COVID-19 Information (Coronovirus): 

In light of the recent UK Government recommendations, The Co-operative Heritage Trust has decided to close Rochdale Pioneers Museum and the Co-operative Archive to the public and booked groups from Wednesday 18th of March until further notice. Caring for the health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority. 


This also means that any public events and bookable activities are also cancelled until further notice. 


During this time we will be doing our best to provide you with content via our website and social media platforms, so please follow us on these and keep checking our site for news.


We will be available to answer your enquiries via email at [email protected] and [email protected] during normal office hours.

We advise you to check the website regularly for updates which will be posted here as soon as they happen.

We are open to the public Wednesday to Saturday 10:30 - 16:00, entry is free.

The museum will be closed on Good Friday 10th April.

Groups and Schools can book to visit Monday to Friday by appointment 10:30 - 16:00

Contact us on 01706 524 920 or email us at [email protected]

How to find us 

female sitting in a 1970s co-op delivery van

By car or coach - Leave the M62  at junction 20 for Rochdale. Take the A627 M link to A664 (Edinburgh Way) and turn right on Manchester Road.

Pass Rochdale Town Hall on the right and turn right at the traffic lights filter opposite the co-op van. Turn onto on Hunter's Lane and park in Rochdale Exchange Car Park on your right.

Toad Lane is opposite. There is limited on street parking.

Don't forget to use 31 Toad Lane in your Sat Nav instead of our postcode. 

Public transport options 

By Train  - From Leeds or Manchester, alight at Rochdale station and follow Drake Street into town to the river. Cross the concourse and walk up Yorkshire Street until you reach the Baum passage on the left (sign- posted for the museum). Cross the road and we are opposite St Mary’s in the Baum Church.

By Metrolink  - The East Didsbury to Rochdale line stops in Trafford, Manchester and Oldham before terminating in Rochdale at Smith Street. Cross the concourse on the right to Yorkshire Street to find the museum as above.

On foot! – Legend has it that the Pioneers walked to Manchester to buy their goods. You can do the same by following the towpath of the Rochdale Canal. It is 13.5 miles and takes around 4.5 hours to walk, half that to cycle!

When we are closed

Bank holidays, 25-26 December and 1 January.

We occasionally have to close for staff training or essential maintenance to take place.

When this happens, we will update our website and social media channels so please check before you travel.