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Visit Bolton- Things to do and places to see !

Bolton has its fair share of visitor attractions, some of which are in or close to the town centre and others that are a little way outside the main part of the town. There is something to interest everyone in Bolton, including historic homes, country parks and open farms for the kids to enjoy. If you are visiting the area for the first time then you may be surprised at all that Bolton has to offer. Bolton has an interesting history and some of its historic homes and buildings are reputed to be haunted. Turton Tower is an historic house that is to the north of the town. The house is interesting because it was added to during different periods and this is evident in the building and in the way the rooms are set out. There is supposed to be a secret tunnel in the house. In one area of the house there is a human skull that is resting on a bible, when the skull is moved from its position its alleged that this brings about ghostly happenings. One of the things that is missing at this attraction is that there is nowhere you can get any refreshments.

If you have children then you may enjoy a family trip to Jumbles Country Park which is just outside the centre of Bolton. The park also houses an open farm, known as Park Fold open farm. There are tractor and trailer rides for the children and pony rides as well, there is quite a lot to do. The farm has its own tearooms where you can get snacks and even a full meal if you want it. This is a good day out for all the family. Also worth a visit if you go to Bolton is Animal World and the Butterfly House.

The Lever Park is great for a day out as it is set among the West Penine Moors where there are facilities for walking, fishing and picnicking. There is an arboretum and a Pineturn at the park and there is also a place where you can stop and have refreshments. There is also Smithis country hall and park with an open farm and a Coaching House Restaurant. The house is well worth a visit as there is plenty to see. The house dates back to the fourteenth century although it was added to at different periods and this can be seen within the house. Smithis Hall is also believed to have several ghosts and has been investigated for paranormal activity.

If you are interested in trains and railways then you may enjoy a visit to Bolton’s Steam museum. Although the steam engines and trains are the most obvious draw, the museum also celebrates the effect that steam and steam engines had during the Industrial Revolution. The Horwich Heritage Centre is just outside of the town and focuses on the social development of Bolton and the surrounding area, the centre includes a reconstructed Victorian kitchen and pub giving you an idea of how people lived during that period.

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