Bolton, in Greater Manchester, is a large town to the north-west of Manchester city. It's located close to the M61, M60 and M66 motorways and together with Blackrod, Farnworth, Horwich, Kearsley, Little Lever, South Turton and Westhoughton forms the Bolton Metropolitan Borough.
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Bolton was once part of Lancashire, but is today part of Greater Manchester. Despite this, it's a sizeable town in its own right and has a population of around 140,000. Like many Lancashire towns, Bolton was once dependent on textile mills for employment but today has a much more diverse base.
Today, Bolton is home to a wide variety of businesses - including IT companies, call centres and engineering firms. The town is also home to the University of Bolton and has many bars, restaurants and shopping centres.
Bolton is not without historical attractions, too. As befits a town with a history stretching back more than 750 years, Bolton Town Hall is a fine, imposing building in the town centre, while the parish church of Bolton, the Church of St Peter on Churchgate, is the latest of a series of churches that have been established on the same site since the 15th century.
One of the more popular attractions with families visiting Bolton is the Bolton Steam Museum, where you can see a variety of steam-powered machinery. A more modern and even more popular method of transport, however, is the hired van. Van hire is readily available in Bolton and a number of local companies exist to provide rental vans such as these: