Bury

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.

Bury Parish Church and statue of Sir Robert Peel.
Bury Parish Church and statue of Sir Robert Peel.

Hotels

Hotels and places to stay in and around Bury include:

  • Birch Hotel
  • Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom
  • Best Western Bolholt Country Park Hotel
  • The Victoria Walshaw
  • Red Hall Hotel
  • Village Hotel

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 He repealed the unpopular Corn Laws and was instrumental in creating the modern police force (hence their nicknames ‘Bobbies’ and ‘Peelers’).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 Rock - Vue Cinema, AMF Bowling, Bury, Greater Manchester.
The Rock – Vue Cinema, AMF Bowling

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.

Fusilier Museum Bury, 6 VCs Before Breakfast
Fusilier Museum

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.

Restaurants

The list was last updated on Tuesday 17th of December 2019.

NameAddressCuisinePriceDetails
Armaan1 Outwood Road
Radcliffe
Indian££[Facebook]
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Campo Blanco1 Moss Lane
Whitefield
Mediterranean££Casual tapas bar in Whitefield. Lovely food and staff.
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Casalingo23 Church Street
Bolton
Italian££Cosy family-run Italian in the Ainsworth area of Bolton. Reasonably priced.
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Crowded House626 Manchester Road
Bury
International££[Facebook]
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Darbar36 Haymarket Street
Bury
Indian££Small, authentic Indian restaurant in Bury town centre. Close to the Met.
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Eagle and Child3 Whalley Road
Ramsbottom
Pub, British££[Facebook]
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JazBa3 Lance Corporal Stephen Shaw M C Way
Heywood
Indian££[Facebook]
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Leckenby'sMill Gate Shopping Centre
Bury
Cafe££Cafe in the Mill Gate Shopping Centre. Offers breakfast, sandwiches, afternoon tea, and more.
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Owens10 Railway Street
Ramsbottom
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Taste of Cambodia30-32 Market Street
Bury
Cambodian££Cambodian restaurant in Bury town centre. Vegan options. Near the Fusilier Museum and East Lancs Railway (Bolton Street Station).
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The Clarence2 Silver Street
Bury
British, Pub££[Facebook]
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The Fisherman's RetreatRiding Head Lane
Ramsbottom
British££Family-owned bar, restaurant, and wedding venue just outside Ramsbottom. Gorgeous countryside setting. Great range of whiskies and speciality real ales.
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The Hungry Duck76 Bridge Street
Ramsbottom
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The Pack Horse52 Watling Street
Bury
Pub, British££[Facebook]
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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, MoorgateWoodfields, and Halls Mill).

Transport

Bury is just off the M66 motorway, easily reached from the M62 and M60 Manchester orbital.

The Bury Interchange transport hub is home to Bury Metrolink Station and Bury Bus Station.

Other Metrolink stations in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury are Radcliffe, Whitefield, Besses o’ th’ Barn, and Prestwich. There are large park-and-ride car parks at Bury, Radcliffe, and Whitefield.