Located in the area of Greater Manchester is the town of Bury, a haven of activities and attractions. Bury houses the East Lancashire Railway, a heritage railway running from Bury to Heywood, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall, allowing you a picturesque and lively way in which to travel to the surrounding areas of Bury.
The Bury Museum and Art Gallery is another popular destination for tourists, where you can view the Wrigley collection of paintings, including work by Turner, Cox and De Wint.
History fans will love Bury Castle, a fortified manor house from the mid 13th Century, by Sir Thomas Pilkington. Bury Castle is a protected Scheduled Ancient Monument, that has enjoyed public access since the year 2000. The famous market in Bury that has been held on the same site for around 600 years is another must-see, and it was voted best British Market of the Year by the National Association of British Market Authorities.
Bury Art Gallery, Moss Street, Bury BL9 0DR (0161) 253 5878
19th Century local paper manufacturer, Thomas Wrigley, owned a staggering two hundred oil paintings, ranging from Turner’s ‘Calais Sands’ to Constable’s ‘Hampstead Heath’.
Given over to the town of Bury by Wrigley’s children; this fantastic collection is now housed in this very special art gallery.
The Fusilier Museum, Moss Street, Bury BL9 0DF (0161) 763 8950
Open seven days a week, The Fusilier Museum is dedicated to three centuries of history of the XX Lancashire Fusiliers and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Housed in a Victorian building that is also home to the Lancashire Regimental Headquarters, the museum contains changing exhibitions, activities and events.
East Lancashire Railway, Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY (0161) 764 7790
Operating between the towns of Heywood and Rawtenstall, the East Lancashire Railway line is over 12 miles long.
Originally opened in 1846, the line has been preserved to allow visitors the chance to sample a journey back in time to the age of steam.