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Bury, to the north of Manchester on the River Irwell, is in the borough of the same name. It was once part of Lancashire, and many residents still consider themselves Lancasterians.

The town grew during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century, with textile mills powered by water. By the 19th century the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal added futher growth and the arrival of the mills thrived and other industries arrived, including light engineering.

Despite the wealth the mills brought to Bury the workers were housed in miserable conditions, sleeping 5 to a bed and having an average life span of 14 years.

After the decline of the textile mills in the 1930's and 40's almost all the mills closed and many were demolished.

Today, with a population of around 70,00, Bury town centre has been developed as the Mill Gate Centre, a large covered shopping mall. The town has all the facilities you would expect, with theatres, a multi screen cinema, and sports facilities.

Bury has one of the most famous open air markets in England, now easily accessible using the Metrolink service which stops in the town. The market, in Murray Road, is held three times a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The market is famous for selling the traditional Bury Black Pudding.

One of Bury's most famous 'sons' was Sir Robert Peel, who was a British Prime Minister and also the founder of the Metropolitan Police Force. The Market Place has a monument to him, and just outside the town at Holcombe Hill is the Peel Tower monument.

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Tourist Attractions in and near Bury to Visit

Art Galleries

Art Galleries

Bury Art Museum Local history and art collections all under one roof.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Heaton Hall 4.3 miles A magnificent neo-classical 17th century mansion set in a 650 acre park.



Regimental Museum of the Lancashire Fusiliers Find out the past and current conflicts the regiment has been involved in.

Corgi Heritage Centre 3.5 miles See the historic Corgi models.


Out & About

Burrs Country Park A country park with a water sports centre.

Ashworth Valley and Carr Wood 3.1 miles A popular rambling area in a tree-lined valley.

Prestwich Forest Park Large areas of woodland to explore, rich in wildlife.

Clifton Country Park & Wet Earth Colliery 4.6 miles Take a lakeside walk or discover the remains of local industry.

Moses Gate Country Park 4.7 miles Walk along the Croal Irwell Valley.

Heaton Park Wander in one of Europe's largest municipal parks for a family day out.



East Lancashire Light Railway and Museum Bolton Street Station


Theatres, Cinemas and Venues

The Met Have a night out at the theatre.

Towns Near Bury To Visit - straight line distance:

Bolton (5.53 miles) Rochdale (6.06 miles) Salford (7.24 miles) Manchester (7.95 miles)
How to get to Bury
Bury, Junction 2 on the M66, or the A56 north from Manchester,

Bury Tourist Information Centre

  • The Fusilier Museum
    Moss Street
    BL9 0DF
    Tel: 0161 253 5111
Village Urban Resort Manchester Bury
Waterfold Business Park, Rochdale Road Bury BL9 7BQ

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Rostrevor Hotel - Guest House
148, Manchester Road Bury BL9 0TL

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The Grant Arms Hotel
11 Market Place Bury BL0 9AJ

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Travelodge Bury
Little 66, Route 66 Leisure Park Pilsworth Road Bury BL9 8RN

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Bury Weather
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