Halls and Museums

Boltons Museums and Libraries

At Bolton Museum you can visit our Bolton Lives Gallery, and take in some fantastic art. Explore Egyptology, the Wildlife on your Doorstep Gallery and or take a trip around the globe in our World Bays. Open since 1941, the Aquarium is the only one of its kind in Greater Manchester. It has stunning displays of freshwater fish from all over the world.

You can also trace your family tree or take your very own personal journey into the past in the History Centre.

Discover our historic halls - Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum, a Grade I, 16th century half-timbered hall, and Smithills Hall, which dates right back to the 14th century. Bolton’s free libraries provide services for everyone; whether you live in Bolton, study or work here or are simply visiting, drop in to see what we can offer.

Visit the museums website

Bolton Life

Other places of interest



Bolton Museum Egyptology

The museum is undergoing a multi-million pound transformation which is set to make the town an international tourist...

Horwich, a gateway to the West Pennine Moors

If you're looking for somewhere out of town that's a little bit different then why not take a trip to Horwich.

Visit our award winning markets

Bolton has a long heritage as a bustling market town with four to choose from.

Bolton's heritage

Please see the heritage guides below which are available to download to help you start exploring!