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Family Fun in Warrington

Family Fun in Warrington

Warrington really knows how to entertain, amuse and inform too. Here's our recommended must-do's for a visit to Warrington for a weekend break.

Day 1  

Spend an exciting day at Gulliver's World Resort. Set in 100 acres of land around an idyllic lake Gulliver’s World Resort is a fun-packed day out for the family. Aimed at children aged 2 – 13 and with over 90 rides and attractions including the all new Splashzone, a fully heated indoor water play factory, it’s perfect whatever the weather.

Day 2  

Visit Norton Priory.  There’s so much to see and do at Norton Priory; explore hidden pathways in the woods; borrow some binoculars and see what wildlife you can spot; follow the sculpture trail and see some weird and wonderful artworks!; discover the Tots Gardens with plants to touch, see, smell and hear or delve into a Storysack and have fun with stories and games about Norton Priory. 

Experiment at Catalyst Science and Discovery Centre Science has never been so much fun! Explore hands-on galleries and take a ride in the glass lift which will take you up to the rooftop observation gallery where you’ll have fabulous views over Mersey Estuary. 

Catalyst Science and Discovery Centre is set on the banks of the River Mersey at Spike Island, perfect for a family walk.

Other Suggestions

Walton Hall & Gardens - If you’re looking for some free family fun then head to Walton Hall and Gardens, there’s a small charge for the car park but entry to the parks and gardens is free. Visit the Children’s Zoo to see the colourful birds and animals in residence and don’t forget to stop at the playground with swings, slides, climbing frames and more there’s plenty of fun to be had! Walton Hall and Gardens has plenty of green parkland for family picnics, fun games and running around. 

Meet the Mad Hatter in Warrington Town Centre. Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland was born on the outskirts of Warrington in a village called Daresbury and in Warrington town centre you will find a statue of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, so head on into town and see what characters you can spot. 

If you fancy some retail therapy then Golden Square Shopping Centre is also great for shopping. 

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery - Travel back in time at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, dating back to 1857 it’s one of the oldest municipal museums in the country. See Warrington’s very own dinosaur and explore the hands-on history activities and discover treasures from around the world. Entry to the museum is free.

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  1. Gulliver's World Resort

    Warrington

    Gulliver’s Theme Parks are designed especially for families. Enjoy rides, shows and attractions that are perfect for children aged 2-13.

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    Togo Tower at Gulliver's World Resort
    Splash Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Family Fun at Gulliver's World Resort
    Roller Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Fun for all the family at Gulliver's World Resort
    Togo Tower at Gulliver's World Resort
    Splash Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Family Fun at Gulliver's World Resort
    Roller Zone at Gulliver's World Resort
    Fun for all the family at Gulliver's World Resort

    Gulliver’s Theme Parks are designed especially for families. Enjoy rides, shows and attractions that are perfect for children aged 2-13.

    Book your theme park tickets for Gulliver's World at least two days in advance and save even more. Make your visit extra special this year with a short break, choose from a range of stay and play options available at The Gulliver’s Hotel and Wilderness Wharf. Discover luxury glamping tents, themed hotel suites, western lodges, fairy dens and much more.

    You can expect FREE parking every time you visit. Book a session at Splash Zone to experience a great day out no matter the weather.

    Visit the official Gulliver's website for opening times, special events and amazing offers.

    Contact Details:

    Off Shackleton Close, Old Hall, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 9YZ

    Tel:

    01925 444888

    Website

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  2. Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

    Runcorn

    A fascinating combination of historical, archaeological and natural beauty. Medieval monastic ruins, a large Georgian walled garden, woodland walks, pear orchard, and the National Collection of Tree Quince; Cydonia Oblonga.

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    Fun for all ages at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
    Tree of Life Gate at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
    Autumn Colour at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
    Walled Garden Orchard at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
    Fun for all ages at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
    Tree of Life Gate at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
    Autumn Colour at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
    Walled Garden Orchard at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

    Now taking bookings for July 4th onwards. Book your tickets here.

    Norton Priory Museum & Gardens is a fascinating combination of historical, archaeological and natural beauty. With Medieval monastic ruins, a large Georgian walled garden, and acres of gardens, woodland walks, pear and apple orchards, as well as the National Collection of Tree Quince (Cydonia Oblonga).

    The Museum opened in August 2016 following a major renovation thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund. New exhibitions tell the 900 year story of the site and the people who lived there. It is also home to the giant Saint Christopher statue. Made of sandstone, 12 feet tall and dating from the late 1300s, it has been described as one of the largest and most impressive examplesof sculpture surviving from the fourteenth century. 

    The Museum's Brooke Cafe serves a range of hot and cold meals and snacks. Open 10am - 5pm (1 March to 31 October) or 11am - 4pm (1 November to 29 February).  Built in the 18th century by the Brooke family who owned and lived at Norton Priory from 1545 to the 1920's, the beautiful 2 1/2 acre walled garden features a restored rose walk, colour borders, soft fruit, fruit trees, herb garden, ice house and sculpture trail. Plants and produce including jams and juices are sold at the Gardener's Cottage at the entrance to the garden. There is a Tea Room in the courtyard to the side of the garden.

    Set in the relaxing surroundings of the Walled Garden courtyard, the tea room offers teas and coffees, homemade ice-cream and cakes. The courtyard is also where the famous Norton Priory Ale is brewed. Open 10am - 5pm (1 March to 31 October) the Tea Room is closed from 1 November - 29 February.

    Events on throughout the year. 

    Information for Groups:

    Group rates for the whole site from August 2016 onwards are £5 per person with tours at £25 per tour. Tours of the museum and ruins, or the walled garden, are available. Tours with the Head Gardener or Curatorial staff can be arranged upon request. Opening times until the end of March 2017, 11am – 4pm. April to end October 10am – 5pm. However, tours can be arranged at any time but a surcharge may apply for evening bookings. 

    Contact Details:

    Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire

    Tel:

    01928 569895

    Website

    Web Site

  3. Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre

    Widnes

    For a unique day out, come and explore our interactive galleries - Science has never been so much fun!

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    Interactive fun at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
    Fun for all ages at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
    A great day out at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
    Feed your mind at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
    Interactive fun at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
    Fun for all ages at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
    A great day out at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
    Feed your mind at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre

    Please book your tickets in advance before you visit.

    Catalyst is an interactive science centre whose aim is to make science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Find out how the products of chemistry are used in everyday life - from medicines to Meccano and learn about the 'chemistry' industry and its role in our lives, past, present and future. Who visits? Catalyst is a great action-packed family attraction with an excellent educational focus. During term time, schools visit to take part in our exciting programme of curriculum based activities and during school holidays families can take part in our special events and hands-on workshops. Some of these may be taught in our state-of-the-art Discovery Lab, with its modern design and funky colours, it's like no other lab you will have ever seen! We have something for all age groups, and a friendly welcome is guaranteed! What is there to do?

    During the lockdown, Catalyst took the opportunity to continue with the refurbishment programme and are re-opening with a brand new reception and foyer area, a new cafe, gift shop and a new exhibition area for community led exhibitions.

    In addition, there is a fantastic new gallery on the ground floor with loads of exciting hands-on exhibits to investigate!

    Who are we? Catalyst is a charitable trust whose ultimate responsibility for its operation lies with a Board of Trustees. The development of the centre has been funded through an effective partnership of chemical industry companies, local government, the North West Regional Development Agency and a grant from the Millennium ReDiscover Fund. Family workshops during the school holidays; family science workshops on the last weekend of every month. Catalyst is a unique day out - science has never been so much fun!

    Contact Details:

    Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0DF

    Tel:

    0151 420 1121

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  4. Walton Hall & Gardens

    Warrington

    Set within acres of tranquil and idyllic parkland, Walton Hall and Gardens is Warrington’s jewel in the crown.

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    Conservatories restoration at Walton Hall & Gardens
    Conservatories at Walton Hall & Gardens
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    Conservatories restoration at Walton Hall & Gardens
    Conservatories at Walton Hall & Gardens
    Walton Hall & Gardens
    Walton Hall & Gardens

    Set within acres of tranquil and idyllic parkland, Walton Hall and Gardens is Warrington’s jewel in the crown. Whether you’re visiting the children’s zoo and taking a resident alpaca for a walk, exploring the beautifully maintained gardens, playing a round of adventure golf or relaxing with a coffee in the Heritage Café, It’s the ideal family destination with something for everyone. And, with the estate’s beautifully restored conservatories shining once more, you can enjoy a fascinating insight into Warrington’s heritage.

    Contact Details:

    Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6SN

    Tel:

    01925 262908

    Website

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  5. Warrington

    Warrington

    Warrington has been welcoming visitors for over 2000 years since the Roman Empire marched into the area and established a base at Wilderspool in 100 AD.

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    Warrington has been welcoming visitors for over 2000 years. It's location is a big plus. It’s close to Liverpool and Manchester and within easy reach of the Peak District, North Wales and the Lake District even the Trans-Pennine Trail passes through the borough. Today, you’ll find a busy town centre with great shopping on offer including Golden Square, home to all the major brands under one roof. Out of town retail parks feature mega-stores galore including the first IKEA in Britain. Looking for independent outlets? Head for Stockton Heath where fabulous boutiques flourish alongside a delicious choice of restaurants. Warrington really knows how to entertain, amuse and inform too. Its Museum and Art Gallery chart the development of the town and showcases contemporary and specialist street art exhibitions. Nearby Pyramid and Parr Hall regularly host an array of music concerts and family-friendly shows for all tastes and ages all year. Warrington is rightly famous for being at the heart of Rugby League and The Halliwell Jones Stadium is home to the mighty Warrington Wolves who carry everything before them. They won the Challenge Cup again in 2012 and hosted matches in the Rugby League World Cup in 2013. Events, fetes and festivals take place throughout the year across the area including, Warrington Walking Day, classic car shows, the annual contemporary arts festival, farmers and themed markets - and even a welly-wanging competition! Warrington is also blessed with fabulous parks, glorious canals and wonderful countryside too just waiting to be explored including Rixton Claypits, Lymm Dam, Risley Moss, Woolston Eyes and Appleton Dingle. Must-see attractions include Walton Hall and Gardens (home to a delightful children’s zoo) and Gulliver’s World theme park with its fabulous hotel. Don’t miss the Golden Gates of the Town Hall during your visit and make time too for a visit to Daresbury Church with its Alice in Wonderland stained glass windows – a fitting tribute to children’s author Lewis Carroll who was born in the nearby village. It all makes Warrington the ideal place for an unforgettable short break. Find a list of hotels in Warrington here.

    Contact Details:

    Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 2EN

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  6. Golden Square Shopping Centre

    Town Centre, Warrington

    Home to a fantastic range of stores including Debenhams, Zara, H&M, TKMaxx, Next, HMV, Boots and Waterstone's. Golden Square is open every day with late night shopping on Thursdays.

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    Golden Square Shopping Centre

    Home to a fantastic range of stores including Debenhams, Zara, H&M, TKMaxx, Next, HMV, Boots and Waterstone's. Golden Square is open every day with late night shopping on Thursdays.

    Contact Details:

    Town Centre, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1QB

    Tel:

    01925 655053

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  7. Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

    Warrington

    Situated in a charming, Grade II listed building, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery is a hidden gem.

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    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

    Situated in a charming, Grade II listed building, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery is a hidden gem. One of the oldest museums in the country, it plays an important role in Warrington’s growing cultural offer. Its rich history has been brought into the 21st century with a major revamp, transforming it into a creative hub, providing superb links between the museum, art gallery and library services. Home to exhibitions, unique performances and historic collections, the museum and gallery brings a wealth of art, culture and heritage to the heart of Warrington.

    Contact Details:

    Museum Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1JB

    Tel:

    01925 442399

    Website

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Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Gulliver's World Resort (53.40613,-2.61667)Norton Priory Museum & Gardens (53.34196,-2.68033)7.47
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens (53.34196,-2.68033)Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre (53.35153,-2.73456)3.38
Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre (53.35153,-2.73456)Walton Hall & Gardens (53.36147,-2.60209)7.98
Walton Hall & Gardens (53.36147,-2.60209)Warrington (53.38737,-2.59234)2.66
Warrington (53.38737,-2.59234)Golden Square Shopping Centre (53.39006,-2.59538)0.33
Golden Square Shopping Centre (53.39006,-2.59538)Warrington Museum & Art Gallery (53.38698,-2.59638)0.31
Total Distance *22.13 miles
Estimated Journey Time43 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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