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“Unique and a must see”
Review of Botany Bay

Botany Bay
Ranked #5 of 31 things to do in Chorley
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Owner description: Botany Bay in Chorley has it all - shopping, dining and leisure opportunities in a picturesque canalside location with excellent transport links, just off the M61 motorway. Shop – From clothing and footwear to home furnishings and gifts, Botany Bay is home to many small and unique independent sellers as well as big name brands. We have an all year round garden centre and a Victorian style foodhall packed with local produce that offers a real taste of Lancashire. Plus, our Christmas Shop which is open from September to February each year, is a stunning experience not to be missed! Dine – Throughout the mill there’s a choice of cafes and a licensed restaurant serving anything from breakfast and light snacks to three course meals. Play – Always popular with visitors is our collection of vintage penny slot machines, one of the largest in the UK. We stage a number of events throughout the year, plus our prime position on the Leeds & Liverpool canal offers a wonderful opportunity for leisurely strolls.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Immingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Unique and a must see”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

Plenty to look at and to purchase. Lots of unique things to buy and a great building. I love returning here.

Visited October 2013
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Stockport, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
1,096 reviews
565 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 438 helpful votes
“Mixed review”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

My first visit to Botany Bay left me with mixed feelings. Our 6-year old grandson loved the play area but the cafe within this area was in need of refurb - patched carpet, sticky, very well used furniture but pleasant, friendly staff. The Christmas shop was good with a wide variety of goods, well set out and again with friendly staff. My overall feeling for the rest of the shop was that there were far too many goods on display, using up every available space and this made it difficult to properly view things but there is something to suit everyone. The food area on the ground floor had a good variety of food options for a snack or something more substantial.
Would I go back? Possibly but not for some time.
I agree with previous comments regarding the car park - it is full of potholes and very poorly maintained.

Visited October 2013
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2 Thank manswa
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Skegness, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“"wow"”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

This was my first visit to Botany Bay and thought it was fantastic, what a selection of Christmas decorations oldie worldly - modern something for everyone's taste. All the little shops where you can pick up some real bargains. My husband and i spent 4 hours going around the store. and we found the staff very polite and helpful. Well worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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4 Thank Pamela O
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Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“a good place for a rainy day”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

been to botany bay many times .improved over the last few months less bric a brac .Like the new food hall the bread man is very good . had a coffee in the new ice cream parlour very nice but expensive . the xmas display is brilliant . a good place to see lots of things in the warm

Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Pat H
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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Waste of space”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

As the title says, what a waste of space. We went in expecting a real treat, especially the much touted foodhall, yet half if not more of the shops in there are shut. No fishmonger anymore and friend told us about the Italian deli but thats not there either and there must have been half a dozen other shop units up for rent. The cafe was very grubby and we did'nt bother with a drink, decided to get a coffee in the ice cream shop but it stunk of off milk or off ice cream, but either way it stunk so we gave that a miss too. Walked up the first flight of stairs and the offering was pretty poor and a mish mash of allsorts, so after a brief 20 minute visit we decided not to bother walking up to the higher floors and to leave. So if your planning a visit, save yourself the time, trouble and petrol, its the biggest waste of space in the northwest.

Visited October 2013
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3 Thank John J
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