Oldham has earned itself a place in history being a centre of the textile
industry which flourished in the industrial revolution. The industry, is featured at both the
Museum and the independent Saddleworth
Museum. Much of Oldham's town centre architecture is Victorian.
Oldham is a friendly and lively town, with sport, the arts and entertainment
taking a high profile. At the Oldham
Art Gallery, one of the most progressive galleries in the North West, workshops and special events frequently
complement the exhibitions and the impressive collection which includes paintings by Constable, Turner and Lowry.
A wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports facilities are available. The sports centres offer
recreation for all, whilst outdoor play facilities and cultural events are featured in the parks.
On the doorstep of the town is the wild Pennine moorland of
with peat bogs, craggy outcrops and remnants of hillside quarries. The moor offers rugged walks for enthusiasts whilst
the valleys offer country lanes for those who like to enjoy the views without the strain. The area extends into the
District National Park, with dramatic scenery and opportunities for water sports, climbing and rambling.