Welcome to Heywood!
Heywood was another of the many Lancashire towns that greatly benefited from the booming cotton industry during the Industrial Revolution in the 1800’s. The small settlement saw a massive influx of people wishing to work at the mills and it quickly grew and developed into an important factory town. An interesting local legend suggests that the men of Heywood once had tails and that they needed to have holes in the benches so that they could comfortably sit down. This eventually led to the town being nicknamed “Monkey Town”.
Whether you are interested in monkey business or not there is much to see and do in Heywood. You can explore the history of the railway and observe the original railway buildings that have been lovingly preserved. The Heywood Civic Centre has theatre, music and daytime events.
The Heywood Magic Market is a traditional indoor market and Il Vecchio restaurant, located right next to Heywood station, is worth considering for authentic but affordable Italian cuisine.
And for the kids!
For a sedate walk visit Queens Park, close to the town centre. This restored Victorian park features a lake, children’s play areas, a visitor centre and a cafe. And if you want to spend more time on a steam train, Springfield Park, one mile away on the road to Rochdale, has a miniature steam railway running during the summer months.
If you have some spare time to venture further afield to Rochdale town centre then Touchstones Art Gallery and Museum and Rochdale Town Hall should firmly be on your list of must-sees. Rochdale can be reached by bus from Heywood. Once there you can also take the time to look around the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum. Explore the heroic history of Manchester’s fire-fighters, stroll down a replica of a typical Victorian street and visit a scene from the Blitz before picking up a souvenir or two from the gift shop. And don’t forget The Pioneers’ Museum, home of the first Co-op shop that started a worldwide movement which now has over one billion members!
To find your way around Heywood download our Heywood map and leaflet and learn more about this historic town and pick up this handy downloadable guide to help you find your way around the wider area of Rochdale borough!
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