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Horwich is a town in the Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester.It lies within the historic county of Lancashire.


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Horwich's original wealth and popularity stemmed from the railways. Before 1984, the town was a major railway town for Lancashire. Today, it's home to Macron Stadium which is the home of the Bolton Wanderers football club. A huge retail park named "Middlebrook" opened in 1998. It has an array of stores including HMV, Tesco, Home Base, Au Naturale, Asda, Vue cinema, Hollywood bowl, McDonalds and Pizza Hut to name a few.

Horwich is a very scenic area with friendly people who've created an equally friendly atmosphere. Because it is in The West Pennine Moors, Horwich is very steep and hilly.

Get in[edit]

Horwich is located in the west of Bolton, amidst the West Pennine Moors, bordering Chorley.

By plane[edit]

The closest airport is Manchester International, which is served by major and budget airlines alike. You can then take a train directly to the Horwich Parkway train station from the Manchester Airport.

By train[edit]

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Horwich Parkway is served by Northern Rail and TransPennine Express. Passenger trains come in from and leave to Manchester Piccidilly, Deansgate, Bolton, and from Blackpool by way of Preston.

By car[edit]

Horwich is on the main motorway for Lancashire, known locally as "Blackpool One" which serves as a connection to and from Blackpool. If you are local you can use the motorway or go on the Chorley Old or Chorley New roads.

By bus[edit]

There are many private bus companies operating in Horwich serving as connections to nearby towns. During the summer months, the bus systems provide transport to coastal resorts. Like most other bus systems around the world, schedules and routes are on display at the bus stops.

Get around[edit]

Horwich is located amidst the lovely Lancashire Moors, making it perfect for hours and hours of cycling and walking.

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Wallsuches is a nice area and is a row of old stone cottages located up a very steep and hilly path.

  • West Pennine Moors.  edit
  • Reebok Stadium.  edit
  • Rivington Pike.  edit
  • Television Mast.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Visit the West Pennine Moors, Rivington Pike and Winter Hill television mast for incredible sights at great heights.

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Most shops are located on the Chorley Old and Chorley New roads. This includes the boutique and mom and pop stores you would typically fins in other towns of the size.

The main shopping centre is the Middlebrook Retail Park & Leisure Park. You can shop, dine, and find entertainment at the bowling alley and cinema.

  • Middlebrook Retail & Leisure Park, 37 The Linkway, +44 1204 673100, [1]. Middlebrook is one of the largest leisure, sports and retail centres in the country. The iconic Macron Stadium is at its heart and the equally impressive Bolton Spirit of Sport sculpture now lies at the principal entrance.  edit

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Some of the best Horwich restaurants are:

  • Spice Valley, 171 Lee Lane, 01204 697222, [2]. Monday – Thursday 12 noon – 2pm 5pm – 10.30pm Friday 12 noon – 2pm 5pm – 11pm Saturday 4pm – 11pm Sunday 12 noon – 10pm. Contemporary classic Indian cuisine.  edit
  • Luciano's at Middlebrook, Middlebrook Retail & Leisure Park, 23 The Linkway,, +44 1204 691111, [3]. Monday: 8:00 - 18:00 Tuesday: 8:00 - 18:00 Wednesday: 8:00 - 24:00 Thursday: 8:00 - 18:00 Friday: 8:00 - 24:00 Saturday: 8:00 - 24:00 Sunday: 8:00 - 18:00. Italian meals and sandwiches. Offer cocktails as well.  edit
  • Sokrates Taverna, 80-84 Winter Hey Lane, 01204 692 100, [4]. Sunday 3:30pm - 10pm (last food orders 9pm) Monday to Thursday 5pm - 11pm (last food orders 10pm) Friday & Saturday 6pm - 12pm (last food orders 10:30pm). Specializes in cuisine from Greece, Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean.  edit
  • Il Toro Bar & Restaurant, 69 Church St, 01204 697272, [5]. Monday - Thursday: 18:00-22:00 Friday & Saturday: 18:00-22:00 Sunday: 11:30-21:00. Wide selection of wines and spirits as well as Italian dishes.  edit
  • Bengal Cottage Restaurant & Bar, 80A Lee Ln, +44 1204 771393. Sunday - Thursday 5:30 – 11:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm - 12 am. FIne Indian cuisine  edit

Stay safe[edit]

For a safe night out, Chorley is your best bet. Although Horwich is in general no more dangerous than other northern towns, there are some issues with juvenile delinquency.

The emergency numbers for police, ambulance, fire service, and coastal guard are 999(National) and 112(European). For non-emergency concerns you can dial 101. Create category

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