The Borough is surrounded by Hills and Reservoirs such as the West Pennine Moors.
5 miles West of Bury, 9 North of Wigan, Bolton can be found in the North-West of England. It is located approximately 17 miles north west of Manchester City Centre. Blackburn with Darwen, borders to the north,and The Borough of Chorley,Borders to the northwest.
Bolton Grew during the Industrial Revolution and was one of Lancashire's main Mill Towns. Bolton has a Saxon heritage. Smithills was built on the site of Saxon Palace. The present Parish Church is the third on this site. the first church was Saxon. The town was important during the Civil War as a parliamentary stronghold. There was a Massacre in 1644 and the seventh Earl of Derby was executed in Churchgate on October 15th 1651. This last event is commemorated annually on the nearest Saturday outside ye olde Man & Scythe Inn by a street play. Hall i'th' Wood is a famous building worth visiting with its civil war and industrial revolution history. Many of its old mills and chimneys have gone but it still attracts visitors to modern and old attractions.
Districts in the Bolton area are Astley Bridge, Breightmet, Farnworth, Great Lever, Leverhulme, Little Lever, Harwood, Horwich, The Haulgh, Tonge Moor, Tonge Fold, Halliwell, Smithhills, Lostock, Bradshaw, Egerton, Bromley Cross, Toppings, Kearsley, Bradley Fold, Hall i'th' Wood,Blackrod,Westhoughton and Moss Bank.
Mancheater, Liverpool, Blackpool Airport. There is a good direct train service from Manchester Airport to Bolton.
By train or coach
Bolton's railway station is located to the south of the Town Centre, approximately 5 minutes walk away from the Town Hall.
Coaches from London, and from other places, stop at the coach station on Moore Lane in Bolton. You can also pick up more coaches in Manchester.
Bolton is situated amidst the West Pennine Moors so this accounts for some excellent sight seeing and breathtaking views making it an ideal town for walking and cycling in.
Bolton has very good local bus and rail links. There are high frequency buses from Bolton to Manchester, Wigan, Bury & Salford as well as covering all areas within the Bolton borough. There are frequent rail services in Bolton to Wigan, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester airport as well as less frequent to Preston, Blackpool, Blackburn and other regional locations.
Below are some examples of frequent bus services in the Bolton area
8 Bolton - Manchester via Farnworth, Kearsley, Pendlebury & Pendleton (First Manchester) 65 Minutes
512 Bolton-Bury Via Moses Gate,Farnworth,Kearsley,Radcliffe (Maytree) 50 Minutes
513 Bolton-Bury Via Moses Gate,Farnworth,Kearsley,Whitefield,Radcliffe (Maytree) 50 Minutes
524 Bolton - Bury via Moses Gate, Little Lever & Radcliffe (First Manchester) 45 Minutes
540 Bolton - Wigan via Deane, Westhoughton, Hindley & Ince (First Manchester) 60 Minutes
575 Bolton - Wigan via Lostock, Horwich Aspull & Scholes (Arriva North West/Maytree Travel) 63 Minutes
582 Bolton - Leigh via Daubhill, Over Hulton, Four Lane Ends & Atherton (First Manchester) 50 Minutes
The Museum and Art gallery at Bolton Central Library in the town centre are worth a look. There is also an aquarium in the basement.
The famous Fish and Veg Market, the newly developed Market Hall and Churchgate are worth visiting.
Bolton has a very strong rivalry with Neighbouring Bury,and Bury with Bolton.This is due to them being near each other but mainly because of football.The 2 Boroughs have often met in football matches were fights have broke out.The Rivalry continues today and if you were to ask the people of Bolton and Bury they would say them both hate each other.Other Local Rivals are Blackburn,and Wigan.
Catch a production at The Octagon Theatre.
Bolton's constantly improving shopping district is popular with people from all around Greater Manchester and beyond.
One of Bolton's most prized food outlets is Ye Olde Pastie Shoppe on Churchgate (off Bradshawgate). It's only open during weekdays and is renowned for it's Pasties.
It is unusual that the Pasties bought here can be taken into Ye Olde Man & Scythe Inn, also in Churchgate, and enjoyed with a pint of their spaeciality - cloudy cider.
Bolton is home to an independent brewery, Bank Top. Bank Top ales can be found throughout the borough in pubs and off-licences.
Other ales from the area include Lees (Middleton), Holts (Manchester), Hydes (Manchester) and Robinsons (Stockport).
Ye Olde Man and Scythe (www.yeoldemanandscythe.com)
Last Orders Inn (now closed)
Do not treat people from Bolton as if they are from Bury or assume that Bolton and Bury are one area; they're two separate ones. The term Bolton and Bury is only used in a historical context, i.e. the main thoroughfare Bolton and Bury Road.
Also, be aware of dangers along the M61 of speeding drivers, which is particularly dangerous around October - December.