Local area guide

Living in Oldham (OL, M35)

Experience the character and charm of Oldham, a town nestled amidst beautiful countryside. Enjoy its rich industrial heritage, vibrant markets, scenic parks, and excellent transport links. Oldham offers a delightful blend of tradition and modern amenities.

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Why Oldham is a good place to live

Living in Oldham offers a unique experience, with its rich industrial history, good educational options and diverse community. While crime exists in Oldham, the city is committed to public safety and local authorities work to ensure the wellbeing of residents. The community spirit in Oldham is strong and residents often enjoy a sense of belonging and support.

Oldham provides a range of educational opportunities with schools and colleges that cater to different needs. The town is also home to the University Campus Oldham which offers further education and vocational courses. These educational institutions strive to provide quality learning experiences and support the growth and development of students.

What’s Oldham famous for?

Oldham is known for its textile heritage, once a prominent industry in the region. The city's iconic cotton mills stand as reminders of its industrial past. Additionally, Oldham is renowned for its vibrant multicultural community, celebrating the diversity and traditions of its residents.

Things to do in Oldham

When it comes to leisure activities, Oldham offers various options. The town is surrounded by picturesque landscapes, including the nearby Pennines and Saddleworth Moor. These are great for outdoor activities like hiking and exploring nature trails. Oldham also has a number of parks and green spaces, such as Alexandra Park and Tandle Hill Country Park, which are peaceful areas for relaxation and recreation.

Cultural experiences are abundant in Oldham, with venues like the Coliseum Theatre hosting a range of performances, including plays, concerts and comedy shows. The Gallery Oldham showcases art exhibitions and local history while the Oldham Library provides access to literature and community events.

Living in Oldham, you’ll enjoy a blend of industrial heritage, a diverse community and opportunities for recreation and cultural enrichment. The town's commitment to education and its natural beauty contribute to a fulfilling lifestyle for locals.

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Local pubs in Oldham

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  • Ashton Arms

    Coldhurst, Oldham, OL1

    Traditional well-run town centre free house, recently refurbished, retaining the open fireplace.

  • Buck & Union

    Coldhurst, Oldham, OL1

    Just off the town centre. 'Fun' pub with many activities. Karaoke Fri, Sat & Sun evenings. Handy for both King Street & Central tram stops.

  • Up Steps Inn

    Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1

    This is named after the Up Steps Inn, which stood on the same site and was built in the early 19th century, then demolished in the 1930s. The pub got its unusual name because its entrance was above street level, up a few stone steps.

Transport in Oldham

Trains and trams (Metrolink)

Oldham no longer has a central train station. The town now operates a network of trams and light rail systems run by Metrolink instead.

Oldham Central railway station, Oldham Mumps and Oldham Westwood are all tram stops on the Metrolink. They provide direct access to Manchester city centre, Rochdale and other parts of Greater Manchester.

Passengers can then connect to mainline rail services at Manchester Victoria or Manchester Piccadilly.


Oldham has a comprehensive bus network operated by several companies, including First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester.

The buses provide extensive coverage within Oldham with regular services to neighbouring areas and Manchester city centre.


Oldham is well connected by road.

The A62 road passes through Oldham town centre, providing access to Manchester and Huddersfield. The M60 - Manchester's orbital motorway - connects to the rest of Greater Manchester and beyond.


Manchester Airport is just under 14 miles away from Oldham and offers international flights around the world.

Transport connections

Mills Hill (Manchester)
National Rail
2.6 miles / 4.2 km
National Rail
2.8 miles / 4.5 km
Mossley (Manchester)
National Rail
3.4 miles / 5.5 km
National Rail
3.5 miles / 5.6 km
National Rail
4 miles / 6.4 km
National Rail
4.4 miles / 7.1 km

Schools in Oldham

Oldham offers a range of good schools for primary and secondary pupils.

For primary-aged children, Richmond Academy, Holy Cross C of E Primary, Westwood Academy, Burnley Brow Community School and St Thomas C of E Primary School are all highly rated.

For senior students, Blessed John Henry Newman Roman Catholic College, Saddleworth School, The Hathershaw College, The Oldham Academy North and the Crompton House Church of England Academy are all rated good.

Schools in Oldham

Westwood Boys School
Ages: 11 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
The Springboard Project
Ages: 14 - 19 years old
Oldham Sixth Form College
Ages: 16 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Greenhill Academy
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2020)
The Oldham College
Ages: 14 - 99 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
Holy Cross Ceva Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)