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

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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    39
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    9
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Recent Reviews:

  • stephen b
    Widnes, United Kingdom
    Trip type:
    Family
    a little gem.
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 27th August 2018
    spike island is set on the banks of the river mersey with an amazing view of the new mersey gateway bridge. a short but pleasant walk around it, taking in great views, clean air and some canal walks... Read full review
  • ordinarypunter2015
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Very nice restored park
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 10th December 2018
    Good views of the Mersey, and wonderful compared to the post-industrial wasteland that was there previously. One comment on the "dog poo" issue (mentioned by a previous reviewer) - on the grass... Read full review
  • DeePJay
    Widnes, United Kingdom
    Trip type:
    Family
    A tranquil spot near the Mersey
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 12th December 2018
    I walk my dog here most mornings as I like to be near water as I find it calming. It's clean, green and quiet apart from the traffic noise from the Mersey Gateway Bridge. Magical to see the swans... Read full review

Opening Times

Open (1 January 2018 - 31 December 2018)

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