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Top 5 in Bolton

Bolton’s got a lot to offer, from museums jam-packed with ancient artifacts to breathtaking countryside and everything else in between.


Bolton Market

For a traditional Bolton shopping experience, this market is an award-winning, thriving and traditional market. You'll find food to tempt your taste buds, the region’s best fish outlet and much more. Bolton Market was voted Best Indoor Food Hall in the 2010 National Market Awards.

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The Octagon Theatre

For a great evening or afternoon of entertainment, why not take in a show at Bolton’s award winning Octagon theatre. There’s always some top entertainment and you never know who may be on stage.

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Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre

The home of Fred Dibnah, Bolton's very own world-famous steeplejack, has recently opened as a heritage centre. Visitors can explore Fred's house and grounds. Much of the property has been restored to how it was when Fred was alive, including his workshops and machinery. Visitors can enjoy the unique atmosphere and sit and relax in the garden or grounds. Guided tours are available and visits must be pre-booked.

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Smithills Hall

One of Bolton’s original family homes dating back to medieval times. Set in over 2000 acres of grounds and gardens, it's one of the oldest and best-preserved manor houses in the Northwest. The hall doesn’t just have beauty going for it, it has another spookier side. There’s an eerie footprint set in flagstones created when protestant martyr George Marsh was interrogated at the Hall. He wanders the halls and is not alone; other ghosts have been sighted and there have been some strange incidents. Come and see for yourself, you never know who you might bump into.

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Go Ape! Rivington

Are you wild enough to climb 30 feet up a rope ladder, tarzan swing into a giant rope net then zip wire through trees, crawl through tunnels and tackle high wire rope bridges? If the answer’s yes, you’re ready to Go Ape!

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