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Spike Island

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Mersey Road
West Bank
Widnes
Cheshire
WA8 0DG

Tel: 0151 511 6770

Spike Island

About

Green Flag Award winning Spike Island, on the Trans Pennine Trail, is now open parkland with items of industrial archaeological interest and a canal. Acknowleged as the birthplace of the British chemical industry, the industrial wilderness was reclaimed as woodland, wetlands and green space between 1975 and 1982.

It has a great position on the banks of the Mersey Estuary and will be a prime site to observe the construction of the second Mersey crossing, known as the Mersey Gateway. Work started in May 2014 and the new six lane toll bridge will open in autumn 2017.

Spike Island was also the site of the now legendary outdoor concert by the Manchester group,The Stone Roses in May 1990 when nearly 30,000 fans headed for Widnes to be part of what became known as the 'Woodstock for the baggy generation'.

Overlooking Spike Island is Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, a great action-packed family attraction, devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in every day life.

Facilities

Other

  • Disabled Access
  • Parking (free)
  • Picnic Site
  • Toilets - Available at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Exit the M62 at jct 7, travel on the A557 Watkins Way for 3.7 miles, follow signs for the Catalyst Museum. Spike Island will be sign posted on your left .

Public Transport Directions

Runcorn Train Station is 1.4 mils away from Spike Island.
Also the Trans Pennine Trail runs across Spike Island, leaflets available from Liverpool Tourist Information Centre.
For further information, please call TRAVELINE, Public Transport Info, 0871 200 22 33

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    38
  • Very Good
    31
  • Average
    8
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    0

Recent Reviews:

  • Julie A
    Trip type:
    Couples
    Nice little dog walk
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 4th January 2018
    Visited on a number of times - great little walk with the dog. Cabin selling drinks and snacks worth popping in. Read full review
  • adog20
    Widnes, United Kingdom
    Trip type:
    Family
    It beats street walking
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 12th November 2017
    A 5 minute drive away for most people in Widnes, it's a picturesque little place enroute to West Bank, on the banks of the Mersey with a scenic backdrop - the recently opened Mersey Gateway Toll... Read full review
  • lynne g
    Southport, United Kingdom
    Shipwrecks!
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 12th October 2017
    Make for car park at Catalyst .Three canals,docks locks, three bridges amazing estuary views and thee remains of three old work horse flat boats that once thronged the Mersey Read full review

Opening Times

Open (1 January 2018 - 31 December 2018)

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