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Bolton's award-winning town centre is much more than spacious covered shopping centres, traditional markets and craft and antique centres - there is the lively Victoria Square, pedestrianised thoroughfares, magnificent Victorian architecture and a mixed range of cafes, pubs and restaurants. Tours of the town centre are available with a Blue Badge Guide (Tel: 01204 334400). The borough of Bolton also includes thetown centres of Farnworth, Horwich and Westhoughton, each offering a varied selection of interesting stores, markets and mill shops.

Hotels near the center of Bolton
Queensborough Hotel (Demo) from £10.00
Holiday Inn Bolton Centre4 starfrom £39.00
Highgrove Guest House3 starfrom £32.00
Glendale Guesthouse from £25.00
Wyresdale House-Flat 1 from £55.00

Middlebrook Leisure & Retail Park

Middlebrook is the name given to a locality on the boundary between Horwich and Lostock, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, in Greater Manchester, England. Historically part of Lancashire, the name Middlebrook originally comes from the watercourse which starts at Red Moss, the one time marshland south of Horwich. Further downstream the Middlebrook joins with other tributaries and becomes the River Croal which runs through Bolton and eventually joins the River Irwell at Kearsley. Today, however, Middlebrook is associated with a modern, out-of-town complex which is home to Reebok Stadium, amongst other things.

Early history
Before the present Middlebrook site was built it was once farmland for Sefton Fold Farm, Horwich. The original 1666 timber-framed farmhouse was re-built in 1811. Before the buildings were demolished in 1996 a team from the University of Manchester's Archaeological Unit were given three weeks to complete their studies on the Sefton Fold Farm site. Through their excavations they found a moated site of late mediaeval origins. Within the farmhouse itself it was found there was an internal wall which looked it was once an external wall. It was also found that some pottery outside which is believed dates back to the late 1500s or early 1600s.

When the developers moved on to the land, the historic site was partly covered by a large roundabout. The farmhouse's 1666/1811 date stone, the kitchen's 1860s cooking range and other items were saved and can be seen at Horwich's Heritage Centre.The work to build the Middlebrook retail and leisure complex started in 1996 and by the end of the next year the site was up and running. At Middlebrook it contains the various retail shops and stores which is expected with an out-of-town site. In addition there is a twelve screened cinema, a ten-pin bowling alley, various cafés and restaurants, two hotels, and the Bolton Arena Sports & Leisure Complex.At the centre of the site is the impressive Reebok Stadium, the home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. This stadium was inaugurated on the 1st September 1997 with the first game between Bolton and Everton.

By car the Middlebrook site is adjacent to Junction 6 of the M61 motorway, by train there is a regular service at Horwich Parkway railway station, there are also bus services with the 315, 505, 576, and 615.


Bolton Markets

Bolton Market
Ashburner Street, Bolton. 
A traditional market, next to Moor Lane Bus Station that includes an outdoor market offering fruit and vegetables, all normal outlets and its renowned fish market. Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, with a Sunday car boot sale.

Market Hall
Knowsley Street, Bolton. 
Held in a distinctive restored cast iron, glass-roofed Victorian Market Hall with around 70 specialist shops and market stalls. Open from Monday to Saturday. Late night opening on Thursdays.