Welcome to Bury!
In the 17th and 18th centuries domestic textile production was a major factor in the area’s economy. This tradition was expanded and the textile industry became commercially predominant. When the family of future Prime Minsister Sir Robert Peel established the Brooksbottom Mill it marked the beginning of the cotton industry in the town. Following the explosion of mills in the area the railway opened, linking Bury to the rest of the industrial world. The railway allowed the town to rise on the wave of the Industrial Revolution.
There are two museums in the area, all of them within easy strolling distance of the East Lancashire Railway. The Fusilier Museum details the rich and characterful history of this well-known regiment. The Bury Transport Museum is across the road from the station and displays a wide selection of restored vintage vehicles and educational activities for the kids.
The Robert Peel monument outside of the large and beautiful parish church is worth a look for anyone interested in the founder of our police force. Bury Town Hall, opened by the Queen in 1954, is an arresting sight and is surrounded by a number of pleasant gardens. You can also visit nearby Burrs Country Park.
Central to the culture of Bury is its food and its sense of community. The Black Puddings of Bury are said to be amongst the finest and the market is known nationwide. Bury Art Museum across from The Fusilier Museum opened in 1901 to house Thomas Wrigley’s collection of Victorian art and hosts a series of exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery building itself is worth a visit, with fine mosaic floors and stained glass windows.
Just down the road lies The Met Theatre hosting a wide array of productions. Why not break up the day with some retail therapy? The Mill Gate shopping centre as well as a large shopping precinct called The Rock offer a great choice of high street stores that cater for every taste and budget, including Primark, Topshop, Debenhams and Next.
And for the kids!
The Fusilier Museum is an excellent distraction, admire old uniforms and adventurous stories of the regiments illustrious past or simply sit in the gardens outside. For more hands-on activities visit one of the Craft Workshops the Bury Transport Museum holds throughout the year and take in the interactive, educational displays.
If you have the time make sure you check out the play bill at The Met Theatre, which hosts lots of performances that are aimed at a family audience.
Want to know more . . .
Download the Great Days Out in Bury leaflet for ideas on things to see and do in and around the town.
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