The award winning Brindley Theatre

offers the opportunity to browse the latest exhibition before enjoying some delicious home cooked food in the café overlooking the Bridgewater Canal.

The 420 seat theatre was named after James Brindley, one of the most famous engineers of the 18th century, who was responsible for the construction of the same canal that The Brindley now overlooks.  Free parking is available directly outside the venue.


A dramatic waterfront environment which is integral to Runcorn’s development and a key asset for the town. The traditional core is flanked by three water courses:

  • The River Mersey, situated where the estuary narrows to form the Runcorn Gap
  • The Bridgewater Canal (1776), sometimes described as England’s first canal
  • Manchester Ship Canal (1894) extended the importance of the town as a port

There are a number of initiatives underway to revitalise the use of the Bridgewater Canal.

Runcorn Street Market

is located along Church Street in Runcorn town centre with bus stops and ample free car parking near by. There are approximately 20 stalls, which sell a variety of goods including:

  • Clothing and Footwear
  • Underwear
  • Toys
  • Plants
  • Paints and DIY
  • Pet Supplies
  • Bedding and Towels
  • Food items
  • Home Supplies

Trading Days: Tuesday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Norton Priory

From the town centre, a leisurely 45 minute stroll along the Bridgewater Canal  leads to Norton Priory Museum and Gardens which is one of the largest excavated monastic sites in Europe. Discover the story of the Augustinian Priory in the atmospheric, prize-winning Museum, explore the restored Georgian Walled Garden and see the famous St Christopher statue which is one of the finest medieval sculptures in Europe. A wide ranging events programme, café and free on – site parking enhances its appeal to all types of visitor. To find out more about what is happening locally, click on the link below.


A rich and varied heritage; from industry to local luminaries to historical landmarks.

The origin of much of Runcorn centre’s urban environment was a period of rapid expansion in the 19th century; triggered by the construction of its two canals and growth in its specialist industries, including soap manufacture, shipbuilding, tanning and engineering, the population grew 10 times over in this period.

The town boasts a vibrant mix of architectural styles with some notable buildings which can be viewed by following the local heritage trail.