The lively town of Oldham is a melting pot for art, culture and entertainment. Catch a show at one of the oldest theatres in the United Kingdom and admire the beautiful Victorian architecture. Oldham is also a gateway to the Pennine Hills and Peak District National Park. Venture into the countryside to explore postcard-perfect landscapes, chocolate-box towns and unique heritage sites.
Things to do in Oldham
The Cultural Quarter is home to some of the town’s most beautiful heritage buildings, including Oldham Library built in the Victorian style. Gallery Oldham is a short stroll away and showcases a mix of fine art, natural history specimens and cultural artefacts. Get up to speed on local history before heading to the café for a slice of homemade cake.
Oldham Coliseum opened in 1885 and is one of the oldest continually operating theatres in the United Kingdom. Over the years, legendary entertainers like Charlie Chaplin have graced the stage. Enjoy dinner at a nearby bistro, then head to the theatre bar for a drink before the show.
Whether you’re looking for a short walk or a challenging day hike, Peak District National Park has trails for every occasion. Oldham is a stone’s throw from the park, which protects a patchwork of rolling hills, windswept moorlands and craggy rock formations. Oldham is also a great base for day hikes on the Pennine Way, with popular sections including the stretch from Standedge to Hebden Bridge. Fill your pack with local delicacies like sharp cheddar cheese and sweet Chorley cakes studded with currants.
Dovestone Reservoir provides a perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures. Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and fishing are just some of the water-based activities you can enjoy at the reservoir. A walking trail loops around the reservoir and takes you past scenic lookouts and picnic spots.
Getting around Oldham
Oldham is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while trains are a fast way to get around in the town centre. Choose from three stations - Oldham Central, Oldham Mumps and Oldham King Street. Trams run between Manchester and Oldham in 30 minutes. Manchester Airport is a 30-minute drive away.