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 ever-popular Grandma Pollard's Chippy, frying tonight for over 50 years and the impressive Gordon Rigg's Garden Centre, with everything from plants and greenery to crafts, home furnishings 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, gardens and a reptile house.

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.