“ Bury / Greater Manchester / England „
Bury market is officially the best market in Britain and has won the award on several occasions. The full market is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the market hall open daily, there is also a very good fish and meat market to. The stall owners I find are friendly, genuine and down to earth people who you can always have a laugh/banter with. There are so many stalls you can buy pretty much anything you want there, shop (slight) seconds in clothing, shoes, tools anything to your fruit and veg, and being Located next to the Interchange and Metrolink its ideal for easy transport to and from Bury town centre, coach trips are available from most nearby places and I've known coaches to come as far as Chesterfield or York (maybe further). Burys Market is World Famous and I would definitely recommended a trip, but be warned, allow yourself a good few hours to walk round.
I've grown up in around The Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Greater Manchester, and till live there today. There aren't many attractions in Bury but Bury Market is apparently World Famous so was surprised to find it wasn't already on dooyou.
Last year 700 coach trips visited Bury Market and many coach rips offer excursions to the market. I once heard of a hotel in Blackpool offering an Mystery Tour which actually ended up Bury, I never believed it until my in laws went for a long weekend in Blackpool last year, decided to take the Mystery tour and ended up back in Bury (it could only happen to them).
Where Is It
Bury Market is slap bang in the middle of Bury town centre. There are excellent motorway links from the M62 and M66. As it lies right next to the town's bus station and Metrolink system it's very easily accessible from all parts of Manchester and most places in Lancashire. The Market is also a popular excursion for coach parties and the coach drop off point is outside the tourist information centre and art gallery and then it's just a short walk from there.
What Is It
Bury Market consists of:
Bury Market Hall (indoor market)
Meat and Fish Hall
Main Market (outdoor)
Flea Market (outdoor)
Bury Market Hall
Bury has had a market hall since 1901, the present market hall incorporated the Meat and Fish Hall until a few years ago when the whole of Bury town centre underwent a revamp. The Meat and Fish traders were then given their own hall; this made it better for customers cos it wasn't very pleasant going to buy new clothes or shoes when all you could smell was fish.
There is a wide range of variety in the indoor, from cooked meats to kids and adult clothing, haberdashery and fabric stalls, cafes and delicatessens, furniture, curtains, shoes toys and loads more, it's a bargain hunter's paradise. The hall accommodates over 70 stalls and units.
Meat & Fish Hall
When Bury was modernised the traders on the Meat and Fish market wee given their own purpose built hall right in the heart of the market. The meat is usually cheaper and of better quality than you will find in any supermarket and there is an excellent range of different meats and cuts. They often do offers on trays for meat which I highly recommend as it can all be frozen, they will even bag the trays up separately for you if that's what you want to do.
The fish is again usually cheaper and better then the supermarket there is a wide range from your everyday cod and haddock to swordfish, shark steaks and squid. The traders are dead friendly and if you're trying something you've never had before they'll share their tips on how best to cook and serve it.
Main Market (Outdoor)
This is definitely the best market in the North West but it's also the current holder of the Market of the Year Award (2006).
The market offers a wide range of product and is especially good for fruit and veg and flowers and plants, cheese and Bury's very own delicacy, Black Pudding.
You'll also find various places to get a bite to eat or a drink while meandering around. There is also an old fashioned carousel and lucky dip stall for the kids.
There is 370 stalls on the outdoor market so it would be stupid (as well a take me a very long time) to list them all, but if there is something you want you probably won't be disappointed.
Although there are regular traders on the flea market, almost anyone can get a stall. It sells loads of different things but it's generally a bit like a car boot sale, which is ok cos it's easier to haggle if you see something you want.
Market Hall is open everyday except Sunday and opens 9am-5.15pm (it's even open Bank Holidays)
Meat & Fish Hall is open everyday from 9am-5pm except for Sundays and it also shuts at 1pm on Tuesday afternoons.
Main Market is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm
Flea Market is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm
Official market days are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. You'll find more produce available and better offers on the market days.
Bury has plenty of parking available all a short distance from the Market but none of it is free, the multi storey car park has both tableland parent and child parking and this is a ticket machine car park. All other car parks in Bury are pay and display. There has been a massive crackdown on parking in Bury and Traffic wardens are always around somewhere so make sure you get a ticket or it's a £30 fine.
The markets toilets are situated in the indoor market hall at the back but there are also public toilets at the Bus Station, in The Millgate Shopping Centre and in various cafes and pubs that are nearby.
Eating and Drinking
There are 2 cafes on the indoor market but you can also buy hot and cold sandwiches form some the delis. On the outdoor market there are cafes, a chip shop, a stall which sells cooked new potatoes (great for winter covered with salt and butter), a stall which sells freshly cooked authentic doughnuts ( very fattening but to die for) and if you really want to enhance your Bury experience a Chadwick's sells cooked Black puddings ready to eat or Tripe.
If none of this takes your fancy, there are plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes scattered all about Bury and all within walking distance of the market.
Other Stuff to See In Bury
If you've come for shopping the Millgate Centre is situated next to the Market and has the usual retail outlets that you'll find in many of Britain's town centres.
The East Lancs Railway- Steam trains that run from Bury to Rawtenstall or vice-versa. (http://www.east-lancs-rly.co.uk)
Bury Art gallery And Museum - It did have a Lowry until the council ran out of money so sold it.
I generally love Bury Market, they sell everything and it's cheap but quality. The problems are that too many people get under your feet and it's hard to move cos it gets so busy in the run up to Christmas. If you live in the North West it's defiantly worth a visit otherwise you might just find it a bit too far to go just for shopping.
Bury Market offers traditional values, modern shopping and inexpensive parking. Every year Bury Market attracts hundreds of thousands of shoppers drawn by the many bargains and sheer variety that can be found there. Bury Market has been voted a "Top Ten UK food market". It is a popular destination with many U.K. coach companies and has gained the reputation of 'Bury's World Famous Market' from the many customers all over the world who keep coming back to visit.