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Bury has much to offer in terms of award winning attractions, stunning open spaces and fantastic food and drink.

At the East Lancashire Heritage Railway there’s the opportunity to step back in time and ride the 12 mile line through scenic countryside. Every stop along the way offers a host of things to see and do from real ale bars and quirky tea rooms, independent boutiques and high street shopping, restaurants and cafes to museums, galleries, theatres and more.

Our lively towns and charming villages are all rich with heritage, history and fascinating stories, each offering their own unique and varied shopping, food and drink.



At Bury town centre you can shop till you drop at The Rock and at Mill Gate and if you head to Bury Market, Bury’s famous black puddings can be found - one of the country’s finest delicacies!

There’s also a whole host of opportunities to relax and unwind within miles of stunning open countryside with breathtaking views, rolling hills and vast moorlands - all within easy reach. Holcombe Tower at the top of Holcombe Hill is a landmark seen for miles around, and if you take a walk to the top of the hill, there’s the chance to take in the spectacular views across the valley and to Manchester. If the flag is flying then there’s the added bonus that the Tower is open to visitors.

Burrs Green Flag Country Park and Caravan Club site is but a short distance away from Bury town Centre The park owes part of its existence to Bury’s industrial past, many remnants of which still exist today. It is overlooked by Castlesteads, a raised area where a settlement was established in pre-Roman times. Burrs is a great place to visit all year round and the ideal spot for walking, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, nature study and a variety or outdoor pursuits.

As well as much to see and do Bury has a busy year round calendar of events with lots to choose from both indoors and out.

  • Bury has won the regional section of Britain in Bloom for 12 years running for its fantastic array of annual floral displays, innovative feature displays and partnership working with local volunteers, schools and businesses.
  • Bury’s famous market is four times winner of Best Market in Britain along with numerous other awards.
  • Bury town centre is ranked as the third best retail destination in Greater Manchester – close behind Manchester City Centre and the Trafford Centre (Javelin Group).
  • All twelve of Bury’s main parks are Green Flag accredited – one of the highest ratios in the country. The national Green Flag Award Scheme recognises excellence in green space management and measures parks against a range of important criteria.
  • Ramsbottom, in the northern part of the borough, has been named as one of the best places to live in the North West. A survey by the Sunday Times found it was among the top 10 locations in the region.
  • Bury became the first town in Greater Manchester to fly the Purple Flag in recognition of its safe and thriving, family friendly night-time entertainment.
  • Trinity Mirror Group declared Bury the third ‘trendiest’ place to live in Greater Manchester.