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.
While visiting David Cameron said that Bury Market 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 modern, bright and clean, covered from the weather, and the best place to come for high quality fish and meat.
The butchers and fishmongers here 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.
Albert’s is one of the most popular stalls here. The legendary butchers are known for supplying quality meats from the best farms in Lancashire, Cumbria, and Cheshire. They’re perhaps best known for their Galloway sirloin steak, sourced from Deep Clough Farm in the Forest of Bowland, and aged for a month.
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.
There are some interesting places to eat and drink here too. Mrs Ogden’s Tea Room is a great place to grab a full English breakfast to set you up for a day’s shopping. Katsouris Delicatessen is packed with freshly baked breads, continental sausages and meat, a massive selection of olives, pates and more.
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.
Bury Market is famous for its black puddings and there are a couple of local firms competing for the action. Chadwick’s Original Bury Black Puddings and The Bury Black Pudding Company have stalls next to each other and are fierce rivals.
Black puddings can be ordered hot or cold, traditional (with fat) or lean, and topped with mustard or piccalilli. They’re extremely popular and there are frequently queues to buy them.
Harry Muffin is another famous stall here. It’s the place to come for huge Chorley and Eccles cakes, Manchester Tarts, jam slices, oven bottom muffins, and whinberry (bilberry) pies. They also sell hand-raised meat pies from Haslingden’s Cissy Greens, widely regarded as one of the best bakeries in England.
Market Days & Opening Times
When planning a trip to Bury Market please bear in mind the opening times. They are:
Open 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. The Rock, Angouleme Retail Park, the Fusilier Museum, and the East Lancashire Railway are all within easy walking distance.
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 to Altrincham and other destinations. During the daytime there is one tram every six minutes.