SmartTRAVEL: Rochdale

From Scotland, we go back to England for Team India’s test tour, and bring you beauteous sights beyond cricketing fights

SmartTRAVEL: Rochdale
What to SEE

Touchstones Rochdale

Based in the town’s original library building this award-winning arts and heritage centre has six exhibition spaces, a museum, local studies centre, tourist information centre, gift shop and café. Just two minutes walk from the town centre shopping and is convenient for car parks and public transport. Nearby attractions include Rochdale Town Hall and the Pioneer Museum.

Hollingworth Lake Country Park

In Victorian times Hollingworth Lake was known as the weighvers’ seaport. Spanning 118 acres with the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, the lake is one of the most popular days out in the area. With boating, a nature reserve, trails, events, guided walks, Visitor Centre, community arts, environmental exhibitions, play and picnic areas it is the perfect day out for all the family.

St Chads Church

This church on the hill overlooking Rochdale Town Centre for well over 1,000 years. Part of the present church tower have been dated back to Saxon times. The town stocks, dated 1688, are in the grounds and the grave of Lancashire dialect poet Tim Bobbin is in the churchyard. The church has notable stained glass, the best known being the Burne-Jones window in the tower, with glass by William Morris.

Where to EAT

The Wine Press

The Wine Press is a newly refurbished bar, restaurant and function room with stunning views over Hollingworth lake. It serves a mix of traditional and modern, freshly prepared English food. Customers can enjoy a 3 course meal, a light lunch or just a coffee in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Try the cheese and onion pie served with chips and veggies.

Where to SHOP

Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre

This shopping arcade houses stores such as Boots, Beales Department Store, Superdrug, WH Smith, Holland & Barrett and River Island. The Market Hall market offers, cafes, delicatessen, while the Covered Market offers jewellers, electrical, clothing, books and a flea market on Tuesday.

THE PICK: Springfield Park

Between Rochdale and Heywood, this is the borough’s largest park with landscaped and wooded slopes down to the Roch Valley. Attractions include the lake, children’s play area and, on summer weekends, you can ride on a miniature steam railway. Sports include football, cricket, tennis and an 18 hole golf course.

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