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What to do in St Helens Borough

Looking for ways to spend a few hours in St Helens Borough while you're visiting for the Rugby League World Cup? We've got you covered!

If you want to learn about St Helens' industrial heritage and history, check out the World of Glass museum, which offers glassblowing demonstrations, films and art galleries, as well as a shop and café. It's also home to St Helens Library.

On a similar theme, the North West Museum of Road Transport boasts the largest collection of old buses in the country - perfect if you have kids.

For family entertainment, St Helens town centre has a multiplex cinema, 10-pin bowling alley, laser tag arena and inflatable theme park. Or if you have time, why not find out what's showing at the historic Theatre Royal, with theatre, dance, music and film events on the agenda?

Haydock Park racecourse hosts both flat and jump horse racing and runs a number of racing fixtures on Saturdays, while Knowsley Safari Park - where you can encounter a wide variety of animals either in your car or on foot - is right on our doorstep.

If you'd prefer to spend your time outdoors, you can take your pick from our many parks and open spaces, from the Green Flag award-winning Victoria Park to Sankey Canal, the Mersey Forest and Billinge Hill, the highest point in Merseyside. St Helens is also home to Carr Mill Dam, the largest body of inland water in Merseyside and which hosts power boat racing.

Dream sculpture
Then there's Bold Forest Park and Dream, an iconic art installation on the site of the Sutton Manor Colliery that regularly features in the media, most recently in the successful Netflix thriller Stay Close.  

When it comes to eating out, our borough's towns and villages have many restaurants appealing to all tastes and budgets, from café bars and coffee shops to international and traditional British cuisine.

Or if you are simply looking for a place to enjoy a few drinks, you'll find traditional pubs and modern bars across the borough, particularly in St Helens town centre, Newton-le-Willows, Rainhill and Rainford.