Visiting the Museum

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday – 10am to 5pm

Sunday and Monday (including Bank Holiday Mondays) – Closed

Also closed 24-26 December and 31 December-1 January.


Easter weekend opening hours

Good Friday 12pm – 4pm

Easter Saturday 10am – 5pm

Easter Sunday – Closed

Easter Monday – Closed


Do I need to book?

Individuals and small groups do not need to book, just drop in during the Museum opening hours. Larger groups and schools must book in advance.

In order to accommodate school and group visits there are occasions when some areas of the Museum may be closed to visitors. If you are travelling to the Museum from a distance please call in advance to avoid disappointment.

Occasionally the Museum closes for staff training, please see below for details.


Disabled access

The Toad Lane Conservation Area is a traditional cobbled street with stone kerbs and flagged pavements which aims to reflect the era of the Rochdale Pioneers.

There is level access to the doors of the Museum and a lift which enables full access to each floor. On the first floor, there is an accessible toilet.
The Museum staff will be happy to assist with any access requirements that visitors may have, please contact us.

How to find us

Download map of Rochdale Town Centre (the Rochdale Pioneers Museum is in the top left)

The Rochdale Pioneers Museum is situated in Rochdale town centre. Rochdale is easily reached by road from the M62 Motorway – Junction 20 or 21, midway between Manchester and Huddersfield. If using a Satellite Navigation please follow the brown road signs marked ‘Toad Lane Conservation Area’ once you reach Rochdale as the museum postcode is not compatible with Satellite Navigation systems.

The entrance to the Exchange Shopping Precinct car park is on Hunters Lane nearly opposite Toad Lane. See for further details and pricing.

Pay and Display car parks are also available close by off St Mary’s Gate and Hunters Lane. Disabled parking is available off Hunters Lane.

There are good rail, metrolink and bus connections to Rochdale. The bus interchange and town centre Metrolink stop is a five minute walk from the museum. The railway station is a 20 minute walk from the Museum, alternatively you can take the tram from the train station to the town centre Metrolink stop or a taxi from outside the station for around £4. For details about all public transport journeys please use the  GMPTE Journey Planner

FREE SHUTTLE BUS linking the Museum with the Bus Station for trial 13 week period from 3 February 2014 download route map and timetable or find out more about the shuttle bus. The bus leaves from Stand C in the bus station and the other stops on the route are at Newgate, Upper Hunters Lane and Lower Hunters Lane. These stops are marked with a temporary sign.


Visitor comfort

Food is served at a number of venues close to the Museum.
There are toilet facilities at the museum, including a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.