Bolton is a friendly and bustling town surrounded by stunning countryside yet less that 20 minutes by train from Manchester.

The University of Bolton's convenient town centre location offers a vibrant and growing cultural scene.  There is a nationally acclaimed Octogan Theatre and Bolton Little Theatre where Sir Ian McKellen is patron, award-winning comedy at the Albert Halls, cinemas, art galleries and museums, as well as numerous music venues.

There are also plenty of sporting activities from matches at Bolton Wanderers Football Club to our own top-notch sports facilities at Bolton One.  Here, there is an eight lane, 25 metre competition swimming pool, 50-foot climbing wall, a theraputic hydrotherapy pool, plus a fitness suite, aerobics studio, gym and sports hall.

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If it's the great outdoors you're after Bolton is on the edge of the West Pennine Moors - ideal for walking, running, cycling, horse-riding and sailing - and within an hour of the Lake District and the Peak District National Parks.

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There is a high street with independent shops, pubs selling locally brewed ales, bars and nightclubs and plenty of places to eat.  The annual Bolton Food and Drink Festival - featuring celebrity chefs - reached its 10-year birthday in 2015.

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Whats more Bolton has great transport links and is perfectly placed in the middle of the country for you to reach out nationally and internationally.  We're less than a 20-minute train journey from Manchester city centre with its international arts and sporting events, shops and restaurants to suit every lifestyle - the adventurous will find a varied club and cafe bar scene in Chinatown, the Northern Quarter and the Gay Village; historical and cultural attractions and vibrant nightlife.  Salford is also nearby with the Lowry Arts Centre, Imperial War Museum North and Media City housing the BBC, ITV and other media companies.

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