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7 places to go for a great day out in St Helens

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World class sculptures, the history of glass, great green spaces and more…it’s all going on in St Helens.

Some of the stunning sites around St Helens were highlighted as part of September’s fab Heritage Open Days, but you can visit them throughout the rest of the year too.

There’s plenty to see and do in St Helens, and if you’re looking for ideas, why not try this little lot?

The World of Glass

St Helens World of Glass. Picture - Pete Stuart
St Helens World of Glass. Picture – Pete Stuart

Discover how St. Helens grew from humble beginnings into a world leader in glass, and how it changed the town. You can explore the origins of glass going back to ancient Egypt, and journey through the underground tunnels of one of the world’s first continuous regenerative tank glass making furnaces. Step into St Helens’ Victorian past and find out how people lived in the last century, enjoy glass blowing demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions, and more.

More info here.


Totally Wicked Stadium

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St Helens Rugby Club will celebrate its 150th year in 2023 (Credit: Pete Stuart/Shutterstock)

New home of St Helens Rugby Football Club since February 2012, it’s an 18,000-capacity world class stadium that’s seen some exciting moments in the history of rugby league team Saints, this year’s World Club Challenge Winners, and many times Super League Champions, Challenge Cup Winners and League Leaders’ Shield Winners.

So if you’ve never watched a game, watching the Saints during the season would be a good place to start.

Find out more here.


North West Museum of Road Transport

Credit: North West Museum of Road Transport
Credit: North West Museum of Road Transport

The museum is appropriately housed in a building constructed in 1881 for the town’s horse-drawn trams, and continued to be used for public transport, housing steam and electric trams, trolleybuses, and motor buses. It’s now home to an amazing collection of vintage buses, fire-fighting equipment, emergency vehicles and more.

Find out more here.


The Dream

Dream. Credit: David Dixon
Dream. Credit: David Dixon

The Dream is the iconic huge statue of a head made by Jaume Plenza, which is 20 metres high and visible from the M62 and miles around. The amazing artwork stands on a hill on the site of Sutton Manor Colliery, now a country park, and was created as a monument to the former colliery which had been at the heart of the community until its closure in 1991. 

Find out more here.


Inglenook Farm

Credit: Inglenook Farm
Credit: Inglenook Farm

Nestling in the village of Rainford, Inglenook Farm is a little country oasis, where you’ll find the most beautifully fragrant lavender fields and a host of cute shops including The Little Green Door Company which makes artificial door wreathes, The Dog Barn with everything for man’s best friend and Casa-Ancora, with gorgeous home décor items, gifts, and accessories. If you want to stop for a bite to eat, there’s the charming Cherry Orchard Tearoom, and Hadley’s offers delicious ice cream, milk shakes, homemade cookies and waffles.

Find out more here.


Taylor Park and Sherdley Park

Sherdley Park Golf Course
Credit: Sherdley Park Golf Course

These are just two of the many parks and green spaces in the town, and Taylor Park is the largest of its Victorian parks, and opened to the public in 1893. There are picturesque woodland areas, play areas, paths and perfect picnic spots, all situated around its lovely lake, and a café where you can grab a great cuppa and cake!

Sherdley Park has got well-kept gardens, a wildflower meadow, a lake, and outdoor gym equipment. And if you get hungry, try The Park Bar & Kitchen at Sherdley Park Golf Course.


Theatre Royal 

St Helens Theatre Royal
St Helens Theatre Royal

Last, but not least, this local theatre has been transformed over the last few years by mother and daughter team Chantelle Nolan and Jane Joseph and, as well as some of the best pantos on Merseyside, it’s got a busy programme of comedy and drama, musicals, and great tribute acts, and more to entertain.

Find out more here.


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