. It is rated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. The Town Hall functions as the ceremonial headquarters of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and houses local...

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  • Rochdale Castle

    Rochdale had a motte and bailey Castle that was built in the early post Norman Conquest period and stood on what is now Castle Hill. The Castle was abandoned in the early 13th century.The mound, is some 100 feet across at the base and flat topped and the bailey was to the South and an irregular square shape and was quite large at approximately 120...

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  • Hollingworth Lake

    The Rochdale Canal opened over its whole length from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge in 1804. This made it the first Trans-Pennine canal, beating the Huddersfield Canal by 7 years and the Leeds and Liverpool canal by 12 years. The original concept for the Trans-Pennine portion of the Rochdale Canal had proposed a 1.6 mile tunnel between Walsden and...

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  • Town Hall

    Rochdale Town Hall was opened on September 7th, 1871 with a ceremony befitting this fine Victorian building designed by William Crossland. When proposed in 1864 it was recommended that £20,000 be spent on a suitable building. When it was completed, the remarkable building with its 240 foot high wooden spire topped by a gilded statue of St. George,...

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  • Parish Church

    There has been a church on the top of Sparrow Hill looking down on the River Roch since the 12th Century. The first vicar, Geoffrey, the Dean of Whalley, was appointed in 1194. The building that you see today is much changed from that original structure. Much of it dates back to Saxon times but there have been further revisions. There is an...

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Rochdale Hotels

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  • The Villas Residence

    2 Oakenrod Villas, Bury Road, Rochdale, OL11 4EE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Moss Lodge Hotel

    Kings Road, Rochdale, OL16 5HW, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Premier Inn Rochdale

    Newhey Road, Milnrow, Rochdale, OL16 4JF, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Rochdale Restaurants

  • Fisherman's Retreat

    The Fisherman's retreat is technically located on the outskirts of Ramsbottom in the large market town of Bury but it is also on the outskirts of Rochdale so I find it appropriate to add this restaurant to my Rochdale page. This restaurant is also technically on the beaten path as it is not in the centre of Rochdale but in the country side but...

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  • Grab a Bite

    There are many small bakery's in Rochdale making it easy to call in and get a 'Sandwich' or 'Barm' and maybe a 'Pastie', 'Pie' or a 'Sausage roll'. I like cheese and onion pasties best.

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  • Asian food on the go

    The samosa Stop is a sign of Cultural changes in the Northwest. Once the only type of food served from trailers like this was Bacon Sandwiches, Sausage 'Barms' and polystyrene cups of tea. Well not anymore. with the rising number of trailers selling Baked potatoes, doughnuts and Hot dogs some are now selling Indian foods. Samosas, Bhajis, Pakora,...

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Rochdale Nightlife

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    by Myfanwe Written Apr 18, 2010

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    The Baum is a really lovely old pub situated on Toad lane in Rochdale. The interior walls are decorated with some really old advertisement boards. We just popped in here for a drink but by looking at the menu they also serve some nice sounding food too.

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Rochdale Transportation

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    by spidermiss Updated Jul 14, 2014

    When I arrived in Rochdale I got the East Disbury Tram to Oldham Mumps from Rochdale Railway Station. The journey took approximately 20 minutes and cost me 2.90 gbp for a Off Peak Day Return.

    The tram stop is a short walk from the railway station. You must buy a ticket before boarding the train - ensure you bring a credit/debit card with you as all tickets machines don't accept cash (which I've discovered!).

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Rochdale Off The Beaten Path

  • Scout Moor Wind Farm

    Scout Moor Wind Farm is located on Knowl Moor. The development cost over £50 million pounds and is the largest onshore wind farm in England. It serves the areas of Rochdale, Edenfield and Rawtenstall. The wind farm was built in 2008 after causing much controversy amongst environmentalists. In 2003 environmentalists held a protest on the moor in...

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  • Knowl Hill and Knowl Moor

    Known Hill is located on the Knowl Moors on the outskirts of Rochdale heading towards Rossendale and Blackburn. The area is also known as "Owd Betts" by locals due to the pub of the same name which is on the main road at the bottom of the hill. Knowl hill is home to the scout moor wind turbines that were built in 2008. I have wonderful views of...

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