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  • 1. History of Bury

    Bury Market has been a prominent part of the town for over 500 years and became famous for its Black Pudding. Bury became an important centre for wool and cloth in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is thought this came about after the Black Death in the Middle Ages, which meant there were not enough people to plough the land. Much of the land was then turned into pastures for she...Read moreep. Paper manufacturing and glass have also been important industries in the area, although these are now in decline. Read less

  • 2. Now in Bury

    Bury market still remains a very important retail centre in the town and attracts 250,000 visitors every week from across the region. Much of the town centre has been redeveloped in recent years and this has included a large covered shopping mall called The Mill Gate precinct, which was opened in 1992, and The Rock shopping and entertainment centre. Bury has a mixture of attrac...Read moretions to suit a variety of visitors, including dramatic countryside and a wealth of industrial heritage. Read less

  • 3. Events in Bury

    The Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival is a huge annual event that takes place in the Ramsbottom area, on the outskirts of Bury. The celebration of all things cocoa takes place in April and includes a chocolate market, chocolate workshops and craft activities. The Forever Bury Beer Festival takes place over three days in March in the Bury FC Social Club. The event includes a wide se...Read morelection of beers and entertainment. Thousands of people head out onto the streets of Bury in June to enjoy the town's annual Bury Lions Carnival. The celebrations include a procession of floats and entertainment to raise money for charity. The annual GlastonBURY music festival is held in the town centre in August and includes live music in a variety of venues over one day. The event raises money for charity. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Bury

    The Bury Art Museum contains famous Victorian paintings, contemporary art by local and international artists and objects from Bury's past, all housed in an Edwardian building. Family-friendly workshops and activities are regularly held at the museum. The Fusilier Museum has interactive galleries of regimental history and has regular activities and events for all ages and a ...Read morecafé on site. The Irwell Sculpture Trail runs over 33 miles through Salford, Bury and Rossendale, and features around 70 artworks by locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists. Bury Transport Museum tells the history of local transport and people's lives and jobs, and includes vintage vehicles, artefacts and interactive displays. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Bury

    The Rock is a shopping and entertainment centre in Bury featuring a cinema and family bowling centre as well as shops, restaurants and cafes. The East Lancashire Railway runs steam and diesel trains from Bury's Bolton Street Station. Many themed events take place throughout the year. Burrs Country Park offers woodland, open space, wetland, ponds and waterways. The site offers o...Read morepportunities for walking, fishing, picnicking, bird watching and nature study. A selection of outdoor pursuits are also available at the Burrs Activity Centre. Read less

  • 6. Business in Bury

    Coaches take visitors to Bury Market from the surrounding areas. The popular shopping attraction has a wide variety of stalls covering everything from gifts to fresh produce. A selection of events and demonstrations are held at the award-winning market throughout the year. The Mill Gate shopping area has over 140 shops and cafes and many of these are undercover. The Rock shoppi...Read moreng and leisure development includes more than 60 shops, including many high street names. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Bury

    The Metrolink tram line links Bury to the heart of nearby Manchester in just 30 minutes. By road, the M62 links to the east and west and connects to the M6 and the M1, giving good access to the rest of the UK. It takes around 30 minutes to drive to Manchester Airport from Bury. There are also good public transport links to the airport from the town.

  • 8. Entertainment in Bury

    The Met Arts Centre offers a programme of theatre, music, comedy and more, and is the town's main venue for live entertainment. The town's cinema is based in The Rock entertainment centre.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Bury

    Peel Tower is a monument in the village of Holcombe, on the outskirts of Bury. The memorial commemorates Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister of Britain between 1841 and 1846 and founder of the modern Police Force.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Bury

    Bury is famous for the popular Bury Black Pudding, a local delicacy served boiling hot and eaten as a takeaway snack. It can still be bought at specialist stalls in the town's market.


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