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Nominated Best Small Live Music Venue In The UK*

Live music is what The Railway Venue is all about but even when there isn’t a band playing it’s still a great place to chill.



“What a kick ass show at ” the Railway” in Bolton….Cheers to; Joe, Jack, Jacks Dad, Gary, that cute girl that was bar tendering, the crazy reverb, that fish finger Butty that went down smooth about a half an hour ago..oy! .. and the lovely Jon & Hilary for bringing me to Bolton. I had a blast ( I’ll call Ritchie ... he’s gonna love ya like I do!)” Eric Martin (MR BIG)

“I came back!” John Otway

“Thanks once again to the best small venue in the UK…...
The Railway Venue Bolton! Great lights, great sound, great tea! and most of all great crowd! Never fails!”  Space Elevator

“Excellent friendly staff, great atmosphere, great drinks and live performances which are not to be missed! Amazing bands on stage with unrivalled sound engineering and a brilliant lighting setup to boot. Give me this place over a big arena any day.” Grey Blackstone.

“Without doubt, one of the best small venues on the circuit” Sue Ashcroft - Classic Rock Magazine.

“Bolton’s Railway is an excellent venue, one of the country’s finest. For it’s size, it’s up there with the best & is certainly one of the most friendly & convivial. But what I like most is their unwavering dedication for showcasing new & up & coming bands…” Rob Evans - Classic Rock Magazine.

“Has to be said RailwayVenue is an incredible place! Great staff, wonderful owners, brilliant sound and lovely punters! Highly recommended!” The Duchess - Space Elevator.

“We had such a lovely gig, with the best stage set-up, lighting and pa, and sound engineering (by Jon Hanson) that anyone could ask for. Thanks so much to the lovely Jon and Hilary for looking after us and making us so welcome, and to everyone who came to support us.” Beck Sian (cousin of Kate Bush)

“Not ‘probably the best small Live music venue in the UK’ - DEFINITELY!” Agnes Dominique Jones (The Courtesans)

“A full house at The Railway in Bolton, 2&1/2 on stage, a Top Venue, one of the best in the UK, and a fantastic crowd. I am both overwhelmed and truly grateful for the support I am receiving on this tour and that praise for “Museum”. Once again a big thank you to Jon & Hilary for running a great, great venue, it feels like home when you are there, and they leave the tea bag in and make a serious brew.
Love and Peace”
Mike Tramp.

“Great venue run by fair and fun people wink” Alan ‘Boomer’ Davey (ex Hawkwind - now Psychedelic Warlords)

” I just wanted to email to say last night was probably one of the best venues and gigs I’ve been to. The locals and people attending the venue for the gig were like minded happy rockers, and the sound and atmosphere for the groups were absolutely fantastic.” Kirsten Thompson (customer)

“Brilliant venue, spot on sound and great atmosphere. Certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the best small venues in the UK. Long may they keep on rockin’ ” Craig Wilkinson (customer)

“One of the best venues in the UK” Mike Barton (customer)

“Been twice, travel up from Stoke on Trent smile stay with my extended family, both nights brilliant.
Quireboys and Falling Red. Great sound, friendly place” Stephen Nicol (customer)

“Boltons Best Venue, I’ve been to them all! Fully and professionally kitted out too. Some famous people coming up and always a little different.” Shailendra Raja (

“Fantastic!” Simon Fentem (Fiend, sorry, friend)


5 large video screens show all genres of music videos, every night, whilst a blazing Log Fire and extensive candlelight add to the ambience.

When a band is playing you can watch the action, wherever you are, on the afore mentioned screens, or do it the old way and watch them play on the stage!

We have a large Beer Garden (Our Hot Dog stand is now open!), smoking shelter, pool room and easily accessed disabled toilets.

Our selection of wines, spirits & beers is second to none and it’s all beautifully kept. We have a dress code policy which means no sportswear, caps, shorts etc.
No - we do NOT show Football! Ever.

There’s a fantastic & very light hearted Quiz every Sunday (when there isn’t a band on) night too - starts 9.00pm. Prizes & free admission!

We are open 7 days a week - Monday to Friday from 5.00pm & Saturday & Sunday from 6.00pm.

You can find us directly opposite Bromley Cross Train Station, which is very handy as it shunts passengers to and from Manchester Victoria, Clitheroe, Bolton town centre, Blackburn & Darwen! Get on the train and step off straight into The Railway. All aboard!

*(As nominated by the NME)

Who's played at The Railway

Some of the original artists that have appeared at The Railway Venue ...there are many, many more!

Wilko Johnson & Norman Watt Roy, Purson, Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Uli Jon Roth, Maddy Prior, Andy Fraser (ex Free), Kiki Dee, Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Ricky Warwick & Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders), Eric Martin (Mr Big), Public Service Broadcasting, Stackridge, John Otway, Ben Poole Band, The Quireboys, Dan Reed, John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett, Space Elevator, Martina Edoff, Du Bellows, Skinny Molly, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash, Hawklords, Raveneye, The Bluefields, The Amorettes, Deborah Bonham Band, Aziz Ibrahim,  Najma Akhtar, Ian Siegal Band, The Broux, Lifesigns, Cloud Atlas, Warner E Hodges, Here & Now, Romeo’s Daughter, Brion James (Dan Reed Network), Chris Spedding, Danny Vaughn, Kee Marcello (Europe), Virgil & the Accelerators, Blazin’ Fiddles, Bernard Wrigley, Xander & the Peace Pirates, The Courtesans, Doris Brendel, Black State Highway, Ulysses, Blood Red Saints, Diesel (Robert Hart, Jimmy Copley, Jim Kirkpatrick, Pat Davey), Leon Hendrix, Rhino Edwards (Status Quo), Pat McManus Band, Verden Allen (Mott the Hoople), Mike Tramp (White Lion), Dave Pegg (Jethro Tull/Fairports) & Anthony John Clarke, Chantel McGregor, Ken Pustelnik’s Groundhogs, Emma Stevens, Chris Slade (AC/DC), Die So Fluid, Last Great Dreamers, Phantom Voices, Dead Of Night, The Vim Dicta, Vargas Blues, Rachael Sage, Sister Sin, Rage of Angels, Claire Hamill, Justin Lavash, The Hayes Sisters, Bob Malone (John Fogerty Band), Mia Klose, Paul Burgess (10cc), Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch/April Wine/The Guess Who), The Reasoning, Kobra & the Lotus, The Val, The Room, Louise Jordan, The Woohoo Revue, Ryan McGarvey Band, Marshall Gill (New Model Army), Paul Raymond Project (UFO), Coldspell, Grace Solero, The Roving Crows, The Shee, Bernie Torme/John McCoy/Robin Guy (GMT), Oliver Dawson Saxon, Blackheart, The Mentulls, The Mighty Stef, Mohawk Radio, Sky Valley Mistress, Venrez, Kirk Fletcher Band, Connemara Stone Company, The Black Feathers,  Damian Wilson, Touchstone, Eldorado, Nadia e Rodolfo, Reuben Archer’s Personal Sin, Molly Bloom, Jordan Reyne (Lord of the Rings), Bite The Shark, Galley Beggar, Skeletal Family/Anne Marie Hurst, Ten, White Widdow, Newman, Donnie Vie Band, Tracer, Tigertailz, Massive Wagons, Gypsy Pistoleros, Mr. So & So, Voodoo Blood, Vanity Blvd, Osukaru, Sister Rose, Lost Weekend, Midnite Johnny Band, Ook & the Elephant, Also Eden, The Psychedelic Warlords, Eureka Machines, Chris Bevington & friends, Night By Night, Winter Wilson, Stampede, United Nations, Falling Red, X UFO, The Rainbow Girls, Malcolm Bruce, ExMore (Chris Tsangarides), Linda Campbell Band, Cornerstone, Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw, Demon, Mr Heart, Lady Fuel, Degreed, The Burning Crows, Marseille, Alana Amram & the Rough Gems, Cold in Berlin, Waking Sirena, The Jokers, Teenage Casket Company, Eden’s Curse, StoneWire, Estrella, Vega, George Borowski, Swamp Candy, Iconic Eye, Elm Street, The Black Tears, Larry Miller Band, I AM I, The Maension, Preston Reed, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Steve Rodgers, The Maddigans, T Clemente Band, Toadstool, The Polar Dream, Silverjet, Weapon UK, Yiyan, Electus, Sinnergod, Dave Sharp (The Alarm) & most of Europe’s best Tribute bands.

The Railway Bar

The Railway Bar
One half of a unique combination:
Comfortable seating, a real log fire (not in Summer, obviously), convivial surroundings and great beer. Situated across the road from Bromley Cross train station, The Railway provides the ideal night out - with or without live music. • Large Beer Garden • Parking • Pool Room • Disabled Toilets

The Railway Venue

The Railway Venue
Best of both worlds:
With a capacity of 200, The Railway Venue provides the best of small intimate club gigs with the professional setup found in larger venues. The Railway is a great live music venue with up to date facilities as well as leather sofas, comfy wall seating, open fire, candles, 5 large screen TVs,…

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