Bolton Mini Guide
I Don’t Know Much About Bolton, can you Help?
Bolton was an important Saxon town but declined over the centuries until it was found that it had the perfect conditions and resources to become a prosperous mill town. In the early days of the industrial revolution the town grew from strength to strength and the city’s council was graced with the opportunity to spend some of the taxes on magnificent Victorian buildings as well as funding recreational activities for the mill workers. With the advent of cheap textiles from the Far East the city declined again but is now striving to revive once more with service industries.
How Easy is it to get to?
It’s very easy to get to Bolton. You can fly into Manchester Airport
on a variety of carriers including some of the low cost airlines and hire a car. From the airport, trains, buses or taxis will get you quickly to Bolton. Alternatively, there are many good train connections to Bolton together with a National Express coach route which will be cheaper than air fares.
What Should I do Whilst There?
If you’re a football fan, visit the Reebok Stadium where Bolton Wanderers play their home matches. As well as enjoying seeing Premiership teams play you’ll be visiting one of Britain’s most historic clubs. You should also take the opportunity to visit Smithills, the third church to be built on the ancient Anglo Saxon site. The Ye Olde Man and Scythe is a well-known town pub which annually commemorates the beheading of the 7th Earl of Derby during the Civil War. With its heritage of cloth manufacture, it's no surprise to learn that there are many shops where you can buy cloth by the metre and even find tailors and dressmakers in the city to make suits or dresses for you.
And in the Evenings?
There’s nothing better than a pint and possibly one of the town’s renowned pasties from Ye Olde Pastie Shoppe. The town has its own brewery and many of the ales are sold in local pubs to accompany the pie.
- Bolton's council have named 2012 a 'Year of Sport' to coincide with the Olympics. There are dozens of sports events from one day only experiences to longer sports courses available via the council. To take part in one whilst you're there check out the council website www.bolton.gov.uk
- On June 5th the borough will host a fun charity event - the Barking Berry's Bakery Fun Dog Show which helps a ten year old local girl raise money for animal charities. The entrance fee is only a pound and as well as the dog show there'll be children's attractions and art and craft exhibitions.