What to Do in Todmorden

Food for Thought

Whether you've an appetite for something traditional, modern, international or even a little of each, you'll like what's on the menu in Todmorden. Whatever you do, you’ll get to sample some famous Northern hospitality; with friendly staff, quality produce and an emphasis on locally-produced wholesome food.

As you'd expect from a historic town, Todmorden is not without a wide selection of pubs! Real ale, lagers and a good selection of wine, some of it locally brewed, can be drunk in cosy pubs that were originally houses and coaching inns.

A couple of miles further up the road you will find Walsden, famed for the Summit Tunnel and the highest canal lock in the country. Walsden is home to the impressive Gordon Rigg's Garden Centre, with everything from plants and greenery to crafts, home furnishings, regular events and a cafe.

Family Fun for Everyone

The picturesque Centre Vale Park (awarded the coveted Green Flag status and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fields status) with its backdrop of Buckley Wood, is a scenic delight and provides a sculpture trail, children's play area and beautiful gardens to explore.

Centre Vale Park is also home to the Lucky Dog of Todmorden. Made famous by Derren Brown's 2011 TV Show 'The Experiments', the sculpture has gained a reputation for bringing good luck to anybody that gives it a friendly pat.

Annual events in Todmorden include a carnival and agricultural show, both fantastic family days out.

Toy Story

For youngsters the town has a Toy and Model Museum - a treasure trove of more than 5,000 toys and models.


Whether you’re searching for local food, a stunning piece of handmade jewellery, an amazing antique or piece of artwork it can all be found in Todmorden! The town has a wealth of independent shops, cafes, pubs and art galleries such as Water Street Gallery; a vibrant and inspiring gallery showcasing and selling quality original painting and sculpture.

No trip to Todmorden would be complete without a visit to its Victorian, glass-roofed indoor market and the adjacent outdoor market stalls. From succulent locally-reared meats, to seasonal treats such as asparagus spears, bilberries and roast chestnuts - whether your taste in cheese is crumbly or creamy, fruity or spicy, there's something to suit all palates.

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