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Rochdale car rental will assist you in zipping around town at your own pace, as well as seeing nearby attractions...
Just minutes from the border with West Yorkshire, the town of Rochdale is in a prime position for making the most of the nearby countryside while offering urban amenities in both the town itself and the sprawling and vibrant city that is Manchester. Rochdale is just 10 miles to the north of Manchester, where world-class shopping meets excellent dining and wild nightlife.
Much like many other towns and cities in the north, Rochdale saw its fortunes fly high during the 19th century, with mills popping up all over the area to serve the demanding needs of the textile industry. Of course, much like those other places, the trade eventually declined. The Rochdale of today trades on being a welcoming and friendly place to live, work and play, with a host of attractions and ribbons of pretty countryside just minutes away.
The excellent Pioneers Museum showcases Rochdale's role as the birthplace of the co-operative movement and it is worth a look. You can also journey back in time alongside the Rochdale Canal, which has a number of pleasant walks along the water's edge. It runs in the south of town, while the rivers Roch and Spodden meet in the town centre.
Though it was canal transportation that helped Rochdale boom during the Industrial Revolution, the East Lancashire Railway draws visitors every weekend to see steam and diesel engines at work. Travel to nearby Heywood, a 10-minute drive from Rochdale, to see these hulking beasts pull away from the station or hop on one to admire the surrounding countryside and enjoy the kind of journey that time has almost forgotten.
It's wise to book car hire in advance to secure the best deals. You can compare prices when you use TravelSupermarket's search tool. Collect your vehicle at a convenient location in downtown Rochdale.
When you get a deal on car hire, Rochdale becomes a great base from which to see more of England's north west...
From the big cities of the north to the big hills and valleys that surround them, when you put Rochdale in your rear-view mirror there's a world of adventures in front of you.
Staying close to town, Healey Dell Nature Reserve is just a 10-minute drive to the north. The woods, waterfalls and soaring stone bridges at this wondrous spot have a fairy-tale-like quality - in fact, you can even take the children to see the Healey Dell Fairy Godmother at her Fairy Grotto, so there's plenty of scope for whimsical tales that will entertain little minds for hours.
For big city pleasures you have a number of options close by. Manchester is a mere half-hour drive from Rochdale and offers everything you could want from a world-class city. Famed for its sporting teams, there are also museums, art galleries, restaurants, bars and many, many shops in this buzzing metropolis. Head to the north east however, and you'll find the neighbouring Yorkshire cities of Bradford and Leeds, which offer very different scenes. For a taste of the industrial past of the north, journey a few minutes beyond Bradford and visit the Victorian model village of Saltaire. Dreamed up by wool mogul Sir Titus Salt to move his mill workers from the Bradford slums, the entire village, including the mill, has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
While Salt was building his village, just 20 minutes to the east a brood of creative sisters were staking their place alongside wool as another of Yorkshire's most famous exports. The Bronte sisters, Anne, Emily and Charlotte, lived in the parsonage at Haworth and the entire village holds a sacred place in the hearts of global literature fans, many of whom visit this little village in the Pennines.