Places to visit, shop, eat, enjoy.


Oldham Spindles Shopping CentreStained Glass Skylight Roof in The Spindles OldhamUpper desk in the Spindles

Oldham's Spindles shopping centre has one of Europe's largest stained glass roofs, which depicts the life of composer Sir William Walton. The centre has shops on two levels with parking for 950 cars. It was home to stores such as  Debenhams, Next, T.J. Hughes, Boots, Top Shop, WH Smith, Waterstones, alongside craft shops, phone-shops, jewellers ,coffee shops and places to pause and snack.

Stained Glass, Oldham Spindleslighting - Oldham SpindlesSpindles Staind Glass - Detail

Update - 2022

The Spindles is currently being remodelled and repurposed, as new indoor market and food court, replacing Tommyfield; plus leisure and community space, and to be the new home of of Oldham Council - replacing the ageing Civic Centre. Anticipated to complete late 2023.

Update - work in progress Jan 22 2024

Shopping,Boots,WH Smith,Waterstones,B&M

Foxdenton Hall

Foxdenton Hall
Foxdenton Hall is a Grade-II listed building in Chadderton, Oldham. The birthplace of scientist and suffragette Lydia Becker, it is currently being renovated by Chadderton Together

Country House,Gardens,Heritage,Tea Room

Dovestone Reservoir

Dovestone Reservoir

The Dovestone Reservoir trail is like having the lake-district in your own back-yard. Perfect for long walks and not-so-long-walks. Terrific views of the countryside and back towards Oldham with Manchester in the distance.

sign at dovestone reservoirpicnicing at dovestone reservoir


Oldham Library

Oldham Library
first floor oldham libraryground floor of oldham library viewed from entrance day of the unveiling of Annie Kenny statue

Downstairs is home to the books, the Lifelong Learning Centre and a performance space with an 80 seat theatre.

Upstairs are Information services with encyclopaedias, books, newspapers and magazines, official records, maps and public computers for research and study.

The Library is open Monday to Thursday: 9.00am - 9.30pm and Friday and Saturday: 9.00am - 5.00pm, Closed on Sunday.

The express library includes popular adult fiction, non-fiction,books for children and teenagers CDs, DVDs, photocopying facilities and computers; and is open when the rest of the library is closed. Monday to Thursday from 7.00pm - 9.30pm.

Library,Books,Computers,Learning Centre

Gallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham
Core of Oldham's Cultural Quarter the £9M Gallery Oldham has exhibitions of painting, print, sculpture and hosts a wide range of creative activities.

Art,Paintings,Sculpture,Print,Activities,Bees,yes - bees



Maggie's Oldham is one of 22 centres in the U.K. These are special places where anyone affected by cancer can get support and advice from professionals.

Maggie's Oldham is situated next to the Royal Oldham Hospital.


Town Hall and Parliament Square

Town Hall and Parliament Square
Ironwork on Odeon window looking towards Spindles View looking down onto Parliament Square from Odeon Cinema upper level

The 1841 built town-hall reopened in 2016 as a leisure complex - the result of a £36M project to revive the building which additionally created a new public space, 'Parliament Sq' alongside in place of the old Bus Station. The town-hall is now home to a stunning new Odeon Cinema, Molino Lounge, Costa, and Nando's, all housed within the Grade II listed heritage building and it's modern extension.

An additional feature added in front of the former Town Hall in 2019 was the statue of Oldham suffragette Annie Kenny.

Town Hall,Odeon,Molino,Nando's

Oldham Market

Oldham Market

Oldham has been a market town since 1788. Oldham Market Hall stands adjacent to Tommyfield Market - named after the original landowner Thomas Whittaker. The original market hall was destroyed by a fire in 1974, and after a temporary replacement was ultimately rebuilt in the 1990's and now houses a wide variety of stalls for foodstuffs, clothing, fabrics, and household goods along with hairdressers, tailoring, electronics and watch repairs.

The Market Hall is open 9am - 5.15pm Monday-Saturday.

Outside, Sundays are car boot sales all year-round, Mondays are a traditional market, Wednesdays are mixed - with a variety second-hand stalls and on Saturdays it's the Material Market; while Sunday mornings are for house-clearing bargains.

update 2021 - There are plans underway to convert Tommyfield into a small park/public greenspace and move the market hall and outside market together with stall into the Spindles - which is now owned by Oldham Council.

update 2024

Shopping,Outside Market,Market Hall,Fish & Chips

Tandlehill Park

Tandle Hill is Oldham’s oldest country park with 48 hectares of parkland featuring mature beech trees, mixed woodland and grassland; and is a designated Site of Biological Importance for its fungi and bird populations..

Visible from many parts of Oldham it overlooks Higginshaw village to the east, Royton to the north and Oldham centre to the west and south with additional views across the Manchester Plain and the Pennine Hills.

Oldham Edge, in the Tandle Hill area, is a large area of moorland and grassland, containing mixed woodland plantations.

Facilities available at the park include a Café (open most weekends and school holidays), public toilets (including disabled access), baby changing facilities and plentiful car parking. There is also a ahildren’s play area with sand play and basket swing

Activities on the site include, walking, cycling, orienteering, bird-watching and pond-dipping.



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