Chorley describes itself as "Lancashire's Market Town". The markets take place most days, and continue to attract shoppers from around the local area. Chorley Borough, surrounding the town, includes many charming rural villages, and contrasting types of countryside. To the east of the town, the terrain rises up into the West Pennine Moors. Relatively low altitude, but still a remote landscape. The terrain to the west of the town could not be more different, with the flat, fertile West Lancashire Mosslands stretching away to the coast at Southport
Chorley station is blessed with direct train links with Manchester, Preston, Blackpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Chorley lies close to the junction of the M6, M61 and M65 Motorways. The closest link to the Motorway network is Junction 8 of the M61. The A6 and A49 roads both pass through the borough.
Direct trains from Manchester Airport in around 50 minutes.
address: Chorley PR7 1AXMuseum and art gallery within an eccentric Elizabethan historic house. The extensive landscaped grounds of Astley Park are open daily.
Preston England Templeaddress: Hartwood Green, Chorley PR6 7EQThe Mormons or Church of Latter Day Saints were almost driven out of the US in the 19th C, but regrouped from their church in Preston to re-establish in Utah and worldwide. This temple, built 1994-98, commemorates that era, and now serves LDS for central and northern England, Scotland, and most of Ireland. Its gleaming white 48 m spire is visible for miles around.
address: Hoghton Bottoms PR5 0SH16th century fortified manor house atop a hill. Note the well house, banqueting hall, state bedroom and ballroom, and no less than three "priest holes". There's a fanciful association with Shakespeare and a myth that King James I knighted his dinner as "Sir Loin" steak when he stayed here in 1617. What's genuine is the birth here of Sunday sports - James was persuaded to repeal the sterner sabbatarian rules, and issued the Book of Sports setting out what was allowed, initially for Lancashire, then the whole country. Archery and dancing on Sunday were fine, bear-baiting was definitely out.
Winter HillAt 1496 ft this is the highest point of the West Pennine Moors, on the border with Horwich and Bolton. It adjoins Rivington Pike, with a tower built in 1733. Views stretch to Lakeland and Snowdonia. Various markers and monuments commemorate incidents both apocryphal ("ooh, they were never seen again!") and real, eg the 1958 crash of a charter flight from Isle of Man to Manchester. Towering over all is the 309 m mast of the ITV transmitting station, broadcasting across northwest England.
phone: +44 1257 453044address: Park Hall Road, PR7 5LPTheme Park with a loose Arthurian theme. Some decent rollercoasters. Book in advance online for savings against entry fees.
phone: +44 1257 264362address: 10 Dole Lane, PR7 2RLBuilt in 1910 as a cinema, now run by local volunteers as an arts venue. Regular amateur productions of high quality. Hosts some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy throughout the year and still fulfils its original role as cinema on some Sunday evenings.
Chorley MarketsChorley describes itself as Lancashire's Market Town and is proud of its popular market, which lies at the very heart of the town. The covered market opens 9am - 4.30pm on the following days. Monday - Flea Market and collectables. Tuesday - New goods and food cabins, with additional stalls on the adjacent Flat Iron car park. Thursday - craft, new goods and food cabins. Friday - new goods and food cabins. Saturday - new goods and food cabins with additional food and craft market on nearby Fazakerley Street every second Saturday.
Tapas Estebanphone: +44 1257 261259address: 8 Cleveland St PR7 1BHFriendly tapas place, gets good reviews for food and prices.
phone: +44 1257 241341address: New Market Street, PR7 1BYKebab, pizza and similar post-pub food.
- Sir Henry Tate is a JD Wetherspoon on New Market St. It's open Su-Th 08:00-00:00, F Sa 08:00-01:00.
address: Bolton Road, PR7 4ABThe hotel has an onsite restaurant and has free onsite parking
address: Malthouse Farm, Moss Lane, Whittle-Le-Woods, Chorley, PR6 8ABThe hotel has an onsite restaurant and has free onsite parking