Rochdale Activities and things to do
Rochdale is a market town in Greater Manchester. It is close to the South Pennines, Oldham and Manchester.
In the past, the town thrived due to its industrial background, but now it is more of a residential area. It is famous for its beautiful scenery, which makes it an idyllic tourist spot.
The BBC TV show Waterloo Road is filmed there and famous landmarks include Rochdale Town Hall and the war memorial
Getting to Rochdale
Rochdale can be accessed via road, train and plane.
If travelling by car, follow the A627 to access the M62, which will take you to Rochdale; the M66 and M60 will also take you there.
The nearest station is Rochdale Train Station, which is close to the town centre.
If travelling by plane, then many of the major airports in the UK offer a direct link to Manchester Airport, however, you’ll have to do the rest of the journey into Rochdale by car/taxi.
What’s On and Where to Go
Hollingworth Lake is a must visit due to its stunning views. Hollingworth Lake is a country park so it is great for walkers that want to see some of the most scenic parts of Rochdale.
St Chads is another popular visitor spot and it’s a throwback to medieval times. The Victorian era town hall is another well-known attraction.
Greenbooth Reservoir is perfect for those looking for some stunning views and a sense of calm and the Healey Dell Heritage Centre has tea rooms.
The Pioneers’ Museum and the East Lancashire Steam Railway are just some of the other local attractions that Rochdale has to offer.
Rochdale has vast areas of countryside, which can be explored by foot or on bicycle.
Rochdale’s Feel Good Festival is the town’s newest festival; it features a mix of arts and entertainment; it’s held in August.
The Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival is held in October and The Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts is held in February or March.
Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre offers archery, climbing, sailing, canoeing and mountain biking.
Climb Rochdale offers an affordable way to indulge in some indoor rock climbing and bouldering; tickets start from £6.00.
Chameleon Adventures has kayaking, raft building and canoeing.
Rochdale has a thriving night life, so visitors looking for a pub or night club to visit will find plenty to choose from.
The Cemetery and the Albion Inn and Restaurant are just two of the options, or if you just want a meal out with friends, try Madisons.