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Just an hour and a half from Leeds and 25 minutes from Liverpool, Warrington has developed into a major shopping and leisure destination with a great cultural quarter in Palmyra Square, the centrally located Rugby League stadium that’s home to the Warrington Wolves, and one of the oldest municipal museums in the country.
If you’re going further afield, Warrington Bus Interchange is just a short hop under the bridge from Warrington Central railway station, while you can usually find a few cabs waiting outside the station’s main entrance if you have a specific place to find.
Walton Gardens is a brilliant place to pass a morning, strolling the gardens and lawns, filling up on homemade fare at picnic areas, visiting the play area and children’s zoo and lots more. That leaves the afternoon free to tour the magnificently restored hall. The dual delights of the Pyramid & Parr Hall contains a beautiful concert venue from the 1890s and a fantastic arts centre built in 2002. The range of events and activities here is mesmerising.
The Cottage Restaurant is a firm favourite with Warringtonians and offers contemporary Indian cuisine in a restored Tudor cottage – Oliver Cromwell stayed here in 1648. Opposite Parr Hall (see Things to do) in Palmyra Square, you find The Grill On The Square. Here you’ll get fine dishes that are changed seasonally – if it’s on, try the Very Posh Fish and Chips! And keep an eye on their website for special offers.
10 minutes from the station you’ll find the Amado Boutique Hotel that offers 6 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. The hotel is also walking distance to Stockton Heath, an attractive village with more than 20 bars and restaurants. The Patten Arms Hotel in central Warrington has 42 newly decorated rooms with Wi-Fi access. There are 2 Premier Inn Hotels in central Warrington and 5 around the town. The central pair are both close to the station and give you easy access to the restaurants, bars and attractions.
At the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, you can get to grips with lots of vehicles like vintage fire engines, and they even have the Popemobile on site. The Bowland Wild Boar Animal Park has boars (as you’d expect), longhorn cows and more animals that are a real treat for children of all ages.
For more ideas on what to do in Warrington, see Welcome to Warrington.