Tourist Attractions in Halton - Liverpool City Region
Tourist visitor numbers throughout the Liverpool City Region have continued to grow
exponentially year on year.
Many of the Halton tourist attractions like the Brindley Theatre and the Catalyst Museum are
helping to continue this trend.
The Halton Stadium home of the Widnes Vikings RLFC is one of the two Super League grounds in the
Liverpool city region,
with around 75 thousand annual visitors.
The world famous Liverpool 'Creamfields' music festival is held in Halton too, attracting over 40 thousand people from all over the world. There are many new activities planned and projects in place to help boost Halton's tourism economy, such as the Widnes Waterfront project and the Mersey Gateway. The future is certianly looking good for the borough.
The Brindley Theatre - Runcorn Old Town
The Brindley is a theatre and arts centre owned by Halton Borough Council.
It's the main centre for arts and entertainment for the borough of Halton and has won countless
awards in its short existance.
Located along the Bridgewater Canal in the Runcorn Old Town area of Runcorn, it was opened in autumn 2004 and immediately won the Royal Institute of British Architects Architectural Award. This was followed by The Centre Vision Award from The Civic Trust and ADAPT 'Excellence In Access' Award in 2005. The next year the theatre won the National Clean Air Award. In 2007 it was recognised by the National Lottery and awarded the Best Arts Project in the UK. With a host of accolades like the Best Performance Venue Award given by the Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards.
The Halton theatre continues to be a beacon of success for both Runcorn and Widnes on both sides of the River Mersey. Halton Borough Council were very conscious of the environmental factors that the building would have on the borough. A lot of forethought went into the planning of the theatre, with many efficient energy saving techniques being implemented during its construction. The main auditorium seats up to 420 people and plays host to touring productions, in-house productions, local amateur shows and a professional pantomime during the Christmas period. There is also a multifunctional 108 seater studio which is often used often used as a cinema. Other areas of the Brindley include exhibition and gallery space, a digital imaging room, a dark room, dressing rooms, an education room, a meeting room, a bar and a café overlooking the beautiful Bridgewater Canal. You can go to their website for further information and download their latest brochure.
Click here to go to the Brindley Theatre website.
The Catalyst Science Discovery Centre - Widnes
The Catalyst Museum in Widnes is an action-packed family attraction and is one of Halton's much loved
places to visit.
Teaching and educating our children is a vital role for any parent or guardian. At the Catalyst Museum
your children can interact with an array of educational activities and have fun at the same time.
There is a strong emphasis on making science exciting and accessible to people of all ages.
As well as informing people about science based industries and their role in our lives,
past, present and future.
There are special events held during the school holidays for everyone of all ages to take part in.
With three interactive galleries and over 100 different exhibits.
Take the scenic glass lift and enjoy a panoramic view of the River Mersey overshadowed by the towering bridge.
Find real science and experience the fantastic modern Catalytic Discovery Lab, with activities such as "Spies and Codes" and the "Catalyst Crime Scene Mystery". The museum is a friendly environment with curriculum based activities for the whole family being their specialty. The Catalyst Science Discovery Centre is on Spike Island, close to the Runcorn-Widnes Bridge on the north bank of the River Mersey. Please visit their website for further details of events and activities.
Click here to go to the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre website.
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens - Runcorn New Town
Norton Priory is open throughout the year and offers 900 years of history through an award
winning museum and its beautiful gardens.
The stunning grounds of Norton Priory's 47 acre site include a rich tapestry of adyllic views.
With blossoming meadows and managed woodland teeming with wildlife.
At the museum and priory ruins you can to see the medieval herb garden, labernum arch, the stream glades and the rock garden. The wonderful 18th century two and a half acre Walled Garden has recently been restored. It has been recreated as a typical Georgian garden and includes various ornamental borders, a managed fruit garden, an orchard, a vegetable garden and a delightiful rose walk. The walled garden is open for visitors between the hours of 12pm and 4pm from the beginning of April to the end of October.
The museum is a major visitor attraction for Runcorn. It arranges a series of events and has plenty of fun days throughout the year for the family to enjoy. Norton Priory is a great place for kids to explore the woodland set among the archaeological remains of the Priory. You will have to visit their website for a more comprehensive list of indoor and outdoor activities like concerts and guided tours.
Click here to go to the Norton Priory Museum and Gardens website.
Runcorn Ski Centre - Runcorn New Town
The Runcorn Snowsports Centre was opened in 1984 and has since developed
into an excellent attraction for the area.
With multiple activities at the centre there is usually something for everyone.
You can get sking lessons, go snowboarding or tubing.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings kids aged between 5 and 9 can join the pirate club.
Pirate members are introduced to skiing through play, fun and games. There are other sessions at the centre for a range of different ages and abilities. Open slope sessions are also available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and on weekends. Each of these sessions cost £12.50 per person and includes all ski, boot, and helmet hire. You can also book parties at the centre, just contact their website for further details.
Click here to go to the Runcorn Snowsports Centre website.
Halton Miniature Railway - Runcorn New Town
If you are looking for something different to do with the kids this Sunday,
why not take them for a ride on the world renowned Halton Miniature Railway.
There is approximately one mile of track which runs along a looped circuit passing
through the picturesque Town Park area of Runcorn New Town.
It is a lovely day out with fun trains like Toby No7, Geraldine and Buffalo Bill to take a ride on.
A must for any 'Thomas the Tank Engine' enthusiastic kids. Each ride takes around 10 minutes and costs only £1 per person.
There are many other activities at the Town Park with a free children's play area, refreshments, picnic tables and the aforementioned Runcorn Ski Centre. Built in 1979 the Halton Miniature Railway is ran by local volunteers who are very friendly and always happy to assist. There is free parking available and toilets located on the site. During the Summer months (May - September) the trains run on a Sunday afternoon between 1:30pm and 4:30pm. At Winter (October - April) the trains roll in a little earlier at 4:00pm. You can also find the Halton Miniature Railway open during the bank holiday mondays when special events are often organized over the two days. Unfortunately at times the British weather dictates whether or not the railway is open.
You can always find out if there are any cancellations to the service before you arrive at the park on their website.
Click here to go to the Halton Miniature Railway website.
Halton Castle - Runcorn New Town
On the same year that King John officially founded Liverpool in 1207,
it is believed that he visited Halton Castle and donated £5 towards its upkeep.
By this time Halton Castle was over a 130 years old and in need of major repair.
Not long after this in 1237, the town of Liverpool had it's own castle. It stood proud on the banks of the Mersey for nearly 500 years, at the highest point of town in Derby Square.
Today only one of those two great bastions of a bygone age remain, taking a dominant position on a prominent rocky hill overlooking the river Mersey and the rest of the Liverpool City Region.
Visitors taking the short walk up to the castle can pop in to the Castle Hotel public house for snacks, refreshments and a quick bevy! The pub is situated within the historic wall of the castle and was originally the 18th century courthouse for the Norman castle.