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.
Download the 'Park Bridge Heritage Trail' (2.06MB) A short walk to discover the industrial past of Park Bridge.
You can read reminiscences from many of the old workers and villagers about life in Park Bridge. Old photographs are frequently being added.
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 (3.82MB) 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.
Heritage Centre Opening Times
- The information room and toilets may be open on weekdays.
- 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 OL6 8AQ. Or 0161 330 9613
Or for more information visit the Countryside website.