Fireground Museum


Maclure Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 1DN

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Discover the rich history of firefighting in Greater Manchester at Fireground. Learn about the area's pivotal role in the development of fire brigades and fire engineering, from forming England’s first municipal fire service in 1826 to receiving the country’s earliest motorised fire engine in 1901. Pioneering chief fire officers such as Alfred Tozer and George Parker helped shape the reputation of local fire brigades through their innovative measures and technical skills.

With over 200 years of history, Greater Manchester's fire services have faced a wide range of incidents, from house fires to industrial blazes and major emergencies like world wars and terrorist attacks. The area was also a key centre for manufacturing fire engines and equipment, with companies like William Rose and Mather & Platt achieving universal success.

Explore the museum's collection of twenty-five larger exhibits, showcasing the evolution of firefighting appliances over the years. From fire engines to uniforms, medals, and paintings, the museum offers a comprehensive insight into the world of firefighting.

Originally opened in 1983, the museum became an independent charitable trust in 2010. It maintains close ties with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and holds accreditation from Visit England and the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. Educational visits are available for students of all ages, covering topics such as The Great Fire of London, Victorians, and The Blitz. Dive into the fascinating world of firefighting history at The Museum of Firefighting.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.00 per ticket
Child (4-15)£5.00 per ticket
Family (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children)£20.00 per ticket
Senior/Student£5.00 per ticket
Under 4Free

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Provider Facilities

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M62 (Junction 20) drive towards Rochdale. The Museum is just off Drake Street, next to Rochdale Railway Station.

Public Transport Directions

Bus service 471 from Rochdale bus station. Fireground is just across the road from Rochdale Rail Station.

Opening times

Fireground opening times (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00

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