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DriveWorks World 2020 – Local Attractions and Weekend Recommendations

Make the Most of Your Trip!

Birchwood Park is located in Birchwood, Warrington in the North West of England, close to the M6 and M62 motorway interchange, providing excellent links to the surrounding region and beyond.

It’s in a great location to visit lots of the UK’s top attractions via car or public transport.

If you’re planning on staying around before or after DriveWorks World, we’ve put together a list of places we recommend, so you can make the most of your stay! Click on the image of each place to find out more.

Explore Warrington

Warrington is a large town with lots to see and do. It has a busy town centre with great shopping, bars and restaurants.

Rugby

Warrington is famous for being at the heart of Rugby League and The Halliwell Jones Stadium is home to the Warrington Wolves.

Bridges

The Manchester Ship Canal runs through Warrington and there are three moving swing bridges still in operation over the canal.

Golden Gates

The golden gates have been outside Warrington Town Hall for more than a century. They were originally commisioned as a gift for Queen Victoria.

Villages

Nearby villages Stockton Heath and Lymm are historic and picturesque with independent boutiques, restaurants and canalside walks.

Museum & Art Gallery

The Museum and Art Gallery charts the development of Warrington and showcases contemporary street art exhibitions.

The Pyramid & Parr Hall

Arts centre and event venue that regularly hosts an array of music concerts and for all tastes.

Bars & Restaurants

Warrington has lots of options for food and drink, Try the new Botanist, San Lorenzo, Las Ramblas, Institution Bar, HopCo, 9Gallon and many more.

Shopping

There’s great shopping on offer including Golden Square shopping centre with many of the UK’s major brands.

Cities

Manchester
Just twenty minutes away by train with plenty of things to see and do, including the Museum of Science and Industry, Old Trafford and Etihad soccer stadiums, The Lowry, indoor ski slopes at the ChillFactore, and plenty of places to do some shopping and enjoy good food and drink.

Chester
Thirty minutes on the train will take you to this beautiful walled city filled with traditional black and white buildings, a 1000 year old cathedral, unique shopping rows, heritage tours, river cruises and great bars and restaurants as well as an interesting Roman history to learn about.

Liverpool
An historic maritime city with lots to explore that’s only a thirty minute train ride away. Visit the Liverpool FC soccer stadium, many museums and galleries, take a tour through the Mersey tunnels – an engineering masterpiece – and learn all about The Beatles’ history.

London
The UK’s capital city packed with exciting places and amazing architecture, all just a two hours away on the train. Visit the London Eye, the Harry Potter studios, Tower Bridge, The Natural History Museum, Big Ben, the Tower of London, and of course, Buckingham Palace.

Golf

Lymm Golf Course
An 18 hole golf course that runs alongside the Manchester ship canal where various prestigious events have been hosted. Just twenty minutes away by car.

Dunham Forest Golf & Country Club
One of the most beautiful parkland golf courses in the UK, featuring 18 holes and an indoor golf academy. Twenty minutes away by car.

The Mere Golf Resort
The Mere has a floating golf ball driving range and a two-tier pitching green before you head to the 18 hole championship golf course. Twenty minutes away by car.

Shopping

Hollie’s Farm Shop
A shop that’s popular amongst the DriveWorks team, providing the best quality artisan produce, all from local suppliers. It’s a twenty minute walk or fifteen minute taxi ride away. Open Saturday 8am-7pm and Sunday 8am-6pm.

The Trafford Centre
With over 200 shops and restaurants, laser quest, rock climbing, bowling, adventure golf, the Sea Life centre and a cinema, it will certainly keep you busy! Just 20 minutes away by car. Open Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 12pm – 6pm.

Altrincham Market
A unique market that showcases the talent, skill, passion & creativity of the finest traders in the North West alongside some amazing food and live musicians. An hour and twenty minutes away on the train. Open Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Cheshire Oaks
The UK’s largest designer outlet with more than 145 discounted designer shops, restaurants, bowling, adventure golf, an aquarium and a cinema. A thirty minute drive away. Open Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Local Attractions

Museum of Science and Industry 

The Museum is devoted to the development of science, technology and industry with emphasis on the city’s achievements in these fields. Just a twenty minute train to Oxford Road from Birchwood. Open daily from 10am – 5pm.

Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park

Take a front-row seat to watch the planes take-off from the end of the runway or join a tour of the flagship BA Concorde. The Runway Visitor Park is located a twenty-five minute drive from Birchwood Park. Open Saturday and Sunday 8am – 4pm.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Jodrell Bank is the home to the world-famous Lovell Telescope. Explore the wonders of the universe and learn more about the workings of the giant Lovell Telescope. Open daily from 10am to 5pm with last admission at 4pm. Jodrell Bank is just a thirty six minute drive from Birchwood Park.

Chester Zoo
The UK’s number one zoo that’s home to 20,000 animals from 500 different species. Specialists in conservation, the zoo host animal talks throughout the day and there’s a monorail you can use to explore. Open Saturday and Sunday 10am-4.30pm. An hour and a half away on the train.

Hawkshead Brewery
You can take a 45 minute tour around the Hawkshead brewery at 2pm on Saturday or Sunday. Enjoy food, beer and some live music in the Beer Hall too. Open from 12pm on Saturday and Sunday. An hour and  twenty minute train ride will take you to the brewery in the beautiful Lake District.

Delamere Forest
An oasis where you can escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest. If you’re feeling adventurous, have a go on the Go Ape! tree top adventure course or hire a segway! Open Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm. Just over an hour away by public transport.

British Heritage

Walton Hall and Gardens
Walton Hall and Gardens welcomes you to the former home and gardens of Lord and Lady Daresbury. An Elizabethan style mansion set within acres of tranquil and idyllic parkland. Just a twenty minute drive. Open 10.30am-4.00pm daily.

Arley Hall
Arley Hall & Gardens is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West with elaborate ceilings, impressive fireplaces and intricate stained glass windows, overlooking beautifully landscaped gardens. Only 15 minutes away by car. Open Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.

Tatton Park
Located in 1,000 acres of the most beautiful deer park, the former Egerton family home is open for you to explore. It has huge glorious Gardens and special rare breed animals on a working farm. You can also eat, drink and shop in the Stableyard. 20 minutes away, open Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Dunham Massey
A garden for all seasons, an ancient deer park and a house filled with treasures and stories. There are some special guided walks taking place on Saturday 5th March between 11am-1pm too so it’s a great time to visit. 20 minutes away and open Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.

Useful Transport Information

Local Bus Stop
There is a bus stop located on Birchwood Park which goes to Birchwood Train Station, Warrington Bus Interchange, Warrington Bank Quay Station and Warrington Central Train Station.

Timetables and more information.

Local Train Stations

Birchwood Station

Trains to Manchester Airport, Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street station.

Warrington Central

Trains to Manchester Airport, Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street station.

Warrington Bank Quay

Trains to London, Chester and the Lake District depart from this station.

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