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Opening Times

Touchstones Rochdale:

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Art Cafe: 10am-4pm

FREE Admission

Christmas hours:

Closing at 3pm on Saturday 24 and 31 December 2016.

Closed on:

Monday 26, Tuesday 27 December 2016 & Monday 2 January 2017

Open as normal on:

28-30 December 2016 and from 3 January 2017

Facilities

Art Gallery Art Gallery
Bar or Café Bar or Café
Children's Parties Children's Parties
Education & Groups Education & Groups
Go4it Children's Activities Go4it Children's Activities
Museum Museum
Visitor Information Centre Visitor Information Centre

Welcome to Touchstones Rochdale

Touchstones Rochdale is the Borough's Arts and Heritage Centre and includes:

  • Museum
  • Art Gallery
  • Local Studies Centre
  • Education Service
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Art Café & Shop.

The Art Gallery and Museum spaces are regularly changed to display as much of Rochdale’s vast collection of art and museum artefacts as possible. We also strive to bring in the highest quality art from all over the world to be exhibited in one of our four gallery spaces, as well as having a dedicated space for local artists to display their work.

The Grade 2 listed building built in Yorkshire stone which was developed in three phases. The first phase, the section nearest to the Town Hall was opened to the public in 1884 as a Public Library. The second phase opened in 1903 after a long campaign by local dignitaries to establish a museum and art gallery. The third phase was completed in 1913 to provide additional space for the museum and gallery. Following a refurbishment in 2002, Touchstones was reopened and as well as being open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, houses Link4Life’s Arts & Heritage Service.

There are volunteering opportunities at all Link4Life centres, please click here to see the volunteering page for more information.

Accessibility

We want everyone to enjoy their visit to Touchstones Rochdale. If you have special requirements, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to help you.

Touchstones Rochdale is fully accessible for people using wheelchairs including an accessible toilet. There are three designated parking bays for blue badge holders outside the centre. Collapsible seats are available for use in the galleries and there is a lift available. Induction loop facilities are available in various locations in the building.

We are always looking to improve the service we provide our visitors please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions.

Click here to to download the Access Statement for Touchstones Rochdale.

Venue hire

It is possible to hire spaces in Touchstones Rochdale for events, meetings, private functions, dinners and much more. For information about the spaces, including our 100 capacity event space, please click here to see the venue hire page.

Where to find us

We are located close to Rochdale town centre approximately 5 to 10 minutes walk from Rochdale Interchange and Metrolink and 10 minutes from Rochdale Railway Station. 10 minutes drive from J20-M62. Cycle parking is available outside the Centre with Pay & Display car parking available close by.

Click on the images to download or view our digital brochures.

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Contact Information

Main Reception: 01706 924492

Visitor Information Centre: 01706 924928

Email: touchstones@link4life.org 

Downloads / Links

Click on the links to view our current exhibitions and digital brochures.

Purchase tickets online

Visit Eventbrite to purchase tickets online for events at Touchstones Rochdale.

Upcoming Events