Warrington

For other places with the same name, see Warrington (disambiguation).
Part of Warrington Town Centre

Warrington is in Cheshire. It is best known for its transport links, night life, shopping and industry. It lies within The Historic County Boundaries of Lancashire, with small parts in The Historic County Boundaries of Cheshire.

Understand

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.

Get in

By plane

Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach, by car, taxi or train.

By car

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.

By train

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, Sheffield, 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).

By bus

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.

By cycle

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.

Get around

By bus

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. Journey frequencies are usually 2 per hour but more frequent on some routes. Buses run from 6am to 11 pm Monday to Saturday on most routes though some services cease at 6pm. On Sundays buses run from about 8am to 6pm with only a couple of out-of-town services running in the evening.

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.

By car

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, and the Riverside Retail Park (open after 9.30 and the only free car park in Warrington). However, if traffic is diverted through the town owing to problems on the nearby motorways, "gridlock" can result. Beware of the number of round-abouts in the town. Way too many.

By train

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.

By taxi

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.

See

Warrington Town Hall

Do

Buy

Warrington has all the typical British High Street chains as well as a wide selection of independent stores. The major shopping areas are:

Eat

Indian Restaurants

Chinese

Bus or Taxi - less than £5 from town centre, car park at front.

Indian Takeaway

Thai

Italian

Fish & Chips

English & Med

Middle Eastern

Spanish

(THIS IS NOW AN INDIAN RESTAURANT)

Pub Food

Cafes

A number of cafes in town, serving cheap food - e.g. the Market Cafe (in the Market!)

Takeaways

A selection of kebab and pizza places, Subway, McDonalds

Coffee

Starbucks and Costa in Golden Square, Rhode Island Coffee House.

Drink

Most of Warrington's nightlife is found in and around Bridge Street, though the pubs are dotted all over the town centre

Pubs

There are a large number of pubs and bars in the town centre including a Wetherspoons, Chicago Rock, Branningans, and Yates.

Bars

Nightclubs

Sleep

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.

Stay Safe

Warrington is a fairly safe place to be; yet like most of the country has problems with violent crime, usually by bored teenagers. The town centre is safe most of the time, but it is best be on your guard around 6-9pm (between shops closing and pubs becoming busy) and around closing time for clubs, as the area will fill up with drunk people.

Avoid groups of teenagers. Warrington is one of the most culturally and ethnically homogeneous areas in the country, so if you are non-white, gay or dress unconventionally then be sure to have your wits about you, especially in the estates closer to town. Be especially careful around Town Centre (in particular 'The Fountain' at Market Gate), Bewsey, Dallam, Orford (all parts), Longford, Old Hall, Howley and Watkin Street (near Tesco) estates. However, you will probably not encounter any trouble at all, but stay with a local who knows the area well, and you will be fine.

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