Oldham is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester.

The borough is named after its largest town (Oldham) but also includes the towns of Chadderton, Failsworth, and Royton, the village of Lees, and the parishes of Shaw and Crompton, and Saddleworth.


Oldham is in the North East of the Manchester City Region.

The borough spans 55 miles2 (142 km2) from the eastern edge of the city of Manchester to the Pennine hills.

Oldham benefits from a high-quality rural and semi-rural environment, including a quarter of the borough lying within the Peak District National Park.

Oldham has a mixture of high-density urban areas, suburbs, semi-rural, and rural locations, and is in a pivotal position between the cities of Manchester and Leeds.

Drive times

With its close proximity to the M60 and M62 motorways, Oldham provides easy and efficient access to national markets.

Drive Times from Oldham Town Centre
Travel Time
Chadderton Town Centre
4 minutes
Royton Town Centre
5 minutes
Failsworth Town Centre
9 minutes
Ashton-under-Lyne Town Centre
9 minutes
Rochdale Town Centre
11 minutes
Manchester City Centre
19 minutes
Trafford Centre
23 minutes
Salford Quays
25 minutes
Huddersfield Town Centre
28 minutes
41 minutes
51 minutes


Trains run directly to Manchester Victoria in under 30 minutes, and onwards to the national networks, from Greenfield station in Saddleworth.


Metrolink opened in Oldham town centre in January 2014. The four new Metrolink stops which include: Oldham Mumps, Oldham Central, Oldham King Street and Westwood, provide great connectivity to Manchester city centre and beyond.


Oldham Bus Station provides a transport hub at the heart of the town centre.

Combined with a network of quality bus corridors, this enables frequent bus services to be offered across the borough, including express bus services every 10 minutes into Manchester city centre.


Manchester Airport which has direct flights to over 200 destinations is only a 20 minute drive from Oldham.