Bolton is playing a key part in England largest festival of history and culture.

The town is steeped in history, from its churches to grand halls - with the magnificent Town Hall reflecting Bolton`s civic pride.

Now people are invited to step back in time and visit some of Bolton's finest and historical landmarks as part of Heritage Open Days.

Bolton Parish Church has a number of events taking place to mark the annual festival.

The tallest church tower in Lancashire will open its doors to visitors.

If the weather forecast is to be believed glorious panoramic views await those who climb the 189 steps in Bolton Parish Church.

Visitors can take enjoy a tower tour at Bolton Parish Church or try their hands at bell ringing as well as see inside an art-deco church.

On Monday, September 11 at 7pm Canon Dr Walsh will give a Bolton Parish Church Heritage Lecture entitled 'Bolton, Church and Town'.

The church will be open in Saturday (September 9) and September 16 from 10am to 4pm.

Tower tours will take place at 11am and 1pm.

There will also be musical entertainment.

Canon Walsh said: "In this 150th anniversary of the opening of Bolton Town Hall I will be exploring the history of Bolton for over 1200 years, industrial and civil events, the creation of the Borough in 1838 and the building of both the Town Hall and Bolton Parish Church, exploring the links and spending significant time on the history of the Town Hall.

"A wide subject but hopefully one of interest to many.

"Everyone welcome, no tickets required, pay on the door. Admission £5 including refreshments, or visit on Saturday to book in advance."

The church will also be open on September 10 and September 17 from 12.30pm to 4pm and on weekdays from September 8 to 15 from 10am to 4pm.

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