From history and heritage to breath-taking countryside
Bolton's got a lot to offer from museums jam-packed with ancient artefacts to breathtaking countryside and everything else in between, award-winning attractions, behind the scenes tours, fast-paced sport and leisurely country walks.
The choice is yours...
AirVault. Take flight. Calling all thrill seekers, highfliers and gravity defiers. Welcome to the Northwest's ultimate trampoline park. This is AirVault. Imagine catching some impressive air as you vault around 90 interconnected trampolines. Perfect your slam-dunk, high five your friends then flip into the foam pit. We dare you not to smile. Not only is it brilliant fun, it's really good for you. From the very young to the young at heart, AirVault has something for everyone.
Address: AirVault Trampoline Park, Unit A 1002 Wingates Industrial Park, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 3XU
Tel: 01204 357700
Come along for a full explanation of the brewing process with sampling of our award-winning beers.
Tours are available by arrangement only.
Address: Ashworth Lane, Bolton, BL1 8RA
Tel: + 44 (0) 1204 595800
A former industrial village, Barrow Bridge was once the home of three mills, and one chimney still stands as a monument to the industrial past.
Barrow Bridge is also home to the famous 63 steps, mill workers would have used these steps every day to get to work. Today, they lead visitors up onto the beautiful West Pennine Moors.
Address: Barrow Bridge Road, off Moss Bank Way, Bolton, BL1 7ND
An award-winning little theatre showing seven plays a season - offering classics to comedy.
For tickets please contact the box office on 01204 334400.
Address: Hanover Street, Bolton, BL1 4TG
Tel: +44 (0)1204 524469
Explore the new galleries including Bolton's Egypt which draws on the town's longstanding association with Egyptology.
Bolton's Egypt features a walk-through replica of the tomb of the ancient pharaoh Thutmose III. The exhibition features over 2,000 artefacts from Bolton's significant collection.
The new gallery is joined by Bolton's Art, a showcase of the finest works in the museum's collection and Bolton's Nature, an exploration of natural history.
The museum also has one of the finest displays of Egyptology outside of London, an Art Gallery and the only public aquarium in Greater Manchester.
Free entry to the public. Guided tours available.
Address: Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, BL1 1SE
Tel: +44 (0)1204 332 211
This beautiful parish church, built in 1871, is a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Its tower is said to be the tallest in Lancashire with spectacular views across the area. The spacious interior contains many items of interest including fine stained glass windows, carved woodwork and a museum corner.
Guided tours must be pre-booked.
Address: St Peters Bolton-Le-Moors, Churchgate, Bolton, BL1 1PS
Tel: +44 (0)1204 522226
The museum is operated by volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society who have rescued 25 of the old stationary steam engines which once powered the cotton mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire. It has the largest collection of working steam mill engines in the UK and probably the largest in the world.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Address: Mornington Road, off Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 4EU
Tel: +44 (0)1204 846490
A fascinating tour around Bolton's spectacular Victorian town hall, commencing with a reception with the Mayor in the Mayor's Parlour and including where possible, visits to the Council Chamber, The Albert Halls, Festival Hall, Hall of Memories and Banqueting Hall.
Tours must be booked in advance.
Address: Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1SA
Tel: +44 (0)1204 331090
Stadium tours, sports hall and merchandise superstore are all available at the magnificent University of Bolton Stadium. Interactive Stadium Tours include a visit to the players dressing room, the managers dug-out and the media interview room.
Address: Macron Stadium, Burnden Way, Horwich, BL6 6JW
Tel: +44 (0)844 871 2932
Bolton's wonderful industrial heritage lives on through its canals, coal, cotton, railways and of course its people, famous names include The Duke of Bridgewater, Gilbert Brindley, Richard Arkwright, Samuel Crompton, William Hesketh Lever and others whose inventions helped to forge and shape the industrial revolution.
Bolton's Industrial Heritage Town Centre Walking Trail has 12 sites of interest including historic buildings, statues and more unusual stopping points...
Address: Town Centre, Bolton, BL1 1SA
Address: The Valley, 15 Eagley Brook Way, Bolton, BL1 8TS
Tel: 0871 200 2000
Crack It Bolton is no ordinary escape room. Get together with a group of friends or colleagues for a party, team-building day or corporate event, and dare to take on the mind-bending games and test your clue-cracking skills! Do you dare enter the haunted house, army boot camp or pirate cove? You will be immersed in a bizarre universe, testing you to your limits, where only the bravest and smartest minds will make it.
Do you have what it takes to make our leader board? Crack It Bolton is a superb day out for all age groups. Book online today.
Address: Highmead House, 1st Floor, 105 Halliwell Road, Bolton, BL1 3LE
Tel: 01204 371186
Follow the life and times of Bolton's beloved son, Samuel Crompton who revolutionised the cotton industry when he invented his Spinning Mule in 1779
Address: Various locations, Bolton, BL2 3AG
This 200 year old reservoir is nestled amongst the hills of the West Pennine Moors on the edge of the beautiful Rivington Country Park and is one of the Northï¿½s premier fly waters.
Address: Wallsuches, Off Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL6 6PP
Tel: +44 (0)1204 691199
Doffcocker Lodge was Bolton's first Local Nature Reserve designated in 1992. The area is also a Site of Biological Importance due to its areas of reedbed and the bird species found here.
The star attractions of Doffcocker are the common Terns, bred successfullyÂ for four years , making it one of very few places in Greater Manchester they breed.
Address: Off Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 5QD
Dunscar Bridge Brewery is a microbrewery on the edge of the West Pennines in lancashire.
We started life in 2009 with our small 4.5 brewersâ€™ barrel brewery situated in the Brewhouse Pub in Dunscar with a simple ethos to produce interesting and exciting full flavoured hand-crafted ales, using only the finest malt and hops. We offer Dunscar Bridge Brewery Tours.
Address: 13A Dunscar Business Park, Blackburn Road, Egerton, Bolton, BL7 9PQ
Tel: 01204 563516
Farnworth Little Theatre is a self-supporting amateur theatre offering a varied programme of five main productions a year, incorporating drama, comedy and thrillers.
Please contact the venue for admission prices and production times.
Address: Cross Street, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 7AJ
Tel: 0845 643 0808
The birthplace of Samuel Crompton - inventor of the Spining Mule which revolutionised the cotton industry. Step back over 500 years at Firwood Fold, the charming hamlet of former farm workers' cottages.
The Fold, given its name for the beautiful woodland which surrounds it, has buildings which date back to the early 16th century, with number 15 reputed to be the oldest inhabited building in Bolton.
Address: Firwood Fold, Off Crompton Way, Bolton, BL2 3AG
Get ready to experience the thrill of G Casino Bolton.
With incredible gaming, amazing entertainment, fantastic food and a great late bar, it's more than a night out, it's an event!
Over 18's only - www.gambleaware.co.uk
Address: Moor Lane, Bolton, BL3 5DJ
Tel: +44 (0)1204 375820
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Tree Top Adventure at Rivington. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and enjoy crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain's most beautiful scenery.
Go Ape are open from February to November so come and enjoy the tree-top adventure that everyone's talking about.
Address: Rivington Lane, Horwich, BL6 7SB
Tel: +44(0)845 643 9215
This Grade 1,16th century half-timbered hall is one of the north-west's most important buildings. Visitors can enjoy displays of 17th and early 18th century furniture, objects and artefacts, learn more about the life and work of Samuel Crompton and discover all about life in Stuart and Tudor times.
Address: Green Way, Off Crompton Way, Bolton, BL1 8UA
Tel: 01204 332853
26 fully computerised ten-pin bowling lanes with cafe, licensed bar and latest electronic leisure arcade.
Address: 25-27 The Linkway, Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Park, Bolton, BL6 6JA
Tel: +44 (0)844 8261453
Come and discover Horwich through the ages, including the town’s important place in locomotive history via a programme of annually changing exhibitions, together with a shop, research and archive facilities and audiovisual presentation. Admission is free and schools and groups are welcome.
Address: Resource Centre Beaumont Road, (off Longworth Road), Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7BG
Tel: +44 (0)1204 847797
Fundamental to any appreciation of Horwich is an understanding of the character of the town centre and how it developed. It has in fact experienced two significant periods of growth; one in the late 18th century with the expansion of the cotton and bleaching industries, and the other at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, with the coming of the Railway Works...
Address: Horwich town centre, Bolton, BL6 7QJ
An award-winning Asian superstore featuring vibrant saris, some hand-sewn, from all over the Far East and an extensive range of Asian food, cooking utensils, herbs, spices, curries and pickles. Cookery and sari wearing demonstrations plus food tastings can be arranged for groups on request.
Address: 12-14 Fletcher Street, Bolton, BL3 6NF
Tel: +44 (0)1204 532890
Jumbles Country Park boasts a beautiful parkland, reservoir and picturesque walks through a network of footpaths radiating up the valley and across adjacent hills. The Tea Garden Café provides food and light refreshments and visitors can enjoy exhibitions and events held all year round.
Address: Bradshaw Road, Bolton, BL2 4JS
Tel: +44 (0)1204 856999
Jump Xtreme is a brand new trampoline park and is set to be THE place to be in Bolton for Xtreme fun and fitness. The Bolton park features over 118 trampolines, party rooms, Xtreme Dodgeball court and has a superb 60 seater coffee shop situated at mezzanine level, so you can keep an eye on the action below and enjoy high quality food and drinks.
Address: Trinity Retail Park, Bolton, BL2 1HY
Tel: 01204 971007
Overlooking the West Pennine Moors, this 17th century converted modern hotel comes complete with its own little village with eight independent retails shops from a hairdresser to a gift shop.
Take in the stunning views, manicured gardens and relax in our excellent spa and leisure facilities.
Address: Hospital Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, BL7 9PZ
Tel: 01204 873500
The Light Cinema is an nine-screen cinema with state of the art digital picture and sound auditoriums and VIP luxury seating.
TheyÂ show the latest in blockbusters, independent and international films, plus the best live opera, ballet, theatre and pop concerts from around the globe, including Royal Opera House, National Theatre and more.
Address: Market Place Shopping Centre, Bolton, BL1 2AL
Tel: 01204 940 000
Matchmoor Riding Centre is a member of the British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Schools and a Pony Club approved centre.Â It is located on the beautiful rural West Pennine Moors with access to Rivington Country Park. The horses and ponies range from Shetlands to Thoroughbreds, are well schooled and well behaved.
Address: Matchmoor Lane, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6PR
Tel: +44 (0)1204 693323
Follow the art trail and find the hidden treasures around Mawdsley Street in Bolton town centre. From Tea pots to paint pots - there's lots to see and learn. Have fun following the art trail around the town centre and discover more about Bolton and its rich commercial heritage. The trail has been created by accomplished artist Les Bigg especially for Bolton. Have an adventure and be sure to look high and low so that you don't miss anything.
Address: Mawdsley Street, Bolton, BL1 1LF
Located in the town centre, just two minutes walk from the bus and train station. A fully stocked bar and an extensive range of hot and cold food are available.
Everyday at 1.30pm and 7.30pm it's eyes down for BINGO!
Over 18s only - www.gambleaware.co.uk.
Address: Moor Lane, Bolton, Bolton, BL3 5DJ
Tel: +44 (0)1204 524096
Restored from an old industrial site, the park has now become a place of national scientific interest due to its unique wildlife. You can enjoy walking, cycling, horse riding and model aircraft flying and there is a large play area for children.
Address: Hall Lane, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 3DN
Tel: 01204 334042
Popular park with large play area for children, fairground rides, mini steam train and gardens. Events held throughout the year - check www.boltonlife.org.uk for details.
Address: Moss Bank Way, Bolton, BL1 6NB
Tel: 01204 336632
Nevada roller rink Community Interest Company has been established to provide the residents and visitors of Bolton a dedicated roller skating venue.
We have a small tuck shop serving drinks, snacks, sweets and with 400 pairs of skates for hire plus knee pads and wrist guards if required.
Address: Nevada Roller Rink, Croft Lane, Burden Sports Centre (Off Manchester Road ), Bolton, BL3 2RS
Tel: 01204 353580
You and your team will be locked in a room filled with challenges, which you must solve by working together.
You must decipher clues, break codes, and solve puzzles to escape. You have 60 minutes! Do you have what it takes? THE CLOCK IS TICKING!
Address: First Floor, 95-101 Bark Street, Bolton, BL1 2AX
Tel: 01204 370211 07487276735
Mountain bike hire and outdoor activities available including mobile climbing wall (to your venue), archery, abseiling, (real) rock climbing, canoeing, team building and adventure days. National Governing Body Qualification Awards
Address: New Meadows Gap Cottage, Cranberry Lane,, Cranberry Fold, Darwen, BB3 2HZ
Tel: 0161 764 3612
Come along to Party and Play, the largest children's indoor soft play centre in Bolton.
With our age-specific play-zones for Babies, Toddlers and Children aged up to 12 we are the ideal play venue, come rain or shine! Our range of party packages and dedicated party rooms we can cater for all your party needs.
Address: Unit 12, Barrs Fold Close, Wingates Industrial Park, Bolton, BL5 3XA
Tel: +44 (0)1942 818195
Traditional Victorian Park just a short walk from Bolton town centre with ornamental gardens, lakes, bowling green, new large play area and open spaces.
Ranger activities and events held throughout the year - check www.boltonlife.org.uk for details.
Address: Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4RU
Regent Park Golf Course is an 18 hole par 72, 6388 yard parkland course created in 1932.
This mature course provides beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and a challenging test for all golfers.
The course is available for members and non members on a pay and play basis.
20 bay floodlit driving range also available.
Address: Regent Park Golf Course, Links Road, Bolton, BL6 4AF
Tel: 01204 495421
In the heart of Rivington Country Park, with woodland paths and lakeside walks, sits a medieval barn - the Great House Barn - which is open daily for teas, light meals, snacks, homemade cakes and has a gift shop selling everyday and seasonal gifts.
Address: Rivington, Bolton, BL6 7SB
Tel: +44 (0)1204 697738
Rivington Pike and its tower located on the West Pennine Moors can be seen from miles around. It is 361m (1,200ft) above sea level and offers spectacular views. In clear conditions from the tower you can see the Cumbrian Fells in the Lake District, Blackpool Tower and the Isle of Man.
Address: Belmont Road, Rivington, Bolton, BL6 7SB
Situated on the main A666 road between Manchester and Bolton, Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre was established in 1993 when the owner of the existing livery yard decided to start a riding school.
From its small beginnings of two ponies and a small paddock the Centre now covers almost 60 acres and has 52 horses and ponies, an indoor school, an outdoor arena, is a Pony Club Centre, hosts the local sixth form college Equine Studies course, and teaches horsemanship up to BHSAI standard. There is also a cross country course under construction.
Address: Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre, Manchester Road, Kearsley, Bolton, BL4 8RU
Tel: 0161 794 0058
This arts and cultural centre hides a superb decorative ceiling interpreting that interprets the Hindu faith. The shrine is a magnificent focal point and is carved out of solid hardwood with intricate floral designs embellished with real gold leaf. Displayed within the shrine are three pure white marble idols. Some say it is Bolton's very own Cistine Chapel.
Address: 161 Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AH
Tel: +44 (0) 1204 651 934
An excellent place for walkers, cyclists and horse riders with more than 2,000 acres of moorland, woodland and farmland. Good off-road bridleways, guided trails and picnic areas.
Address: Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, BL1 7NP
One of Bolton's original family homes dating back to medieval times. Set in over 2,000 acres of grounds and gardens, Smithills Hall is one of the oldest and best preserved manor houses in the North West. Winner of the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award at Manchester Tourism Awards 2008. Shop and refreshments available.
Address: Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, BL1 7NP
Tel: +44 (0)1204 332377
Set in the vast open countryside of Smithills Country Park, children can enjoy a ride on a donkey, or pretend to be a farmer driving our toy tractor and trailers or jump around on bouncy castles. They can also hold chicks, rabbits, guinea pigs and other baby animals and bottle feed the lambs throughout the year.
Address: Harricroft Farm, off Smithills Dean Road, Smithills, Bolton, BL1 7NS
Tel: +44 (0)1204 595765
If you think Garlic bread is the future, then head to Farnworth. St Gregory's Social Club is the real life setting for the Phoenix Club - home of Channel 4 comedy, 'Phoenix Nights'. The comedy was a springboard for the careers of local comedians Peter Kay, Dave Spikey and Paddy McGuiness. The club welcomes visitors and guided tours are available on request.
Address: 13 Church Street, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 8AG
Tel: 01204 573168 / 07513 897949
Bolton's premier venue for entertainment, a 670-seat theatre offering a busy programme of events and one of the region's most successful pantomimes.
Past performers include Bolton's very own Peter Kay.
Address: Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1SA
Tel: +44 (0)1204 334400
Concert venue and home to the Bolton Methodist Mission.
The auditorium features original Victorian decor and is used by internationally renowned choirs, bands, orchestras and artistes.
Tours are also available by arrangement.
Address: Knowsley Street, Bolton, Bolton, BL1 2AS
Tel: +44 (0)1204 522569
The award-winning Wellbeing Farm is a fun and unique farm wedding venue that tailors its events specifically to you.Â
Even their animals like to get in on the action! So if you have always dreamt of having fluffy llamas and adorable big eared donkeys alongside you both in your wedding photos, they can do that too.
They haveÂ their own award-winning butchers and Cookery School so formal dinners, buffets, vintage afternoon teas, BBQs, hog roast suppers and more can all be prepared for you by their amazing chefs using home grown and local produce whereverÂ they can.
Address: Wheatsheaf Hill Farm, Plantation Road, Edgworth, Bolton, BL7 0BY
Tel: 01204 852113
At the USN Bolton Arena it's our belief that sport and leisure activities contribute to a happy and healthy lifestyle.
We make it our mission to provide the very best facilities for the local community and to create the opportunities that inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to follow a passion for sport and healthy activities.
Address: USN Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6LB
Tel: 01204 488100
12 screen licensed cinema with a VueXtreme screen (twice the size of a double decker bus!) and a Ben & Jerry's counter
Address: 16 The Linkway,, Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Park, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 6HJ
Tel: 0345 308 4620
Bolton's oldest mosque established in 1967. It is also the biggest mosque in Bolton and acts as Jaame, or regional mosque, for the Greater Manchester/Lancashire area. The mosque is active in many areas such as interfaith work, arranging school/employer visits and delivering Islamic awareness courses.
Address: 20 Peace Street, Bolton, BL3 5LJ