Travelling around St Helens
History, iconic artwork and a bustling shopping centre await visitors to St Helens. This buzzing Merseyside town is located halfway between Liverpool and Manchester, making it a great base for exploring the North West.
For a relatively small town, there is plenty to see and do in St Helens, with an abundance of historic churches and buildings to keep history lovers entertained, ample green spaces to keep outdoorsy folk happy, and more than its fair share of bars, clubs and theatres to give it a thriving nightlife.
St Helens is conveniently situated for visitors who wish to travel across the North West, and has some great transport links. Arriva buses operate a selection of services to get you around the town and beyond. There are regular buses to Wigan, Liverpool, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Widnes, Warrington and plenty more besides. In fact, thanks to Arriva, St Helens might just be one of the best connected towns in this part of the country!
St Helens takes its name from a chapel that was first mentioned in 1552. At the time, the area was divided into 4 townships: Eccleston, Windle, Parr and Sutton. Though the area was mainly agricultural, coal mining was carried out as early as the 16th century. The town of St Helens grew up because of its readily available supplies of coal and sand for making glass, as well as its good communications.
Historically part of Lancashire (but now Merseyside), St Helens grew in size during the 19th century and became a significant centre for coal mining and glass-making.