Widnes

Widnes is a town in Cheshire, England.

Get in

By plane

The nearest airport is Liverpool, a short bus or taxi ride away. However Liverpool is not served by direct flights to London or by trans-Atlantic flights. Manchester is the main airport for these flights, and is about 45 minutes by taxi or car, 90 minutes by train.

By car

Widnes is easy to reach by car from the M62 Junction 7. It is clearly signposted from the motorway. The town centre is quickly reachable by taking the A568 bypass south (Watkinson Way) and turning west onto A562 (Fiddler's Ferry Road). If you are looking to go to the market and pedestrianized section of town near Albert Square, turn right at the large round about onto Green Oaks Way. Follow the signs for parking. After walking through the market building, you will be on the best street for shopping or dining. Unlike most towns in the region, free parking is available 7 days a week.

By train

Widnes does not have a direct rail service to London but trains stop at Runcorn, a short bus or taxi ride away. Widnes Station is about 20 minutes walk to the north of the town centre and is served by frequent trains to Liverpool and Manchester. Hough Green station, which is in the western side of the town, is also on this line, though more trains pass through here without stopping compared to Widnes station.

By bus

There is a very limited coach service from London (about 4–5 hours)however more often then not it works out considerably cheaper to get a coach to Liverpool instead - if bought in advance online coach fares to Liverpool from London can be as little as £5. Buses run to and from Liverpool, Runcorn, Chester and Warrington. National express do not have a dedicated station in Widnes, however they do stop near the town centre occasionally, usually close to the main library. Local Bus services by Arriva and Halton Transport regularly head into Widnes from Liverpool, St Helens, Warrington, Knowsley, and Runcorn. Day passes are available for both bus services for between £3 and £4.

Get around

The town is small enough to walk around, but there are bus and taxi services. Most of the main attractions in Widnes are no more than a half-hour walk from the town centre, due to the town's small size.
Halton transport, a local bus company, run very frequently and are also a cheap way of going to other nearby towns, such as Runcorn, St Helens, or Liverpool. They offer a day-pass service which can be bought on the bus.

See

Do

Eat

Budget

The Premier (Wetherspoons)

Mid-range

Cronton Road: The Unicorn Pub(Fresh food), The Black Horse (Fresh food)

Lunt's Heath Road: Church View (Pub food)

Birchfield Avenue: The Crown(Fresh food)

Splurge

The Coterie Restaurant and Wine Bar

Desii Indian Cuisine

Drink

Four Topped Oak - A CAMRA Real Ale Pub

Sleep

Stay safe

Widnes is a safe area and as with any area general caution and common sense should be used. If a place doesn't feel safe then simply move on - the layout of Widnes's roads and areas can be unusual, with very safe roads right next to streets which would be considered rough, so often there aren't really unsafe 'areas' as such.
There have been repeated cases of assaults and muggings on the Jubilee Bridge in recent times. As such the bridge's footpath has been closed at night recently, and it is best to avoid crossing the bridge on foot after dark.

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