The Undiscovered Gem of the North West
Tameside has something for everyone!
Enjoy a visit to one of our traditional market towns or relive the past at the exciting Portland Basin Museum.
This is a taster of what's on offer...
The Central Art Gallery in Ashton-under-Lyne has been totally refurbished to provide three excellent galleries. Paintings, sculptures and textiles are part of wide range of temporary exhibitions on show at the gallery.
Also, the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge has exciting exhibition programmes, plus a permanent collection of paintings from the 14h and 15th centuries.
The recently reopened Huddersfield Narrow Canal is just one of the canals to explore in Tameside and provides the opportunity to see spectacular Pennine scenery, while heritage cruises run throughout the summer from Portland Basin Museum.
Tameside has strong cultural links.
Every June the Tameside Brass Band Festival attracts the very best brass bands from around the world.
The picturesque Portland Basin Museum, situated at the confluence of three canals is the ideal place to discover the area's mining, glass making, hatting, gloving, textiles and canal heritage. With a chance to play hopscotch on the authentic 1920's street, it's a truly 'hands-on' experience.
Visit the Museum of the Manchester Regiment at Ashton Town Hall to hear the colourful story of the Manchester Regiment and see what life was like in a World War I trench.
Why not also take time to discover the Tameside Trail, the Tame Valley Way or the Etherow Goyt Valley Way which gives you the chance to experience and discover spectacular countryside right on the edge of the Pennines, with help from wardens based at the network of countryside centres. A full programme of events and walks is available on request.
There's a whole world of shopping to explore in Tameside from historic markets to mill shops and shopping centres.
Ashton-under-Lyne has one of the oldest and largest markets in the North West, which attracts and fascinates visitors from far and wide.
Denton, Hyde and Mossley also offer the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of traditional market towns.
Ashton is host to the biggest Farmers' and Producers' Market in the region on the last Sunday of each month, with something for everyone from home-baked cakes to aromatherapy products.
Ashton - Mon-Sat (Flea-Tues, Farmers Market last Sunday of each month)
Denton - Wed, Fri, Sat (Flea-Thurs)
Hyde - Wed-Sat (Flea-Mon)
Mossley - Thurs
Droylsden - Tues, Fri, Sat
Just seven miles east of Manchester and set in the foothills of the Pennines, Tameside offers the true blend of town and country with so much to explore.
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of market towns, idyllic Pennine villages, scenic canals, and experience the lifestyles, industries and crafts of previous generations.
While in Tameside don't miss Stalybridge Station's Buffet Bar, which retains many of the original features of the station's Victorian Refreshment Rooms, and take a step back in time at Wendy's Memory Lane on Stamford Street in Ashton where you'll find the largest collection of Shirley Temple memorabilia in the World!
Tameside is easily accessible - The M60, (J23,24) and the M67 link Tameside to the national motorway network.