Bolton is one of those British cities where the residents really have a love for where they live. Indeed, people from Bolton have a pride of their home which could rival that of any other city in the country, and it isn't difficult to see why. Surrounded by beautiful northern countryside, and close to other major cities, Bolton has plenty to offer not just residents but visitors also. Here you can find a fascinating set of insights into British industrial history, with period buildings in the town centre giving clues to the importance of the city in the past and during the industrial revolution. But it isn't all dust and smoke, with Bolton boasting some beautiful parks and open green spaces for public enjoyment. On a sunny day, it isn't unusual to see dozens of people out and about enjoying their parks and partaking in a picnic or an ice cream on the grass with their friends and families.
One of the highlights of the city comes as a dedication to a much loved local hero and celebrity, in the form of the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre. Many of us remember Fred as an industry and architecture enthusiasts from television shows we watched as children, and the heritage centre is a sincere and heartfelt restoration of the place the great man lived and worked. Everything he was passionate about can be found there, from unusual contraptions, photographs and film of times gone by, and of course, plenty of references to his beloved chimneys! This speciality museum gives visitors a unique insight into Bolton's industrial past and the people and places that made the city what it is today. For a different kind of industry, head down to the Smithills Open Farm, a lovely working farm complete with animals on show and all manner of machinery and exhibits which the kids and adults alike will adore. If you're a real animal lover though, you won't be able to resist the treats that lie in wait at the magnificent Animal World and Butterfly House, an open zoo where you can really get up close and personal with some fascinating species. The butterfly house is an unforgettable experience, and to have beautiful specimens landing on your head is something you won't be able to forget in a hurry!
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