Bury Market has been around since the middle of the 15th century and is widely regarded as the best in the country. Every week more than 250,000 shoppers from North West England and beyond are drawn by its fabulous array of stalls and unique friendly atmosphere.
Owned and operated by Bury Council the market covers over 200,000 square feet, houses almost 400 stalls, and provides jobs for more than 2,000 traders.
David Cameron visited the market in 2008 and commented it had a ‘really good atmosphere and very friendly people. I only saw about a twentieth of it. It is absolutely enormous. Having a bit of traditional Lancashire black pudding was great.’
The market is divided into three sections; the Indoor Market, the Fish & Meat Hall, and the Open Market.
Fish & Meat Hall
The Fish & Meat Hall lies between the Open Market and the Market Hall and is the centrepiece of the market. It’s bright and clean and the best place to come for high quality fish and meat.
The butchers and fishmongers at stalls like Albert’s, Paul Brandwood, and Openshaws are familiar with the source of their products, and are more than willing to provide customers with advice on the best deals, and prepare them as required.
Most of the products are sourced locally or in the UK and there’s a massive choice, far greater than that at even the biggest supermarkets.
The Market Hall is home to more than 60 shops selling a wide range of products such as clothes, mobile phones, electrical goods, DVDs, books, health products, jewellery, newspapers and magazines, shoes, and food.
Katsouris Delicatessen is packed with freshly baked breads, continental sausages and meat, a massive selection of olives, pates and more, and Eagle’s Bookstall offers quality used books. Men can even get their hair cut at Filbey’s Barbers, established in 1906.
The Open Market is the largest of the three markets with around 300 stalls selling almost everything under the sun. Despite the name, most of it is actually covered.
Black puddings are popular here and there are several stalls competing for the action. Chadwick’s Original Bury Black Puddings is the most famous and claims to be the original producer. They can be ordered hot or cold, traditional (with fat) or lean, and topped with mustard or piccalilli.
Harry Muffin is the place to come for home made scones, muffins, Chorley and Eccles cakes while Barry’s Frames promise they can make any size of picture frame by the following market day.
Market Days & Opening Times
When planning a trip to Bury Market please bear in mind the opening times. They are:
Outdoor Market – Opening times are 9 am to 4.30 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.
Market Hall – Opening times are 9 am to 5 pm (4pm Tuesday), Monday to Saturday.
Fish & Meat Hall – Open Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, closes at lunchtime on Tuesday.
The best time to visit Bury Market is on a Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday, when all areas are open.
Bury Market is located in Bury town centre just south of the Mill Gate Shopping Centre.
To reach Bury Market by car leave the M66 motorway and Junction 2 and just follow the A58 (Rochdale Road/Angouleme Way) to Bury. There are plenty of car parks in the area. The closest are the multi-storey car park at the Mill Gate Shopping Centre and the surface level car park opposite the market (over the A58 – there is a subway).
Bus and Metrolink
Bury Interchange incorporates both the town’s bus station and the Bury Metrolink station. It’s located just west of the market. The Metrolink offers frequent services to Manchester and on the Altrincham and Eccles. During the daytime there is one tram every six minutes.
Address and postcode:
1 Murray Road