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Founded in 1873, St Helens RFC boast an illustrious history. Having won the League Championship on 13 occasions, the Challenge Cup 12 times and the World Club Challenge twice, it's easy to see why many regard them as one of the greatest clubs in world rugby league. St Helens RLFC website
The current racecourse opened in 1899, and has since proved a popular venue among fans of horse racing - having been voted 'Racecourse of the Year' on two separate occasions. In addition to horse racing, Haydock Park offers music lovers the chance to see some of their favourite artists perform live. Haydock Park racecourse website
The late producer and TV personality, David Gest, once described St. Helens Theatre Royal as "one of the best-kept secrets in the UK" and it's easy to agree. St. Helens Theatre put together a fantastic yearly programme, including stand-up comedy, music gigs, plays and pantomimes. Theatre Royal website
The Citadel opened in 1988 initially as a popular music venue and theatre, providing fantastic support to now famous bands during their infant years. After undergoing a refurbishment in 2000, The Citadel continues to offer a large programme of music, theatre and arts-based workshops throughout the week. Citadel website
One of the town's newest members, it didn't take long before they started to make a name for themselves. Established in 2008, Darkstar was voted 'Best Small Attraction' at the Liverpool Tourism Awards 2010 and has also been nominated for a People's Choice Award. With a multi-level Hex arena, fully licensed bar and cafe, Darkstar provides entertainment for all ages. Darkstar Laser website
Located on the St. Helens linkway, Cineworld's multiplex cinema shows the latest international blockbusters in 2D and 3D formats. Cineworld website
Church Square is situated in the heart of St Helens and is easily accessible by car. It has over 550 car parking spaces spread between St Mary’s and Tontine. Public transport links are conveniently only minutes away. In addition to a number of high street retailers, Church Square also has a range of cafes and food outlets to relax in. Take a look at their site.
The Hardshaw Centre is home to a wide range of well-known retailers and offers a fine selection of food outlets. Visiting couldn’t be easier, with the centre adjoining the main bus station, and St. Helens Central railway station located nearby. For those travelling by car, the rooftop car park has 180 parking spaces and is accessible from Bickerstaffe Street; it operates free parking on Saturday and Sunday. Visit their site.
In addition to a selection of retailers, St. Mary's Market houses a number of fantastic independent traders throughout the week, with an additional Makers Market every Saturday between 10am and 4pm.
Uncover the industrial history of St. Helens with The World of Glass, where a variety of exhibitions and activities cater to all age groups. With live glass blowing demonstrations, a fascinating tour of the underground tunnels, art galleries and a mirror maze, there's plenty to keep you occupied. The building also has a wonderful in-house cafe. Take a look at their site.
Following its extensive and comprehensive refurbishment, the North West Museum of Road Transport is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday. Every first Sunday of the month, there are free vintage bus rides (subject to staff availability). Visit their site.
St. Helens also has a number of great pubs, clubs and restaurants located in and around the town centre!