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Rochdale Tourist Information

You can fill an evening with a visit to the Sandbrook Retail Park, where you’ll find a cinema and bowling alley and a selection of restaurants. Climb UK is an indoor climbing centre for all abilities, and Rochdale is home to a selection of interesting museums including the Ellenroad Engine House and the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum. For live entertainment, you can visit the nearby Middleton Arena, and no matter how you choose to fill your time you’ll be able to choose Rochdale accommodation to suit your needs and budget. Browse accommodation in Rochdale today, and book online or direct with property owners for a fantastic deal.

Rochdale Pioneers Museum

The Rochdale Pioneers Museum at 31 Toad Lane is the site of the original shop of the Rochdale Pioneers, famed as the birthplace of the co-operative movement – the date for the first opening of the store was 21 December 1844. Original co-operative members were a mix of 28 male and female pioneers committed to the co-operative ideal.

Housed in original store buildings, the collection features a stunning range of co-operative banners, artefacts and documents relating to the history of the co-operative movement which from Rochdale expanded globally. Heritage open days and special events, usually free/ donations welcome, run through the year

Rochdale Museums & Attractions

Discover the industrial and social history of Rochdale at the central free entry Touchstones Rochdale Museum with exhibits on famous local celebrity Gracie Fields, the co-operative movement in the town and textiles heritage. Changing exhibitions in art, crafts and on local themes feature through the year in galleries and

Take a tour of The Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum housed in a 1930s fire station and learn about how Roch coped with the Blitz, see early Victorian fire appliances and horse-drawn pumps plus a host of photography, uniforms, models, medals and memorabilia.

Rochdale’s spectacular central Victorian town hall is open for tours, featuring the famous Grand Staircase and beautiful stained glass and frescos of the Great Hall as well as the balcony from which many a celebrity including Gracie Fields have greeted local crowds. Explore the beautiful Rochdale Canal, the firest trans-Pennine canal and one of the UK’s most scenic canals running for 33 miles from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge or head to the Ellenroad Engine House and see the world’s largest working steam ill engines – Victoria and Alexandra.

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