Tourist Attractions in St.Helens - Liverpool City Region
The Liverpool City Region has some wondrous attractions to see with St.Helens being
home to some of the more unique variety.
The World of Glass museum in the borough is a friendly educational experience for all ages.
There's plenty to see and do at the museum, with lots of activities available to engage youngsters
and adults alike.
You can experience the fascinating skills from resident glassblowers Sarah & Charlie,
as they create beautifully shaped decorative pieces from molten glass.
Using traditional methods and tools, the ancient craft is brought to life in their very own
working 'Hot Glass Studio'.
From one St.Helens hotspot to another, the Citadel Arts Centre is jam-packed with a whole host of shows and events throughout the year. Commonly referred to as 'The Citadel', the centre is a multi disciplinary arts venue situated on Milk Street in St.Helens town centre. The building was originally constructed in 1861 as a music hall/theatre and simply named the 'Theatre Royal'. It was popular with touring companies and quickly outgrew the venue. In 1887, manager Wallace Revill purchased new land on Corporation Street and built another theatre, taking the name 'Theatre Royal' with him.
And so....The new 'Theatre Royal' was created on Corporation Street, leaving the Milk Street venue behind. The old building was bought by the Salvation Army with an aim to stop it being re-opened as a music hall. They out-stripped the old theatre and used it as a Citadel. The building was occupied by the Salvation Army until they left in the early eighties. As a result of an Arts provision in the Borough, commissioned in 1984 by 'Merseyside Arts' and 'St.Helens Council', it was bought and refurbished by 'The Rainford Trust'. The Rainford Trust is a charity created by members of the 'Pilkington family' to provide focus for the disparate arts activities emerging in the Borough. The Citadel opened in 1988, it quickly developed a good reputation and was voted 'Top Music Venue' in 1991 by the 'Liverpool Post and Echo Arts Awards'. Today 'The Citadel' is the main Arts Centre in St.Helens.
So what became of the new 'Theatre Royal' on Corporation Street? Well there's still a theatre there today, looking as attractive as ever and pulling in theatre goers in there droves. Albeit looking quite different from the Wallace Revill theatre that was finished in 1890. It was rebuilt in 1901 following a fire and refurbished the sixties after being acquired by the 'Pilkington Brothers'.
Other attractions in St.helens owes itself to the hard work and dedication of its enthusiastic inhabitants. The 'North West Museum of Road Transport' is ran by an army of volunteers, freely giving of their own time towards keeping the museum open to the public. Keen to show off the rich transport heritage in the region, the society can trace their roots back some 40 years. When a group of enthusiasts from the borough got together to raise funds in an effort to preserve an old St.Helens trolleybus. They called themselves the 'St.Helens Trolleybus and Transport Society', or 'STATS' for short. In 1971, they succeeded in buying the old St.Helens trolleybus and restored it over the next three years. One problem they had to overcome was a permanent home for the vehicle, unperturbed, they managed to acquire an old hangar at RAF Burtonwood. This enabled them to build-up a fine collection of vintage vehicles. The only problem was showcasing the fine array of vehicles to the public. They approached St.Helens Council with the idea of opening a transport museum, quite fittingly inside the former St.Helens Corporation Transport bus depot on Hall Street. In their wisdom, the Council saw the opportunities that the transport museum would bring to the town, and agreed to their proposals. The vehicles were moved to St.Helens in 1986 and the Museum opened to the public in 1991.
Many tourists visit St.Helens every year, below are just a few of the many places you can visit in this rich historical borough.
Theatre Royal - St.Helens Town
The spectacular Theatre Royal in St.Helens is a premier attraction for the town.
The venue has shows running all year round including Live Musical acts like Foster & Allen,
Stand-up Comedy from Ken Dodd, Sing Along Musicals like Grease,
Ballet from Coppélia, Pantomines like Cinderella and there's even American Wrestling on show.
Whatever you're after for a good nights entertainment, you're sure to find something you desire at the Theatre Royal. Originally called the 'Theatre Royal and Opera House' when it opened way back in 1885, it fell victim to a fire in the 1890's. Not put off by the success of the theatre, a new one was erected in 1901. Designed by the Victorian and Edwardian theatre architect Frank Matcham, the theatre had a circle, an upper circle, private boxes and seating for as many as 1,400 people. The theatre was frequented by many Pilkington Brothers employees, leading to the firm buying the venue in 1960. They carried out a major refurbishment on the Theatre Royal, stripping out the upper circle, the private boxes and building a newer modern looking facade. In 1986, the 'Pilkington Brothers' donated the theatre to Merseyside County Council. For the benefit of St.Helens and local societies, the council immediately set-up a trust to operate the theatre. Nowadays, the grand old 'Theatre Royal' seats up to 702 excited onlookers.
The venue can be hired for a whole host of private and corporate events from Weddings, Business Functions to Retirement and Birthday Parties. The incredible auditorium with its amazing acoustics has the flexibility to accommodate any kind of event. The versatile space available is suitable for up to 700 guests, with a technical team available to ensure that you have everything you require to make your event run smoothly.
Click here to go to the Theatre Royal website.
The World of Glass - St.Helens Town
The World of Glass is an excellent attraction for St.Helens and the Liverpool city region.
If you've ever been interested in how glass is made, then this attraction is just for you.
Watch a film on the history of glass being made throughout the ages and visit the furness
where glass was originally made.
There are live glassblowing demonstrations and you can even have a go at blowing a glass bauble
on one of the glassblowing courses.
The World of Glass is ideally located in the glass capital of the United Kingdom,
with St.Helens proud rich history in the glass making industry layed out for all to see.
You can step into the town's past and
see for yourself what life was like in the town during the last century.
A popular destination for local schools as organised groups of all ages
can get great rates when visiting the museum.
With a wide range of handling, gallery and craft sessions keeping youngsters engaged with learning.
A team of education officers and facilitators are at hand to guide you through what each visit
will include, helping you make the most of your day.
There is a canal-side cafe serving delicious home cooked food, Galleries, an Artisan Gift Shop
and a huge free car park outside, why not see for yourself at The World of Glass.
Please visit the World of Glass website for more information.
Citadel Arts Centre - St.Helens Town
The Citadel Arts Centre is a multi disciplinary arts centre situated in
a Victorian building on the corner of Waterloo Street and Milk Street,
in St Helens town centre.
There are many classes and events held at 'The Citadel', from: Art Classes, Community Arts,
Creative Writing Classes, Dance and Drama groups, Music Classes,
and of Live Music events attracting some of the biggest names on the music scene.
Popular North West bands like The La's,
The Stone Roses, Cast and The Verve have taken to the stage at The Citadel.
Since 2000, following a major refurbishment and restructuring,
'The Citadel' has changed considerably.
As well as the music programme, it now offers an extensive range of inclusive creative arts.
In 2002, 'The Independent' newspaper voted 'The Citadel' as one of the top 10 jazz and blues venues in the UK.
Click here to go to the Citadel Arts Centre website.
North West Museum of Road Transport - St.Helens Town
Located in the former St.Helens Corporation Transport bus depot in Hall Street,
'The North West Museum of Road Transport' is a wonderful destination for those nostalgic minded
It has an enormous variety of vehicles from throughout the years,
including a load of old buses that will no doubt bring back some old memories of the past.
Following it's extensive and comprehensive refurbishment,
the museum is now open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays,
with free vintage bus rides available most first Sundays of the month.
Isn't it about time you brought those long lost memories flooding back.
Click here to go to the North West Museum of Road Transport website.