Introducing Bury

Geographically, Bury is an attractive blend of both town and country – a great place to live, work, study and visit.  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.

Discover the range of high street fashion brands, independent retailers and fantastic entertainment available at this premier shopping and leisure destination.

Bury is located within the northern part of Greater Manchester, approximately 30 minutes away from Manchester City Centre and 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.

Bury Statistics

  • Population:187k 
  • 9,900: Hectares

Our 'Let’s Do It' Strategy

We have an opportunity to develop every township in the borough to be better and stronger than before the pandemic. We can tackle the causes of inequality. We can ensure that our children have a better start in life, with access to improved education and broader horizons. We can help every adult to have the opportunity to be their very best through access to high quality, local work. We can make sure that older residents stay connected and independent. We can confront the great challenges ahead of us, from supporting local businesses to recover and thrive, to delivering net zero emissions and a cleaner environment for all. This Bury 2030 Community Strategy sets out the ambition and ideas of our communities, businesses and public service leaders to build back a better borough of Bury over the next ten years.

We have looked at our strengths, for example: our accolade as the first Greater Manchester Town of Culture in 2020; our new integrated ways of delivering health and social care; our award winning town centres and green spaces and our resilient communities that are supporting each other and standing strong in the face of a global pandemic.

Our vision for Bury 2030 is built upon conversations with communities and the goal is simple: to stand out as a place that is achieving faster economic growth than the national average, with lower than national average levels of deprivation.

By 2030 we will collectively tackle these deep rooted issues by giving everyone the encouragement and support to play their part; joining together the delivery of all public services as one and delivering an ambitious plan for both social and economic infrastructure.

How will we measure our progress?

Our ambition is that by 2030:

  • The borough of Bury will have made the fastest improvement in reducing levels of deprivation than any other post-industrial northern locality.
  • We will be measured against comparable boroughs and the Greater Manchester authorities.
  • To achieve this means reversing the decline seen in 2015.
  • It is dependent on us making progress against all the aspects of this Strategy particularly economic growth
  • It accepts the impact of the pandemic but sets out an ambition to recover faster than others.

We will measure our progress to achieving this ambition by tracking seven core outcome measures:

  1. Improved quality of life
  2. Improved early years development
  3. Improved educational attainment
  4. Increased adult skill levels and employability
  5. Inclusive economic growth
  6. Carbon neutrality by 2038
  7. Improved digital connectivity

These outcome measure are explained in more detail later in the full document below:


The COVID pandemic has affected many things around the world and not least the world of work. As the country comes out of lockdown Bury Council and Bury CCG have adopted an agile working model. It's a move towards a culture that work is what we do, not a place to where we go. It applies to all staff, subject to the requirement of their role and sees all workers normally completing routine desk-based activity off site, such as at home, rather than at a workplace. Regular ‘face time’ will be arranged with colleagues, line managers and customers at the most appropriate time and place. It means a paper-free, digital-first approach with minimal travel. COVID-19 has not gone away, however, and we continue to follow the latest government guidance and update our plans accordingly. The health and safety of our staff remain our top priority.

A great place to live

  • Bury boasts an attractive environment with good quality housing and superb access to Manchester and beyond.  With a wide range of housing from traditional stone built cottages, and stylish apartments to executive homes, there’s something to suit all budgets and tastes.
  • Bury has been named the 17th best place for families to live in England and Wales, taking account of factors such as education, crime levels, childcare costs, local amenities, affordable housing, culture and green space.  Bury is the only town in Greater Manchester to make this grade and not only this, The Office for National Statistics has declared Bury as the happiest part of Greater Manchester.
  • The ultimate mix of both town and countryside, Bury is wrapped around the valley of the River Irwell and nestles under the Pennine hills.  Across the borough there are 12 Green Flag national standard parks, over 60 play areas and more than 20 multi-play ball zones as well as tennis courts, outdoor gyms, bowling greens, 3-2-1 routes, accessible walks and sports pitches.  Opportunities for outdoor play and outdoor pursuits are plentiful.    
  • On the shopping front, Bury has several neighbourhood shopping locations as well as The Rock retail and leisure complex, Mill Gate indoor shopping centre and Bury’s famous indoor and outdoor markets.
  • Employment opportunities too are varied and plentiful and with such excellent transport links travel is easy to and from work, either within Bury or wider afield.

A great place to work

  • In addition to Bury Council, Bury has a diverse mix of employers.  Ranging from big multi-nationals such as Milliken Industrials and Tetrosyl (a world famous brand that is still a family business) to the largest number of small to medium enterprise businesses in Greater Manchester.  Entrepreneurialism is most definitely in the borough’s DNA making Bury a great place to work.
  • Working in Bury town centre you may be amazed to see a steam train pass by your window.  Shopping, culture, bars and restaurants are all within walking distance too.
  • The borough’s outlying towns (Prestwich, Radcliffe, Ramsbottom, Tottington and Whitefield) also all have their own unique offer.
  • So if a combination of work and relaxation are important to you – Bury is the place to be!

A great place to study

  •  In terms of local education opportunities, standards of education have long been among the best with highly rated schools and exam results traditionally above the UK average.
  • 87.3% of primary school pupils and 71.4% of secondary school pupils attend a good or outstanding school. (Stats. January 2018)
  • The college campus at Bury College is packed with the latest facilities, resources and accommodation.  Over recent years £48 million has been invested in developing the main campus and plans are underway to broaden its education offer further via a merger with the University of Bolton.
  • Holy Cross Sixth Form college and University Centre has been rated one of the top ten sixth form colleges nationwide.  Thanks to its partnership links with a range of universities across the country students can take both degrees and higher education courses.  The Sixth Form College, on the outskirts of Bury town centre, has a long track record as a specialist A Level centre.
  • Bury Adult Learning Centre has also achieved a great Ofsted result and offers loads of opportunities for learning for leisure, developing skills for work and caters extensively for people with additional needs.

 A great place to visit

  • Bury has much to offer in terms of award winning attractions, stunning open spaces and fantastic food and drink.
  • At the East Lancashire Heritage Railway there’s the opportunity to step back in time and ride the 12 mile line through scenic countryside.  Every stop along the way offers a host of things to see and do from real ale bars and quirky tea rooms, independent boutiques and high street shopping, restaurants and cafes to museums, galleries, theatres and more.
  • Our lively towns and charming villages are all rich with heritage, history and fascinating stories, each offering their own unique and varied shopping, food and drink.
  • At Bury town centre you can shop till you drop at The Rock and at Mill Gate and if you head to Bury Market, Bury’s famous black puddings can be found - one of the country’s finest delicacies!
  • There’s also a whole host of opportunities to relax and unwind within miles of stunning open countryside with breathtaking views, rolling hills and vast moorlands - all within easy reach.  Peel Tower at the top of Holcombe Hill is a landmark seen for miles around, and if you take a walk to the top of the hill, there’s the chance to take in the spectacular views across the valley and to Manchester.  If the flag is flying then there’s the added bonus that the Tower is open to visitors.    
  • Burrs Green Flag Country Park and Caravan Club site is but a short distance away from Bury town Centre The park owes part of its existence to Bury’s industrial past, many remnants of which still exist today.  It is overlooked by Castlesteads, a raised area where a settlement was established in pre-Roman times.  Burrs is a great place to visit all year round and the ideal spot for walking, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, nature study and a variety or outdoor pursuits.
  • As well as much to see and do Bury has a busy year round calendar of events with lots to choose from both indoors and out.

 Awards and recognition

  • In 2019, Bury was awarded Greater Manchester Town of Culture
  • Bury has won the regional section of Britain in Bloom for 13 years running for its fantastic array of annual floral displays, innovative feature displays and partnership working with local volunteers, schools and businesses.
  • Bury’s famous market is four times winner of Best Market in Britain along with numerous other awards.
  • Bury town centre is ranked as the third best retail destination in Greater Manchester – close behind Manchester City Centre and the Trafford Centre (Javelin Group).
  • All twelve of Bury’s main parks are Green Flag accredited. The national Green Flag Award Scheme recognises excellence in green space management and measures parks against a range of important criteria. 
  • Ramsbottom, in the northern part of the borough, has been named as one of the best places to live in the North West. A survey by the Sunday Times found it was among the top 10 locations in the region.
  • Bury became the first town in Greater Manchester to fly the Purple Flag in recognition of its safe and thriving, family friendly night-time entertainment.