Easily accessible by road or rail

Bolton’s great location makes it the ideal place for a day out or a short break, by road or rail - Get directions. We're only 12 miles from Manchester city centre and 20 miles from Manchester Airport - making it the perfect base for exploring both Greater Manchester and the best of the North West.

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By car, train or bus...

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  • Travelling by car

    Bolton's easily accessible by road - the M60, M61 and M6 are all on our doorstep!

  • Travelling by train

    Bolton benefits from one of Greater Manchester’s busiest rail stations. For more information on rail services to Bolton, please visit or

  • Travelling by bus

    Bolton has a great bus service with routes all over the Northwest region. For more information call 0161 244 1000 or visit 


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Group Travel

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From planning your trip, to parking your coach and keeping your driver happy once you get here, you'll find vital pre-trip info.

Bolton Life

Free parking and drop-off

Free town centre coach parking is available close to Bolton Market and a variety of shops and attractions. Parking is available on a first come – first served basis and must be booked in advance. For more details and to reserve your space, please call  01204 332853 or e-mail

Free drivers meals are also available, please ask for details.

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