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Rochdale Town Hall

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Address: Town Hall The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1706 924797
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
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Rochdale's fabulous Grade-I Victorian Gothic town hall is renowned...

Rochdale's fabulous Grade-I Victorian Gothic town hall is renowned worldwide for its unique and detailed architecture. The building was opened on 27th September 1871 by George Leach Ashworth, then Mayor of Rochdale at a cost of around £150,000. Full tours take place on the first Monday of each month at 2.15pm and last about 2 hours. Short tours take place every Wednesday at 2.15pm and lasts 1 hour.

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Man of the Year Luncheon

Had an excellent meal at the town hall for The Rochdale Man of The Year. Have yet to try the Clock Tower Restaurant but it looks fantastic.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had an excellent meal at the town hall for The Rochdale Man of The Year. Have yet to try the Clock Tower Restaurant but it looks fantastic.

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Carnforth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We booked the two hour tour which was like a fascinating history lessson. Not suitable for children, but there is a shorter tour available. The Clocktower restaurant offered a two course very good lunch for £10.90 which we recommend. I understand they also do afternoon tea which must be booked.

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Thank Ann F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Clock Tower Restaurant in the impressive Town Hall. Seating was very comfortable staff smartly turned out. The cutlery was well cleaned and sparkling i always carry a microscope to inspect these things you can't be too sure. The food came in good time i always carry a stop watch for such things. All food was edible and... More 

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cleckheaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very impressive. Visited here because they were hosting the 2nd Rochdale beer festival. So glad I went because the venue was magnificent and if they hols a beer fest next year I will gladly spend 3 hours on the bus to get there.

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Thank jamesbroughton1942
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the outside, the Town Hall appears, as a rather gaunt, gothic, Victorian edifice, blackened by soot from the industrial era. However, once the architectural features had been explained by Robert, our guide, suddenly I was much able to appreciate the building. There are fantastic stained glass windows, whose purpose is beyond decorative. The tour included an organ recital, in... More 

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Beautiful restaurant in a wonderful building.visited for lunch (they also do afternoon teas). Great staff and efficient service.good variety of food for light lunch including a couple of specials. Food fresh and tasty.Very busy so advise booking.Will be a regular lunchtime haunt.

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Thank philandthel
Knutsford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Fantastic surroundings from a bygone age. Although walls and floors are well preserved some of the ceilings are in need careful cleaning to restore their original glory. Ideally a Lottery Grant will come to the rescue.

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Thank Peter W
Heywood, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We attended a wedding reception here although it was a lovely room it lacked atmosphere. It isn't a place I would choose for an evening wedding reception

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Thank julie T
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Jaw dropping. No wonder Hitler gave instructions to not bomb it. The clock tower dining room is a surprise too. Well worth a visit

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Went with friends to Rochdale town hall for the gin festival. We were not disappointed. Fabulous gins to sample lovely friendly people both serving and visiting. Music and food brilliant too. Free glass at the end what could be better. We will be back for the next...... Only one tip.......more chairs needed in main room, we sat in bar area... More 

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