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7 reasons why you should visit Halton

8 months ago

The recent countrywide Heritage Open Days invited us to visit tons of attractions across the Liverpool City Region – with a few fabulous highlights in Halton.

But you don’t have to wait until the special open days are on again to visit this amazing region because there’s lots to see and go to all year round in the riverside region.

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre


Catalyst’s a great science-based family attraction with an educational focus so kids can learn while they’re having fun. There are interactive exhibits, museum archives, historical galleries, family shows and hands-on workshops; and a glass-walled, roof-top gallery – which you get to via an external glass lift – gives you panoramic views of the area with hands-on exhibits and a photographic collection so you can learn about its heritage.

More info here.

Parks and green spaces

There are many parks and green spaces to choose from, including Runcorn Hill Park, Victoria Park, and Hale Park. Trips to Runcorn Hill Park and Victoria Park aren’t complete without a stop at Esposito’s to sample their delicious ice creams, Italian coffee and homemade bakes and sandwiches. The Glasshouse at Victoria Park has activities throughout the year.

Halton Castle

Credit: Barry Price

Standing above the town of Runcorn and accessed through the popular Castle pub, the shell keep castle is rare (with only 71 recorded throughout the country), and it’s one of only two Norman churches in Cheshire.

Find out more here.

Halton Miniature Railway

A charming steam locomotive runs for almost a mile on a 7 1/4″ gauge track through a small part of Town Park. It’s a 10-minute journey that kids – of all ages! – will absolutely love. It opened in 1979, and the railway is run entirely by volunteer members of the Halton Miniature Railway Society.

Find out more here.

Lewis Carroll Centre and All Saints Church

Fans of Lewis Carroll will love this attraction, dedicated to the famous local author. You can take a self-guided walk around ‘The Birthplace’ of Lewis Carroll, wander through the Woodland Trust’s Lewis Carroll Centenary Wood, and explore his story in an all-year-round exhibition alongside All Saints Church where his father was a much-loved vicar.  The church is beautifully kept with fine examples of Jacobean carving – and look out for the Alice in Wonderland stained glass memorial window.

Find out more here.

Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

Credit: Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

One of Halton’s hidden gems, it was once home to a medieval church and is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Visitors can view the 12th century undercroft with its beautiful, vaulted ceiling and priory ruins showing the layout of its medieval past, as well as discover fascinating facts and objects in the museum, and wander around the woodland and walled gardens with their secret summer houses, a stream glade and sculptures.

Find out more here.

Spike Island

Credit: Peter I. Vardy

The park is a man-made island between the Sankey Canal and the estuary of the River Mersey (next to Catalyst) famous for hosting the Stone Roses’ 1990 gig, which ‘defined a generation’. Explore the island with its footpaths, cycle paths, canal walks, woodland and wetlands, and take in the views of the River Mersey itself.

Find out more here.

You can find out more about The Halton Region HERE



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