Bury is located 5 miles east of Bolton,7 west of Rochdale,Bury is approximetly 10 miles north west of Manchester.
Bury, "home of the Black Pudding", as a town, has existed in various forms since the Industrial Revolution when it was a mill town based around the production of textiles. It has grown rapidly, over the past decades, to become the heart of a metropolitan borough. As a borough,it stretches from wealthy Prestwich and Whitefield (Manchester suburbia, with thriving, long established jewish populations, and just a few miles from Manchester city centre ), in the south, neighbouring the historically industrial town of Radcliffe to the pleasant small town of Ramsbottom, in the north, bordering Rossendale.
There are a few National Express buses running into Bury, but they run only once a day and experience long stopovers in Manchester. It is possible and much easier to catch one of the many buses going to Manchester and from there pick up the number 135 bus or the metrolink into Bury town centre.
Bury can be accessed easily, with plenty of parking spaces on weekdays. There is free parking for Metrolink customers looking to travel or commute to Manchester or one of the dozen stops preceding, or many around the town centre. There is also a multi storey car park near Bury Market which offers indoor parking and reasonable parking rates for longer stays.
Bury's closest airport is of course Manchester Airport. It is simple to get from the Airport to Manchester Central Coach Station or Piccadilly Railway Station, and then catch the Metrolink or 135 Bus to Bury.
Bus Services in The Bury Area
98 Bury-Manchester Via Ainsworth,Radcliffe (FirstManchester) 60 Minutes
137 Bury-Manchester Via Unsworth,Whitefield,Prestwich,Broughton (FirstManchester) 40 Minutes
466 Bury-Norden Via Jericho,Fairfield (Rossendalebus) 68 Minutes
471 Bury-Bolton Via Elton,Breightmet (FirstManchester) 29 Minutes
471 Bury-Rochdale Via Fairfield Hospital,Heywood Sudden (FirstManchester) 33 Minutes
472 Bury-Ramsbottom Via Brandlesholme,Holcombe Brook (FirstManchester) 18 Minutes
474 Bury-Ramsbottom Via Walmersley,Holcolmbe Brook,Brandlesholme (FirstManchester) 32 Minutes
512 Bury-Bolton Via Radcliffe,Kearsley,Farnworth,Moses Gate (Maytree) 50 Minutes
513 Bury-Bolton Via Radcliffe,Whitefield,Kearsley,Farnworth,Moses Gate (Maytree) 50 Minutes
The metro (tram system) is the quickest way to get from Bury into Manchester, and also through to Altrincham and Eccles via Salford Quays. It runs from the Bury Interchange. While it is faster than bus, it is also moderately more expensive.
As in the rest of Greater Manchester, there are a number of different bus companies operating with various fares and destinations. The most common of these is First Manchester. The different companies have different fares and so if catching more than two buses, a System One Daysaver, allowing use of all buses from all companies within the whole of Greater Manchester can work out to be the most cost-effective way to travel.
The number 135 bus is the main bus from Bury to Manchester city central, running at least every 10 minutes. Keep in mind that it will often be crowded with commuters and will also get stuck in the traffic congestion around rush hours, so these times are better avoided. This route is also a night bus service from Manchester city centre on Friday and Saturday nights.
Both private-hire taxis and black cabs are available within and around Bury. Private hire taxis cannot be hailed, they must be booked either in person from a taxi rank, or over the phone, or else the car's insurance is void. Prices on private hire taxis are quite reasonable and if there is more than one person travelling short distances, they often end up being cheaper than the equivalent bus fares.
There are cycle routes throughout Bury, leading through the parks and also into the town centre.
There is a fine parish church in the centre of town, next to a monument to Sir John Peel. Out of town The Peel Tower is worth the hike in fine weather. It is just up the steepest of hills from Ramsbottom. On a good day you can see as far as North Wales!
Bury Art Gallery & Museum, located in the town centre has a small but impressive collection of pre-raphealite and neo-classical painting and other exhibitions.
Full markets are held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with the Market Hall and selected stalls open every day except Sunday. There is a huge variety of stalls, and it is possible to find just about anything among them.Join the coach trips from all over the UK.
East Lancs Railway (elr), East Lancs Railway, Bury Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY., ☎ 0161 764 7790. Every Saturday and Sunday all year around. It is a ride on a steam or diesel train, and the line is about 12miles long.
Burrs Country Park
As well as hosting a Caravan Club site, Burrs has lots to offer for a wide variety of people.
There are canoeing, kayaking and other water activities. There are lots of climbing, rope-based and adventure playground/obstacle course activities for the young (at heart).
The site is of (industrial) heritage significance, once being the site of water and steam powered mills. It also offers a great vantage point to observe the trains of the East Lancashire Railway, which steam past at regular intervals.
The River Irwell flows through the park and attracts anglers as well as kayakers. It also provides a very attractive backdrop for walkers and dog-walkers.
The oldest remaining building in the grounds has been converted into a pub, "The Brown Cow".
Located in the middle of the borough, this proud but, in parts, run down town is worth a visit to witness a real-life part of northern England, reflecting the changes with which once prosperous towns and cities of Industrial Britain have had to deal.
Where Radcliffe merges with neighbouring Whitefield it is however very prosperous with a large jewish population.
The ancient 'Radcliffe Tower', dating from the 12th century is worth visiting. The town is awaiting regeneration to catch up, commercially and economically, with surrounding towns. The town has recently attracted considerable media attention as the birthplace and home of Slumdog Millionaire film director Danny Boyle.
The Met, . A small theatre in the town centre hosts many touring acts and local productions and some big names can be seen there for modest ticket prices.
Peel Tower/Holcombe Hill. Peel Tower is one of the most notable of Bury's monuments, as it resides upon Holcombe Hill, which sits 1100ft above Ramsbottom. Peel Tower is perfect for fans of walking, and has plenty of footpaths in various locations throughout the Bury district, and since the tower is always in sight on the roads, it makes it an easy place to find. Thankfully, there is a bench on the top of the hill to accompany the tower, for resting. The sights from the hill are astounding, and have to be seen to grasp Bury's true natural beauty. From here you can see the urban sprawl around Manchester, The Peak District and beyond.
Mill Gate Shopping Centre. This shopping centre houses many of the brands you would come to expect from a typical shopping centre (WHSmiths, Waterstones, Marks And Spencers), but it does have a unique selection of jewellers, amongst the largest selection in Manchester, if not the largest selection in a shopping centre.
The Rock is a largely developing shopping district in the town centre, which already contains a wide variety of places to eat, shop and drink. Recently, there have been plans to make a massive refurbishment (the largest the town has ever seen) to build the biggest entertainment centre in Northern Manchester; it shall soon sport some of the best names on the shopping high street, as well as family entertainment, such as bowling and a cinema complex to be moved closer to the town centre than before, which were all previously located at Park 66, just off the M66 motorway. In brief more bars and eateries than before as well as recently-built apartments, located just next to the town centre and Town Hall.
Ramsons in Ramsbottom is, without doubt, THE place to eat in the whole borough and is also one of the best places to eat in Greater Manchester as a whole. It has often featured in Manchester Evening News reports and revues. They have won prizes nationally and regionally. Much of their food and wine is sourced directly from Italy. A true gem! Book in advance as this place has a great reputation. They do some sort of "book last minute" promotion at times.
The restaurant/cafe bar at the Bury Met Theatre is good and also popular, as a bar, in the evenings.
Chocoholics has to be the best cafe/tea room in town. This is in the shopping centre, up the "street" opposite the entrance to Boots The Chemist, towards the BHS Store. Service is excellent and the salads, sandwiches and cakes are superb. The whole place is spotless and a credit to its owners. Little wonder it has such a loyal, local following.
Yates's. A large bar located directly behind the 'Robert Peel' statue. Features a fair selection of food and drinks at a good price.
TGI Friday's is in Prestwich by The Premier Inn on Junction 17 of the M60.
Peppe's is like the above in the south of the borough, this time in Whitefield, down Manchester Road from Bury centre. It is a tiny, family run, italian restaurant next to the Metrolink station. Excellent food and very popular.
Antonio's in Whitefield, has been refurbished and this family run restaurant is very friendly. The Budha Lounge and Fort Of India (both good) are on the same crossroads.
Roma is just up the road from the above and good during the day for coffee and lunch.
Slattery's is also on Bury Old Road in Whitefield in a former pub building. The cafe on the first floor is vast and good for lunch and afternoon teas. On the ground floor they sell excellent cakes, for which they are well known throughout the area. There is a good car park.
The restaurant at The Village Hotel offers good food and friendly service to residents and non residents alike.
By Autumn 2010 a brand new £350 million development will be completed, which will incorporate appartments, a cinema,a 25 lane bowling complex and many high street stores, bars, cafes and restaurants.
Sol Viva. The centre of night-life in Bury, Sol Viva is a popular resort for youths, especially at the weekend. Please keep in mind, that this nightclub strictly requires I.D. (driving licence or passport are the only two forms of identification that are often accepted) for you to get in, and queues can stretch almost half a mile down the road. The later the time, the harder it will be to get in, so it is advised that preparations are made to arrive as soon as the club opens. There is private suites, which can be booked for parties.
There is a good hotel just off the Bury junction of the M66 motorway. It is The Village Hotel.
Further south in the borough there is a Premier Inn in Prestwich on junction 17 of the M60 orbital motorway. This is also very handy for Manchester city centre.