Runcorn

Runcorn is one of two towns in the borough of Halton (the other being Widnes). It is situated on the south bank of the River Mersey between Liverpool and Manchester.

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Runcorn–Widnes Bridge

The largest steel arch bridge in Europe. Although it is not currently possible for tourists to walk across its top arch as you can on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, which was designed by the same architect and looks very similar, a cantilevered walkway alongside the roadway on the upstream side gives good views over the town, the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal.

SEE   —  Map

Waterloo Hotel

The exterior appears as "The Archer" pub in the TV series ''Two Pints of Lager'' (the interior looks nothing like that in the TV series, which was filmed in a studio). But it is now a Buddhist temple

DRINK   —  +44 1928 575444 —  88 High Street


Halton Castle

One of only two Norman castles in Cheshire. Not generally accessible (though viewable from outside), but open for special events and tours several times a year.


Norton Priory

Museum based around the ruined priory, and a Victorian walled garden.

SEE   —  +44 1928 569895 —  Tudor Road


De Vere Daresbury Hotel

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Campanile

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About Runcorn

Runcorn grew as a result of its situation at the lowest crossing point on the River Mersey. A rail bridge and vehicle ferry were the only means of crossing until 1898, when the Transporter Bridge was opened. In the 1960s the Runcorn–Widnes Bridge was built, and at around the same time Runcorn was designated a "New Town" and grew to its present population of about 60,000 as an overspill for Liverpool. Therefore the residents of the new town/overspill area have a 'Liverpool' heritage which is in contrast to those in the original town. It was designed primarily on the assumption that residents would own cars, but a system of busways was also provided, on which only buses are permitted to run. It has never been a tourist destination but has a number of interesting features including the medieval Halton Castle, an arts centre called The Brindley and Norton Priory.

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