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Town Trail
Caption: Discover historic Bury

The aim of this visit is to examine how Bury town centre has changed over the last 1000 years, comparing period maps and old photos with the town’s present day appearance. By the end of the trip students will have gained a greater understanding of how an industrial town develops and the impact industry can have on a community.

Key Stage

This programme is suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3.


  • Autumn term: Monday – Friday
  • Spring term: Monday – Friday
  • Summer term: Monday - Friday

Cost and booking information

  Cost per pupil Booking Information
Bury Town Trail £5.00 Email

Activities and Organisation

  • Meet at Bury Bolton Street Station before travelling to Bury Transport Museum.
  • Taught sessions of 60 minutes which will familiarise children with local maps of 1847 and 1908 and encourage them to observe the differences between old and new photographs.
  • Guided walk, lasting approximately 60 minutes, around part of the town centre with frequent stops to compare old and new.
  • Map hunt, finding evidence for the range of industries that used to be present in the town, lasting about 35 minutes.
  • Plenary session, lasting about 15 minutes, with opportunities for questions.
  • Allow 30 minutes for lunch.
  • Start and finish times can be fitted around your travel and school requirements.

What’s Included

  • Risk assessment
  • Safety talk
  • Classroom introduction to finding evidence using photos and maps

What to Bring

  • Comfortable footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm jumper and fleece
  • Gloves and hat
  • Packed lunch and drink

Umbrellas are available to borrow if required

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