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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
LA Bowl, Chetham Court, Winwick Quay, +44 (0)1925 639 222, (fax +44 (0)1925 234 313, e-mail: email@example.com), . 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,  - 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 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.
Royal Bombay, 9-31 Church Street, ☎ 01925 232647. Monday-Thursday: 5:30PM -12:00AM Friday-Saturday 5:30PM-1AM Sunday 3:30PM-12AM.
Efes Brasserie, 137 Sankey Street, ☎ 01925 632987, . Tuesday-Sunday 5:30pm - 11pm. A wide range of Indian and Greek cuisine
The Cottage, 90 Church Street, ☎ 01925 241888 (fax: 01925 633391), . Dedicated to authentic Indian food, cooked using the finest fresh ingredients, herbs and spices.
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
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 .
Fish & Chips
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
English & Med
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)
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 www.shellysrestaurant.co.uk
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
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)