St Helens (England)

St Helens is a town in the conurbation of Merseyside, England, and is traditionally part of the historic county of Lancashire.

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Theatre Royal

A 700-seat theatre with a varied year-round programme of drama, dance, opera and musicals. The theatre has been plagued with financial stress, and has suffered chance of being shut down many times, only to be saved by the support of the public community. The theatre is often visited by travelling events and shows, as well as some of the biggest national celebrities and performances, often being the only venues in the north west for seeing certain shows. The theatre also supports local events and ceremonies, and St Helens' very own celebrity comedian Johnny Vegas. Located next to town hall and St Helens main bus station, and a short walk from St Helens Central rail station.

Haydock Park Racecourse

The most visited racecourse in the country, especially for the William Hill Sprint Cup in September, the Red Square Vodka Cup in February and the North West Masters in November. It is also an excellent venue for other events, exhibitions, conferences, dinner dances, Christmas Parties and weddings. The racecourse has a certain high standard to the clientèle it receives, which can often make it too exclusive for a fun day out.

Chloe's Cafe Bar

This cafe is right in the middle of town centre and is difficult to miss. Chloe's provides a more stylish place to eat, and the food is fantastically presented. The shame is the place is not as comfortable as it appears to be, and does not provide much of an opportunity to relax, but rather somewhere people stop for a drink and then move on. Chloe's is also a popular addition to St Helens nightlife - see ''Drink''.

Knowsley Safari Park

Is a world of its own, awarded Merseyside Tourist Attraction of the Year 1994, and is consistently a popular day out for the family. Visitors can enjoy a 5 mile safari through 450 acres of historic parkland, home to hundreds of animals from around the world including Lions, Tigers, Zebras, Rhinos, Baboons, Ostrich, Camels and more. The food and drink is fantastic, and the whole park is set on breathtaking scenery.

Citadel Arts Centre

Is a performing and visual arts centre. The centre also presents a wide ranging programme of music, theatre, dance, poetry, comedy, storytelling, visual art and film events. Commonly known as "''The Citadel''", the centre provides fantastic opportunities for local unsupported bands and acts. Recently refurbished with glass elevator, a new café/bar and balcony, plus dance studio.

Colliers Moss Common

was created on the waste from a power station and is a diverse landscape with water features (including lagoons, streams, wetland areas and a fishery), focal points, artworks, seating areas and an amphitheatre all serve to make the whole site a beautiful and peaceful place to explore as well as important habitat for wildlife. Great for walkers, cyclists and horseriders.

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St Helens Rugby League FC

The world-famous rugby league club and one of the most successful teams in the Super League. A visit to St Helens without experiencing its rugby ties would be a missed opportunity. The "Saints" are a cult hero team of the town, and have become the leading advertising item used by the council due to it's deep popularity running through all who live in St Helens.

The Glass House

The Glass House provides a place for a cheap drink or a cheap meal making it popular with students and youths alike. Families are welcomed, but kids will get bored. The restaurant is pushed to the back of the bar, and is down some stairs, so you feel a bit hidden away and squashed in. No music is played in any Wetherspoons bars, so the atmosphere can get dull.

Colours Restaurant

Colours is an elegant, sophisticated haute cuisine restaurant located on the college campus of the town. This restaurant is a training restaurant but still provides fantastic cuisine from varied cultures. Not a place where you can kick off your shoes and put your elbows on the table, but a place you'd most likely meet with your boss.

The Royal Oak

A great, family pub with entertainment for the kids. The food service is fantastic, and the atmosphere is very comfortable. To the side of the pub is a large complex with climbing frame, ball pool and adventure playhouse all indoors for the kids. A great evening meal.

Zoo Cafe Bar

Mixes entertainment and a night out on the tiles, "The Zoo" has a regular programme of great bands, comedy and acts. It's worth checking out [ the website] for what's on. Those who are dressed up smart or trendy won't really fit in.

Cineworld Multiplex Cinema

A multi-screen cinema, with selected screens with deluxe quality visual display, comfortable furnishings, and superior sound quality. The cinema has enough screens to provide a great choice of movies for any time of the week.

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Red Cat

Award-winning and legendary, this pub has a great history. The food has a very northern and home-cooked flavour, and the only downside is the place can be a little difficult to reach, but worth mentioning here.

The Counting House

A popular club for all ages. Weekend Nights host a DJ which plays music from 1980,90 and 00s. Large big screen good for sports events. Pool tables and food served during the day. Family-friendly.

Sherdley Park

holds a 18 hole golf course and driving range, formal garden areas, open woodland, ponds, children's play areas, pets corner, and hosts some of the most popular summer events in the North West.

SEE   —  Marshalls Cross Road

Pizza Hut

The traditional international pizza dining restaurant with eat-in or take-out. Value for money, and can be great place to take the kids. Not a good example of local dining, however.

La Casa Vieja

Relaxed tapas bar serving Spanish cuisine within the George Street Cultural Quarter. This friendly, laid-back Spanish restaurant offers tapas and an excellent a la carte menu.

Sankey Valley Country Park Visitor Centre

a 7 mile linear park, runs from Carr Mill Dam to Newton-Le-Willows. Has many footpaths and cycleways. Identified as a site of special scientific interest.

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The Spire

Although not a popular tourist attraction like the dream, The Spire is a metal sculpture located near the George Street Quarter in St.Helens Town Centre.

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The Dream Sculpture

was opened costing £2m and made national and international news for a few weeks, visitors travel hundreds of miles to see the sculpture!

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Westfields Cafe Bar

An up and coming bar recently transformed into a funky lounge with fresh beats, the staff are excellent and the clientele modern.

Ice Bar

A small bar, with good drinks, nice atmosphere, karaoke friday, saturday and sunday nights and live acts on sunday afternoons.

Le Frog Bistro

Great continental food in a stylish atmosphere. This restaurant provides a great opportunity to try something new.

Carr Mill Dam

provides picturesque lakeside trails and walks as well as national competitive powerboating and angling events.

SEE   —  Old Garswood Road

Houghwood Golf Course

recognised as a fantastic place for golf, one of the best in the North West region.

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Palace Tandoori Restaurant

Indian Restaurant. Excellent food, with the banquets being very good value.

The Dali Bar

A good little bar, which is very popular, and a friendly place to go.

Flex 2

Gay run Gay/Lesbian Bar with Karaoke, Drag Karaoke and more.

Club Rouge

re-opened 18 Dec 2009 - formerly Nexus Night Club.

Venue Cafe Bar

re-opened Sep 2009 - formerly Nexus Cafe Bar.

Blessed Sports Bar

Previously - BarX and Work! Re-opened 2011.

About St Helens (England)

St Helens is a growing town, which takes most of its influences from the nearby city of Liverpool.

The town was established from the unity of local townships Sutton, Parr, Windle, and Eccleston. A town hall was only constructed in 1839, and St Helens became a parish of its own right in 1852. Originally an industrial district providing success in coal mining and glass manufacturing, St Helens is now a young and populous town. St Helens is one of the most ethnically and culturally homogeneous places in Britain with over 98.8% of the population identifying themselves as White. As a former industrial town, St Helens has a serious male unemployment problem with 9% of men being unemployed, rising to 19.6% in the Parr and Hardshaw area.

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