Relive the music of Joy Division

Macclesfield, Cheshire

Trace the steps that shaped the English rock band’s much-loved music with a walking tour of Macclesfield, hometown of Joy Division’s iconic frontman.

As well as being famous for silk weaving, the Cheshire market town of Macclesfield was the hometown of rock band Joy Division’s iconic lead singer and songwriter Ian Curtis. Curtis grew up and later ended his own life at 77 Barton Street in Macclesfield. Fans can see his former school, Kings Macclesfield, and visit his grave in Macclesfield cemetery, before raising a glass to the singer at Bar Cuba, owned by Joy Division’s band member Peter Hook. Macclesfield Visitors Centre sells Joy Division memorabilia and Manchester Music Tours offers a full tour.

Macclesfield is a beautifully unspoilt town in the northwest of England with views towards the Cheshire Peak District and many fine Georgian buildings. On the first Sunday of every month the town bursts into life with the Treacle Market where great food and vintage items are sold.  Macclesfield is 3 hours 20 minutes' drive from London.

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