Bolton is a town located about 10 miles North West of Manchester city centre. If travelling from Manchester, trains to Bolton are frequent and usually take less than 25 minutes.
If you are looking for things to do in Bolton then be sure to check out the shopping centres and markets, go for a drink in one of Bolton's pubs or bars or grab a bite to eat in the town centre. Bolton also has many retail parks and leisure facilities close to the town centre and in the surrounding towns and suburbs.
Out and About
The Great Hall of Smithills Hall is a Grade I listed building and also a museum. In 1555 this was the place where George Marsh was tried for heresy during the Marian Persecutions. During your visit be sure to see visit the spot where George Marsh allegedly stamped his foot so hard to re-affirm his faith, that a footprint was left in the stone floor.
Bolton Steam Museum
The Bolton Steam Museum is operated by volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society who have rescued 25 of the old stationary steam engines which once powered the cotton mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire. It has the largest collection of working steam mill engines in the UK and probably the largest in the world.
Bolton's has a whole host of conservation areas, 26 in total. These contain 700 listed buildings, many of which are located in the town centre and are well worthy of a visit. There is plenty of parkland in Bolton including the Victorian Queen's Park, Leverhulme Park and other open spaces in the surrounding areas, perfect spots for a picnic if the weather is nice.
Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive is a place of inspiration, enjoyment and learning. At the Bolton Museum you can learn and enjoy about the fascinating story of Bolton, its places and people. In the Aquarium you can enjoy watching exotic fish including flesh eating piranhas from South America.
Curley's Trout Fishery
Curley's Trout Fishery is a 200 year old reservoir nestled amongst the hills of the West Pennine Moors on the edge of the beautiful Rivington Country Park.
Bolton Town Hall
Situated in the town centre on the site of a former market is the Grade II listed town hall, an imposing neoclassical building designed by William Hill.
The Reebok Stadium
If you are interested in watching some football whilst visiting Bolton then you should take a train to Horwich Parkway as the stadium is located a short distance out of the town centre.
Bolton's bustling market town heritage is visible in the legacy of its colourful traditional markets and magnificent Victorian Market Hall. The Market Place Shopping Centre is an extension of the Market Hall where you can expect your favourite high street names with a rich diversity of ethnic clothing mixed together. If you are looking for something a little different there are plenty of quirky craft and antique galleries plus a selection of food shops.
The Market Place Shopping Centre and Market Hall has gathered a lot of accolades and attention, even winning a number of prestigious awards such as the 'Best Indoor Retail Market 2010'. With over 300 stalls across an indoor and outdoor location it is easy to see why.
Bolton holds a monthly local producers market on the fourth Sunday of every month in Victoria Square. Local farmers and producers of foods and crafts bring the very best local produce direct to the public.
If you like wine, you will love Turton's, a wine merchant with a difference. Not only do they sell wine from France, Spain, Australia and all the usual countries you'd expect, but they also sell wines from Georgia, Morocco, Israel, Moldova, Slovenia, hence offering some amazing unique wines not to be found anywhere else.
If you're feeling hungry or would like to end your day with a few drinks, head over to Cinnamon, a new concept in Indian tapas and fine dining bringing the flavours of the east to the heart of Bolton. Their imaginative tapas menu allows you to sample and enjoy some of your favourites in smaller portions. Cinnamon is located close to the train station so you will only have to walk a short distance to catch the train home.
Another good bet is Harvey's. The stylish town centre café-bar is a local favourite, featuring a wide range of food including sandwiches, steaks, fish dishes, light meals, salads and pastas as well as an impressive cocktail menu.