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Car Hire at Bolton

Car Hire at Bolton

The Greater Manchester town of Bolton is situated just a few miles off the M61 motorway, around a half-hour drive from Manchester Airport (MAN). Bolton was a key player textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution, and today provides a great northern base from which to visit the rest of the UK.

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Where to pick up my car

In Bolton, car rental outlets can be found on the A6, which is also known as St Peter's Way. Myriad car hire firms can be found along this stretch of road, while Bolton car hire is also available close to the town's railway station.

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Where to go

With nearby cities including Lancaster, Manchester and Salford, the new northern home of the BBC, Bolton's urban surroundings have a lot to offer. The town is also close to some stunning countryside, including the Peak District National Park, meaning there's plenty to explore via hire car.

Nearby Bolton

If you're a racing fan, Haydock Racecourse is just a 40-minute drive from Bolton, where numerous race days take place throughout the year. The local area is also home to some wonderful National Trust properties, including Dunham Massey (35 minutes' drive away) and the fascinating Quarry Bank Mill at Styal, which is 40 minutes away by car. Manchester city centre is only 35 minutes' drive from Bolton.

Longer drives

Around 80 minutes' drive from Bolton is the Peak District village of Castleton, which was once the home of the miners of the Blue John Cavern. This underground network of caves was once full of the semi-precious mineral, with tours on offer to see the remnants of the sparkling rock in their original setting. If you're after another city to explore, Sheffield is around a 90-minute drive away.

Eating and drinking

Fellow Greater Manchester town Eccles (20 minutes from Bolton by car) is the home of the Eccles cake, a sweet bun made from currants and flaky pastry, and sold in bakeries throughout this part of the UK. Meanwhile, Bolton itself has a number of real ale pubs, wine bars and relaxed cafes where you can refuel after a busy day's exploring in your hire car.

Things to do

Bolton's Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre celebrates the history of steeplejacking in the area, while nearby Manchester is home to countless attractions celebrating the north's industrial heritage. From the Museum of Science and Industry to the locks of picturesque Castlefield, 'the northern capital' has plenty to offer visitors of all ages.


Bolton Town Hall is a beautiful piece of architecture, with its surrounding square a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by. Local Tudor mansion Hall i' th' Wood, now a museum, showcases the town's textile heritage and provides a captivating day out for all the family.