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    Fishes at Bolton Aquarium
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  • Fishes at Bolton Aquarium
    Fishes at Bolton Aquarium
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  • Fishes at Bolton Aquarium
    Fishes at Bolton Aquarium
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    Visit the Aquarium

    by Myfanwe Updated Dec 30, 2009

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    Alongside the Civic Centre you will find a fabulous building which houses the Aquarium, Art Gallery, Museum and Tourist Information Centre.

    The Aquarium is not the largest you'll ever see but it contained many different species of fish from all around the world. As you walk by each tank there are interesting interpretation boards giving information about the conservation of aquatic life.

    The main attraction for me was the Giant Green Knifefish, it was brought to Bolton in May 2000 and has grown considerably since then. It is now said to be the largest known specimen of its type.

    I would recommend a visit here, especially if you have young children to occupy. Admission is free and it can be combined with a visit to the Museum and Art Gallery.

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    Town Square

    by mickeyboy07 Written Dec 21, 2009

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    Situated in the heart of the town centre the town square is very big.The town hall dominates with its majestic stone lions on the steps to the entrance.Various statues are dotted around the town hall and a lovely looking memorial monument lies on the other side of the square.
    There are sometimes various artists strutting there stuff here like musicians and poets,we happen to be here when a group of Peruvian Indians were playing there pan pipes.
    It can get quite windy here and cold in the winter months due to its large open space so be sure to come here dressed warm.

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    Bolton Museum

    by Balam Updated Dec 9, 2009

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    Situated on the 1st floor of the same building that houses the Library and the Aquarium, the Museum has a great Ancient Egypt Room as well as a room with items of both local interest and things from all over the world.
    It is well worth a visit

    Entrance is free

    Christmas Dino An Egyptian Mummy Entrance to an Egyptian Temple An old fire engine
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    Aquarium

    by Balam Written Dec 8, 2009

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    Bolton has the only public Aquarium in Greater Manchester, It is situated in the basement of the building that also houses the Library and the Museum. there is a good selection of fresh water fish from around the world the most impressive and largest is a Sternopygus macrurus or Giant Green Knife Fish and the smallest Danionella cf. translucida or Pygmy Glass Fish.
    Although small it seems to me that they are doing a lot for conservation and for the breeding of rare fish.

    Entrance is free but donations are appreciated.

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    Smithills Hall

    by Balam Updated Apr 14, 2009

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    Smithills Hall dates back some 800 years although there was probably a house on the site from at least 700ad and there is evidence of people living around the area for thousands of years.Written records relating to the hall began when William Radcliffe obtained the manor house and land from the Hulton family in 1335, the last Radcliffe to own the estate died In 1485 without leaving a male heir and Smithills Hall was passed to the Barton family.
    Staying with the Bartons for nearly 200 years the hall and The estate was passed by marriage to the Belasyse family in 1659. The Belasyses family owned many other properties all over England and never really needed The hall and so Smithills fell into a period of neglect.

    In 1801 the hall and estate were sold to the Ainsworth family who were a family of very successful Bolton bleachers and under three generations of Ainsworths the hall underwent some quite extensive rebuilding and modernising. In 1870 Richard Henry Ainsworth inherited the house and In around 1875 he employed the services of a prominent Victorian architect called George Devey who designed the most significant improvements to Smithills Hall.

    It was in 1938 that Smithills was sold to Bolton Council for £70,600 with the Victorian parts of the hall becaming a council residential home and then a day centre until the late 1990s. Conservation work on the older sections allowed part of the Grade 1 listed structure to be opened as a museum in 1963, and in the 1990s, the museum was extended into some of the Victorian parts of the house after the closing of the Day centre.

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    Admission
    Adults - £3
    Children / Concessions - £2.00
    Family - £7.75 (2 adults and up to 4 children)
    Under 5’s FREE

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    Moss Bank

    by ettenaj Written Nov 3, 2003

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    Moss Bank park is a lovely place to take the children. It has a small animal sanctury with donkey s,goats ducks and many other creatures. It has a good play area and also in the summer time it has a small train that takes you round the park. Also nice gardens to sit in.

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    Take a stroll

    by ettenaj Written Oct 30, 2003

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    Moses Gate Country Park, nice at any time of year for a quiet stroll around one of the 3 lakes or sit and watch the wildlife. Lovely walks eirther down by the river or along the canal bank, where many a fisherman has sat for a long afternoon!!

    a lovely day out
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    Bolton Town Hall

    by steventilly Updated May 21, 2003

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    Opened in 1873 by none other than HRH Prince Albert, this is a quite enormous Victorian edifice standing in front of a large pedestrianised square.
    It was partly destroyed by fire in the 1980's but has been carefully rebuilt & restored.
    The square is a pleasant place to sit & relax after a busy day's shopping (a pity there's no "cafe culture" here though) and there is sometimes entertainment going on (bands etc).
    Behind the town hall is le Mans Crescent (it was too murky to take a picture then), a fine crescent of regency style buildings. In August each year it hosts a Victorian Market - I guess we might visit again in August.

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    Bolton Market Hall

    by steventilly Written May 21, 2003

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    Bolton Market Hall is pretty vast. It has recently been renovated and has had a modern shopping mall incorporated into it. The main part of the hall is still "traditional" with stalls selling almost everything you could think of!

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    Dressing Up

    by steventilly Written May 21, 2003

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    As I mentioned earlier, there's often something going on at Hall I' Th' Wood. This day we could dress up in Tudor costume (as per the time the hall was built). We didn't realise this until our tour was almost over, otherwise we would have spent the whole day dressed this way ;-)

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    Hall I' Th' Wood - Interior V

    by steventilly Updated May 21, 2003

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    The Spinning Mule.
    Invented by Samuel Crompton in 1775 it combined features of the existing Spinning Jenny and Water Frame and had the advantage that large scale versions of it could be produced an be driven by steam engines.
    Crompton was too poor to take out a patent on his invention but used to charge manufacturers a fee to see his machine before they produced a copy of it. Soon his machines were in widespread use but he made very little money from it. He eventually died in poverty.
    Neither myself nor even the museum guy could figure out how the machine worked, either from this part of the machine or from the miniature model that is also on display in the Hall.

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    Hall I' Th' Wood - Interior IV

    by steventilly Updated May 21, 2003

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    .. so we took a look under the bed (after all, we were allowed to touch this exhibit). Indeed, the matress of the bed is seated on a criss-cross array of ropes. These needed tightening regularly to stop the bed from sagging, and is (supposedly) the origin of the English phrase "night night, sleep tight".

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    Hall I' Th' Wood - Interior I

    by steventilly Updated May 21, 2003

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    The hall is filled with old furniture, pictures and so on that all have some local connection. Unlike most museums in this one you CAN touch some of the exhibits - they are clearly marked as to what you can and can't touch. That's nice, because I love textures and can't resist to touch most things.

    Susan Touching A Table

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    Hall I' Th' Wood - Exterior Detail

    by steventilly Written May 21, 2003

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    This really is a spectacular building, one of the nicest "black & white" buildings I have seen.
    Admission to the hall is very modest (it says £3 but it cost us £2.40 for some reason). You can spend a couple of hours here, and there is often some event or "amusement" - mainly for kids - such as a treasure hunt.

    Hall I' Th' Wood - Detail

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    Hall I' Th' Wood

    by steventilly Written May 21, 2003

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    The Hall is set in some small parkland on the edge of Bolton.
    It was bought in 1900 (by which time it was in some disrepair) by Lord Leverhulme, the Soap king, who was born in Bolton. He had it restored as a memento to Samuel Crompton, and donated to the town of Bolton.

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