Chorley is a thriving market town that has taken on a new heritage and the ‘Choose Chorley’ initiative has brought in a new range of businesses and opportunities. Chorley enjoys easy access to Wigan, Blackburn, Bolton, Preston and Manchester. Lancashire has always been able to offer a balance between its hard-working towns and the open space of the South Pennines, and Chorley is well-placed to make the most of its location. The town centre is home to some of the area’s best markets. They are at the heart of the community, with a covered market operating five days a week and a Tuesday street market.

Living in Chorley

Travel and transport

The M6 and the M61 are the key motorway routes linking Chorley with Preston to the north, and Manchester, Warrington, and Liverpool to the south. The drive time from Chorley to Manchester is under an hour, and there is also a direct train to Manchester Piccadilly. Driving to Preston takes about half an hour, and the average train time is 17 minutes. 

Local information

Chorley’s town centre offers much more than the renowned markets. There are high-street shops alongside independent ones, and Market Walk has been extended to include a six-screen cinema, ten-pin bowling, adventure golf and plenty of places to eat out with the family. On the edge of town, Astley Park has woodland, a lake, a stately home and a walled garden to explore. The town has a choice of supermarkets and superstores, a hospital, a train station and a Stagecoach Interchange.

Local schools

Schools are high up on any new home checklist. Chorley has 18 Primary Schools, 5 Secondary Schools, 2 Special Schools, and 6 Independent Schools. With a spread across the town, there are bound to be some excellent options in your catchment area.