Widnes station is in the Halton area of Cheshire in northwest England, and dates back to 1873. Much of the original station's structure remains, and today it is a Grade II listed building. Today it's a busy commuter stop, taking locals east into Manchester and west into Liverpool. Widnes also has a footnote in modern musical history - on platform 2 there's a plaque stating 'At Widnes station in 1965 Paul Simon wrote the song Homeward Bound.'
Along with Runcorn, Widnes is one of the two main towns of Halton. They share the district with the surrounding villages of Daresbury, Hale, Moore and Preston Brook - and all four are easily explored using Widnes as a base. Daresbury is particularly worth a visit, as it's the birthplace of children's author Lewis Carroll. As for Widnes itself, there are numerous places to explore including the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Brindley Theatre and Arts Centre, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens and The World of Glass.