Greater Manchester

Properties and events in Greater Manchester

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‘Remember when - Shopping in Didsbury’– a talk by Local Historian Dr Diana Leitch

Elm Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 6RL
In person
Pre-booking not required

A nostalgic look back at the changing highstreets of Didsbury and Didsbury Village by local historian Dr Diana Leitch.

Alexandra Park Manchester

Alexandra Park, 180 Russell Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M16 7JL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Chorlton Lodge in Alexandra Park Manchester. We will be showing our especially commissioned film about the history of the park at 1230 and again at 1330.

Archive Stories with Donna Claypool at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre

17 Oak Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5JD
In person
Pre-booking required

As part of Heritage Open Days 2024, join Donna Claypool for a free talk on the importance of Bolton Museum's extensive pattern book collection and her time at Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

Bamford Chapel and Norden URC. Illustrated talk at 2pm. Come take a look around this historic building and find out more about it's fascinating history.

Norden Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 5PQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Bamford Chapel has been at the heart of the community since 1801. Come and take a look around and listen to an illustrated talk to learn more about the fascinating social history of this non-conformist chapel.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Manchester - A Hindu place of worship

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Lees Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 8BQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A modern building incorporating traditional design and artwork with guided tours provides an insight into Hindu beliefs and practice.

Behind the scenes of The Conservation Studio

People's History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3ER
In person
Pre-booking required

Go behind the scenes of The Conservation Studio at People's History Museum. Learn about the world’s largest collection of trade union and political banners, how techniques of production have changed and how the museum’s collection is cared for today.

Bells of St Paul’s

St Paul's Church, Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, SK15 2PT
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Paul’s Parish Church Stalybridge will be open to the public on Saturday, 14th September with the opportunity to view our bell tower and enjoy our Saturday cafe. A warm invitation is extended to all.

Christ Church, West Didsbury

Darley Avenue, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2ZD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover our Alabaster and marble WWI memorial and gain an insight into the consecration and opening of the church.

Daisy Nook Canal History Walk

Daisy Nook Country Park, Stannybrook Road, Newmarket Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, M35 9WJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guided walk at an easy pace to see and hear about the surprising number of historic features in this small section of the Droylsden to Hollinwood canal and hear some of the history of the canal and the area. The walk will take around 90 minutes.

Didsbury Church of England Primary School

Elm Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 6RL
In person
Pre-booking not required

The present site dates from 1878 with a Grade II listed Arts and Crafts building designed by John Swarbrick, a member of the Manchester Society of Architects and modelled on the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Didsbury Library

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2DN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the Carnegie Library which was built in 1915.

Dukinfield Old Chapel (Unitarian)

Old Chapel (Unitarian), Chapel Hill, Old Road, Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, SK16 4EN
In person
Pre-booking not required

See our imposing neo-Gothic Grade II* listed chapel with its impressive stained glass, unusual cantilever pulpit door, crypt with a mysterious well and fascinating graveyard. The chapel is part of the local Beatrix Potter Trail.

Fairfield Moravian Settlement

Fairfield Moravian Church, 29 Fairfield Square, 10 Fairfield Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M43 6AD
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Fairfield Moravian Church and Settlement are of unique importance nationally, being the largest of its kind in Britain. It has been made into a Conservation Area with all of its buildings listed as being of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

Hare Hill House, Littleborough

Hare Hill House, Hare Hill Park, Hare Hill Road, Littleborough, Greater Manchester, OL15 9HE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Hare Hill House dating from the late 18th century has been at the centre of the development of Littleborough for almost 250 years. Currently being transformed to create a much needed and valued community heritage asset.

Heaton Hall Manchester Open Days

Heaton Hall, Heaton Park, Manchester, St Margaret's Road Entrance, Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 2GT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Heaton Hall is normally only open on the second Sunday of each month from April to September. For the Heritage Open Days we are opening on both the Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th September from 12 noon until 4 pm.

Heights Chapel Delph Open Weekend

Heights Chapel, Heights Lane, Delph, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL3 5TU
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Chapel will be open, with displays, 1330-1630 both days. Short Evensong 1600 on the 15th Grave yard Tours weather dependent

Heritage Pub Trail in Rochdale Town Centre

The first stop of the trail will be The Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL12 0NU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Rochdale town centre is a real haven for pub venues and we are so lucky to have such a great offering of chains and independents. The trail will involve visiting 9 historic venues which includes a temperance pop up bar within the Pioneers Museum.

Holy Name Church Guided Visit

339 Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9PG
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Pre-booking not required

Church open Mon-Fri 1000-1200, & 1300-1600 Sat 7 Sep 1300-1700, Sun 8 Sep 1230-1700, which show how it is used for worship and the history of the building and the community worshipping here for the last century and a half.

Holy Trinity Church, Horwich

Holy Trinity Horwich Parish Church, Church Street, Horwich, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 6AA
In person
Pre-booking not required

A warm friendly church with many interesting features. Displays by Horwich Heritage & others.

Lancashire Mining Museum Battle of Britain Afternoon tea and Bevin Boys display

Lancashire Mining Museum, Higher Green Lane, Astley, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M29 7JB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Commemorating the Battle of Britain and coal mining during the Second World War, remembering the Bevin Boys who were drafted into the coal mines to help the war effort. The winding engine will be running, and the lamp room and cottage will be open.

Long Street Methodist Church and School

97 Long Street, Middleton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M24 6UN
In person
Pre-booking not required

One of Middleton's 'Golden Cluster' of historic buildings, this Arts and Crafts inspired church and former schoolrooms is a masterpiece designed by Edgar Wood (1860-1935

Makers, Music & Masonry

61 Ellesmere Street, Leigh, Greater Manchester, WN7 4LQ
In person
Book on day

Ever wondered what happens inside a Freemason's lodge? Gain access to the mysteries and secrets of the lodge room for one day only whilst also enjoying our family-friendly makers, music and masonry festival. Live music, artisan markets, and more.

Manchester Islamic Centre and Didsbury Mosque

271 Burton Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2WA
In person
Pre-booking not required

A warm welcome to this interesting Centre and Mosque is guaranteed.

Middleton Parish Church

St. Leonards Square, Middleton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M24 6DJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore the Grade I listed church of St Leonard dates from 1100 and was rebuilt 1412 incorporating Norman arches and enlarged 1524.

Milnrow Parish Church (St James the Apostle)

St. James Street, Milnrow, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16 3JT
In person
Pre-booking not required

St James The Apostle, Milnrow Visit this Grade II listed Church which has been on its present site for over 150 years.

Radcliffe Parish Church of St Mary, Greater Manchester/ Eco/Environment

Church Green, Radcliffe, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M26 2QA
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Mary's is a Grade I listed building, parts of which date to the 13th century. James de Radcliffe 1355-1410 is interred inside. Nearby are the ruins of the de Radcliffe's ancestral home - Radcliffe Tower, and the Grade II Tithe barn circa 1700.

Rochdale Canal - Co-ops and Connections

Lock 50 Rochdale Canal, Oldham Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16 5RD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and meet staff and volunteers from the Co-op Heritage Trust and Canal and River Trust to find out how the Rochdale Canal was part of the Co-ops success story.

Rochdale Old Fire Station

Fireground, Old Fire Station, Maclure Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 1DN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Fireground museum of firefighting , with tours of the fire station building and former ballroom

Rochdale Parish Church of St Chad

Rochdale Parish Church of St Chad, Sparrow Hill, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16 1QT
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Parish Church has stood on the hill overlooking the town for well over 1000 years. Records of vicars go back 830 years. An illustrated booklet is available to purchase.

Rochdale Town Centre Heritage Trail

Floor 3, Number 1 Riverside, Smith St, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16 1XU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Rochdale Development Agency will celebrate the town's history and culture be creating a Heritage Trail of interactive events and activities on the weekend of 7th and 8th September, taking audiences on a tour of hidden gems and historical tales.

Rubbish to Resource - See your recycling in action

Longley Lane, Sharston, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M22 4RQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Behind the scenes at the recycling centre.

Saddleworth St Chad Parish Church

Church Lane, Uppermill, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL36LW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Saddleworth St Chad Church known as the ‘Parish on the Moor’ is listed by Historic England as a Grade II* building ‘at risk’. This means that the building is of special interest and warranting every effort to preserve it.

Salford Road Solar Farm

Salford Road Solar Farm, Salford Road, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL5 1DG
In person
Pre-booking required

See how sunlight is converted into electricity! Your chance to visit the largest public sector owned solar farm in the North West. See how sunlight is being used to generate electricity and why it is near the waste treatment facilities.

St Aidan's Church Open Day

Manchester Road, Sudden, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 3EL
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to visit this Grade II* Temple Moore Church.

St Andrew's Church Eccles

Chadwick Road, Eccles, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M30 0NZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Grade II* Victorian Church open for people to look round with self guided leaflets or with guided tours

St Gabriel's Parish Church, Prestwich

St Gabriel's Parish Church, Bishops Road, Prestwich, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 0HT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore inside a rare Art Deco church, built in 1932-33, and see an exhibition telling the story of the local community - through contemporary local magazines, photographs, original maps and parish registers, from 1910.

St James with St Thomas Church. Poolstock. Wigan. Greater Manchester.

St. James Centre, Church Street, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN3 5DZ
In person
Book on day

Climb the tower steps and enjoy a Bell ringing experience. See the experts at work and maybe have a go yourself. Visit our beautiful church and enjoy a free tour. Faith cafe open on a pay as you feel basis.

St John the Baptist Church

Dowling Street, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 1EX
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Church contains one of the largest pieces of artwork in the North West.

St Margaret's Church

St. Margaret's Church, Rufford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M16 8AE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover St Margaret's Church this Heritage Open Day, with beautiful stained glass windows, carved oak pews and church furniture.

St Margaret's Church

St. Margarets Road, Prestwich, Greater Manchester, M25 2QB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and look round our beautiful church. Refreshments available.

St Mary’s Church - Newton Hyde

Bower Court, Off Talbot Road, Newton, Hyde, Greater Manchester, SK14 4HL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Grade II listed Church of England church. Stained glass windows. Interior elements include fixed pews and galleries with box seating. Other fixtures include a stone font and pulpit, a wooden lectern, and various memorial tablets.

St Nicholas Church, Burnage

408 Kingsway, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M19 1PL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Major architectural landmark on one of Manchester's busiest arterial roads.

St Peter's Church, Firs Lane

Firs Lane, Leigh, Leigh, Greater Manchester, wn7 4sb
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Peter's Church is situated in Leigh Greater Manchester and is a Grade II* listed building built in 1881. One of the most interesting features in our church is the pulpit, which came from Manchester Catherdal during the Second World War.

St.George's Church, Mossley

Stamford Street, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL5 0HT
In person
Pre-booking not required

"The Cathedral of the Pennines", St. George's Church Mossley will be opening its doors again this year for HODs 2024 and we are focusing on Routes - Networks - Connections

Stockport Garrick Theatre

Stockport Garrick Theatre Ltd, Exchange Street, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK3 0EJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Take a backstage guided tour of Stockport Garrick Theatre. Audience members usually only see the public rooms and the auditorium, this is an opportunity to look behind the scenes. Plus a history presentation and photo ops.

Stockport Town Hall

Stockport Town Hall, Edward Street, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK1 3XE
In person
Pre-booking required

Stockport Town Hall is thrilled to be throwing open its doors to celebrate Heritage Open Days 2024. Come and find the devils head, discover the trouble with toilets and view rooms used for filming of Peaky Blinders and Coronation Street.

The Old Parsonage

Old Parsonage, Stenner Lane, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2RQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Home of Fletcher Moss Alderman, philanthropist, JP and author. The house is now a community space. A rare stained glass sundial window has been installed in the building.

Tour of the Mechanics Institute, birthplace of the TUC.

Mechanics Centre Ltd, 103 Princess Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 6DD
In person
Pre-booking preferred

The Mechanics Institute is a grade II* listed building it is best known as the birthplace of the TUC which was founded in the building in 1868, and Manchester's two universities have their roots in the building.

Visit our Renew Hub

Nash Road, Trafford Park, Stretford, Trafford, Greater Manchester, M17 1SX
In person
Pre-booking required

Come and see where the items donated by the people of Greater Manchester are repaired, upcycled and put back into reuse!

Withington Baths Heritage Tour

30 Burton Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 3EB
In person
Pre-booking required

Withington Baths is Manchester’s last working heritage pool. Thanks to National Lottery Heritage Fund we have been able to do vital repairs to our Edwardian building. Please join us for a free tour of our much-loved building.