About the Area
Salford is about 200 miles north west of London. With excellent road and public transport links to all parts of the UK, the city is well placed as a visitor and commercial centre. And Manchester International Airport, gateway to over 200 international destinations, is just a few miles away too.
The city of Salford covers 37 square miles and the five districts of Salford, Eccles, Worsley, Irlam and Cadishead, and Swinton and Pendlebury. Some 220,000 people are proud to call Salford their home.
The Blackfriars, Broughton and Ordsall districts of central Salford are just one minute's walk from the heart of Manchester's shopping and central business districts - just across the River Irwell which runs between the two cities.
Salford's closeness to Manchester city centre makes it an important part of the economy and culture that is driving England's north west forward. Salford and Manchester enjoy a unique situation: their connection creates a wealth of opportunities ranging from the potential for business relocation and development to establishing Salford's waterways and watersides as key regional and national visitor attractions and turning the city into a residential area of choice within Greater Manchester.
Sports enthusiasts have world famous football, rugby and cricket to choose from. The AJ Bell Stadium is home to top flight teams from rugby league, Salford Red Devils, and rugby union, Sale Sharks, with Manchester United Football Club and Lancashire Cricket Club both within kicking distance of the city.
Over half the city is made up of green spaces and features forests, nature reserves, mosslands, parklands and picturesque villages. There are hundreds of acres of beautiful park with a variety of wildlife habitats. Salford has the UK's only orange canal, wetland, ponds and a fishing lake.
Salford is well known as a channel for academic and business talent. Children get a great start at a wide range of schools, further education colleges and the award-winning University of Salford. Over 150 big name firms including Cussons, Avis Car Hire and BUPA are based in Salford.
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.
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.
Outdoor attractions include four countryside centres, three nature reserves and 28 parks, including the award-winning Alexandra Park. This beautiful, 78-acre green space boasts Grade II status from English Heritage and,along with Dunwood Park in Shaw, has received a prestigious Green Flag Award for international-standard facilities and excellent conservation and heritage work.
Oldham’s myriad of museums, galleries, music venues, theatres and libraries create a rich cultural scene. The Coliseum Theatre is well known for its fantastic productions and will soon be redeveloped as part of our Cultural Quarter which will include a new Heritage Centre. Gallery Oldham, meanwhile, has one of the largest exhibition programmes in the North West while our Old Town Hall ODEON multiplex cinema and restaurant complex is one of the most spectacular heritage building conversions in the country.
Oldham have invested £137 million in three new build academies and existing school buildings. University Campus Oldham and the Regional Science Centre Oldham, the first facility of its type in the country, are other examples of our thriving education offer.
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.
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
Geographically, Bury is an attractive blend of both town and country. With excellent transport links and a fast and frequent Metrolink service from Bury to Manchester city centre and beyond, it’s a brilliant place to base yourself and for reaching elsewhere.
Bury is located within the northern part of Greater Manchester, approximately 30 minutes away from Manchester city centre or Manchester airport and around an hour and a half from the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and the unique Lake District.
A huge amount of investment has gone into Bury in recent years. Both investment and opportunities continue to flow into the borough, leading to ongoing success across a wide range of areas.
Bury is a safe place with one of the lowest crime rates in the region and one of the highest performing education authorities. There’s a wide choice of quality homes, good local shopping, a great town centre retail and leisure offer and house prices that are lower than in southern counterparts.
This former engine house of the Industrial Revolution was once one of Britain's wealthiest towns and an important trading post for the country's wool merchants. It boasts one of the finest town halls in the country and is the place where the worldwide Co-operative movement was born.
Steeped in history and heritage, and surrounded by majestic countryside and wild open spaces, Rochdale is one of the biggest and most important towns in the UK.
Rochdale's history can be traced right back to the Doomsday Book in 1086, named as 'Recedam Manor', changing to 'Rachedale' and then eventually 'Rochdale'. In 1251 Rochdale was granted the Royal Charter.
In the heart of the borough, with a proud history as the birthplace of the Co-operative Movement, Rochdale town centre has a rich heritage. The beautiful 19th century Town Hall remains the jewel in Rochdale's crown and the town's fascinating history can be explored at Touchstones Rochdale museum, art gallery and cafe.
There’s a lot to discover in Manchester and the North West of England. You will enjoy close proximity to first class entertainment, shopping and leisure facilities in one of the UK’s most dynamic, culturally diverse and socially vibrant regions. The region has a lot to offer, hosting major events and having many fantastic attractions. There’s also fine dining, a great night out in the city or the tranquil settings of the Peak District right on the doorstep. The local house prices & cost of living are low with excellent schools, an international airport & some world famous sporting teams.