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Things To Do Around Our Hotel In Oldham

Fun • Sport • Relax

Smokies Park, Home of Holiday Inn Manchester Oldham, is a super base for visiting local attractions such as The Lowry Art Gallery, Imperial War Museum, the Etihad Stadium and of course the world-famous Old Trafford Football Ground. We are a short drive from Saddleworth, home of the brass bands contest, Yanks weekend, morris dancing, canals and narrow-boats. We have put together a handy list of local attractions ranging from attractions on our doorstep to those a short drive away of up to 10 miles. 

Daisy Nook

Country Park

A stones throw from the hotel, Daisy Nook Country Park is 40 hectares of varied landscape in the heart of the Medlock Valley.  There are waterways, a lake, a canal, woodlands and wildflower meadows, a great habitat for wildlife and bird-spotting – with an abundance of creatures from great-spotted woodpeckers and owls, to foxes and squirrels. There are footpaths and bridleways for horse riding that link to neighbouring countryside areas.

Dovestones Reservoir

National Park

With its breath taking vistas, the Dove Stone area of Saddleworth in Oldham, offers visitors the chance to explore part of the Peak District National Park. Great for hiking, Dovestones offers a range of trails from easy and accessible wheelchair circuits through to moderate and hard rated hikes complete with waterfall scrambles. Dove Stone Reservoir is the best place in Oldham to see plantation woodlands, which contain a mixture of conifer trees.

Manchester City

The Capital of the North

Manchester city centre is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurantsbarsshopsmuseums, gallerieshotels and places to stay whilst the surrounding Greater Manchester boroughs offer a patch-work of visitor experiences including quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces and waterways to be explored on foot or bike. All are within easy reach and with great transport links to the hotel. 

The Lowry Art Gallery

The Lowry presents audiences with a diverse programme of theatre, opera, musicals, dance, music, comedy and visual art as well as events and activities to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike using visual and performing arts to enrich people’s lives.

Visit The Lowry Website

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum North is part of Imperial War Museums. A purpose-build, world-leading museum that tells the powerful stories of over a century of war, IWM North makes full use of its extraordinary exhibition space to deliver an award-winning immersive experience.

Visit IWM North Website

Old Trafford

Home of Manchester United Football Club

Old Trafford Stadium is the world-famous home of Manchester United, and there’s plenty to do when you visit. Visit on a non-matchday and experience Old Trafford like never before by visiting our award-winning Museum, take the famed Stadium Tour and view our trophy cabinet, plus much more.

Visit Old Trafford Website

Etihad Stadium

Home of Manchester City Football Club

The Etihad Stadium was built in for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Following the games, the stadium was converted into a football stadium and is home to Manchester City football club. The stadium is also known for hosting a wide range of other events including concerts and offers regular tours of the grounds.

Visit Etihad Stadium Website


Manchester is famous for it’s shopping and we are lucky enough to have many shopping centres, such as the Trafford centre and independent retailers within a short journey of the hotel. The Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester is the UK’s largest city-centre shopping centre with over 240 retailers meaning you can shop till you drop & then relax and unwind at Smokies Park!

Sea Life Centre

At SEA LIFE Manchester, get up close to thousands of creatures including majestic sharks, enchanting jellyfish plus Ernie & Cammy – the magnificent green sea turtles! Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths through the themed zones and don’t miss the chance to soak up the amazing view from the sea bed in the ocean tunnel!

Play Factore

Play Factore  provides families with a state of the art active indoor play arena to play in together. Housing the tallest standing indoor slide in the UK, as well as a full indoor laser tag arena, interactive Valo Jump trampolines, exhilarating zip wire, stimulating virtual reality environment and largest toddler area in the UK. As children’s play areas go, Play Factore offers the full play package. 

Manchester Museum

Explore the world at Manchester Museum with its 4 floors of displays and exhibitions in 15 galleries, featuring collections from all over the world. Founded as a natural history museum in 1821, the University of Manchester-owned museum has grown to play host to a fascinating collection of exhibits, from a fossilised Tyrannosaurus Rex named Stan, anthropology collections from South America to the Museum’s Manchester gallery; the museum will leave you desperate for more.


Museum of Science and Industry

The Science and Industry Museum sits in the heart of Manchester, the world’s first industrial city. It is a place full of amazing objects and revolutionary ideas that changed the world forever. Explore Manchester’s rich legacy of innovations and discoveries in the Revolution Manchester Gallery, find out how the city’s heritage is interwoven with the cotton industry in the Textiles Gallery and see science brought to life in Experiment, the family friendly interactive gallery. 

So much to do...so little time

Making the most of your stay

When you’re looking for hotels in Manchester, Holiday Inn Manchester Oldham at Smokies Park is the perfect choice. We are perfectly situated to visit the many amazing attractions in the area. There really is something to please everyone so you’ll never get bored staying at Holiday Inn Manchester Oldham at Smokies Park.

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