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Rochdale Town Centre

Rochdale is a town in Greater Manchester in the North West of England. It is a Metropolitan Borough and consists of the towns of Rochdale, Middleton, Milnrow, Wardle, Littleborough and Heywood. The borough has a population of approximately 208,000.

6 miles north of Oldham and 7 west of Bury, Rochdale is probably best known for being the birthplace of the Co-operative Movement, Gracie Fields and Sir Cyril Smith, former Liberal politician. It lies within the Historic County of Lancashire.

Get in[edit]

The town is easily accessible from all areas of the country.

By plane[edit]

Manchester Airport is a half-hour car journey away for those wishing to arrive by plane.

By car[edit]

The town is at the heart of the motorway network of the country, situated off the M62, M60 and the M66.

By train[edit]

If you wish to travel by train Rochdale Train station is a short walk from the town centre and provides easy access to the cities of Manchester and Leeds as well as local access within Greater Manchester to the towns of Bolton, Salford and Wigan.

By tram[edit]

The Manchester based light rapid transit system (Metrolink) operate to Manchester Victoria via Oldham from Rochdale.

  • 2 Rochdale Town Centre tram stop. on the Oldham and Rochdale Line (ORL) of Greater Manchester's light-rail Metrolink system. Rochdale Town Centre tram stop on Wikipedia Rochdale Town Centre tram stop (Q7353812) on Wikidata

By bus[edit]

  • 3 Rochdale Interchange. Bus operators: First Greater Manchester, Rosso, First West Yorkshire, Yorkshire Tiger, Manchester Community Transport. Rochdale Interchange on Wikipedia Rochdale bus station (Q7353816) on Wikidata

Get around[edit]

Rochdale is well served by its bus service that connects all areas of the town and other neighbouring towns as well.


Rochdale is home to some spectacular scenery and the ever popular Hollingworth Lake is well worth a visit.

  • 1 Hollingworth Lake. Situated in the heart of the Pennines in the east of Rochdale it is a bustling country park that offers walkers some truly scenic routes. Hollingworth Lake on Wikipedia Hollingworth Lake (Q3888942) on Wikidata
  • 2 Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane. Rochdale is the birthplace of the co-operative movement and the nation's very first Co-op still exists on Toad Lane. A visit here whilst in Rochdale is a must. Rochdale Pioneers Museum on Wikipedia Rochdale Pioneers Museum (Q7353808) on Wikidata
  • 3 Rochdale Town Hall. attractive Victorian gothic revival Rochdale Town Hall on Wikipedia Rochdale Town Hall (Q7353813) on Wikidata
  • 4 St Chads (at the end of a pleasant but moderately steep walk behind the town hall). medieval church
  • 5 Rochdale Cenotaph, Esplanade. First World War memorial Rochdale Cenotaph on Wikipedia Rochdale Cenotaph (Q22662838) on Wikidata


  • Watch football ie soccer at Rochdale AFC. They play in League One, the third tier of English football. They play at Spotland Stadium.
  • Watch Rugby League ie 13-a-side rugby at Rochdale Hornets, who share Spotland Stadium. Hornets play in National League One, the second tier of English Rugby League.



Rochdale has a nightlife. There are clubs to go to and traditional town centre pubs so all needs are catered for.



Go next[edit]

A picturesque Pennine village called Hebden Bridge is only a short drive from Rochdale and well worth a visit. If you find yourself in Hebden Bridge with time to take in more Pennine delights then the equally picturesque Haworth (home of the Brontë sisters) is not much further. It should be noted that the route from Hebden Bridge to Haworth is over high moorland and can be hazardous in poor winter conditions.

Routes through Rochdale
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This city travel guide to Rochdale is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.