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Runcorn is a heavily industrialised town, about 15 miles east of Liverpool based on the banks of the River Mersey. Although the reputation of the town has been tarnished over the years by dozens of disreputable pundits and naysayers - TV crews have obviously seen something in the town - With 'Merseybeat', 'Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps' and 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' all being filmed here - With locals dubbing the town as 'Woolywood'! Primarily used as an overspill for the overcrowded streets of Liverpool, there are some terribly ugly parts of Runcorn - Specifically the brutalist architecture of the 'New Town' estate of Castlefields and the ridiculous roundabout structure of Windmill Hill, but there are particularly attractive parts to the town as well. The nature reserve of Wigg Island provides a haven for dog walkers and bird watchers alike - Norton Priory and Halton Castle are significant historical buildings. Much of the town is on the brink of the countryside, so whereas Runcorn is often portrayed as a smoke-drenched, factory town, it is actually surprisingly green and verdant. Forget about the dozens of kebab houses and dodgy boozers lining the streets of the Old Town, there is much good about Runcorn - And if its residents stood up for it a little more, then maybe everybody else could realise it as well
I am stunned that no one has written a review about the lovely Runcorn yet! I am proud to summise for any would-be tourists. In short, I wouldn't bother visiting Runcorn unless you have some sort of affiliation with it, or you really like the television programmes '2 Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps' or 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' (or even Hollyoaks, some of that is sometimes filmed in Runcorn). The shops are poor, save for TK Maxx (which sometimes has some gems) and Home Bargains (everyone loves this place, just face it). The entertainment is alright, with Cineworld being near to the shops and The Brindley now really making an effort to be somewhere where people in Runcorn who have an interest in all things art and culture (not many I wouldn't have thought) can go to. There are plenty of pubs and bars in the old town that are fit to burst at the weekends with 16 and 17 year olds. I would recommend jumping on the X1 and going to Liverpool for... everything you need really. Runcorn's not particularly worth a visit unless you're affiliated with it or are a huge fan of 'Two Pints...', or even if you like castles, as Runcorn, strangely, has one of those!