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Halton Borough Council

Halton has a track record of delivering major projects and regeneration initiatives. The most recent and perhaps the most significant is the Mersey Gateway Bridge. The bridge opened in October 2017, a major regional infrastructure project and a significant achievement for the fourth smallest unitary authority in the country. The building of the Mersey Gateway Bridge not only eases congestion for the Borough and the wider region, it also provides further opportunity for significant development throughout the Borough.

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  • Things to do
  • Places to visit
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  • Transport

Living here

The Borough offers an abundance of housing to suit all budgets ranging from apartments and smaller 2/3 bedroomed homes to new build providing 3 and 4 bedroom luxury detached houses.

House prices in Halton are well below the national average for England and also beneath the average for the whole of the Northwest making Halton an attractive proposition when buying a home. The average price of a house overall in Halton is £143,400, with the Council ward of Riverside in Widnes providing the cheapest at an average of £68,300 for a terraced house, and Birchfield ward, also in Widnes, providing the most expensive at an average of £268,700 for a detached.


Things to do

Those who either live or work in Halton have amenities, attractions and activities in abundance.The area offers endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, with three canals and miles of footpaths right on the doorstep.

From shopping parks to Green Flag award winning parks, rugby to rambling, medieval ruins to a state of the art theatre, there are certainly many diverse opportunities to be explored throughout the area. There is no need to go out of the borough to find ideas to fill valuable leisure time.

In Widnes, The Hive is a big success with a brownfield site transformed into a high quality leisure park with a 5 screen cinema, bowling alley, ice rink and restaurants. At Select Security Stadium, rugby fans can enjoy watching Widnes Vikings, a club with a long and proud heritage in rugby league.

Over in Runcorn, there is a cinema, the award winning Brindley theatre and even a Snowsports Centre.

Family walk

Places to visit

The picturesque villages of Hale and Daresbury hold their own surprises; one of the thatched cottages in Hale was once home to England’s tallest man, 9 3” John Middleton and Daresbury’s most famous resident was the famous children’s author, Lewis Carroll. Both areas also offer scenic walks; ambling along the Mersey coastline at Hale or wandering through the lush Cheshire countryside surrounding Daresbury.

Nature lovers are catered for with plenty of bird watching locations, nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest (SSI’s) on both sides of the bridge. Culture vultures can wander in the footsteps of ancient abbots amongst the medieval ruins at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens and also experience the intricacies of science at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre.

Brindley building


All age groups are well provided for within the education system in Halton. There is a well-established pathway from youngsters taking their first steps into a nursery environment through to college students deciding on their future careers.

Halton excels at providing good education for young people of all ages. There are 22 primary schools, six high schools and three providers for the 16-18 age group.

Halton GCSE results are now consistently above the Regional and National rates. The majority of primary schools also perform well above the national average in the core subjects of English, Maths and Reading with an average of 80% of all pupils achieving Level 4 or above.

School children playing


Located within the M56 & M62 corridors, Halton is ideally situated at the heart of the region’s motorway network formed by Liverpool, Manchester & Chester

Transport within the Borough is made easy by the modern network of roads and expressways. Halton has a unique system of 17km of dedicated Busway serving the major employment and residential areas. Located within the M56 & M62 corridors, Halton is ideally situated at the heart of the region’s motorway network. Two railway stations, Runcorn Mainline & Runcorn East, provide fast and frequent services throughout the UK. Commuters can be in Liverpool in 20 minutes, Manchester in 40 minutes and London in less than 2 hours. There are also regular connections to Birmingham, Chester, Crewe, and North Wales.

Halton is ideally located between Manchester International Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport, one of Europe’s fastest growing regional airports. Plus its proximity to Liverpool and Birkenhead means that ferries to Ireland and the Isle of Man make those journeys easily accessible.