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.

Book Tickets

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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Tripadvisor Traveller Rating:

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      47
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Ian C
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Couples
      A great location for day's stroll in the sunshine.
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 10th October 2020
      A lovely local, canal side walking area. The end of the old St Helens canal, at the edge of the River Mersey. Plenty waterfowl, plenty of friendly swans in particular, that enjoy being fed. A local... Read full review
    • Widnes678
      Trip type:
      Couples
      HBC put the canal bridge back
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 5th February 2021
      Great place with loads of history and spectacular views, just need to replace the bridge over the canal to release it's full potential Read full review
    • Gaz6129
      Widnes, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Family
      Nice place.
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 17th February 2021
      Nice place to visit. Boats on the canal leading to River Mersey. Plenty of wildlife. Nice cafe aswell for food & a hot cuppa ! Read full review

    Opening Times

    Open (1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021)

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