Bolton Travel Guide

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Bolton Things to Do

  • Rivington Terraced Gardens

    Rivington is a pretty little hamlet situated between Bolton and Chorley. It is in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as the West Pennine Moors. Here there are many great walking trails in acres of glorious Countryside. The remains of the Terraced Gardens are perched up on the hillside above Rivington. It is a great hike up to see them...

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  • Hall i'th' Wood

    Hall I'th' Wood is a fantastic Grade 1 listed hall. The attractive half timbered building dates from the 16th Century and is a rare example of a tudor wooden framed house. It is set a stonesthrow away from a modern housing estate. The stark contrast begins at the cobbled driveway leading up to the hall. This wonderful abode was owned by wealthy...

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  • Smithills Hall

    Smithills Hall is a fantastic historic house situated near Bolton on the edge of the West Pennine moors. It is one of the best preserved manor houses in the area. The earliest part of the house dates from the 14th Century when a family would have lived, ate and slept in the one room. Numerous rooms and extensions have been added over the years,...

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  • Smithills Country Park

    The 2400 Acres of woodland surrounding Smithills Hall provides a haven for nature and nature lovers alike. Here you will find great walking trails which wind their way through woodland and over picturesque stone bridges. There are Countryside wardens on hand at Smithills Hall to give further information of the walks available.

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  • Aquarium

    The Bolton Aquarium is located on the bottom floor of the Museum and Art gallery building,open since 1941,the aquarium is the only one of its kind in Greater Manchester,with a stunning display of fish from all over the world.Admission is freeOpening times:Mon to Sat-9am till 5pm

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  • Museum

    Located on the second floor of the museum/art gallery building,find out all about Boltons history and local life and also a collection of artifacts and items from around the world.The first floor contains information and items from Boltons past while the second floor is arranged in collections from the worlds continents,there is also an Egyptian...

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Bolton Restaurants

  • Great food, Great Location!

    The old Coaching House belonging to Smithills Hall has been transformed into a fantastic restaurant which offers great hearty meals. There is an extensive menu to choose from with most meals offering complimentary Cheese and biscuits if you can find room!I had grilled mackerel with horseradish sauce for starters with braised beef crumble with a...

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  • A Dickensian Treat

    Smithills Coaching House is a great place In the centre of Smithills country park. Smithills Coaching House Dates back (In parts) to the 17th century and was the original stables and coach houses for the nearby Historic Smithills Hall.They offer a range of menu's for lunches Dinners and for private functions, with a large dinning room and bar area...

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  • Authentic Indian Cuisine

    We went here for the works Christmas dinner, it was fabulous. If you like the dishes hot just tell the staff who will gladly spice it up , if you suffer from a nut allergy please inform staff who will advise on suitable dishes. Fantastic service with excellent surroundings. I tried a few different dishes as there was 10 people eating. I Recommend...

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  • dine in style

    I have not been here for a while but the last time I went I found it really appealing, I ttok a young French student (11years old ) for dinner there and he nearly fell off his seat when the meal came as it was nearly as big as him!

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  • The Old Coaching House

    Nice place for families to enjoy nice food at nice prices. Nice place. Cheese board............. so much choice and as much as you like.

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  • Picnic In The Park

    It was a nice day so we just decided to picnic in the grounds of Hall I' Th' Wood. There's a nice long, low wall beside the lawns that is ideal to sit along. Just as we finished a group of what seemed to be hundreds of hikers came and took up almost the entire wall. Our timing was impeccable. Cheeses bought fresh from the market, and biscuits and...

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Bolton Nightlife

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  • Ye Olde Man & Scythe

    "Oi, mate! ...Yeah you--the tall bloke! Watch yer head on that beam there, yeah?" Three guys are sitting at the bar, the smallest one is looking at me and my friend as we walk into the Olde Man & Sythe. He's right, the ceiling is really low in this pub and I probably would have given my skull a good crack without the warning. "Thanks," I give a nod...

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  • Ikonic night out

    Ikon is Bolton’s biggest and most well known night time venue. The music here is dance and the club opens its doors at 10pm and stay open until 3am. The place rocks with access to the smaller club down stairs called “Jax”The admission cost is around 10 dollars for entry before eleven and 12 dollars there after.The club is adjacent the Moat house...

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  • The local in the town centre

    Located just minutes from the busy high streets of Bolton is this small but quaint local pub,serving a variety of ales and spirits,not sure if they do food as we just popped in for a quickpint,there were plenty of chairs and tables,t.v's showing live sports etc. casual.

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  • Things that go 'bump'in the night

    The Ye Old Man and Scythe is a public house located in Churchgate in Bolton.The first recorded mention of it by name was in 1251 making it one of the ten oldestpubs in Britain and the oldest in Bolton.It is not known what date the pub was built,but a charter of 1251 mentions it byname.Due to the age of the building though it has been rebuilt at...

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  • IKON REBORN!

    IKON REBORNIkon nightclub on Bridge Street is currently receiving a refurbishment to give the place a fresh new look in time for summer.The popular Bolton venue will stay open throughout the refurb to ensure customers can enjoy their favourite venue in the run up to the relaunch. Once complete, Ikon will hold a ‘huge’ celebration on Saturday 5th...

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  • Party Party

    When comes to a big night out then Bolton knows how to have a good time. The alcohol flows and the locals dance the night away.There are traditional style pubs and wine bars. There are also fun pubs and night clubs which offer a late licence until about 1pm or 3pm.Most of the bars are situated on Deanesgate a strip of a round 10 to 15 bars allowing...

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Bolton Transportation

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    by jetwind Written Dec 14, 2005

    Fly into Mancester airport and join Transpennie express for the 40 minute ride to Bolton via Manchester city centre. The schedule operates 24 hours a day and runs every 15 minutes during day light hours and are less frequent at other times.

    Entrance to Bolton Rail station Virgin Trains

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Bolton Shopping

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  • The Craft of Shopping

    Set on two floors Craftworld is in a purpose built shopping centre. Craft products occupy the first floor and gifts and other products are available on the ground floor. You can buy all kinds of craft making products such as: card making, printing model making, painting, candle making and much more. Things are probably a bit more expensive than...

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  • Pasties

    Tiny little shop, with nearly as many people behind the counter as there is in front. Thats because its always so busy. There own made pasties and pies are something else, you cant just have one, well I cant!! Then maybe a nice cake.....oh I can feel the calories just talking about them.

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  • Diamond Knights

    Preston's Of Bolton is known as "The Diamond Centre of The North". They have a chain of shops throughout the country, including one at Jersey where I bought Susan's engagement ring oh so many years ago! Engagement Rings "One Months Salary" is standard I believe.

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Bolton Warnings and Dangers

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    by ettenaj Written Feb 7, 2007

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    This picture was taken on top of Rivington Pike on a foggy day, as you can see the fog was laying like a thick layer of clouds beneath the hill, always be aware that mist and fog can be quite dangerous even at this low altitude.

    on top of the world????? This is fog not clouds Weird weather

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Bolton What to Pack

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    by steventilly Written May 21, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Just a small bag.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Normal everyday clothing, and something for the rain (it often rains in this part of the country).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: None needed - unless you have special requirements.

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera, batteries, charger, memory cards.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Gym gear for us.

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Bolton Off The Beaten Path

  • No lodging any complaints

    Moses gate country park is situated between Farnworth and Little Lever. There are three lodges in all. Located to the far end of mainlodge is is Rock Hall which was erected in 1920 by Thomas Bonsor Crompton. Today its home to the Vistor centre.Apart from the Lodges you can follow the canal that runs to the near by town of Radcliffe. On a summers...

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  • Bobby Haywards

    On a nice sunny day head out of the town centre to Bobby Haywards park. Plenty for kids of any age, slides, swings,climing frames, sand pits and musical equipment. Ice cream and coffee, and you can have a great picnic on the grassy embankments

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  • Summer stroll

    Take the old bread and have a super relaxing afternoon down at the park, feeding the many swans that come back here year after year, not to mention the huge ammount of ducks and other water fowl, even a couple of herons have been known to nest here

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Bolton Sports & Outdoors

  • The Reebok Stadium

    The Reebok Stadium is the home of Bolton Wanderers FC.It is a modern, all-seater stadium with a capacity of 28,723 which was completed in 1997, replacing the club's old ground, Burnden Park.Even for being a modern stadium it still has some atmosphere.

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  • The Wanderers

    Name Bolton Wanderers Nickname The Wanderers Stadium Reebok Stadium League Play In Premier League Honours Home Kit White shirt, shorts and socks Away Kit The Reebok Stadium is a nice compact and symetrical stadium with a hotel built into one of the stands.The Stadium is purpose built and is surrounded by a massive...

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  • Quad biking

    During the summer months, some of the parks in the area, have weekenders, which is like a small fair that is just put on for the weekend. This is a picture taken at Moss Bank Park where they set up this small area designated just for the children to ride the quad bikes.

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