The nearest airport is Liverpool, a short bus or taxi ride away. However Liverpool is not served by direct flights to London or by trans-Atlantic flights. Manchester is the main airport for these flights, and is about 45 minutes by taxi or car, 90 minutes by train.
Widnes is easy to reach by car from the M62 Junction 7. It is clearly signposted from the motorway. The town centre is quickly reachable by taking the A568 bypass south (Watkinson Way) and turning west onto A562 (Fiddler's Ferry Road). If you are looking to go to the market and pedestrianized section of town near Albert Square, turn right at the large round about onto Green Oaks Way. Follow the signs for parking. After walking through the market building, you will be on the best street for shopping or dining. Unlike most towns in the region, free parking is available 7 days a week.
Widnes does not have a direct rail service to London but trains stop at Runcorn.
'Runcorn Station' (ticket office, ticket machine, cafe/shop, taxi rank, staffed full time) is a short bus or taxi ride away from Widnes. From this station, 1 train per hour goes to London, 2 per hour to Birmingham, and 3 to Liverpool.
'Widnes Station' (ticket office, ticket machine, snack bar, staffed part time) is about 20 minutes walk to the north of the town centre.
From Widnes, 3 trains an hour go to Warrington and Manchester, with one train continuing to Sheffield. 3 trains per hour go to Liverpool.
'Hough Green station'(ticket office, staffed full time), which is in the western side of the town, is also on this line, though more trains pass through here without stopping compared to Widnes station.
There is one express bus (coach) per day to/from London (about 4-5 hours), stopping near the Library.
However more often then not it works out considerably cheaper to get a coach to Liverpool instead - if bought in advance online coach fares to Liverpool from London can be as little as £5. Local Bus services by Arriva and Halton Transport regulary head into Widnes from Liverpool, St Helens, Warrington, Knowsley, and Runcorn. Day passes are available for both bus services for between £3 and £4. Exile 16:31, 3 March 2013 (EST)
The town is small enough to walk around, but there are bus and taxi services. Most of the main attractions in Widnes are no more than a half-hour walk from the town centre, due to the town's small size.
Halton transport, a local bus company, run very frequently and are also a cheap way of going to other nearby towns, such as Runcorn, St Helens, or Liverpool. They offer a day-pass service which can be bought on the bus.
Widnes Vikings Rugby League Museum - Find photographs of past teams and displays of memorabilia. Sit a while and watch some past games and re-live golden moments. Open Fridays & Saturdays 10am-4pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Stobart Stadium Halton, East Stand, Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes, WA8 7DZ. Tel: +44 151 510 2986 www.wrlheritagegroup.co.uk
Victoria Park - A large open park with bowling greens, large childrens playground including water features on warm summer days, skateboard & BMX park, rock climbing area, botanical gardens & green house, mini-zoo, cafe and ice cream shop. Located on Birchfield Road, WA8 7TB. Tel: +44 151 424 2061
Kingsway Centre - The primary leisure centre in Widnes, which has a swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, and other facilities
Spike Island - formerly occupied by chemical works and a railyard, has now been landscaped and is a pleasant place for a walk. It's also a great place to cycle; depending on your route you could start at Spike Island and head towards Warrington or back into Widnes
Transpenine trail - mainly along the St Helens Canal. Leads to Liverpool westwards and Warrington (and eventually to Manchester and Yorkshire) eastwards. Accessible on foot, bike or horseback.
Silver Jubilee Bridge - the only road bridge crossing the river mersey, the Silver Jubilee bridge is the largest bridge of it's type in the UK, and one of the largest in the world. It stands almost 100m above the river, and has great views when crossing it. It has a seperate walkway for pedestrians also, though recently the pedestrian walkway has been closed at night.
Mersey Estuary - haven for birdlife
Sankey Canal - officially the St Helens Canal - and you can follow its route all the way to St Helens.
Pex Hill Park and Observatory - a natural beauty spot at the northernmost point of the town, close to the village of Cronton. Pex hill has great views of the surrounding area due to it's height.
Victoria Promenade - a pleasent walkway by the Mersey
A number of 18 Grade II listed buildings
Queen's Hall Studio - formerly a Sunday school, then an additional building to the now unused Queen's Hall theatre, the studio was derelict for a number of years but has now been taken over and renovated by a local non-profit music company. Shows are hosted there regularly.
Attend the annual [North West Vintage Rally] at the end of September in Victoria Park. Free event where you can see approximately 50 fairground organs and around 200 other vintage attractions including classic cars, motorbike and traction engines.
Watch a Widnes Vikings RLFC match at the Stobart Stadium. Ticket prices are £13 for adults if bought before the match day, and £15 on the day, with discounts available for students OAP's and children. Tickets, along with club merchandise, can be bought from the club store, which is opposite asda
Walk / shop / dine in town centre and market
Visit one of the 6 Green Flag awarded parks
See the views of the town and the surrounding areas from both Pex Hill, and the Golden Jubilee Bridge
Widnes is a safe area and as with any area general caution and common sense should be used. If a place doesn't feel safe then simply move on - the layout of Widnes's roads and areas can be unusual, with very safe roads right next to streets which would be considered rough, so often there aren't really unsafe 'areas' as such. The town does have public houses but now many have been purchased and are privately owned.
There have been repeated cases of assaults and muggings on the jubilee bridge in recent times. As such the bridge's footpath has been closed at night recently, and it is best to avoid crossing the bridge on foot after dark.
Liverpool - 25 minutes west, easily accessed by either bus or train, which will both take you into the city centre without having to transfer
Chester - 30 minutes south, by public transport you need to get a bus into Runcorn - Halton Lea shopping centre, where you then transfer onto another bus into Chester
Manchester - 40 minutes east, both widnes and hough green train stations run regularly into Manchester. There's also the option of going by bus via Warrington, though that may take 3 or more transfers to do so.