Best Places To Visit in Bolton

Expert recommended Top 3 Places To Visit in Bolton, UK. All of our places to visit face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes local reviews, history, trading standards, ratings, satisfaction, trust, price and their general excellence. Only the bee's knees!


Smithills Dean Road, Bolton BL1 7NP

Since 1335

Live Music, Wedding, Tea Room, Timeline Exhibition, Summer Garden Party, Little Voices Drama and Singing Workshops, Smithills Farm Donkey Rides, Medieval Fighting Displays, Architectural and Historical Buildings, Special Venue, Craft and Food Stalls, Hall, History Tours, Members Events, Group Booking Tours & Weddings

Smithills Hall is one of the oldest and best-preserved manor houses in the North West of England. Has been added to, and provides a fascinating history of the people who lived there and the buildings include Tudor and Victorian wing. Hall is a Grade 1 listed building, full of history and drama. Guided tours by experienced volunteer guides from the Smithills Hall for families and individuals, visitors can enjoy the rich history of the Hall during the opening hours. See the permanent Timeline Exhibition of 700 years of Smithills Hall’s history, situated in the old kitchen area. Entrance to the Hall is free.

Price: £3 per Adult & £2 for Concessions

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Wed, Thu & Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun 12:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon & Tue Closed

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Mornington Road, Bolton BL1 4EU

Since 2006

Photography, Displays, Diamond Rope Works, Wasp Mill Tandem, Robey Uniflow, Browett and Lindley, Barring Engines Exhibits, Crossfield and Cellarsclough Beam Engine, Walker Fire Pump, Guided Tours, Museum, Barraclough Vertical, Langbridge Diagonal, Tangye Horizontal & Dee Mill Engine Exhibits

Bolton Steam Museum is one of the largest collection of stationary steam engines and related items in the country. Has a collection of this type of machinery and the work of volunteer organisations and 30 0ld stationary steam engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the north of England. Visitors are welcome to view the engines statically when volunteers are working at the museum. Provides power for the machinery in the textile mills throughout the north of England during the industrial revolution. Offers private steaming days for pre-booked groups and parties. Ample free parking and during their open days the admission is free.

Registration 01945700

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Wed & Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon, Tue & Thu - Sat Closed

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Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1SE

Since 1939

Entomology, Social History, Egyptology, Libraries, Special Events, Historic Halls, Archives, Zoology, Lecture Theatre, Geology, Zoos, Exhibitions, Egyptian Room, the Aquarium, Botany, Archaeology, Art Collection & Gift Shops

'Bolton Library and Museum Services' has over 3,500 items from the eighteenth century to the present day. The collection's strength is its twentieth-century oils, watercolours, prints, and sculptures. Provides an excellent resource for both reference and display. Enjoy amazing history, art, culture, and activities in their accessible and galleries. The sculpture collection consists of around 50 works, the majority of which are bronzes by mid-twentieth-century British artists. Family-friendly events and exhibitions available all year round. Affords free admission.

Registration 246993

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Mon, Tue & Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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