Bury is a small town around 9 miles north of Manchester. It grew in importance during the Industrial Revolution, becoming a major printing and textile centre.
Today, the Metropolitan Borough of Bury boasts a population of more than 180,000 though only 60,000 people live in the town itself.
Hotels in Bury include the 4-star Village, right next to Junction 2 of the M66, and the 3-star Bolholt Country Park Hotel. The Old Mill in Ramsbottom is also a popular choice.
Attractions & Things To Do
Robert Peel is the town’s most famous son and enjoyed two terms as Conservative Prime Minister. He repealed the unpopular Corn Laws and was instrumental in creating the modern police force (hence their nicknames ‘Bobbies’ and ‘Peelers’). A monument to him stands on Holcombe Hill near Ramsbottom.
The Vue Cinema is a state-of-the art multiplex cinema at The Rock. It opened in July 2010 and was the first Vue cinema outside London to feature the massive ‘VueExtreme’ screen. AMF Bowling is right next to the cinema and offers 24 computerised lanes plus an amusement centre.
The town is also home to Bury Bolton Street Train Station. This is the main station on the East Lancashire Railway, a heritage railway offering visitors to chance to revisit the golden age of steam travel. It hosts a wide variety of fantastic events throughout the year including Santa Specials and a 1940s Wartime Weekend. Just across the road from the station is the Bury Transport Museum, reopened in 2010 after a massive restoration programme.
Bury is the regimental town of the famous Lancashire Fusiliers. The Fusilier Museum houses an impressive collection of period uniforms, medals and weapons. In 2009 it moved to a new location in the town’s Cultural Quarter, opposite the Bury Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives and close to The Met, the town’s main performing arts venue.
Burrs Country Park is a 90 acre park on the outskirts of the town created from a former industrial site. It features an activity centre, woodland walks, fishing, a Caravan Club campsite, and three sculptures on the Irwell Sculpture Trail.
Bury FC is the town’s professional football team. They play their home fixtures at Gigg Lane.
Further information about all these attractions can be obtained at the Bury Tourist Information Centre.
Shops & Shopping
No trip to Bury would be complete without visiting the town’s famous market; the largest in the North West and well known for its traditional black puddings. The main market days are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The Rock shopping centre opened in 2010 and offers residents a decent alternative to the Trafford Centre. The biggest shops here are Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, and Primark.
The Mill Gate Shopping Centre lies between the Rock and the market and offers more than 150 stores. There are also a number of retail parks on the outskirts of the town (Angouleme, Moorgate, Woodfields, and Halls Mill).
Bury is just off the M66 motorway, easily reached from the M62 and M60 Manchester orbital.