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Borough of Warrington
—  Borough & Unitary authority area (1998)  —
Warrington Town Hall

Coat of Arms of the Borough Council
Warrington shown within England
Coordinates: 53°23′N 2°36′W / 53.383°N 2.6°W / 53.383; -2.6
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Cheshire
Admin HQ Warrington Town Hall
Founded 8th century
(exact date unknown)
Town charter 12th century
(exact date unknown)
Unitary Authority status 1998
 - Type Unitary authority
 - Governing body Warrington Borough Council
 - Mayor Dr Brian Axcell [1]
 - MPs: Helen Jones (L)
Helen Southworth (L)[2]
Population (2008 est.)
 - Total 196,200 (Ranked 81st)
 - Ethnicity 96.9% White
1.2% South Asian
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
Postcode WA 1-5 and 13
Area code(s) 01925
ISO 3166-2 GB-WRT
ONS code 00EU
OS grid reference SJ605885

Warrington is a large town, borough and unitary authority area of Cheshire, England. It stands on the banks of the River Mersey, which is tidal to the west of the weir at Howley. The population of the town is 80,661, and the Borough of Warrington, including its 18 civil parishes, is around 194,000. Its population has more than doubled since its designation as a New Town in 1968.

Historically a part of Lancashire, Warrington was founded by the Romans at an important crossing place on the River Mersey. A new settlement was established by the Saxons and by the Middle Ages, Warrington had emerged as a market town at an important bridging point. A local tradition of textile and tool production dates from this time.

The expansion and urbanisation of Warrington largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution, particularly after the Mersey was made navigable in the 18th century. The West Coast Mainline runs north to south through the town, and the Liverpool to Manchester railway (the Cheshire Lines route) west to east. The Manchester Ship Canal cuts through the south of the borough (west to east). The M6, M56 and M62 motorways form a partial box around the town.

People born (or living) in Warrington are known as Warringtonians.[3] The modern Borough of Warrington was formed in 1974 with the amalgamation of the former County Borough of Warrington, part of the Golborne Urban District, the Lymm Urban District, part of the Runcorn Rural District, the Warrington Rural District and part of the Whiston Rural District.



Warrington has been a major crossing point on the River Mersey since ancient times and there was a Roman settlement at Wilderspool.[4] In medieval times Warrington's importance was as a bridging point of the River Mersey, and it was a fulcrum in the English Civil War. The armies of Oliver Cromwell and the Earl of Derby both stayed near the old town centre (the parish church area). Popular legend has it that Cromwell lodged near the building which survives on Church Street as The Cottage Restaurant. The Marquis of Granby public house bears a plaque stating that the Earl of Derby 'had his quarters near this site'. Dents in the walls of the parish church are rumoured to have been caused by the cannons from the time of the Civil War. hi


Industrial history

Warrington was a centre of steel (particularly wire), textiles, brewing, tanning and chemical industries.[5]

Heavy industry declined in the 1970s and 1980s but the growth of the new town around Warrington led to a great increase in employment in light industry, distribution and technology.

Warrington is now in a transitional stage, changing from the "cloth cap" factory town born out of the Industrial Revolution into a modern centre for high technology industry. The Borough Council's designation as a unitary authority in 1998 is another step in the town's progress and another reason why it has become one of the most prosperous towns in England.

IRA bombing

On 20 March 1993, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated two bombs in Warrington town centre. The blasts killed two children: three year old Jonathan Ball died instantly, and twelve year old Tim Parry died five days later in hospital. Around 56 other people were injured - 4 seriously. Their deaths provoked widespread condemnation of the organisation responsible. The blast followed a bomb attack a few weeks earlier on a gas storage plant in Warrington.

Tim Parry's father Colin Parry founded The Peace Centre (formerly the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Peace Centre) as part of a campaign to reconcile communities in conflict. The centre opened on the seventh anniversary of the bombing in 2000. He and his family still live in the town.

Other history

Warrington is notable in political history for being the first place to field a candidate for the then newly-formed Social Democratic Party; former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins stood for Parliament in 1981 but lost to Labour Party candidate Doug Hoyle by a small number of votes.

However, many people, particularly Americans, will remember Warrington best as the location of Burtonwood RAF base, one of (if not the) largest Royal Air Force (RAF) bases in England and the largest US Air Force base outside the United States. During World War II, Burtonwood was visited by major celebrities like Humphrey Bogart and Bob Hope who entertained the G.I.s. The base was closed in 1993.

There was a further RAF training camp at Padgate, a Royal Naval air base at Appleton Thorn (RNAS Stretton) and an army base at the Peninsula Barracks in O'Leary Street, now used by the Territorial Army.


Historically part of Lancashire, Warrington was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1847 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. Warrington acquired county borough status upon reaching a population of 50,000 in 1900 and until 1974 was known as the County Borough of Warrington. As part of proposed local government reforms of England, in 1969 the Redcliffe-Maud Report suggested merging Warrington with either Merseyside or Greater Manchester metropolitan counties. Lobbying by the borough council averted this. But, since these County boundary changes were to make Warrington non-contiguous with Lancashire, under the local government reforms of 1974, Warrington, incorporating Lymm Urban District and part of Runcorn Rural District from Cheshire, and part of Warrington Rural District, was made a borough within Cheshire County Council.

On April 1, 1998 Warrington became an independent unitary authority, though it is still served by Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, and forms part of Cheshire for ceremonial purposes, such as the Lord Lieutenancy. The current borders of Warrington Borough cover the former County Borough of Warrington, Lymm Urban District, Warrington Rural District and part of Golborne Urban District, part of Runcorn Rural District and part of Whiston Rural District.

Warrington has applied unsuccessfully for city status, the most recent attempt being after the opening of the Peace Centre as a "City for Peace".

The political makeup of the borough council is as follows:

Current councillor party composition:

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrat 28
Labour 22
Conservative 7

By consequence, there is no overall control (NOC) in Warrington.

At Westminster, Warrington is represented by two Labour Party MPs. Helen Jones represents Warrington North, and Helen Southworth represents Warrington South.


The Borough of Warrington is bordered by Halton, Cheshire West and Chester, and Cheshire East boroughs in the Ceremonial County of Cheshire and by the metropolitan boroughs of Trafford, the City of Salford, Wigan and St. Helens.

Subdivisions, suburbs, and civil parishes of Warrington

The Borough of Warrington is subdivided into 18 civil parishes and various suburbs of the central town of Warrington, which is an unparished area:

Civil parishes

Appleton, Birchwood, Burtonwood and Westbrook, Croft, Cuerdley, Culcheth and Glazebury, Grappenhall and Thelwall, Great Sankey, Hatton, Lymm, Penketh, Poulton-with-Fearnhead, Rixton-with-Glazebrook, Stockton Heath, Stretton, Walton, Winwick, Woolston

Other areas

Appleton Thorn, Bewsey, Blackbrook, Bruche, Callands, Cinnamon Brow, Cobbs, Dallam, Fairfield, Gemini, Gorse Covert, Grange, Hermitage Green, Hollins Green, Howley, Hulme, Kenyon, Lane End, Latchford, Little Town, Locking Stumps, Martinscroft, Omega, Longford, Orford, Paddington, Padgate, Risley, Sankey Bridges, Statham, Thelwall, Westbrook, Westy, Wilderspool, Woolston, Wright's Green, Old Hall


Climate data for Warrington, United Kingdom
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 42
Average low °F (°C) 33
Precipitation inches (cm) 3.8
Source: Weatherbase[6] April 2007


Based on ONS statistics

Population and ethnicity

Warrington has a total population of around 200,000, of which 49.1% are male and 50.9% are female. The average age of the population is 38.06 years, which is slightly below the regional and national averages. In the borough, the majority of people are of white ethnicity (97.9%). The key minorities are mixed race (0.6%), black ethnicity (0.2%), and Asian origin (0.8%), other racial origins account for 0.5% of the population.

Housing and social situation

As at the 2001 census (the last available data), the borough of Warrington had 80,593 households. Of this 80,593 households, 76% are owner occupied, 17.6% are rented from the council, 4.8% are rented from other sources and 1.6% of houses have residents who live rent free. Warrington has a population density of 10.7 residents per hectare, and 31.9% of residents describe the borough is a comfortably well off area, 4.3% of households are deemed overcrowded. Of the total population, 5.8% of residents are on some form of benefits.

Employment and education

At 2005, the borough of Warrington had 63.6% employment, with only 2.9% of all economically active people unemployed. 2.3% of the population are students in full-time higher education. 31.1% of the total population are economically inactive (due to retirement, ill health, or full-time carer status). According to borough statistics, of the population (in the Borough of Warrington in 2005). 26.9% are unqualified (either due to leaving school early or failing the end of school examinations). 46.4% have level 1 or 2 qualifications (level 1 being 1+ GCSE (A*-G)or "O" Level or equivalent, level 2 being 5+ GCSEs (grades A-C), 1+'A' levels/ AS levels (A-E) or equivalent). 19.7% have received level 3+ qualifications (meaning 2+ A-levels (A-E), 4+ AS-levels (A-E) or equivalent minimum).


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Halton and Warrington at current basic prices published (pp. 240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[7] Agriculture[8] Industry[9] Services[10]
1995 3,636 14 1,361 2,261
2000 4,768 10 1,433 3,324
2003 5,774 18 1,399 4,356

In spite of its proximity to significant retail areas in Manchester, Liverpool, Chester and the out-of-town Trafford Centre, Warrington continues to have one of the larger shopping centres in North West England. Despite the competition, Warrington has seen an increase in its customer trade, due in part to the modernisation of the town centre. It has a shopping mall (Golden Square) first opened in 1974, which has been extended to include a Debenhams store, and a new bus station. The old Cockhedge Textile Mill was demolished and replaced by another shopping mall. The main shopping streets are Buttermarket Street, Horsemarket Street, Sankey Street and Bridge Street. Where these four streets intersect at Market Gate, there is an award-winning redevelopment with a large fountain and "guardians" (known locally as "the skittles") designed by Howard Ben Tré. The town also has a large indoor market, and several other small shopping malls, such as Hatters Row. In the surrounding modern suburbs, there are several shopping areas, from small groups of shops to malls such as Birchwood Mall. IKEA chose Warrington as the location for their first store when they came to the UK; the store is located in the large out-of-town shopping area of Gemini, which has a large Marks and Spencer (the biggest outside London), Toys "R" Us, and Next outlets.


Warrington is home to one of the most important strategic development projects in Europe in the Omega Development Site close to the M62. It will be a vibrant, active and sustainable business community which is to be developed in stages over the next 30 years. The site for this is the 575 acres (2.33 km2) of space on the former Burtonwood Airbase. The cost of this is set to reach £1billion.

Other developments in Warrington include the Wire Works on Winwick Street which is set to transform the gateway into the town centre with a mixture of retail, cafes, bars, apartments, and an 8-screen cinema.


Warrington after the coming of the railway, 1851

The town has two main railway stations. Bank Quay is on the main West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Glasgow Central and the Manchester Piccadilly to North Wales via Chester line. Central is on the Liverpool to Manchester (via Widnes and Warrington) line with through services to the North East and to East Anglia. Bank Quay is much altered, but Central (built 1873) is of some architectural merit, featuring polychromatic brickwork. Both have undergone some refurbishment. There are also railway stations in the suburbs at Padgate, Sankey,Glazebrook and Birchwood.

The town lies close to the M62, M6 and M56 motorways and midway between Liverpool and Manchester airports.It also has four Primary A roads A49,A50,A56 and A57.The A580(East Lancs)runs along the north of the town.

Warrington Borough Transport, one of the few municipal bus companies to survive in public ownership, runs most bus services within the town. First Group and Arriva Northwestern provide bus links to surrounding towns and cities such as Manchester, the Trafford Centre, Liverpool, St Helens, Runcorn, Widnes and Chester. A real-time passenger information system is installed but is not entirely reliable. A new bus station known as Warrington Interchange opened in 2006 at the Golden Square Shopping Centre.

The River Mersey runs through the heart of the town dividing it in two. There are only two main thoroughfares crossing the Mersey in Warrington: at Bridge Foot and at the Kingsway Bridge. Before the M6 was built, these routes were very busy with through traffic.

The Manchester Ship Canal runs through the south of the town; three swing bridges and a high-level cantilever bridge provide crossing points, and another high-level crossing is planned downstream nearer to Runcorn. Although shipping movements on the ship canal are far less frequent than in years past, they can cause severe delay to local road traffic. The picturesque Bridgewater Canal runs through the borough from the scenic village of Lymm to Walton Hall and Gardens, a local park/leisure area.


Warrington has a concert hall (the Parr Hall), an arts centre (the Pyramid), a museum (Warrington Museum & Art Gallery), and various public libraries throughout the borough. Warrington Central Library was the first rate-supported library in the UK. The Victorian swimming baths closed in July 2003. There is a cinema at Westbrook, and another is being considered as part of a town centre redevelopment. There are several parks (see also Parks in Warrington) and designated nature reserves at Woolston Eyes, Risley Moss, Rixton Claypits, and Paddington Meadows.

There is also ten-pin bowling located at Winwick Quay, and indoor paintball. An indoor karting centre is located near to Bank Quay. Alongside the karting centre is a golf driving range, with an American golf shop attached. Pitch and putt and crazy golf are available at Walton Hall and Gardens. A Laser Quest arena and a snooker club can also be found in Warrington, both located close to the town centre. Gulliver's World Theme Park is located in Old Hall, Apple Jacks Farm Theme Park is situated in Stretton.

A number of festivals, carnivals, and walking days are held annually in the Warrington area. Warrington Walking Day - originally a Sunday School festival - is held on the closest Friday to the last day of June, and the town centre is closed to traffic as churches walk together through the streets.[11]

Other festivals, besides the many walking days, include:

Warrington also has many musical groups, including Warrington Male Voice Choir, Warrington Youth Orchestra, North Cheshire Wind Orchestra and the Bridgewater Players Drama Group.

The Character 'Mole' from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, was based on a boy from Westy, Latchford, named Samuel Turner.


Rugby league is the town's premier sports in the form of Warrington Wolves who are nicknamed "The Wire" because of Warrington's history of wire making. The club moved in 2003 to the Halliwell Jones Stadium, leaving its home for over a century, Wilderspool Stadium. Warrington Wolves are the only team to have played every season in the top flight of rugby league. The town is also home to Warrington Wizards who also play their home matches at Wilderspool Stadium. The Wizards are currently in the Rugby League Conference. Warrington is represented in the BARLA leagues by Crosfields ARLFC, Bank Quay Bulls ARLFC, Rylands ARFLC, Woolston Rovers ARLFC, Latchford Albion ARLFC, Burtonwood Bulldogs ARLFC and Westbrook Tigers ARLFC.

Football is represented by Warrington Town at Cantilever Park, next to the Manchester Ship Canal. The club has several nicknames including Town, Yellows, Wire and Warriors. Warrington Town are currently in the Northern Premier League Division One North.

Warrington Athletic Club is based at Victoria Park, where a new eight-lane synthetic track was built in 1998, after the original track was destroyed in a fire the previous year.

Speedway racing, formerly known as Dirt Track racing was staged in Warrington in its pioneering era between 1928 and 1930. The track entered a team in the 1929 English Dirt Track League and the 1930 Northern League. Efforts to revive the venue in 1947 failed to materialise.

Warrington Wolves Basketball team was set up in 2009 and will compete in the English Basketball League Division Two.

Warrington has four predominant Rugby Union teams; Warrington RUFC, Lymm RFC, Gentlemen of Moore RUFC and Eagle RUFC, who are based at Thornton Road.


Warrington is home to two colleges: Priestley Sixth Form and Community College and Warrington Collegiate. The University of Chester has a campus at Padgate that was formerly part of Warrington Collegiate. Most of the high schools have their own post-16 provision (sixth-form).

The high schools throughout the borough are located at: Birchwood, Culcheth, Appleton (known as Bridgewater High School Warrington), two in Latchford (Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School and Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic High School), Sankey, Lymm (Lymm High School), Padgate (Lysander Community High School), Penketh, Westbrook (St Gregory's Catholic High School), Orford (William Beamont High School), and Woolston.[12] Woolston High School is to be closed in 2012.

There are also 74 primary schools in the borough, all of which feed into at least one of the above.[13]


Warrington town hall and gates

Sites of interest in Warrington include:

Notable residents

Twin towns

See also


  1. ^ Mayor of Warrington Warrington Borough Council. Retrieved on 2009-07-28
  2. ^ MP Surgeries Warrington Borough Council. Retrieved on 2009-07-28
  3. ^ a b Gary Jenkins (Senior Communications Officer, Warrington Borough Council). ""Tribute to famous Warringtonian Joseph Priestley"". Warrington Borough Council Smartnews. NB: In addition to verifying the notability of J Priestley, this reference demonstrates the use of the term Warringtonian. 
  4. ^ .Hinchcliffe J & Williams J H, ROMAN WARRINGTON: Excavations at Wilderspool 1966 - 9 & 1976,Brigantia Monograph No 2, Manchester University 1992
  5. ^ Rylands, Rylands of Warrington, 1805-1955: The Story of Rylands Brothers Limited, Harley Publishing, 1956
  6. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Penketh, Warrington, UK". Weatherbase. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  7. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  8. ^ includes energy and construction
  9. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured
  10. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  11. ^ Forrest David, Warrington Walking Day: A Brief History
  12. ^ from Warrington Borough Council's Community Information Resource
  13. ^ Count from Warrington Borough Council's community Information resource
  14. ^ "Town Hall Guide". Warrington Borough Council. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  15. ^ "Bridge Street Conservation Area". Warrington Borough Council. 2000. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  16. ^ English Heritage
  17. ^ "Ikea: The History". The Guardian. 2004.,,1240464,00.html. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  18. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; William Beamont diaries in Warrington Library; [1]
  19. ^ Retrieval Date: August 23, 2008 Retrieval Date: August 23, 2008
  20. ^ "George Duckworth player profile". Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  21. ^ "Neil Fairbrother player profile". Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  22. ^ List of VC holders buried in Manchester. Retrieval Date: May 7, 2008.
  23. ^ "Breakdancer wins TV talent contest". The Press Association. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  24. ^ "Chris Evans: Life Story". 2001-04-14. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  25. ^ "Fashion: Labelled with love - Warrington salutes you, Ossie Clark". The Independent. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  26. ^
    • Warren Brown (actor) Regular BBC actor, born and lives in Warrington
    • Kerry Katona (singer/actress) Lives in Warrington, on the very affluent are of Winwick Park
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Coordinates: 53°23′14″N 2°36′10″W / 53.38732°N 2.60288°W / 53.38732; -2.60288

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

For other places with the same name, see Warrington (disambiguation).

Warrington [1] is in Cheshire. It is best known for its transport links, night life, shopping and industry.


Warrington has had an industrial past, but nowadays, the town is more famed for its commercial areas. While it isn't high up on the list of places to go in the UK, most visitors who travel through/within the North West pass through it either on the motorway or the railway. It is worth a visit if you have a spare day, even if just to go shopping and wander around the town centre, although there are many more worthwhile places to visit in this area.

Get in

By Air

Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach, by car, taxi or train. The recently introduced X2 bus service runs 24 hours a day between Warrington and both airports.

By car

Warrington can be reached via M6 (Junction 20, J21 or J22), M56 (J10 or J11), or M62 (J8, J9 or J11) motorways. There are several car parks in the town centre, though these are costly. The Riverside retail park, 10 minutes walk from the centre, has free parking after 9.30 am. Congestion is a problem that can occur at any time but is worst 8-9 am and 5-6 pm, or when there is a problem on the motorway.

By train

Bank Quay station has hourly services between London and Scotland (either Glasgow or Edinburgh), journey time to London ranges from 1 hour 40 minutes up to 2 hours for the 190 mile trip. There is also an hourly train to Birmingham. There are also shorter distance trains to Manchester, Llandudno, Chester, Holyhead (usually changing at Chester) and Liverpool. The Holyhead trains meet the ferries to Ireland.

Warrington Central station offers a more frequent service between Liverpool and Manchester (4 trains per hour), with some of the trains to Manchester extending to Leeds, York, Sheffied, Nottingham, Norwich as well as the North East. It also serves the suburbs of Warrington, Manchester and Liverpool.

It is possible to connect between the two stations, this can either be done on foot (taking approx 10 minutes, following signs) or by bus (Centrelink service, costing 20p operating every 20 minutes and the journey taking about 5 minutes).

By Bus

There is a small number of express bus (coach) services per day serving Warrington. For example, there are 4 buses per day to and from London, taking 4-5 hours. More destinations are available from Liverpool or Manchester.

Liverpool and Manchester can be reached by local stopping bus services but the journey time is over an hour due to frequent stops. However the new X2 bus service offers a faster service with limited stops and connects both cities, and their airports, with Warrington, 24 hours a day.

By cycle

The Trans Pennine cycle trail passes through Warrington's suburbs, linking from Liverpool right across to Hull on the East Coast. The route through Warrington consists of old railway tracks, cinder tracks across heathland, canal tow paths and a little tarmac too.

Get around

By bus

All buses depart from Warrington Bus Interchange. Bus services are operated by either network warrington (for all places within the borough as well as Altrincham, Earlestown, Leigh and Newton), Arriva North West (to Liverpool, Widnes, Runcorn, Chester and Merseyside) or First Manchester (to Manchester). Buses within Warrington are clean, efficient and safe, they go by obscure routings so it may be more practical to (where possible) go on the train. Most buses in Warrington operate less frequently than those in the neighbouring cities (ranging from every 10 minutes up to every hour) and buses should be avoided on Sundays, as most services are cut significantly, and some do not run at all.

All operators offer multi journey tickets. A Warrington only ticket (or day rover, only valid on network warrington services) is £3.50, an Arriva North West area day ticket is £3.70, a First Manchester day ticket (or First day) is £3.70, and an Arriva North West and Wales ticket is £5.00.

By car

Driving around Warrington is fairly easy outside the rush hours (8-9 am, 5-6 pm). There are car parks in the town centre, with the largest being at Golden Square Shopping Centre, with others at the Market and Cockhedge. However, if traffic is diverted through the town owing to problems on the nearby motorways, "gridlock" can result.

By train

In addition to the two stations in Warrington, there are also suburban stations in Sankey, Padgate and Birchwood served by direct trains to Warrington Central. Suburban trains are faster than the buses but less frequent.

  • Abba cabs
  • Crown Cars
  • Harry's

The first three have dispatch offices around the town centre, but can also be summoned to any point in Warrington by telephone, though on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights, expect to wait for a taxi unless it's pre-booked. Also, company operated cars cannot be hailed due to Warrington by-laws. There are cabs that can be hailed on the streets, these are not stereotypical cabs, but have a taxi light on top, though, if possible, avoid hailing a cab as the fares are significantly higher than dispatched taxis. Taxis are usually available at stands at Bank Quay Station, Central Station or the Bus Interchange.

  • Warrington Town Hall and Gates (Click link to see)

  • Parish Church (St. Elphins) - some parts dating from 12th century. The church is the 12th tallest in England at 292 feet
  • Bewsey Old Hall. Not open to the public - no funds for restoration!
  • Victoria Park. Pleasant park beside the River Mersey
  • Walton Hall and gardens. Old manor house, children's zoo, walks by the canal, crazy golf, 9 hole pitch and put, bowls, putting green, children's play areas
  • Gulliver's World. Theme park - not exactly Disneyland but OK for smaller kids
  • Warrington Wolves Rugby League - Halliwell Jones Stadium, Winwick Road
  • Warrington Museum & Art Gallery - Bold Street
  • The North West Face - Climbing Centre located within the old St. Anns Church on Winwick Road
  • Speed Karting - Unit 2 Bank Quay Trading Estate it is the largest indoor karting circuit in the UK
  • LA Bowl - Chetham Court, Winwick Quay
  • Pyramid - Cultural Quarter, Palmyra Square - Centre for the arts and live music. Comedy is also hosted here with The Comedy Store on regular, plus stand up acts with their own full shows
  • The Parr Hall - located within the Cultural Qaurter this is a live entertainment venue
  • Laser Quest Warrington - 2nd Floor, Evans House, Norman Street. 8,000 sq ft of laser tag.
  • The Fun Zone - Above Lazer Quest is a play area for 2-10 year olds
  • The Amazing Maize Maze - Stretton Road, Appleton. 5-acre maze for you to try and complete
  • Drivetime - Centre Park, Slutchers Lane. 60 bay floodlit driving range
  • Walton Hall Golf Course - Warrington Road, Higher Walton. 18 hole golf course
  • The Trans Pennine Trail
  • Sankey Valley Park - Bewsey Farm Close
  • Risley Moss Nature Reserve - Ordnance Avenue, Birchwood
  • Lymm Dam
  • LA Bowl, Chetham Court, Winwick Quay, +44 (0)1925 639 222, (fax +44 (0)1925 234 313, e-mail:, [2]. Large entertainment complex with music, arcade games, bumper cars, food, drink and most importantly, bowling. On-site pub with a big screen for match days.


Warrington has all the typical British High Street chains as well as a wide selection of independant stores. The major shopping areas are:

  • Golden Square, which has recently been expanded and renovated, and now has 145 shops, including Debenhams, BHS, and Marks and Spencer. There are also the obligatory Starbucks and Costa Coffee. The bus station is also accommodated within the Golden Square.
  • Town Centre, while most stores are boarded up due to relocation to the Golden Square, there are still some independant stores, including Hancock and Woods (tagged as Warrington Own Department Store, though it now specialises in women's clothing), Edwin Allen (the towns oldest shop, founded in 1884, for arts and crafts) and a wide selection of charity shops.
  • Hatters Row, about 200m from the bus station, offering a selection of independent stores and a cafe
  • Alban Retail Park, Manchester Road.
  • Riverside Retail Park, Wilderspool Causeway. Offering a wide selection of out of town stores including Next.
  • Cockhedge Shopping Park, Fennel Street. Including ASDA, Argos, Wilkinsons and a few smaller stores.
  • Gemini Retail Park, Westbrook. A large out of town shopping park, offering Toys R Us, Next, Boots, Marks and Spencer and most notably, IKEA Warrington, the first IKEA in the UK.
  • Birchwood Shopping Centre, Birchwood. A small suburban shopping centre, with an ASDA, as well as various fashion stores, a cafe, two fast food chains and a newsagents.
  • Aardvark Music, Bridge Street, [3] - Musical Instruments including acoustic, bass and electric guitars, drums, cymbals, keyboards etc. Lessons in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano/Keyboard, Flute and Saxophone are available. Most importantly, the owners and staff are all friendly, and know what they're talking about.
  • Back Alley Music, The Railway Arches. Opposite the bus station.
  • Dawson's Music, Sankey Street. The biggest music shop in the town centre, but isn't very cheap. Instrument repair and lessons also take place here.
  • Anmol Restaurant, 62 Warrington Road, Penketh, 01925 790877 (), [4]. Monday - Thursday 5:30pm til 11:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm til 12:00am, Sunday 5:00pm til 11.00pm. Penketh. Excellent food, well served. Take a bus (110, 30, 32) or taxi (under £5), car park at rear.  edit
  • Javed Tandoori, 131 - 135 Sankey Street, Warrington, Cheshire. WA1 1NN, 01925 413161 (fax: 01925 243999), [5]. 12noon - 2pm and 5pm - 12.30am.  edit
  • Royal Bombay, 9-31 Church Street, 01925 232647. Monday-Thursday: 5:30PM -12:00AM Friday-Saturday 5:30PM-1AM Sunday 3:30PM-12AM.  edit
  • Efes Brasserie, 137 Sankey Street, 01925 632987, [6]. Tuesday-Sunday 5:30pm - 11pm. A wide range of Indian and Greek cuisine  edit
  • The Cottage, 90 Church Street, 01925 241888 (fax: 01925 633391), [7]. Dedicated to authentic Indian food, cooked using the finest fresh ingredients, herbs and spices.  edit
  • Choy Hing Village, Grappenhall. Superb banquets.

Bus or Taxi - less than £5 from town centre, car park at front.

  • Jenerics - All you can eat, serve yourself Chinese located in the town centre 78 Sankey Street
  • Hoi Tin Chinese Restaurant, located in the town centre at 6 Bold Street
  • Khaza Tandoori, 44 Fairclough St, Burtonwood, 01925 225265. Well out of the town centre, but well liked by most in the local area  edit
  • Tayef, Buttermarket Street. Great food - but you'd better be pretty darned hungry! Can be a problem parking nearby.
  • Valentinos - 139 Sankey Street. Freshly cooked authentic Italian cuisine
  • Donatellos - 75 Orford Lane, very good food and staff
  • Bella Roma - 9 Padgate Lane (only 1 mile from Town Centre)
  • Delgados,19 Honiton Square, Penketh.01925 790000 Freshly cooked authentic Italian cuisine Pizza, Pasta, Steaks, Fish and regional dishes .
  • Danny's Kitchen - Bridge Street, Town Centre. Also offers Chinese food, does get very busy around lunchtime, and is fairly popular amongst students.
  • Les's Fish Bar - Bridge Street, Town Centre
  • Le Frog Bistro - 7 Palmyra Square, Town Centre
  • The White Apron - 27 Church Street, Town Centre. The White Apron is an authentic Mediterranean Restaurant
  • Toledo Tapas Bar & Restaurant - Tapas and Spanish cuisine. Located in the centre of Warrington at New Town House, Scotland Road.
  • The Blue Bell - 27 Horsemarket Street (Town Centre)
  • Chicago Rock Cafe - St Austins Lane (Town Centre)
  • The Big Bar - 122-126, Bridge Street (Town Centre)
  • The Postern Gate - St. Austins Lane (Town Centre)
  • Yates - 41-43 Buttermarket Street (Town Centre)
  • Barley Mow
  • Wetherspoons - Friar Penketh, 4 Barbauld Street (Town Centre)
  • Old Town House - Has an all you can eat lunch (self service) where you can get soup, jacket potatoes, salad bar, desserts, and hot drinks for £4.95. In the evening you can get stonegrilled meals where you cook your own steaks on your personal stone grill, one of the choices is an Aussie mixed grill.


Most of Warrington's nightlife is found in and around Bridge Street, though the pubs are dotted all over the town centre

  • Shellys Restaurant, 8 Bold street (cultural quarter town centre), 01925 654000. Traditional English Home Cooked food serving Breakfasts, Lunches , Afternoon Tea and Evening meals  edit


There are a large number of pubs and bars in the town centre including a Wetherspoons, Chicago Rock, Branningans, and Yates.

  • Barley Mow - One of Britain's Oldest Pubs-Golden Square
  • Cultural Quarter - End of Bridge Street
  • The Tavern (formerly Wilkies Tavern) is near the town centre and serves excellent guest beers
  • Friars Court Inn
  • The Lord Rodney
  • Last Orders
  • The Bluebell
  • The Borough Arms
  • The White Hart on Sankey Street - plays rock music and hosts gigs upstairs in 'The White Room'.
  • The London Bridge - Stockton Heath
  • Ferry Inn, Penketh. Between the Mersey and the canal, on the Trans Pennine Trail and adjacent to the marina. Various events such as pop concerts or sportsmen's evenings.
  • Panama Jacks - Bridge Street
  • The Big Bar - Bridge Street
  • Reef - Bridge Street
  • Breeze Bar - Friars Gate (just off Bridge Street)
  • McCauleys - Bridge Street
  • Dahli Bar - Bridge Street
  • Late Lounge - Rylands Street
  • The Lounge- Palmyra Square
  • Halo- Bridgefoot, Dance and R 'n' B
  • Club Wired- Mersey Street (opens late June 2008) for dance, R 'n' B and rock
  • WA1 - Legh Street, Alternative and Live music venue
  • FX Bar - Barbauld Street, house music
  • Babylon - Bridge Street, 90s "Cheesy Pop"
  • 53 - Bridge Street, R 'n' B
  • Reflex - Bridge Street, 80's music
  • Medicine - Bold Street
  • Level - Rylands Street, mixed music from dance to rock to indie


Travelodge and Premier Travel Inn (budget chains) both have hotels here.

The Travelodge is in the town centre, convenient for both train stations and costs around £30 pppn, Premier Travel Inn have several hotels in Warrington and a room costs £46.95 a night. The nearest "luxury" hotel is the Lord Daresbury (£35-£55 pppn), off the M56 about 5 miles from the town centre.

  • Visit Quarry bank Mill, Styal. (Old Victorian Mill) (about 20 minutes by car)
  • Wigan Pier (10 minutes by train)
  • Liverpool (20 minutes)
  • Manchester (20 minutes)
  • Delamere Forest (About 30 minutes by car and an hour by train, changing at Manchester Piccadilly)
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From LoveToKnow 1911

WARRINGTON, a market town and municipal, county and parliamentary borough of Lancashire, England, on the river Mersey, midway between Manchester and Liverpool, and 182 m. N.W. by N. from London by the London & North-Western railway. Pop. (1891) 52,288; (1901) 64,242. It has extensive local connexions by way of the Cheshire lines. The church of St Elphin is a fine cruciform building with lofty central tower and spire. The style is Decorated, but restoration has been heavy. A much earlier church formerly occupied the site, and of this the crypt remains beneath the existing chancel. The town hall, a classical building of the 18th century, was formerly a residence, and was purchased by the corporation in 1872, while the park in which it stands was devoted to public use. The other chief buildings are the museum and free library, with technical institute and the market hall. The educational institutions include a free grammar school, founded by one of the Boteler family in 1526, and a blue-coat school (1665). A few half-timbered houses of the 17th century remain in the streets. A wide system of electric tramways and district light railways is maintained by the borough. Warrington and the neighbourhood are an important centre of the tanning industry. There are also iron bar, hoop and wire works, tool, soap, glass and chemical works, foundries and cotton mills. Considerable agricultural markets and fairs are held. The parliamentary borough (1832), returning one member, extends into Cheshire. The town was incorporated in 1847, and the corporation consists of a mayor, 9 aldermen and 27 councillors. Area 3058 acres.

Warrington (otherwise Walintune, Werinton, Werington) is supposed to be of British origin, and the great Roman road from Chester to the north passed through it. There was a Romano-British village - perhaps also a military post - at Wilderspool. It is mentioned in Domesday Book as the head of a hundred. After the Conquest it became one of the possessions of Roger de Poictou. In Henry I.'s reign a barony was formed for Pain de Vilars, of which Warrington was the head and to which it gave the name, and from that family both manor and barony passed to the Botelers or Butlers, who first established their residence on the mote hill and before 1280 built Bewsey in Burton wood. The Butlers held both barony and manor till 1586, when the barony lapsed and the manor passed after some vicissitudes to the Irelands of Bewsey, then to the Booths and in 1769 to the Blackburns. In 1255 William le Boteler obtained a charter from Henry III. for an annual fair to last three days from the eve of St Thomas the Martyr (18th July). In 1277 Edward I. granted a charter for a weekly market on Friday and an annual fair of eight days beginning on the eve of St Andrew (30th Nov.), and in 1285 another charter changing the market day from Friday to Wednesday and extending the summer fair to eight days. The market and fairs had, however, existed before the granting of these charters. Blome in 1673 speaks of Warrington market as an important one "for linen cloth, corn, cattle, provisions and fish, being much resorted to by the Welshmen," and in 1730 Defoe says the market was especially famous for "a sort of table linen called Huk-a-back or Huk-abuk." The fairs are still held, as well as the Wednesday chartered market, besides a Saturday market which is probably customary. In the 18th and early r9th centuries the chief industries were huckabacks and coarse cloths, canvas, fustians, pins, glass, sugar-refining and copper. During the Civil War the inhabitants embraced the royalist cause and the earl of Derby occupied the town and made it for some time his headquarters in order to secure the passage of the Mersey. In April 1643 the parliamentary forces attacked it, but had to raise the siege, as Lord Derby began to set the town on fire. Lord Derby left Colonel Edward Norris in command and in May the parliamentarians again attacked the town, which was forced to surrender after a six days' siege owing to lack of provisions. In 1648, after the royalist defeat at Winwick by Cromwell, part of the royal forces under General Baillie rallied at Warrington, hoping to effect the passage of the bridge, but failed, and the general with 4000 men capitulated. In August 1659 Sir George Booth, lord of the manor, was defeated at Winnington, and part of his forces surrendered at Warrington to the parliamentary garrison. During the Rebellion of 1745, on the approach of Prince Charles Edward from Manchester, the bridge was cut down and the few stragglers who ventured that way seized. A borough was created by William le Boteler about 1230 by a charter which has not been preserved; but its growing strength alarmed the lord who contrived to repress it before 1300, and for over Soo years Warrington was governed by the lord's manor court. A charter of incorporation was granted in 1847. By the Reform Act of 1832 the town returns one member to parliament. The church dedicated to St Elphin is mentioned in Domesday Book, and was in early times head of the ancient deanery of Warrington. There was a friary of Augustine or Hermit Friars here founded apparently about 1280.

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  1. A town in Cheshire, England

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Warrington is a large town and borough within the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It sits beside the West Coast Mainline, the M6, M56 and M62 motorways, and alongside the Manchester Ship Canal.


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