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Living And Working In Bolton

Bolton is a large and culturally diverse town in northern England which although is officially a part of Greater Manchester and makes up one of the ten metropolitan boroughs, many people class Bolton as being in Lancashire. It is situated close to the West Pennine Moors and is ten miles northwest of Manchester.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
April 18, 2024

Bolton is a large and culturally diverse town in northern England which although is officially a part of Greater Manchester and makes up one of the ten metropolitan boroughs, many people class Bolton as being in Lancashire. It is situated close to the West Pennine Moors and is ten miles northwest of Manchester. The nearest airport to Bolton is Manchester Airport with a typical flight time to London taking around one hour and a train journey into London takes less than three hours.

Once just a small village, Bolton began to thrive and grow rapidly during the seventeenth century due to the cotton weaving industry. From the late eighteenth century onwards, Bolton was transformed due to the Industrial Revolution and became very popular as the cotton industry expanded and soon dominated the town. It became one of the biggest and most productive places for cotton spinning in the world.

Bolton is home to several major manufacturing and logistics companies with many rapidly expanding companies. Strong sectors include manufacturing, construction, healthcare, education, retail, digital and I.T, energy, information and communication and financial and legal services. The town is undergoing a multi million pound regeneration programme and is fully focused upon the future of the town and its communities, with many dynamic plans being implemented to make Bolton into an even better place to live, work and invest in. This has attracted significant investment to the town.

The talented people of Bolton are renowned for being hard working and resilient characters with a typical northern warmth and wit in addition to their straight talking ways. The sense of community is especially important in the town and there are numerous celebrities who originate from here which include Sara Cox, Paddy McGuiness and Amir Khan.

Bolton has a range of high quality schools and the well regarded and  popular University of Bolton has been placed in the top 30 best UK universities by The Guardian University Guide 2024, offering many incredible courses with fantastic learning facilities.

Bolton is home to several historic landmarks such as Bolton Town Hall which was built between 1866 - 1873 and showcases some fascinating stonework and intricate carvings and Smithills Hall which is a historic manor house dating back to the 14th century in parts. Bolton is also well known for its football team, Bolton Wanderers F.C. The town boasts a rich cultural scene which includes the Octagon Theatre and the Bolton Museum and Art Gallery.

Bolton has a variety of shopping options available, from high street retailers to independent boutiques and a historic market experience ~ both indoor and outdoor.

Bolton is surrounded by picturesque countryside which offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor pursuits and scenic walks. Nearby are Jumbles Country Park, Moses Gate Country Park and Smithills Country Park whilst just to the north of Bolton you will discover the beautiful Turton and Entwistle Reservoir. Rivington Pike is a stunning hilltop location which is popular with hikers and walkers alike.

Bolton is affordable in terms of both housing costs and general living expenses compared to other areas within the UK, has excellent transport links, breathtaking scenery and lots of culture which makes the town an attractive place to live for those seeking a balance of urban and rural living.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on April 25th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is The Albert Halls, BL1 1RU. This stunning Grade II listed building, situated in the heart of the town, has a fascinating history attached to it and offers a spectacular space for a wide variety of conferences and events.

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