Bolton Local Information: 10 top things to know... more
1. History of Bolton
Bolton's history goes back as far as 1067. Wool trading became big industry in the town in around 1337, and this was the beginning of the textile trading industry, which led to the cotton boom in the region. As a result, Bolton's industrial heritage is mainly built around cotton and numerous other supporting industries such as bleaching and machine building. Some of these machi...Read more
2. Now in Bolton
Bolton Wanderers Football Club is a big part of the town's life today and is based at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton University is also a central part of the town and has students from all over the world. People of the town, which sits just 20 miles north of Manchester, describe it as a friendly place with a down-to-earth atmosphere.
3. Events in Bolton
The Ironman UK Triathlon takes place in Bolton in July, when 1,400 athletes arrive to take part in the challenge. The Bolton Food and Drink Festival is held in August and includes appearances from many celebrity chefs. The Bolton Beer Festival takes place in October and is a big event in the town involving drinks and live music.
4. Attractions in Bolton
Animal World, in Moss Bank Park, has a selection of animals including farm animals, chipmunks, wildfowl and exotic birds. Moss Bank Park also has a children's play area, model railway, children's rides and tennis courts. Barrow Bridge Village is a former industrial village and visitors can walk up the famous 63 steps that mill workers would have used to get to work. Today, they...Read more
5. Things To Do in Bolton
The Blue Badge Guide Walks are guided walks on a variety of themes including Victorian Bolton and Bolton pubs. Bolton Arena has a spa, tennis and badminton courts, football pitches, floodlit games area, athletics track, indoor sports hall, bar and café. Tours can be booked of Bolton Wanderers' Reebok Stadium and include a visit to the players' dressing room, the manager's dugo...Read more
6. Business in Bolton
House of Raja's is an award-winning Asian superstore featuring saris from all over the Far East as well as Asian food and cooking utensils. The Last Drop Village is a collection of Georgian farm buildings that have been converted into craft shops, florist, hairdresser, antique, shops, jewellery shops, artist studio, village pub, tearoom and a spa resort and hotel. A local produ...Read more
7. Transport in Bolton
By car, the M60, M61 and M6 are all close to Bolton. The town also has a very busy rail station with good links to the rest of the region. Manchester Airport is the nearest airport to Bolton.
8. Entertainment in Bolton
The Albert Halls is a 670-seat theatre offering a varied programme of events and one of the region's most successful pantomimes. The Octagon Theatre offers a range of productions including classic and contemporary plays, new plays, musicals and a festive production for children. Soundhouse is the town's live music venue and Bolton Little Theatre is a small, award-winning theatr...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Bolton
Bolton Parish Church is a Victorian Gothic building built in 1871. Its tower is said to be the tallest in Lancashire. The church has a museum corner displaying local history items and other artefacts. Guided tours must be pre-booked.
10. Interesting Facts about Bolton
St Gregory's Social Club, in Bolton, is the real life setting for the Phoenix Club - home of Channel 4 comedy, Phoenix Nights which launched the careers of the town's comedians Peter Kay, Dave Spikey and Paddy McGuiness. The club welcomes visitors, and guided tours are available on request.
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