Bolton, Bolton Aquarium, Henle's Spotted River Ray

What to see
You’ll find accounts of Bolton’s tourist attractions plus shopping, eating out etc at Visit Bolton.

Specific local attractions include:
Bolton Aquarium
Bolton Heritage Trails
Bolton Museum
Bolton Steam Museum
Hall i’ th’ Wood
Shree Swaminarayan Sidhant Sajivan Mandal
Smithills Hall

Selim Rothwell’s ‘Trotting’, Bolton Library & Museum Services

Towns of Two Halves extracts:
“The bet was simple: who could abide his leg in boiling water the longest, the Swan regular or the man from Rochdale? In the picture the Bolton man is calmly smoking a pipe. He looks a little like George Washington in Howard Chandler Christy’s Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, except that his right leg is in a bucket up to mid-calf level.”
“Most teams had a hard man in those days: Roy Hartle, the right-back, was Bolton’s. Sure enough, his nickname was Chopper. He died only a couple of years ago at the age of 83. I wonder if many left-wingers sent flowers?”
“Bolton Aquarium concentrates on freshwater tropical fish. The most decorative tank, for my money, contained Law’s Malawi Cichlid in its blue-and-black Inter Milan stripes and the Neon Yellow Malawi Cichlid; but the most exotic were Henle’s Spotted River Rays, which lay around on their sandy bed like so many carelessly discarded bonnets, occasionally ruffled as if by a breeze.”
These are taken from the 2019-updated Bolton chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To buy a copy, email