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Bury Attractions

There is lot to see and do in Bury – so much so we think you will be Bury surprised. Why not take a look and plan your day out…

The East Lancashire Railway

Hop on board a beautiful heritage steam train and take a trip through Bury’s green countryside.

The railway is run by volunteer members from the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society (ELRPS). Today over 60 individual steam and diesel locomotives reside on the railway, along with over 140 carriages, wagons and utility vehicles. Based out of Bury’s Bolton Street Station, the 12 mile long East Lancashire Railway stretches to Rawtenstall in the North and Heywood to the East. The railway is open every weekend of the year and holds a number of themed events and galas throughout the year which include steam and diesel events amongst others, and also offers driver experience courses as well as "Family Engines Big Day Out" events featuring engines with faces, such as "Jimmy the Jinty".

The East Lancashire Railway is also home to Bury’s Transport Museum which is currently undergoing renovation work to make the museum experience bigger and better than before. Keep checking back to the burysurprising website for more information about the reopening of this museum.

Find out more about events at the ELR in our Events section or log on to to download the 2010 timetable.

The Met

If culture is your thing then the Met Theatre is a must for your trip to Bury.

The Met presents contemporary and classic theatre, music and comedy touring nationally and internationally. The Met is hosts an array of new and exciting artists who go on to become household names as well as established artists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world.

Audiences at The Met have enjoyed a pre-Partridge Steve Coogan, legendary performances by Joy Division and The Pixies, pre-Elbow Elbow, pre-Hollywood Lee Evans and live music and theatre that leaves people inspired and enriched.

With the assistance of our funders and sponsors, we maintain affordable prices for our events so that everyone can enjoy our programme. We are committed to offering first class live entertainment – and welcoming you to the friendliest live arts venue in the North West of England!

Find out what’s on at the Met in our Events section or log onto

The Fusilier Museum

Delve in to the fascinating history of the Lancashire Fusiliers with a trip to this brand new state of the art museum.

The Fusilier Museum opened in Bury town centre in September 2009. The museum is home to a fascinating collection of items from the XX Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, which chart it’s 300 years of history and heritage.

The museum allows visitors to learn about the history of the regiment as they walk through the exhibitions and engage with interactive displays and hands-on activities.

Special exhibitions and events are held throughout the year to focus on particular parts of the collection which helps explain the Regiments past, present and future roles.

Also on site is the Regimental HQ and Army Recruiting Centre which provides the museum and local community with strong links to current and future soldiers and ensures that this remains a focal point for the Regiment.

The towns Tourist Information Centre is also situated in the museum entrance, together with a new gift shop and relaxing café which offers light lunches and tasty snacks.

Bury Art Gallery and Museum

Find out more about the history of the borough of Bury and view work by world famous artists

Just across the road from the Fusilier Museum, situated in Bury’s culture quarter the town’s Art Gallery is home to world-famous Victorian paintings, challenging contemporary art, mysterious historical objects and fascinating objects from Bury’s past.

The Art Gallery was initially built to house the Wrigley Collection, which contains over two hundred oil paintings, watercolours, prints and ceramics collected by local paper manufacturer Thomas Wrigley. His family donated the collection to the town in 1897 to be enjoyed by all.

Alongside this collection there are also famous 20th Century paintings by Pasmore, Burra and a growing collection of contemporary artists.

The gallery hosts regular temporary exhibitions and more details about these can be found in the events section.

Find out more about what’s on at the Art Gallery and Museum in our Events section or log on to

Cinema and Leisure

Lights, Camera, Action..Catch the latest block buster at a state of the art cinema

Opening in July, the Rock development will also bring a 10 screen cinema, 24 lane bowling alley and new restaurants to the town centre. For more details about the opening of the Rock development log on to or check out the news section on this website.

Get out to the countryside

There is so much to see and do beyond the town centre, so put on your hiking boots and be prepared to be Bury surprised.

Irwell Sculpture Trail

The Irwell Sculpture Trail bends its way through the borough and visitors can discover interesting and insightful pieces of public art along its path, including the Ramsbottom Urn, a giant Rat Trap at Burrs Country Park, James and the ball of fire – a giant dinosaur found in Close Park as well as the Chococupcake Boy. The Irwell Sculpture Trail is a journey of discovery and exploration.

Burrs Country Park

Burrs Country Park is home to the only Caravan Club site in Greater Manchester. Set in scenic countryside by the side of the River Irwell and just 1 mile from Bury town centre, the country park has a lot to offer including an activity centre, canoe slalom course and a series of events organised by Bury Ranger Service which take place throughout the year. Check out the events section to find out more.

Bury tasty…

Bury has lots of award winning food and drink establishments… so much so we think you will be Bury surprised

Bury town centre is home to a range of restaurants which offer a variety of food throughout the day. Automatic situated next to the MET offers a friendly and relaxed environment in which to eat. Katsouris Deli on Bury Market offers a range of take away treats where as Verona offers pizza and pasta.

One of Bury’s most critically acclaimed restaurants is Ramsons in Ramsbottom, which was crowned ‘Which? Good Food Restaurant of the Year 2008’ and has recently been ranked in Britains Best 50 Restaurants in the 2010 Good Food Guide.

Slattery’s in Whitefiled is well known across Greater Manchester for its beautiful cakes – including those made for several celebrity weddings. The shop sells a range of luxurious foody treats, cakes, deli items and it’s dining room offers breakfast, snacks and speciality dishes.

Ramsbottom is home to the Chocolate Café… if Chocolate is your passion then this is a must visit attraction. The café adds a choclatey twist to brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. The café and local businesses also organise an annual chocolate festival when the town goes chocolate crazy in an attempt to beat a number of suitably themed chocolate world records.

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