AboutGreen 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.
- Disabled Access
- Parking (free)
- Picnic Site
- Toilets - Available at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Map & 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
|Open (1 January 2020 - 31 December 2020)|