22 February 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Bolton

Offices to rent in Bolton

Bolton, a large town in the Greater Manchester area, is undergoing something of a transformation. It’s in the middle of a £1 billion renovation project, which aims to modernise historic buildings and completely transform the town by 2030, bringing more opportunities and upmarket facilities to ambitious Boltonians. £100 million has already been spent on the town centre’s regeneration, making this an exciting place to be based that’s within easy reach of the north’s major industry hubs.

The town was once a major centre for textile production, including cotton and wool weaving. In the 1920s, there were more than 200 cotton mills and 26 dyeing works in Bolton, making it one of the world’s busiest cotton producers. By the 1980s this trade had all but disappeared, but the town has reinvented itself as a service-based hub, with professional services, high-tech and transportation businesses now occupying Bolton instead.

Just outside of town is the University of Bolton stadium, home to Bolton Wanderers FC and an exciting venue for events and conferences. And if you need the facilities of a larger city, Manchester is just a 15-minute train journey from Bolton, and Liverpool is just under an hour away too.

Want to find out more about living and working in Bolton? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Notable business areas in Bolton

The area around Bolton University is known as the Innovation Zone, as it underwent a £300 million renovation in the late 2010s. This central district is popular with businesses as it’s close to key amenities and transport hubs like Bolton’s main railway station. If work regularly calls you to nearby cities like Manchester and Liverpool, the centre of Bolton could be a great option.

Just outside the town, south of the M61, is Logistics North, a cutting-edge development of warehouses, distribution centres and industrial units. The last phase is currently under construction, but huge companies including Lidl, Aldi, Whistl and Amazon are already occupying some of its units. If you’re looking for a base with excellent transport links, this is a great option.

It's easy to get around Bolton

There are seven train stations in the Bolton area

The town’s main station, Bolton, is located on central Trinity Street. Services are operated by Transpennine Express and northern, so it’s easy to navigate the North West from here. If you’re commuting in from the surrounding suburbs, there are smaller stations like Hall i’ th’ Wood, Hag Fold and Lostock conveniently dotted around.

Bolton has a busy bus interchange

The main bus station can be found in the centre of town, on Newport Street. Most services in the town are operated by First Greater Manchester and Maytree Travel and can take you to nearby areas including Wigan, Preston, Farnworth and Manchester. You can also get to cities and towns across the UK by hopping on a longer-distance service, which are operated by megabus and National Express.

Bolton has a good network of roads

It’s connected to two motorways by a network of busy A-roads, so you’ll find it easy to get around from your Bolton base. The A666 connects the town to the M61, which connects with the M6 just outside Preston and can take you all the way north to Gretna Green. You can also reach the M60 this way, which circles Manchester and connects to the M53 towards Liverpool.

Two airports are within an hour of Bolton

The closest airport is Manchester Airport, which is a 25 minutes’ drive from the town. You can also get there by train in just under an hour, as the airport has a dedicated station. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is also easy to reach from Bolton, as it’s around 45 minutes away by car. From either transport hub, you can fly to domestic, European and long-haul destinations, including the US and Asia.

Offices to let in Bolton


There are plenty of business-focused amenities in Bolton

Bolton has a number of hotels for business travellers

From upmarket retreats to affordable places to rest your head, Bolton has plenty of great hotel options. At the higher end, there are places like Bolton Whites Hotel, which also serves as an excellent events venue and Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa, which boasts plenty of luxurious facilities for post-meeting relaxation. And if you’ve got a tighter budget, there are inexpensive options also, including Holiday Inn, Travelodge and The Mercury Motel.

There are restaurants in Bolton for every palate

From plant-based café Earthlings and feel good fast-food restaurant Nutri Bar to deliciously indulgent street food spots like Jarern, which serves delicious Thai flavours, there are plenty of tempting eateries in Bolton. If you’re looking for a casual lunch, you could also try places like The Noodle Shed.

And when it’s time to impress, there are a number of upmarket eateries across Bolton. Head to floral-themed Retreat Bolton for a varied menu of dishes, dine at local favourite Nick’s Restaurant or enjoy a lively evening at The Courthouse Bolton.


Bolton has plenty of handy meeting spaces

There are a number of great options across the town. Little Bolton Town Hall, which has stood since 1826 but undergone extensive renovations in recent years, is a welcoming place for meetings and events. The Bridge Conference Centre is another great choice, which has capacity for up to 600 people, while Bolton Quaker Meeting House has rooms big and small for lots of different types of gatherings.

Bolton boasts lots of other useful facilities

Love to stay active? Bolton has a number of fitness centres both visitors and locals can use. From upmarket David Lloyd to intense CrossFit, you can work out in a way that suits you. And if you’re looking to join an independent gym or health centre, there are lots of options, including Premier Boxing Club Bolton and Total Fitness Bolton.

There are also plenty of places to shop in Bolton. Central Crompton Place Shopping Centre is where you’ll find lots of familiar high street brands, as well as cafés and coffee shops where you can refresh. You can also visit Bolton Gate Retail Park in the Tonge area or head to Central Retail Park, which is just a short walk from the main train station.

Notable office tenants

  • Maytree Travel
  • Warburtons
  • Poundbakery
  • Reebok

Key agents 

  • Lamb & Swift Commercial
  • Fletcher CRE
  • Orbit Developments Ltd
  • PR Gibbs & Co Ltd
  • CBRE

Interesting facts about Bolton

  • Bolton is the largest town in the UK, with over 260,000 Boltonians living in the area – much larger than the smallest city of St Davids, which has just 2000 residents.
  • A number of famous faces hail from Bolton, including comedy legend Peter Kay, boxer Amir Khan, broadcaster Sara Cox and presenter Vernon kay.
  • A survey found that Boltonians are the friendliest people in the UK, ranking top for their “warmth, care and consideration”.
  • The ice cream wafer sandwich was invented in sunny Bolton.
  • International sports brand Reebok began life in Bolton back in 1895, when founder Joe Foster decided to drive nails through runners’ shoes to improve performance.