For nearly 200 years, Park Bridge Ironworks was a thriving family business. Hundreds of people were employed here and its iron and steel were exported around the world. Nestling in the beautiful countryside of the Medlock Valley, here you can discover the fascinating past of this once busy ironworks.
Set in the old stables, Park Bridge Heritage Centre tells the story of this early industrial settlement up to the present day and the wealth of wildlife that has taken over since its demise.
From bird box building to environmental art, craft days and guided walks... a programme of countryside events runs throughout the year.
Park Bridge Management Plan 3.82 MB gives more information about the site as well as plans for the continued management by the Countryside Service.
Park Bridge is the ideal place to spend an afternoon.
- The Information room has leaflets on local walks.
- There are several trails around Park Bridge taking in the extensive history and geology of the area.
- You can have a picnic at the landscaped ruins nearby, or you could join in on one of the events we run throughout the year.
- There are toilets (including for people with a disability) and ample car parking.
- Park Bridge is also an excellent starting point for walks to Daisy Nook, Hartshead Pike, Knott Hill and beyond.
You can visit the area all year round for free.
The Stables Tearoom
- The tearoom is open from 10am - 3pm, Wednesdays - Sundays throughout the year. It is a family run business and serves delicious home made food in the former lounge of the head stableman.
Heritage Centre Opening Times
- The information room and toilets are open every day 10am - 3pm except for occasional Mondays and Tuesdays.
- The Heritage Centre is open by appointment only.
For more information about Park Bridge and the Heritage Centre opening times and other countryside areas contact:
Park Bridge Heritage Centre, The Stables, Park Bridge, Ashton under Lyne Tameside, OL6 8AQ. Or 0161 330 9613