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Bury Heritage Open Days

Bury Heritage Open Days


Tourist Info Centre
Moss Street


Tel: 01612535111

Bury has celebrated Heritage Open Days over the last 16 years. As 2020  is Bury's Year of Culture we want to be able to safely offer some form of activity this year so we have come up with a selection of our historic landmarks to set you on your way...........

Bury Art Musuem

Bury Art Musuem have put together Creative Trail Maps for visitors to collect over the Heritage Open Day period, (Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12 noon till 4pm) Inside there will be nuggets of information, illustrations and space to make doodles and drawings.

Snippets and Stories, Mortar and Mosaics: look and learn about the architecture and building history of Bury Art Museum.

Silver Street Around and About: Spirit of a Place: explore the history and urban riches in one small stretch of the Bury area.

The Irwell Sculpture Trail - Burrs Country Park: discovering sculptures.


Tottington Dungeon

Take a walk along Harwood Road and you will stumble across the Tottington Dungeon. A Victorian town lock-up built in 1835 and last used in 1884. The dungeon was next to the original Dungeon Inn (which is now located further up the road) and it was thought to be used to incarcerate unruly drunks and holds up to six people.

Peel Tower

Sturdy shoes and a good constitution needed for a walk up to the tower. Located in a prominent position on Harcles Hill better known as Holcombe Hill. Built in 1852 this well-known Bury landmark was erected in tribute to one of Burys most famous sons, Sir Robert Peel, founder of the police force and Prime Minister 1841-1846. Public subscription provided the £1000 needed to build the Tower. On a clear day the views are quite amazing. Well worth the effort to get to the top.

Grants Tower

Up on the hills overlooking Ramsbottom you will come across Grants Tower. It stands at Top o’ th’ Hoof which is said to be the spot where the Grant family first looked down on the Irwell Valley in 1783 when they arrived from Scotland. After setting up a family firm they finally accrued enough money to build the tower. The opening day was a fair-like atmosphere with employees given the day off.

Radcliffe Tower

Located next to Close Park, the Tower was built by the ‘de Radclyffe’ family in 1358.  It was built to help defend the manorial home from attack, it was three stories high with massively thick walls. It would have been connected to a Medieval Great Hall.


Auke de Vries Sculpture at Burrs Country Park

Take a walk through Burys beautiful country park at Burrs and you will be following part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail. The most recent sculpture is by Auke de Vries, one of Europes leading sculptors. It towers over the park and is a good starting point to explore this section of the Irwell Sculpture Trail.

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