Living in St Helens
In this guide, we’ll go over everything you’ll ever need to know about living in St Helens; from discussing the best neighbourhoods, best schools and the best places to go shopping, this blog holds all the answers to your questions and more!
St Helens is a large town found in Merseyside; it lies in the South West of Lancashire County and 6 miles north of the River Mersey. It started as a small settlement in the 1700s and in 1838 was made responsible for the administration of the four townships of Eccleston, Parr, Sutton and Windle.
What is the Population of St Helens?.
As of the 2001 census the population of St Helens was 176,843.
The average property price in St Helens s £152,369 as of February 2021, this does show a fall of 1.4% over the past 3 months, but a rise of 1.4% form the same time last year. According to Zoopla estimates, the average flat sells for £109,687 and a terraced house sell for £98,746 on average. For a detached house the average price is £262,913 and for a semi-detached you’re looking at £153,955.
What is the average rent in St Helens?
The average rent in St Helens, according to Home, comes in at £527 per calendar month.
Over a period of 12 months the ONS crime data shows that police recorded 16,082 crimes in St Helens. This works out as 89 offences per 1000 households, the national average is 85 crimes per 1000 households, so it’s not too much over the rest of the country.
There are mixed reviews as to whether St Helens is a good place to live, while there some great restaurants to visit and a good selection of schools, the crime rate might give people pause for thought. In 2016 it was voted one of the 10 ‘saddest’ places to live in the UK by the Office of National Statistics. In January, NHS prescription figures showed St Helens to have spent the second highest amount per head on anti-depressants. However you can enjoy some beautiful scenery and soak up some culture while in St Helens.
Landmarks in St Helens
Located in west Sutton, Shaerdly Park is the biggest and most popular park in St Helens. Sprawled across 336 acres of parkland and woodland, you’ll find grassy knolls and a beautiful lake to enjoy. The park is named after the Shardley family who owned the original hall back in 1303. The formal gardens were opened up to the public is 1953 and was later extended to include a rhododendron wall. Sherdley Park was the first place outside London to grow the Kew Gardens rhododendrons.
The Dream Sculpture
This 20 metre high sculpture of a young girls head is located in St Helens on the former site of Sutton Manor Colliery in St Helens. It was designed by world famous artist James Plensa and was commissioned by ex-minors and St Helens council with the goal of inspiring future generations.
St Helens sits on the main A580 east Lancashire Road at the centre of the region’s motorway network; it would seem that St Helens is one of the best-connected towns in the UK. There is a regular and reliable bus service that runs through the town with a main bus station on Bickerstaff Street. The main train station is St Helens Central railway station, which offers direct rail links with the nearby towns, including Thatto Heath and Lea Green, as well as direct trains to Liverpool and Manchester.
Mercure St Helens
You will find this hotel slap bang in the middle of St Helens town centre. All the rooms in this hotel are air conditioned and there is free parking as well as an onsite health club. Every room has an en-suite, TV and tea and coffee making facilities. There is the option to dine at the onsite restaurant Ninety Two or just enjoy a drink at the bar and lounge that also shows BT sports.
The train station is a 15-minute walk away from the Mercure, which can be used to get to Liverpool city centre. And John Lennon airport is a 25-minute drive away.
This hotel is close to the Church Square shopping centre, so it’s a good place to say if you love to shop! It’s situated 3 miles from St Helens train station. There is free on-site parking and a 24-hour reception, which is good for late night travellers. The Waterside pub is right next door, which serves a varied menu, so there is something for everyone.
Parkview Hotel and Guest House
This is a family run Bed and Breakfast and is just a 10 minute walk to Thatto Heath Railway station, where you can catch trains to Liverpool, Wigan and Manchester. So this a good place to stay if you want to explore the cities. The building itself is a Victorian mansion and there is a small garden and terrace area for you to enjoy, you will definitely get more character than you would from a chain hotel. Most rooms have an en-suite bathroom and there is free parking and Wi-Fi. St Helens is 1 miles away, while Knowsley Safari Park is 2.4 miles from the property. Liverpool city centre is 15.5 miles away, around 30 minutes’ drive away, or 40 minutes by bus, which can be caught from outside the hotel. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 12.4 miles away and Manchester Airport is 26.7 miles from the property.
There are a number of shopping opportunities in St Helens, including;
- St. Helens Retail Park
- Orlah Wax Melts
- Ravenhead Retail Park
- St. Mary’s Market
Houghwood Golf and Restaurant
Opened in 1995 and set amidst 132 beautiful acres, you can enjoy your delicious food with a beautiful view. The restaurant does have a private dining option, if you are celebrating a birthday or something else. Its open for dinner Wednesday- Friday for lunch and dinner and at the weekend, you can dine from 12.30-7.30pm. The dress code is smart casual and you are able to wear jeans, if you are hoping for a more casual dining experience.
SING FAYE CHINESE RESTAURANT
Sing Faye is a huge and inviting restaurant for those looking for a great Chinese meal. 160 people can be seated in the elegant and stylish dining room, while enjoying a choice of fresh fish and seafood. There is also a good selection for vegetarians and even gluten free options. Everything is cooked in the Cantonese, Peking and Szechuan style, but there is also an English menu for those that aren’t that adventurous. There is a vast wine list to cheese from, as well as a fabulous champagne selection. Sing Faye Is great for families and parties and anyone looking for a great dining experience in a chilled-out atmosphere.
The Wargrave Hacienda
You will find the Mexican restaurant and bar in the village of Wargrave and the food is to die for. Originally start in Mexico, owner Manuel brought his chain of restaurants over to the UK, so if you want the most authentic Mexican food possible, then this is the place for you. Somehow, they have made an old English pub, feel like the heart of Mexico, with its contemporary and colourful décor. The street food inspired menu features; fajitas, tacos, enchiladas as well as some British dishes for those with a delicate pallet. The sinks lining the wall are a quirky feature that adds to the street food vibe, you are encouraged to wash your hands in them before eating.
- Inglenook Farm
- St. Mary’s Lowe House Catholic Church
- Holy Cross Church
- St. Helens Town Hall
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