Things to Do in Bury
East Lancashire Railway
Taking a trip on the famous restored East Lancashire Railway is truly a journey back in time. It was opened originally in 1846 and was a popular passenger and freight route which served the Irwell valley from Bury, via Ramsbottom to Rawtenstall and beyond. 1972 saw the last passenger travel on the Bury to Rawtenstall section and had the East Lancashire Preservation Society not been committed to restoring the line to its former glory that would have been the end of an era. With assistance from Bury and Rossendale Councils, the line was reopened in 1991 and now has 120,000 passengers using the steam railway every year. The railway operates every weekend throughout the year with some weekday opening during August. Plentiful parking is situated nearby.
Also situated on Platform 2 at Bury Bolton Street station, The Trackside is a traditional public house, offering up to nine hand-pulled real ales at any time. With a constantly changing real ale menu, you can enjoy a different beer on each visit.
Bury Art Gallery
At Bury Art Gallery, Museum and Archives you’ll find world-famous Victorian paintings, challenging contemporary art, mysterious objects and fascinating documents from Bury’s past in a distinctive Edwardian building that is a work of art in itself. The art gallery was specially built to house the Wrigley Collection, over two hundred oil paintings, watercolours, prints and ceramics collected by local paper manufacturer Thomas Wrigley. His three children gave them to the town in 1897 to be enjoyed by all. The oil paintings include Turner’s Calais Sands, Landseer’s The Random Shot, Constable’s Hampstead Heath and Clausen’s Spring Morning: Haverstock Hill. Successive curators have added to Wrigley’s legacy. There are 20th century paintings by artists such as Pasmore and Burra, and a growing selection of contemporary artists. Admission is free and the art gallery and museum is open Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, and Saturday: 10am – 4.30pm.
Burrs Country Park
Burrs Country Park (Grid Ref: (E) 379577, (N) 412738) lies on the River Irwell covering an area of 36 hectares of scenic countryside, one mile north west of Bury town centre. Burrs features a wide variety of different wildlife habitats – woodland, open space, wetland, ponds and waterways. The park is a great place to visit with easy parking and an ideal spot for a range of activities including walking, fishing, picnicking, bird watching and nature study. For the more adventurous there is an assortment of outdoor pursuits available at Burrs Activity Centre and there is also a Caravan Club site which can accommodate 80 pitches for caravans and tents. The park owes part of its existence to Bury’s industrial past, many remnants of which still exist today. Directions by car: Follow the brown Burrs Country Park signs from Bury Bridge (A58).
The Fusilier Museum
Bury has always had a proud military connection with the Lancashire Fusiliers Regiment, later “The Fusiliers”, based at their headquarters on Bolton Road. Since their founding 300 years ago they have many battle honours including Gallipoli in the Great War, winning six VCs. Work on a recent £4 million project is complete The Fusilier Museum which displays historical artefacts, stories and documents relating to both the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. There is an excellent regimental collection dating back to the 17th century which includes artefacts belonging to General Wolfe and The Emperor Napoleon. Situated in Bury’s Culture Quarter, the new museum is modern and friendly with interactive displays to interpret the collections. There are also associated facilities including a café, shop and education and meeting spaces. Also at ground floor level there will be space for the Lancashire Regimental Headquarters. A new entrance has been built opposite Bury Museum and Art Gallery offering views from the street into the attractive museum shop and café.
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