Warrington has been a major crossing point on the River Mersey since ancient times and it was a fulcrum in the English Civil War. The armies of both, the Earl of Derby and Oliver Cromwell, stayed near the old town centre. According to popular legend, Cromwell resided at a house on Church Street, which is now the Cottage Restaurant. Dents in the walls of the nearby church are rumoured to be dating back to cannons fired at the time of the civil war.
On 13 August 1651 Warrington was the scene of the last Royalist victory of the civil war when Scottish troupes fought Parliamentarians at the Battle of Warrington Bridge.
In recent times, Warrington has developed into one of the major shopping and leisure destinations in the North-West. So why not hop onto one of our Transpennine Express trains to Warrington and enjoy the city's many sights.
Out and About
Walton Gardens was originally part of a much larger country estate purchased in 1812 by the Greenall family, famous for their success in the brewing industry.
Walton Gardens has spacious lawns, picnic areas, a play area, a children's zoo and various other outdoor activities. The gardens and mature parkland are beautiful to see all year round, which makes is an ideal family day out for everyone.
Pyramid & Parr Hall
Parr Hall & Pyramid are two of the North West's leading venues for entertainment and art. While Parr Hall regularly attracts the biggest names in showbiz, the Pyramid also plays host to a variety of classes and workshops, so whatever your age or level, there will be something for you to try here.
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is a Grade II listed building and one of the oldest municipal museums in the UK. Travel through times and around the world as the permanent galleries feature a wealth of material on the natural world as well as local and social galleries providing an insight into the industries that shaped the town and area. In addition to the permanent displays, the museum also has an award-winning programme of events and temporary exhibitions. Recent shows have featured work by famous artists such as Sam Taylor-Wood, Tracy Emin and Banksy.
The city's professional rugby league football club are the Warrington Wolves. Their games are played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, which has a capacity of 15,500. You can get Transpennine Express trains to Warrington to conveniently reach the stadium ready for the game.
Warrington Town Centre is worth a visit, too. From well-known high street brands to exclusive independent shops, everybody should be able to find something nice.
High street favourites such as H&M, Zara and Debenhams are located at Golden Square Shopping Centre. Cockhedge Shopping Park contains a great mix of retailers, from small speciality shops to big chain stores.
The main shopping streets are Horsemarket, Buttermarket, Bridge and Sankey Street. These four streets intersect at Market Gate, which is part of an award-winning redevelopment: A large fountain and figurines, known locally as 'the skittles', were designed by Howard Ben Tré. Warrington also has a large indoor market, which we recommend you take time to discover.
There are also several shopping areas in the surrounding suburbs, from small groups of shops to malls such as Birchwood Mall. And if you didn't know, Swedish furniture giant IKEA chose Warrington as the location for their first store when they first opened in the UK 25 years ago.
The Cottage Restaurant offers authentic Indian food. Every effort has been made to ensure the renovation of the building retains much of its original character and fittings, denoting its Tudor history. The menu boasts a huge variety of mouth-watering dishes, seafood specialties as well as many vegetarian options.
In the heart of Warrington's cultural quarter, on Palmyra Square North, 'The Grill On The Square' serves great British food with style, which is one of the more notable in the area. The menus are changed seasonally, using only the best local produce and designed to suit everybody's taste. The bar area is separated from the main restaurant by curtains which makes it the perfect place to finish your evening meal with some delicious cocktails.
The beautiful Amado Boutique Hotel is situated 10 minutes away from Warrington train station and offers 6 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. The hotel is also walking distance to Stockton Heath, an attractive village with over 20 bars and restaurants.
The Patten Arms Hotel is located in central Warrington, just around the corner of the main train station, so getting off one of our trains to Warrington and putting your feet up couldn't be easier or more convenient. The 42 rooms have been newly decorated, featuring Wi-Fi access and meals are available throughout the day.Buy tickets