Local area guide

Living in Rochdale

Thinking about moving to Rochdale? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools and transport connections are like - and of course the most important thing of all: how much houses cost to buy.

Your guide to moving to Rochdale

Why Rochdale is a good place to live

Situated at the foothills of the Pennines and close to the Peak District National Park, Rochdale offers a unique blend of semi-rural and urban living, truly capturing the best of both worlds. Living in Rochdale provides excellent access to beautiful nature walks and cycle paths without compromising on modern amenities. The town is also incredibly well-connected with Manchester close by, thanks to a dedicated railway station and a vast bus and tram network. Proximity to major highways and Manchester Airport means that even greater connections are just minutes away. Furthermore, families will find a selection of 'Good' or 'Outstanding' schools, which adds to Rochdale's appeal for those considering moving to Rochdale.

What's Rochdale famous for?

Rochdale is famous for being the birthplace of the global cooperative movement, with the Rochdale Pioneers opening the first Co-op shop back in 1844. This rich history can be explored in more detail at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, a must-visit for history enthusiasts. The town has also seen some famous faces, including the comedian Bill Oddie and actress Anna Friel. Rochdale's stunning Victorian Gothic Town Hall is an architectural gem and a notable landmark in the town. Additionally, with a vibrant blend of independent stores and high street retailers, Rochdale is becoming a well-known shopping destination in the region.

Things to do in Rochdale

Rochdale offers a variety of leisure options for locals and tourists alike. Its historical attractions, such as the Fusilier Museum and Rochdale Pioneers Museum, tell the town's story from various angles. If shopping is what you fancy, Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre and the regular open market will not disappoint. For those who love to enjoy nature, the lake at Hollingworth and Healey Dell Nature Reserve offer beautiful settings for leisurely walks or exciting water activities. Eating out in Rochdale also promises to please with a variety of dining and entertainment venues ranging from cosy country pubs to upscale restaurants.

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Transport in Rochdale

Find the nearest train stations and other transport links in Rochdale.

Local connections

National Rail
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Castleton (Manchester)
National Rail
1.9 miles / 3.1 km
Smithy Bridge
National Rail
2.1 miles / 3.4 km
National Rail
3.2 miles / 5.1 km
Mills Hill (Manchester)
National Rail
4.5 miles / 7.2 km
National Rail
6 miles / 9.7 km

Schools in Rochdale

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Rochdale.

Education in Rochdale

Broadfield Community Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St John's Roman Catholic Primary School, Rochdale
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2021)
Rochdale Sixth Form College
Ages: 16 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2022)
Deeplish Primary Academy
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2020)
Beech House School
Ages: 2 - 16 years old
Brownhill School
Ages: 4 - 16 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2023)

Local pubs in Rochdale

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  • Empire

    Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16

    rochdales biggest and best live music venue

  • Flying Horse Hotel

    Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16

    Town centre hotel, pub, restaurant & music venue that loves real ale, Craft beer & fine wine. Greater Manchester pub of the year 2018

  • Yates

    Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16

  • Bombay Brew

    Rochdale, OL16

    Rochdale's craft beer and Indian Street Food destination.

  • Cask & Feather

    Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16

    We give a friendly welcome to all new and old customers in a fantastic sports and entertainment bar, serving a great selection of drinks from lager, cider, real ales, deluxe whiskeys and gins and much more.

  • Regal Moon

    Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16

    Loud, lively Wetherspoon pub offering a traditional range of ales, spirits and hearty British eats.