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Oldham is the chief town in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater Manchester. It is located high in the Pennines and, in the 19th century, was an international centre in the textiles industry.

Get in

By plane

Manchester International Airport (IATA: MAN) (ICAO: EGCC, [2] in South Manchester, is the nearest airport to Oldham. Nearly 100 operators fly to and from hundreds of locations worldwide, including most major cities in Europe.

Direct trains run from the airport station to Manchester Piccadilly run throughout the day while travelling by car is only 30-45 min away via the M60 and M56 motorways.

By train

At the moment, there is no train service from the centre of Oldham. The only station in any of the borough is in Greenfield, which is about a 15 min drive out of the town centre or around 25 min bus journey on First Manchester services 180 and 184.

By car

Oldham is located close to two motorways, with the town centre 15 min away from both the M60 and M62 motorways. Oldham can be accessed via J22 (A62 Hollinwood) and J21 (A663 Broadway) of the M60 and J20 (A627(M)) of the M62 motorway. The M60 and M62 provides Oldham with links to several other towns and cities within a short drive of the town, including Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Liverpool, Rochdale, Stockport, The Trafford Centre and Warrington.

Manchester is a 25 min drive from the centre, with the two places linked by the A62, which continues on to Huddersfield and Leeds.

Places that are within 2 h of Oldham include Blackpool, the Lake District, the North Wales coast, the Peak District and the Pennines.

By coach

National Express [3] is the major coach operator running several services to places across the country. Coaches depart from the main bus station, located at Cheapside.

Get around

Transport in Greater Manchester is overseen and co-ordinated by the GMPTE (Information: 0870 608 2 608) [4]. GMPTE sells a number of tickets which are valid for multiple operators, such as the any bus day ticket or the Wayfarer. If you are planning to do a lot of travelling in one day, these might be your cheapest option. Information can be also obtained from the GMPTE Travelshop located next to the Civic Centre at Oldham bus station.

By bus

The main bus operator in Oldham is First Manchester [5], whose main headquarters are based in Oldham.

By train

Northern Rail provide the train services in the Oldham area (although not to Oldham town centre, with the line being replaced by Metrolink), running trains to Manchester Victoria. From there, passengers can transfer on the Metrolink to Piccadilly, which they can travel on services to the south of the country or to Scotland.


Oldham Coliseum has a full programme of repertory theatre and an annual pantomime. The theatre enjoys an enviable reputation for ambitious productions and excellent performances with appearances from many famous actors. The Coliseum is located within a short walking distance from the shops in the centre, down Yorkshire Street.

Oldham Museum is in a former Friends meeting house, on Greaves Street and has a programme of changing exhibitions as well as a permanent display, "Going up Town" where visitors can step back in time to the days when the town was dominated by the cotton industry. The museum is a 5 min walk from the town centre, with many bus services heading into Oldham town centre stopping nearby on Union Street.

Tandle Hill is a mixture of magnificent beech woodland and open grassland with a wide panorama of the surrounding countryside. There are several walks around the park and links to Crompton Moor.

Alexandra Park is located to the south of the town centre. It is a vital link between town and countryside for both people and wildlife. The visitor centre contains displays and information on the history of the park as well as countryside events. These are held both in the park and in other areas. The centre is open by prior arrangement so contact if you would like to visit.

Daisy Nook Country Park is a beautiful area offering people of all ages the chance to enjoy a peaceful walk looking at wildlife amidst varied countryside. The park includes beautiful woodland areas, a lake, a canal and flower filled meadows with bridleways and footpaths, which link to other countryside areas. At the John Howarth Countryside centre there are activities for children and a souvenir shop. There is also a cafe and toilets with access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a former textile mill in the village of Uppermill, which is now part of the Oldham Metropolitian Borough but was part of Yorkshire. Exhibitions feature local archaeology, handicrafts and customs, from the Romans the present day. There are preserved looms and other items of textile machinery, from some of the many mills in the area. The museum gallery features work by contemporary artists and travelling exhibitions. Guided tours are available by prior request. A shop and information centre provide an opportunity to acquire a souvenir of the visit.

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal runs through the Saddleworth area of Oldham. It re-opened in May 2001 following a £30 million restoration project funded mainly by the Millennium Commission and English Partnerships. It is more than 50 years since the waterway was last open to through navigation. The waterway runs for 20 mi between Ashton-under-Lyne and Huddersfield, passing through the scenic Saddleworth villages of Greenfield, Uppermill and Diggle, before entering the Standedge Tunnel through the Pennines.

Hollingworth Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre is a popular location for visitors. It is located outside the Oldham area but is visited by plently of Oldhamers. It was known as the "Weighvers' Seaport". Now once again visitors can enjoy many outdoor attractions and an excellent Visitor Centre. Spanning 118 acres with the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, the lake is on of the most popular days out in the area. With boating, nature reserve, trails, events, guided walks, visitor centre, community arts, environmental exhibitions, play and picnic areas. By car is the best way to travel there, but parking is limited.



Oldham has two main shopping centres, Town Square Shopping Centre and The Spindles. The two centres are connected together to form one big shopping centre but were until recently run by separate companies. There are several big name shops based in the two shopping centres.

Other stores are located on High Street, including Gamestation, Home Bargains, Poundland, Primark, Sports Direct and Top Shop. There is a Sainsbury's and a TK Maxx located on Union Street and there is also Tommyfield's market, which located to the north of the town centre, offering an indoor modern market hall and an outdoor market, which is steeped in history, character and tradition. Tommyfield is the best-known market and was established over 140 years ago; it prides itself on being one of the largest open air markets in the North West. It is also a highpoint among English markets, as it is literally the highest market in the country, nestling in the centre of Oldham amidst the impressive back drop of the Pennines.

For those who find that Oldham does not offer everything they need, a short trip to Manchester and The Trafford Centre provide more options.


The best chips and gravy from the historic SlowBoat Chinese Takeaway located in Yorkshire Street


There are several locations scattered around the town centre with the majority of pubs and clubs located on Yorkshire Street, which is located between Oldham town centre and Oldham Mumps.


Stay safe

Oldham, like many other areas in Greater Manchester, has its rough bits and more rundown areas where crime is high. Avoid drug dealers and users, as there is a gang war in Oldham, mostly in Glodwick and St Marys Estate, and rival drug gangs are carrying out "hits" so it is best to avoid this as you may get caught up in this.

  • Glodwick Glodwick is a fairly notorious area of Oldham, paticurly as this is where the race riots were. Although this can be a vibrant community and a multicultrual area, it is best to avoid Glodwick at all costs because there have been incidents where gangs would turn hostile to people they dislike.
  • Fitton Hill: Although this area is getting better, there is still quite a lot of crime.
  • Sholver: This area is quite rough so avoid Top Sholver as this area especially the flats are run down and boarded up.
  • Yorkshire Street: The town centre at night can be rough as there are many intoxicated males wandering around looking for trouble. It has a reputation for stabbings and violent assaults.

Get out

  • Blackpool for Blackpool Pleasure Beach (take train to Manchester Victoria, change on to the Metrolink to Piccadilly or travel from Victoria to Salford Crescent then take train to Blackpool North.
  • Chester (take train to Manchester Victoria, change on to the Metrolink to Piccadilly, then take direct train from Manchester Piccadilly)
  • Huddersfield (Take 184 service to Huddersfield, 180/184 to Greenfield station and change to local train service or travel to Manchester Piccadilly for frequent train service)
  • The Lake District for a bit of greenery in a National Park to the north. Of international poetic repute and one of the most beautiful parts of England.
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool (take a train from Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria stations)
  • Peak District for grass and hills. About 15 mi to the east of the city. A National Park and one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield
  • York

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