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Working and Living in Rochdale

Rochdale is one of the best located and connected destinations in the North of England. Fast connections to the motorway network - alongside frequent train, tram and bus services - help make Rochdale an ideal location for business. The region offers a large and skilled workforce, and a highly competitive cost base. It is a leading centre for logistics, construction, manufacturing and advanced manufacturing businesses, and has a fast growing digital and creative sector. With spellbinding countryside on its doorstep, a rejuvenated town centre and fast and frequent links to Manchester, quality of life in Rochdale is among the best in the region.



Working in Rochdale

Rochdale is superbly located and connected, offering a wealth of opportunities to develop careers with some of the UK’s most progressive companies.

Rochdale is at the heart of a network of major roads and public transport links, making commuting into and out of the town easy. There are six Metrolink tram stops in Rochdale borough, and 5 trams an hour depart from Rochdale towards East Didsbury via Oldham and Manchester City Centre.

Rochdale is centrally located on the M62 motorway, putting much of the North of England within easy reach. To take just a few examples, Manchester (30 mins), Warrington (45 mins), Bradford (35 mins) and Leeds (45 mins) are all within an hour’s drive of Rochdale. Bolton and Halifax are only 35 minutes away.

Six trains an hour speed workers to and from Manchester in just 15 minutes. In the opposite direction, four trains an hour take passengers to and from Leeds in 70 minutes. Rochdale also enjoys direct rail connections to Salford, Wigan, Chester, Bradford, Burnley, Blackburn and Halifax.

Dave Brereton is born and bred in Rochdale and is best known as the founder and MD of IT company Myson Pages. There are many reasons why he loves Rochdale ...

David Brereton, Founder and MD of Myson Page

"Those connections help workers forge fulfilling careers in Rochdale. The town is home to a wide range of exceptional businesses in the manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, logistics and high-tech sectors, among others. Nationally and internationally renowned names include Zen Internet, Casey, Revilo, Simkiss Controls, Tetrosyl, Crown Oil, ASDA Wincanton, JD Sports and WCCTV. Business people in Rochdale also have access to a large and supportive network of peers. This is the home of cooperation, and Rochdale businesses help each other to thrive. Our Rochdale Ambassadors scheme, for example, harnesses the national networking activities of well-connected business people from across the region to promote the town as a place for business. A calendar of inspiring Ambassador events brings the community together to network, share ideas, and learn about the latest developments in Rochdale and the wider business world. Rochdale comes together to help its business community succeed."


James Hall, CloudPass Limited

"Nothing ever stopped me leaving Rochdale. I’ve worked away. I’ve travelled. But I’ve always wanted to come back. We can take for granted what we have here but this place has a lot going for it."



Living in Rochdale

From large family houses to smart modern apartments, Rochdale has a huge variety of affordable homes to rent and buy. And our vibrant neighbourhoods have the facilities to match.

Healey Dell, Rochdale

A town for culture and heritage

Rochdale is the birthplace of cooperation, and the cooperative spirit still permeates the town.

We celebrate our unique history at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, located on the site of the original cooperative store.

Touchstones is the Borough’s art and heritage centre, with regularly changing exhibitions and a packed timetable of family activities, workshops, talks, educational events and more.

A year long calendar of cultural events - from foodie feasts to festivals of literature and music - rounds off a vibrant cultural scene.

A town centre to be proud of

Our town is being transformed.
town centre

A £400 million regeneration programme is delivering a new leisure and retail heart alongside state-of-the-art civic facilities and transport infrastructure.

The opening up of the River Roch has brought medieval charm to the heart of the town centre.

The Rochdale Riverside leisure and retail complex opened in 2020, when Number One Riverside - the new home to the town’s central library, council offices and customer service centre - welcomed Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s full size diplodocus skeleton.

Work is also underway on the multi-million pound restoration of Rochdale’s magnificent Victorian Grade I listed Town Hall scheduled to complete in 2024. And there’s much more to come…

Sailing Hollingworth Lake

The Rochdale Riverside leisure and retail complex opened in 2020, when Number One Riverside - the new home to the town’s central library, council offices and customer service centre - welcomed Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s full size diplodocus skeleton.

 Work is also underway on the multi-million pound restoration of Rochdale’s magnificent Victorian Grade I listed Town Hall scheduled to complete in 2024. And there’s much more to come

An active town

Getting out and about is easy in Rochdale.

Eight Green Flag parks mean an attractive green space is never far away. Hollingworth Lake is our watersport hub, where you can sail, kayak and windsurf against a striking Pennine landscape.

Wonderful walking routes criss-cross the Borough. Organised groups - from bird watchers to history spotters - help everyone make the most of their unique surroundings.

Rochdale is home to a wide range of quality sport, fitness and recreation facilities – like Middleton Arena, Rochdale Leisure Centre, Heywood Sports Village and Littleborough Sports Centre. 

A town for families

Family football

An impressive 85% of the Borough’s schools are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, but families need more than good schools.

We offer family activities across all our Link4Life venues (from leisure centres to art galleries), alongside a full calendar of family fun days, activities for under 5s and school holiday programmes.

Our calendar of special events - from the Children’s Literature Festival in July to the Artisan markets - is designed with families firmly in mind.

A town for nightlife

Rochdale at Night

The rejuvenation of our town has created a profusion of cafes, bars and restaurants. A multi-screen cinema will open as part of the Rochdale Riverside project.

Rochdale hosts the annual Feel Good Festival, a music festival across multiple venues, and the hugely popular Rochdale Food and Drink Festival, among many others. 

Outside the town centre, Middleton Arena and Heywood Civic Centre offer a rolling programme of live music, comedy, theatre, pantomime, cinema, NT Live theatre and community events.

A connected town

Live in Rochdale and you have the culture and entertainment of an entire region on your doorstep. Rochdale lies at the heart of Greater Manchester and the Northern Powerhouse, and trams, trains and buses speed you into the centre of Manchester in as little as 15 minutes. If you’re looking further afield, Manchester’s International Airport - the UK’s busiest outside London - is your gateway to the world.