Oldham

Oldham Town Centre

Oldham is the chief town in the metropolitan borough of the same name, in Greater Manchester. It is located high in the Pennines and, at its peak in the 19th century, was an international centre in the textiles industry.

Get in

By plane

Manchester Airport (IATA: MAN). 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 minutes away via the M60 and M56 motorways.

By train

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

By tram

A new Metrolink Tram service through the town centre recently opened, offering travel between Manchester Victoria and Rochdale.

By car

Oldham is located close to two motorways, with the town centre 15 minutes 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 minute drive from Oldham town centre with the two places linked by the A62, which continues on to Huddersfield and Leeds.

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

By coach

National Express 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) . 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, whose main headquarters are based in Oldham. They provide frequent bus services to Manchester with the 82 and 83 routes providing a 5 minute frequency service and the 180 and 184 providing a 10 minute frequency service. The services are usually distinguished by their Overground route branding, which is similar to London's Underground network. Buses 82 and 83 are the Orange Line service while the 180 and 184 are the Purple Line service.

There are several buses serving all areas of Oldham. They include the following (Service destinations in brackets):

Other places outside of Oldham are served by buses from Oldham bus station:

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.

From Mills Hill (Catch bus 56, 58 and 59 from Oldham town centre):

From Greenfield (Catch bus 180 and 184 from Oldham town centre):

See

Oldham Coliseum theatre 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 Oldham town centre down Yorkshire Street.

Oldham Museum is situated in a former 'Friends Meeting House,' on Greaves Street. The Museum 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 minute walk from the town centre, with plently of bus services heading into Oldham town centre stopping nearby on Union Street.

Tandle Hill Park 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. The 409 service provide frequent links from Oldham via Royton with the park a short walk from the main road, the A671 Rochdale Road.

Alexandra Park is located to the south of Oldham 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. Please contact if you would like to visit. The 408 is the closest bus service to the park running hourly from the bus station. The 425 service runs close to both the north and south sides of the park. Services heading from Oldham towards Holts Estate will serve the north side of the park, while services towards Fitton Hill serves the south side.

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. The 409 provide frequent links from Oldham travelling towards Ashton-under-Lyne.

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 miles 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. The 180 and 184 provide a 10 minute frequeny towards Saddleworth from Oldham with the 184 running near to the canal through Diggle, Marsden and Huddersfield.

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. The car is the best way to travel there but parking is limited. The 452 service runs an hourly service from Rochdale via Milnrow. The 452 can be connected with the 409 at Rochdale or the 58 service at Milnrow.

Do

Watch local association football team Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

Buy

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.

In Town Square shopping centre, there are:

The Spindles has:

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 Oldham’s best known market and was established over 140 years ago, Tommyfield 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’s literally the highest market in the country, nestling in the centre of Oldham amidst the impressive backdrop of the Pennines.

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

Eat

There are several good restaurants in and around Oldham Town Centre:

Italian

Valentino's - 8 Retiro Street, Oldham OL1 1SA. Family run and well established.

Romano's - 5 Rock Street, Oldham OL1 3UJ

Ancora 195 Broadway, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 8RR

The Old Bill 35 Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1TJ

Chinese

Fusion Restaurant Radcliffe Street, Royton, Oldham OL2 5QR. Thai and Chinese Cuisine.

Indian

Westwood East Westwood House, Eleanor Street, Oldham, OL1 2NN. Great food but unlicensed for alcohol so take your own.

Blue Tiffin Laurel Trading Estate, Higginshaw Lane, Royton, Oldham OL2 6LH

Simla 32/34 Middleton Road, Royton, Oldham OL2 5PA

New Rubaru - 424 Middleton Road, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 6PY

British

The Black Ladd 487 Buckstones Road, Oldham, OL1 4ST. Traditional pub food, very well established and great reputation in the town.

Toby Carvery Burnley Lane, Oldham, OL1 2QS

Drink

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

Sleep

Travelodge hotel (a nice hotel which is still being finished: you might get a bargain!)

Stay safe

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

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