Away Days - Travel Guide: Bolton Wanderers vs. Cardiff City
The Bluebirds head to Bolton for our final away day of 2017, and our last match before Christmas Day.
Bolton Wanderers are located in the town of Bolton, Greater Manchester. By car, the journey from CCS takes approximately four hours. Car Park A is dedicated to away supporters, with spaces allocated on a first come, first served basis. The car park is accessible via the A6027, De Havilland Way, and costs £7 per car, £12 per mini-coach and £20 for a coach. Entry passes can be purchased on matchday.
From Cardiff Central, those travelling by train should head for Bolton, which can be reached via Manchester Piccadilly. Horwich Parkway Train Station is the closest station to the stadium, approximately 200 metres away. Regular matchday services run from Bolton station, with a journey time of approximately seven minutes.
The Macron Stadium was built in 1997, and replaced Bolton’s former home, Burnden Park. Formerly known as the Reebok Stadium, the ground has a capacity of 28,723, which makes it the thirteenth largest stadium in the Championship.
Travelling Bluebirds will be situated in the South Stand, which has a capacity of around 3,000. City fans will be able to purchase a copy of the official matchday programme, ‘The Wanderer’ for £3.
Pies and Pints
Traditional matchday options are available inside the Macron concourse, including Holland’s ‘Big Eats’ Pies for £2.90, burgers and hot dogs for £3.50. Alcohol is also available inside the stadium, including Worthington’s Bitter, Carling, Magners and Guinness.
Popular pubs amongst away fans with family-friendly atmospheres include the Barnstormers pub on Lostock Lane.
Food for Thought
The stadium is next to the Middlebrook Retail Park, which offers a number of fast food outlets including KFC, Subway and a Bolton Wanderers themed McDonalds. Other restaurants such as Ask Italian, Chiquito and Nando’s. In the town centre, popular food options include Rice ‘n’ Three, which offers vegetarian friendly Indian cuisine, or the award winning family-run Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant.
For those travelling to Bolton with children, there are plenty of Christmas themed events before or after the match. These include Breakfast with Santa at Wyevale Garden Centre, and Christmas Carol at the Octagon.
Alternatively, check out the National Football Museum in nearby Manchester, which is a twenty-minute train journey away. The Museum is a must-see for any football fan, with a range of permanent and visiting attractions.