About the Area



Diverse, energetic and bursting with character; Manchester is one of the most exciting places to live in the UK right now where everybody and anybody is very warmly welcomed.

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. And today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision to be a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.

Manchester city centre is jam-packed with unique restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries, hotels and places to stay whilst the surrounding Greater Manchester boroughs offer a patch-work of visitor experiences including quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces and waterways to be explored on foot or bike. The city region is easily navigated, with great transport links both in and around Greater Manchester.

Furthermore, a packed calendar of world-class events and festivals – from the landmark Manchester International Festival to the enchanting Manchester Christmas Markets 2021.

Source: visitmanchester.com


Bury is situated in the North West of England and forms part of the Greater Manchester sub-region, which comprises ten unitary authorities and has a total population of around 2,500,000. The borough is a compact area of some 38 square miles, comprising the towns of Bury, Prestwich, Whitefield, Radcliffe and Ramsbottom and a number of surrounding villages. It is mainly urban in character, although the North of the Borough is partially rural.

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The borough has a population of 185,400 people. Bury has a slightly younger population profile than the rest of Greater Manchester. There are 46,200 children and young people aged from 0-19 in Bury, which is almost 25% of the total population. Approximately 11% of the population come from minority ethnic backgrounds. The population is expected to grow over the next 10 years as new housing comes on stream.

The Borough is very well connected to the Greater Manchester area and the North West in general, with the M60 and M66 running through the Borough. There is also a Metrolink line from Bury into Manchester via Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich. The journey from Bury to the City Centre takes just over 30 minutes. There is a wide range of housing available to buy or let at reasonable prices.

  • Across the borough, Bury has 12 Green Flag parks
  • Bury has won Britain in Bloom North West for the last 14 years in a row.
  • Bury town centre has been accredited with Purple Flag status for a 4th consecutive year and continues to be the only Purple Flag town in Greater Manchester


Located on Manchester’s doorstep but with nearly a quarter of the borough in the spectacular Peak District National Park, Oldham enjoys the best of both city and country life, making it a superb place to live and work.

Oldham has excellent road links with direct access to the M60 and M62 meaning you won’t get stuck in the traffic jams that you would in the south of the region. Our excellent public transport and the recently extended Metrolink service also connects the borough with neighbouring parts of Greater Manchester and carries passengers from Oldham to Manchester and on to the national rail network, in under 30 minutes.

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The district of Saddleworth is synonymous with stunning landscapes and is steeped in local tradition. Oldham offers prime walking, cycling and horse-riding territory and is home to attractions like Castleshaw’s historic Roman Fort and unrivalled beauty spots like Dove Stone reservoir.

We’re supporting a wide range of housing in the borough through strong partnerships, to encourage a choice of homes that meet the needs and aspirations of our existing residents and will help attract new residents into the borough.

Oldham is only a 20 minutes from Stockport and offers some of the best arts and entertainment outside London. Add to this world-class sport including football, rugby, cycling as well as top-quality shopping both in Stockport, Manchester and the nearby Trafford Centre all within easy reach.


Located between Manchester and the beautiful moorland of the southern Pennines, there’s more to Rochdale than you think, and it offers the best of urban and rural life.

While its stunning countryside provides breath-taking scenery and unrivalled tranquillity, the borough’s towns and pretty villages celebrate the fact that Rochdale was an early and important engine house of the industrial revolution and of course, where the worldwide Co-operative movement began.

Rochdale is one of the greenest boroughs in Greater Manchester, won gold in the 2018 RHS Britain in Bloom Awards and boasts eight green flag parks. 

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New major developments are transforming Rochdale town centre. The new Rochdale Riverside leisure and retail complex includes a new cinema, big name stores like Marks & Spencer and Next, quality restaurants, and sits alongside a modern transport system and state-of the-art offices.

This transformational work means increasing numbers of businesses are choosing to locate in the borough and huge numbers of stylish new homes have being built to accommodate the people who are moving here, with more under construction. Beautiful new family homes in great locations with superfast broadband.


The area boasts excellent schools, shopping facilities, a diverse and interesting range of visitor attractions, stunning countryside and a number of thriving local centres. The town has excellent motorway, major rail links (including a regular service which is less than 2 hours to London) and is a short drive from Manchester International Airport.

Stockport ‘s hinterland covers the much sought-after suburbs of Wilmslow, Didsbury, Macclesfield and Bramhall. Closer to the town centre are the areas of Heaton Norris, Heaton Chap Heaton Moor – all within a couple of miles of Stockport with a good mix of apartments, traditional and family housing – and all conveniently located along the main route linking Stockport to Manchester.

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As one of the fastest growing towns in the North West, Stockport is also one of the greenest with 45 per cent of the region classified as greenbelt and home to 30 parks, over a million trees and the gateway to the Peak District National Park. Three rivers wind through the area, linked by walking and cycling trails to urban and countryside parks.

Stockport’s attractions include Bramall Hall, Lyme Park, Styal Country Park, Vernon Park, Hat Works Museum of Hatting, Stockport Museum, Air Raid Shelter and the 14th Century Chadkirk Chapel and Country estate.

The vibrant and exciting city of Manchester is only a 20 minutes from Stockport and offers some of the best arts and entertainment outside London. Add to this world-class sport including football, rugby, cycling as well as top-quality shopping both in Stockport, Manchester and the nearby Trafford Centre all within easy reach.

Tameside and Glossop

The Borough of Tameside lies to the East of Greater Manchester, stretching eastwards from the urban hub of Manchester to the moors of the Peak District. Tameside shares borders with Oldham, Manchester, Stockport and the Derbyshire Borough of High Peak. Tameside is well connected to the region and beyond by the M60 and M67 motorways and quality rail links to Manchester and Yorkshire.

Dovestone Reservoir lies where the valleys of the Greenfield and Chew Brooks converge together above the village of Greenfield, on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester
Vibrant purple heather being illuminated by the setting sun in the Peak District.
Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale Lancashire
Stockport in North West England (UK). Part of Greater Manchester. Town Hall.
Park Bridge Heritage Centre Gardens