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5 things to do in Oldham

Nestling in the hills north of Manchester, Oldham has a lot to offer. Whether you're looking for culture, a countryside get away or a look at the past, Oldham is worth a visit.

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Dove Stone Reservoir

You could be forgiven for thinking you are in the Lake District when you visit Dove stone Reservoir. Located in the Peak District National Park amongst the stunning Saddleworth Moors, Dove stone is perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding. The Pennine Bridleway passes the reservoir, while the Dove Stone sailing club offers aspiring sailors the chance to take to the water on the reservoir before sailing the seven seas. More info.

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Gallery Oldham

Oldham’s leading venue boasts one of the most comprehensive arts and exhibitions programmes in the Northwest. At Gallery Oldham the past meets the future, where the natural and social history bonds with the contemporary modern architecture of the gallery. The gallery also houses the Tourist Information Centre and Library. More info

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal in Saddleworth

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal is a tranquil place to escape amongst the Saddleworth Countryside. Recently fully restored to its former glory, the canal is perfect for quiet leisurely walks or even a ride on a narrow boat. The famous Standedge Tunnel at Diggle features entrance gates with a superb ‘leggers’ decoration - a must-see for all visitors to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. More info.

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The Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery

From the Roman invasion and fort at Castleshaw to the industrial revolution; discover the long, rich history of Saddleworth. The mock-up of the 18th century cottage rooms will fascinate, and the classic vehicles exhibit features an impressive collection of motorcycles. The art gallery showcases works by local artists and frequently changes. More info.

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Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Famed for its diverse selection of productions and traditional theatre appeal, the Oldham Coliseum is well and truly in the spotlight. The theatre stages a wide range of shows, from productions of well-loved classics and dramas to the essential pantomime fun. In addition, touring productions and stand-up shows are frequently held at the theatre which remains a registered charity to this day. More info.