Rochdale has a well-earned reputation as one of the heritage capitals of Greater Manchester, and no visit to the town is complete without taking in at least some of its historic landmarks.
Head straight for The Esplanade in the north of the town, home to the award-winning Touchstones, an arts and heritage centre, complete with gallery and museum, covering everything from town history to contemporary art and ceramics. The centre is just a few minutes' walk from Rochdale's majestic gothic-revival style town hall, so be sure to enjoy its breathtaking architecture on route.
To sample the Rochdale of today, look no further than the brand new Rochdale Leisure Centre, the first step in much larger regeneration project for the town. The state-of-the-art centre is home to an Olympic-sized pool and gym as well as contemporary thermal centre, the ideal place for escape and relaxation.
Finally, Rochdale has some of the north-west's most vibrant nightlife outside of Manchester, so you should get dolled up and head out at least once before you leave. Slip into sophistication at Dewine on Oldham Road before painting the town red at the nearby Essence Nightclub, Rochdale's premier venue.