10 Things to Do in Rochdale That You Shouldn't Miss

October 13, 2017 Janette Largent

Rochdale /ˈrɒtʃdeɪl/ is a town in Greater Manchester, England, at the foothills of the South Pennines on the River Roch, 5.3 miles (8.5 km) northwest of Oldham and 9.8 miles (15.8 km) northeast of Manchester. It is the administrative centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, which had a population of 211,699 in 2011.
Restaurants in Rochdale

1. Rochdale Town Hall

Town Hall The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AZ, England +44 1706 924797
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4.5 based on 198 reviews

Rochdale Town Hall

Rochdale's fabulous Grade-I Victorian Gothic town hall is renowned worldwide for its unique and detailed architecture. The building was opened on 27th September 1871 by George Leach Ashworth, then Mayor of Rochdale at a cost of around £150,000. Full tours take place on the first Monday of each month at 2.15pm and last about 2 hours. Short tours take place every Wednesday at 2.15pm and lasts 1 hour.

Reviewed By radley4 - Texas

While staying with a friend in Rochdale, she suggested we visit the town hall. Was expecting pretty standard government stuff but found a really beautiful architectural gem. Made for a lovely wander and we had lunch in the dining hall. You come from a rather dark, very imposing space into a light, modern restaurant, making for a wonderful surprise. Food was marvelous as well.

2. Middleton Parish Church

New Ln, Middleton, Rochdale M24 6DJ, England +44 161 643 2693
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5 based on 21 reviews

Middleton Parish Church

Reviewed By Eric H - Middleton, United Kingdom

This church is unique in that has a rare wooden bell tower. It's listed status is assured. St. Leonard's occupies an elevated position above the beautiful Jubilee Gardens, which has an ornate bandstand and is stunning when the cherry trees are in blossom. This area is well worth a visit if you are in Middleton. Also the nearby Olde Boars Head inn dates back to Elizabethan times,
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

3. Planet Play Ltd

2 Bradshaw Street, Heywood, Rochdale OL10 1PN, England +44 1706 627627
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4 based on 43 reviews

Planet Play Ltd

Reviewed By mrscarlyle - Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

I have been here on several occasions and found it to be a great play area until yesterday that is! I arrived with my 6 year old son and 10 year old daughter and was told straight away that my daughter was too tall to play! We had been there the week before which we explained to the man behind the counter but it fell on deaf ears and he then rudely made my daughter stand in front of the whole queue and be measured which was upsetting for her! I appreciate that the rules have to abided by but he could have handled the situation a lot better! Our daughter was very upset and we had to calm her down and take her to another soft play which was much better! Will not be visiting here again as if that is how people who work around children behave then I don't want to be around them.

4. The Red Lion

6 Halifax Road, Littleborough, Rochdale OL15 0HB, England +44 1706 378195
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4 based on 26 reviews

The Red Lion

Reviewed By Veronica013 - Manchester

My husband and I regularly spending evenings in this pub. Because it is owned and not linked to a brewery it is really cheap. The atmosphere is great with lots of interesting people to talk to. A great night. It is no wonder it is so busy.

5. Bury Market

1 Murray Road, Bury BL9 0BJ, England +44 161 253 6520
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4.5 based on 905 reviews

Bury Market

A large Multi-Award Winning Market located at the heart of Bury. The Market has over 350 stalls open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Winner of many Awards including NABMA's Market Attraction of the year in 2009,2012 & 2015, Bury Market is a great venue for day visitors either on its own or as part of a visit to Bury's other attractions.

Reviewed By bugattilover - Oldham, United Kingdom

Had not been to Bury market in years. Glad i visited as its the same market i used to know. Various stalls selling absolutely everything you might need. Good to see the black pudding stalls are still there. Lots of characters still about the place as well.

6. Animal Quackers

Huttock Top Farm Newchurch Old Road | Newchurch Old Rd, Bacup, Rossendale OL13 8HS, England +44 1706 875492
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4.5 based on 155 reviews

Animal Quackers

Reviewed By Jan Dustin N

We visited Animal Quackers today and we absolutely enjoyed it! Our little boy loved the birds and snake and the part where you get to hold the animals.
Amazing and friendly staff, proper down to earth! Price is very modest and food is not bad too! Would highly recommend for young families.

7. Hollingworth Lake

Rakewood Road, Rochdale OL15 0AQ, England +44 1706 373421
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4.5 based on 698 reviews

Hollingworth Lake

Reviewed By cnomis - Chorley, United Kingdom

wanted to have a walk round the lake but the weather beat us to it -driving snow and wind , so we decide to have a drink and a toasted teacake in the cafe next to the visitor centre , although not big the girl serving was pleasant and extremely quick as she was on her own and quite a few people came in after us we expected to wait a while but not so, its not expensive either , so well come again when the weather is better and experience the walk around the lake and the cafe

8. Lancaster Park & Animal Farm

Middleton Rd, Oldham OL1 2TG, England +44 7745 723999
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4.5 based on 315 reviews

Lancaster Park & Animal Farm

Reviewed By gabrielle871

I just want to comment on how much we enjoyed our Christmas experience and despite you losing power just before we were due to go in the grotto your staff were kind, thoughtful and friendly despite the fact some other visitors were complaining. It was clear that safety came first and your staff made sure it was safe for people to enter rather than just rushing to get people in an we were able to keep warm in the petting barn which was also a lovely experience as always. Well handled and very professional. This has always been my children's favourite farm and I highly recommend it to anyone.

9. Blackstone Edge

Blackstone Edge Halifax Road, Littleborough, Rochdale OL15 0LG, England
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5 based on 9 reviews

Blackstone Edge

Reviewed By James Q - Kendal, United Kingdom

Blackstone Edge is part of the Pennines and sits on the border between Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. There are plenty of paths to be explored and great views from the top of Rochdale, Littleborough and the surrounding hills

10. Snakes and Slides

Unit 3, Rule Business Park | Grimshaw Lane, Middleton, Rochdale, England +44 161 653 1221
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3.5 based on 59 reviews

Snakes and Slides

Reviewed By tomg84 - Manchester, United Kingdom

Came here with my son who is six. Had a blast. Plenty of Seating. Seemed to be well run. Food and drink reasonably priced. Happily go here again.

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