On the banks of the River Mersey, the market town of Warrington was transformed during the Industrial Revolution and saw another growth spurt after it was designated a New Town in the late 1960s. Today visitors are welcomed to a bustling town centre that's packed with shopping and entertainment options. If you get the chance, don't miss the chance to catch a live Rugby League match here in the heartland of the sport.
If you're in town for shopping, the Golden Square shopping centre should be your first port of call. It combines a choice of major high street stores with independent shops, cafes and restaurants. To the southeast of the centre are the pedestrianised shopping streets of Bridge Street and Buttermarket Street, as well as Warrington Retail Market, which has over 200 stalls featuring regional produce, clothing and local crafts.
The Cultural Quarter of Warrington is to the south of the town centre, close to Palmyra Square and Warrington Bank Quay Station. Here you'll find a number of arts venues, including the Parr Hall concert venue and the neighbouring Pyramid, which stages comedy shows, plays and dance. Also within the Cultural Quarter is the Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, which shares a building with Warrington Central Library.
When it comes to sport, Warrington is very much a Rugby League town, and local heroes the Warrington Wolves play at the modern Halliwell Jones Stadium north of the town centre. Warrington Wolves play in the Super League, a competition that runs from February to October. The atmosphere at the stadium is always electric, but never more so than when local rivals Widnes, St Helens or Wigan come to town.