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Visiting Bolton

Bolton has a limited number of centrally located hotels but some good choices on the outskirts of the town. We suggest you book early if it's important for you to stay in the centre. It's also worth considering nearby Manchester if you're having real difficulty finding accommodation in the town. It's only 20 mins by train to the city where there are a lot more choices on offer. Trains are frequent, very affordable and run late into the night. The other good option is AirBnB which has lots of price ranges and different types of accommodation in and around Bolton. 

Food and drinks are 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 the visiting the festival. 


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.


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. 


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. 

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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. 

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Air BnB

Locations in and around Bolton

AirBnb is one of the best solutions for visiting Bolton Film Festival as accommodation is very cheap but also many options 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 stay. 


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




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.




Save some money and save the environment, consider BlaBlaCar or  LiftShare by car sharing, either as a passenger or as a driver. 

COACH - cheap and cheerful travel 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


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  



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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