Easy, Leisurely

Rochdale Town Centre – Blue Plaque Trail


1 - 1.5 miles long

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Rochdale: Blue Plaque explaining the Church Steps cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Dr Neil Clifton - geograph.org.uk/p/5975522 – cropped from original

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From the Old Duke of Wellington Hotel to the gothic marvel of the Town Hall, you can now use the map to discover the rich history and influential people behind the pride of Rochdale.

The blue plaques commemorate famous people, places and historic events. They are there to surprise and to inform, and to help tell a story that can be as revealing to life-long residents as to those visiting for the first time. Few can resist glancing at them to see what they say. Was someone famous born here? Is there something unusual about this ordinary-looking building? Or did it play an important part in the history of the place?

The downloadable Blue Plaque Map will take you on a journey through the town centre to discover its rich cultural history.

This map shows the location of the 20 blue plaques erected up to the end of summer 2013, coupled with information on listed and historic buildings of great interest. You can use this information to create your own walk between the blue plaques and buildings. It can be as short or as long as you wish. We hope you enjoy your walk into Rochdale’s past and discover fantastic local stories!


Users can choose their own route between the blue plaques, making it largely accessible to both families with pushchairs and wheelchair users (with assistance in places). Note, however, that parts of Rochdale town centre do feature sleeper slopes, particular the area close to St Chad’s Church.

How to get there

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link shown on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcode shown into the TFGM journey planner at https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/


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