Bury: Art, Memories and Black Pudding

I have a habit of picking up brochures about interesting places, tours, exhibitions, walks and so on. Thus, while browsing one such brochure, I came across the Bury Art Museum. Having done further research it was revealed that Bury is not very far from Manchester and can be easily squeezed into a day trip. What was even better was that the Bury Art Museum and The Fusilier Museum were both a two minutes walk from the bus station.  Hence, without much ado, I choose a bright weekend and boarded the bus to Bury. If you are travelling from Manchester, then the buses 163 and 135 leaving from Church Street are the best buses to catch.

The Metropolitan Borough of Bury rests on the bank of River Irwell. It is most famous for its Bury Markets, museums, arts and culture and of course the Black Pudding. In fact, former Bury resident Sir Robert peel had also served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Bury is well-connected to nearby boroughs through buses and metro links (trams)  I had gone in mind to visit the Bury Art Museum and The Fusilier Museum. Unfortunately, time did not permit me to stay and visit the open air markets or taste the black pudding as it started raining with thunderstorms.

Bury Art Museum:

One of the most famous art museums in the UK, the Bury Art museum was formerly known as the Bury Museum and Art Gallery before being given its revised name in 2011. The gallery consists of over 200 paintings and sculptures including water colours, oil paintings and sketches. Here are glimpses of some of the best photographs. The section I liked the most was the exhibition of a local photography competition. The photographs were truly inspiring and there was so much to learn about the technique from each of those photographs. At times, it seems that the vision is more important than the camera but one cannot rule out the improvement in the quality of the photographs due to a better camera. The Bury Art Museum is free to enter and would take around an hour and a half to visit all the galleries of photographs, paintings and sculptures. There is a souvenir shop that you can visit to get little tit bits for yourself. You can also order prints if you would like to have them for your personal collections. That apart, you can enjoy some tasty dishes in the local café.

The Fusilier Museum:

This museum commemorates the more than 300 years of history of the Lancashire Regiment. With the history of the Lancashire Regiment and the World Wars, it is an interesting museum to dig up the past and see how the brave hearts who fought for the country survived and lived. With almost human –like figurines at the exhibitions, at times you get confused whether they are humans or statues. The various artefacts of those days help us in transporting back to those times and almost reliving them. The Fusilier Museum is just opposite the Bury Art Museum. There is a nominal fee of 4.95 for adults and 3.95 for children and concessions. The ticket is valid for twelve months from the date of purchase. When in the museum, you must have a look at the beautiful gardens with gravestones, sculptures and beautiful daffodils in bloom.

Sightseeing:

Bury is a lovely place to take a walk around in the city centre. As the bus station and both the museums are just in the city centre, we decided to have a little walk around before catching the bus back home. The Bury Church which was unfortunately closed is another must if you love to steal sometime and spend it in the quaint company of the almighty. You can also visit the World Famous Bury markets and pick up little souvenirs for yourself and of course try the black pudding. The Railway Museum is also another place worth visiting but it is more towards the interior of Bury and you would need to catch another bus or a cab to go to the museum.

Bury is a nice place to spend some time with friends and family. It is a melting pot of history and culture. I would not recommend spending the night here unless you have friends or relatives  but I would certainly recommend a day trip covering all the main sites and activities as it is totally worth it.

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  1. Sriparna says:

    This is so fascinating… I appreciate history and arts a lot and visiting museums of various genres, excite me well! Glad to know about this one as well:)

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    1. Thank You. I am sure you would love this. Its indeed amazing. ! 🙂

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  2. I really enjoy going to museums to expand my brain-power ;). I really like the melting pots, that is truly a wonderful idea and a great place to meet up with friends and family. I would definitely visit that spot often. Thanks for sharing 😉

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  3. Alberto C. says:

    That looks like an interesting museum! I had heard about Bury before, but I honestly wasn’t aware that it had so much to offer. I’ll try to make a trip up there next time I head to Manchester 🙂

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked it. 🙂

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  4. It’s always to read posts about places in England that aren’t London. I’ve always had a love of museums, so if I’m ever that way I’I’ll definite try to make my way to Bury! Thank you for writing this!

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    1. Welcome. Thanks for dropping by. I know with UK its all about London, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland; but then there are places beyond these as well worth having a look at. I try to visit well known and not so well known places as well so see how they really are cause i believe no place is the way the people tell you about it till you go and see for yourself.

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  5. verushka143 says:

    Have you eaten blood sausage ? I love discovering new places even locally. Glad you are sharing all these places with the world.

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    1. Wow! That name hit me 😛 No in fact, I have never even heard of it. I would like to know more about it. Is there a place where I can get it like any specific restaurant or something.

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  6. Ami Bhat says:

    I like the way you find these unusual places in UK. Adds to the thrill of the place and also, allows one to glimpse beyond those popular museums. Loved the pictures in your post. Thanks for sharing them all.

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    1. Thanks. Glad you liked it. 🙂

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  7. tom says:

    I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to hit the market or the black pudding–I’m sure those would give neat photos. Neat when a town can have some good attractions and something special to eat.

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    1. Ya I agree. but I guess you cant help it. sometimes you just have to let go of some places . 🙂

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  8. Veronica says:

    I would love to visit the Bury Art Museum. I really love it when they combine themes of exhibitions showing the old and modern pieces of art at the same time. It is also great that they give an opportunity to the local photographers to speak their word through their photography.

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    1. Yes. I agree with you on all points. It may not be a big gallery but it sure is a gallery worth a visit because of its themes and exhibitions.

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  9. polly674 says:

    Interesting explanation about Bury. I would love to know more (and maybe taste as well) the black pudding! 🙂

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    1. Yes. I have tasted Yorkshire pudding but Black pudding is on my list.

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  10. Joanna says:

    I love it when a museum encourages local artists and exhibits their work. I think the photography section from Bury Museum is definitely worth having a look at. I remember visiting a small photography museum on a hidden street just off Oxford street and it was gorgeous how they encouraged small artists too.

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    1. Yes. I think exhibitions such as these are a great boost to local photographers. Because today anyone who owns a camera considers them to be a photographer, the real art is struggling to exist and come out.

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  11. There are so many places to visit in the UK apart from the more common cities like London and York. I love the English markets we don’t have many still going so might have to visit bury and support the local market

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    1. Yes. i agree there are less regular local markets but interestingly, local markets do exist. In Manchester there are the Spinningfields markets which happen one or two weekends every month; then there is the local market at Stockport; Bury ofcourse is there and one of the most famous ones; Even in Leeds Kirkstall Abeey every month they have the local market which you need to tally once with the website for the dates. So, I would not say its gone but less maybe because of the rising shopping malls and arcades.

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  12. wanderingwagarschristina says:

    It looks like a lovely day trip. I, too, enjoy picking up brochures. I have found out about some really interesting places this way. I keep them on a prominent spot on my desk so I am reminded they are there for when I am looking for ideas for day trips. Bonus about the museums being so close to the bus station. Don’t you just love it when things fall into place like that.

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  13. Indrani says:

    Loved reading it once more. I have pinned it this time. 🙂

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  14. BigCityGirl says:

    Oh! Your post makes me miss the UK, while living in London my weekend pass time would be visiting museums and art galleries which would have free enteries! It’s one of the nicest way to spend time alone.

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  15. Another reason to spend a day, or even an afternoon in the city and check this interesting museum. And its free admission, what’s NOT to love 😀 Thumbs up!

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  16. anjuprakash says:

    Wow very cool! I’m an artist myself and frequently visit art museums. This one definitely goes on the list! If you’re ever in Seattle, do check out SAM (Seattle Art Museum), its a delight! thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about SAM. If I ever go there, I would keep in mind to visit the museum. 🙂

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  17. I love this post. I visit museums whenever we visit new places and I can’t believe I had not heard about this museum before. When next we are in London, if we go up to Manchester, I will definitely make sure I visit here. Love all the pictures you captured.

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    1. Thanks. There are lost of other places to see in Manchester too. If you ever come this way then im sure you would like to visit them too. 🙂

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  18. Looks like you’ve had an amazing day trip! I haven’t been to Manchester or in the areas around it, but hope to squeeze it into my next UK trip. Art museums always catch my eye and it’s nice to see that this one is free to visit. Loved the idea of prints, as some of the art you see, you’d like to take home with you, even if it’s not the original 🙂

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    1. Yes. Usually you get these art pieces in the form of post cards but its always great to have them in prints that you can frame. I mean post cards can be framed too, but it doesnt give the same feel or effect.

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  19. ahhh not cool you were unfortunate with the weather and couldn’t go see the open air markets. That’s what I am scared of visiting that part of the world… bad weather UGH

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    1. Yes, its unfortunate but I dont crib a lot about it. I have never let the weather come in between my travels and enjoyed whatever I could with full heart and mind.

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  20. Tae says:

    Oooh the Bury Art Museum seems like a museum I’d love — especially with the beautiful photographs. And count me in as another person who loves to collect brochures!

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    1. Hehe 🙂 Lots of people love collecting brochures. We are the Brochure Collectors League 😛

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  21. Tamz says:

    This is a very interesting place to visit. As an art and photography lover myself, I can spend hours at this museum. The local photography exhibit in the museum sounds like an interesting section.

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    1. Yes. I have not seen such a concept in any of my previous gallery visits so I loved it a lot.

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  22. Janine Good says:

    How interesting! I never would have thought of Bury to visit and explore. The museum particularly looks intriguing!

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    1. Yes. its normally not on peoples bucket list but is a nice way to spend a weekend if you dont have any plans and are put up somewhere nearby. 🙂

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  23. EG III says:

    It’s always nice to be introduced to places that are not at the top of every tourist guide. Bury looks like a great find for a calm day trip.

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    1. Yes. I agree. 🙂

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  24. verushka143 says:

    I love your day trips ! You motivate me to explore more. Love that the ticket to the museum is valid for 12 months. Have you eaten black pudding ?

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    1. No. Not this time. maybe some other time.

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  25. Bury Museum sounds amazing with 200 paintings and sculptures. I love paintings especially the watercolors so this museum for sure will interest me.

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  26. Indrani says:

    Bury – what an unusual name! This was totally new to me! The museum exhibits look good.
    Hopefully I get to visit it.

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    1. Yes the name is unusual. At times almost sounds like a pun when you are speaking and the other person has no clue that it is a place.

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  27. Shane says:

    I’m honestly not a huge art museum goer but looks like the city has a lot to offer for a quick day trip! Glad you enjoyed your stay.

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  28. jennifer L says:

    Wow just amazing place! Definitely some great sightseeing at Bury too.

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  29. Anamika Ojha says:

    Glad to know that I am not only the one who loves to collect endless pamphlets and brochures during the trip..lol! Bury looks like an amazing place for a day out fun trip with friends and family.

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  30. janella2016 says:

    I thought I was the only one that hoarded brochures. They were actually my favourite things to make in school

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    1. Well, I love brochures. they let me know about a lot of places which I intend to check out. even if I cant go, no harm in knowing about the places at least.

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  31. Sounds like a great day out. I really like the picture of the deer with the magpie, funnily enough this is a frequent scene between my horse and a magpie, unfortunately I am never quick enough to get a photograph!

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    1. Aww. Maybe next time you can try using your phone very quietly when the magpie is there. Cause burds usually fly away when they hear noises. So it gets difficult to photograph them.

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  32. How was the market? Did you get any good finds?

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  33. thetravelpockets says:

    Love finding interesting museums. Good find!

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  34. I also like collecting brochures! Always getting them whenever I visit the travel fairs 😀

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    1. I just pick them up from the hotel or information centres.

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  35. John Rodgers says:

    Quaint settings and a lovely museum. You seem to find the most out of the way but, fantastic places to visit. I am not sure if I would like the town or the museum best but, probably the town. Many times the smaller out of the way spots are the most fun.

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    1. Yes. I have seen Lonndon, Wales, Scotland and i think its also time to turn our attention to these small but great places. 🙂

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  36. I’ve never tried black pudding before! I love the giant potted plants! Any reason they are like that?

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    1. Well, they are a sculpture in the middle of the city centre park- the potted plants that is. As for the pudding, I havn’t tried it either. 🙂

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  37. I love the The Fusilier Museum! The video is quite informative!

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  38. Jolina says:

    Love how you’re always discovering places off the usual touristy path. This looks like a lovely town.

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    1. Yes its a lovely town. Great place to spend some time with friends and family or children.

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  39. Thank you for recommendation! I like how you can get reprints for your personal collection! And your pictures are beautiful!

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    1. Thank You. In many galleries in the UK you get reprints . You just have to ask the gallery shop whether they are available or not.

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  40. Ana De Jesus says:

    I would like to go to Bury I have heard that the history is fascinating. I do like the look of the art museum

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    1. Thanks. Yes Bury has a great history.

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  41. Kimberly C. says:

    Wow that museum sounds great. Pretty building also that houses it. I enjoyed reading about your trip. Those gardens sound fabulous. If I ever visit, I will have to see for myself.

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    1. Absolutely. I hope you visit it soon and see the beautiful sights for yourself. Its always better to see them live than reading about them or seeing photographs.

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  42. Shirley says:

    Nice post. Interesting and different. Lovely pics and video is informative too. Thanks for sharing. I love to visit your blog and every time I found something different and unique.

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    1. Thanks. i love to visit your blog too. Its great. 🙂

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  43. I always collect all the brochures available 😀 You never know what you can find out. That’s an interesting place, would be great to visit there.

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    1. Yes. i like collecting the brochures . Have many at home.

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