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Visiting Bolton

Bolton has a small number of centrally located hotels. We suggest you book early if it's important for you to stay in the centre. There are plenty of good choices on the outskirts of the town and it's also worth considering nearby Manchester (12 mins by train) if you're having real difficulty finding accommodation in the town. Trains to Manchester are frequent, very affordable and run late into the night. The other great option is AirBnB which has lots of price ranges and different types of accommodation in and around Bolton. 

Hotels, food, drinks and taxi's are all very affordable in Bolton - it's a very cheap place to visit and you'll be surprised how much further your money will go when visiting the Bolton. 


The Holiday Inn

1 Higher Bridge St, Bolton BL1 2EW

Just 500 metres from the The Light Cinema and right at the heart of the festival The Holiday Inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Approximately 10 mins walk from the train station by foot.


White Hotel

Le Mans Cres, Bolton BL1 1SE

Two minutes away from junction 6 of the M61 but 5.6 miles from the Town Centre. Horwich Parkway rail station is a short five-minute walk away and trains to Manchester and Bolton are quite regular. Perhaps more suited to those who are willing to drive to the festival or travel in for a full day by bus, train or taxi.

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Locations in and around Bolton

AirBnb is one of the best solutions for visiting Bolton Film Festival as accommodation is very cheap but many standards of rooms/homes are very close to the town centre. Folk are friendly in Bolton and in most cases food and bars are not so far away from the places you will be staying. 


The Travel Lodge

River Street, Bolton, BL2 1BX

Bolton Central River Street hotel is a short walk from the train station and Bolton's lively town centre. Only 10 mins walk to the Light Cinema and the other venues at the heart of the film festival. 


Mecure Hotel

Manchester Road, Blackrod, BL6 5RU

Set in beautiful Lancashire countryside this Georgian manor house boasts a swimming pool, sauna, gym and fitness studio. The hotel is located 6.8 miles from the Light Cinema, but only 0.5 miles from the M61. The 521 bus route is an option and it is close to the Horwich Parkway station but this hotel is probably best suited for those travelling by car.

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The Last Drop Village

Bromley Cross, Bolton BL7 9PZ

On the edge of scenic West Pennine moors with a spa, good food, outdoor spaces, activities nearby. Best suited for those travelling by car, approximately 4.4 miles north of the town. We can offer a 5% off code, contact us if you want to book at the Last Drop. 


Britannia Hotel

Beaumont Rd, Bolton BL3 4TA

The Britannia Hotel is 2.8 miles from the centre of Bolton. The M61 is 0.9 miles away and bus stops are a short 6-minute walk on Wigan Road. 

Travel green 

At Bolton Film Festival we're serious about climate change.

We screen environmental films that drive change, but we also take action ourselves. For example we reuse our banners and lanyards each year,

we only use compostable products, we separate our customers waste and we also highlight green travel options. Use the carbon calculator below to make informed decisions on how you might travel to Bolton (and beyond) and please consider car sharing with other filmmakers if it's viable.



Parking is available on site at the Market Place multi storey car park Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AL 
or nearby car parks on All Saints St, Bolton BL1 2AJ  



Save some money and help save the environment too. Consider using BlaBlaCar or  LiftShare either as a passenger or by registering as a driver and subsidising the costs of your trip. Great for the planet but also for your pocket too.


Bolton’s great location makes it the ideal place to visit, for a day out or for the entire festival. We're only 12 minutes by train from Manchester city centre and only 20 miles from Manchester Airport - making it the perfect base for exploring not just the film festival, but Greater Manchester and the rest of the North West too.




Bolton's easily accessible by road - the M60, M61 and M6 are all on our doorstep - so you can base yourself here and get out and about into the rugged beauty of the West Pennine Moors. See car parks in Bolton.

COACH - cheap and cheerful travel that is better for the planet with National Express or Megabus


Manchester International airport is located 20 miles from the town centre. It's an easy connection by train to Bolton, often with direct trains or a very simple connection at Manchester Piccadilly train station. Allow 40 mins - 60 mins for the journey. 


The local bus service is an easy and affordable way to see the region, day tickets can be purchased that offer unlimited travel on many of the services. For more information visit :




Metro : 01204 520000

Orbit : 01204 465555
Pal: 01204 861010

Union: 01204 399399

S & D: 01204 704040


Bolton has a great range of places  to visit, places where you can learn more about our history and culture, places to entertain the family or just somewhere where you can escape to our fabulous countryside and relax.

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