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The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Widnes

Visit Widnes PlacesVisit Widnes places using Walkfo for free guided tours of the best Widnes places to visit. A unique way to experience Widnes’s places, Walkfo allows you to explore Widnes as you would a museum or art gallery with audio guides.

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Widnes is an industrial town in the Borough of Halton, Cheshire, England, which at the 2011 census had a population of 61,464. Historically in Lancashire, it is on the northern bank of the River Mersey where the estuary narrows to form the Runcorn Gap. Upstream 8 miles (13 km) to the east is Warrington, and 4 miles downstream is Speke, a suburb of Liverpool. The town continues to be a major manufacturer of chemicals, although many of the chemical factories have closed and the economy is predominantly based upon service industries. When you visit Widnes, Walkfo brings Widnes places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Widnes Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Widnes

Visit Widnes – Walkfo’s stats for the places to visit

With 51 audio plaques & Widnes places for you to explore in the Widnes area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Widnes places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Widnes history


The most usual explanation for the name Widnes is that it comes from the Danish words vid, meaning wide, and noese, meaning nose. Earlier spellings of the name have been Vidnes, Wydnes and Wydness. Widnes promontory is not particularly wide and another possible explanation is the first part derives from Danish ved, meaning a wood.

Early history

There is little evidence of any early human occupation of the area although a flint arrowhead was discovered at Pex Hill, suggesting there was some human presence in the Stone Age. Roman roads by-passed the area but some Roman coins were found where the Ditton railway station stands today. Vikings had invaded the area in the 9th century and Widnes was at the extreme south of the Danelaw.

Coming of the chemical industry

Widnes Coming of the chemical industry photo

John Hutchinson built his first factory in 1847 on land between Sankey Canal and railway making alkali by the Leblanc process. Further chemical factories were soon built nearby by entrepreneurs including John McClellan, William Gossage, Frederic Muspratt, Holbrook Gaskell and Henry Deacon. The town grew rapidly as housing and social provision was made for the factory workers.

Recent history

Widnes Recent history photo

Widnes–Runcorn Transporter Bridge gave the first direct link over the Mersey for road traffic. Widnes became the first in Britain to have a regular covered-top double-decker bus service. By the 1950s the town had 45 major chemical factories.

Widnes culture & places

The Queens Hall opened in 1957, it was originally Victoria Road Weslyan Methodist Chapel. It was in use as a theatre and concert hall until the opening of The Brindley in Runcorn in 2004. Adjacent to the hall, in Lacey Street, is the Queen’s Hall Studio.

Widnes landmarks

Widnes Landmarks photo

The Silver Jubilee Bridge is a Grade II listed structure with Historic England. It was opened in 1961 and crosses to Runcorn. For many years it was the only crossing of the River Mersey West of Warrington. In 2017 the new Mersey Gateway bridge was opened to relieve congestion at the older bridge.

Widnes geography / climate

Widnes is situated on the north bank of the River Mersey. The whole town is low-lying with some slightly higher areas in Farnworth and Appleton. Drainage of the Widnes area is into the Mersey via Ditton, Steward’s and Bower’s Brooks.

Why visit Widnes with Walkfo Travel Guide App?

Visit Widnes PlacesYou can visit Widnes places with Walkfo Widnes to hear history at Widnes’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Widnes has 51 places to visit in our interactive Widnes map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Widnes, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Widnes places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Widnes & the surrounding areas.

“Curated content for millions of locations across the UK, with 51 audio facts unique to Widnes places in an interactive Widnes map you can explore.”

Walkfo: Visit Widnes Places Map
51 tourist, history, culture & geography spots


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Walkfo Widnes tourism map key: places to see & visit like National Trust sites, Blue Plaques, English Heritage locations & top tourist destinations in Widnes


Best Widnes places to visit

Widnes has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Widnes’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Widnes’s information audio spots:


Visit Widnes plaques

Widnes Plaques 25
Widnes has 25 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Widnes plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Widnes using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Widnes plaque. Explore Plaques & History has a complete list of Hartlepool’s plaques & Hartlepool history plaque map.