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A major crossing point over the Mersey since ancient times, and a key location in the English Civil War, Warrington lies within striking distance of Manchester, Liverpool and St Helens.
It's a town of firsts, having given the region its first newspaper, tram and public library. It even boasts the UK's first IKEA store! And, thanks to the palatial civic buildings in the town centre, it retains a rather stately air.
Look out for the Town Hall and its golden gates, the 17th century Cromwell's Cottage, the 14th century Parish Church of St Elphin and the Grade II listed 1915 Warrington Transporter Bridge.
Property in Warrington is as varied as you would expect from a town of this size, ranging from studio flats to six bedroom family homes. There's a high proportion of terraces and semis here, and a high percentage of home ownership.
While prices can be quite high for the region, there are generally bargains to be found, and some in really pleasant areas such as Cinnamon Brow and Stockwell Heath. Council taxes are low compare to neighbouring boroughs.
Looped by the M56 and M62, Warrington also has great train links to Liverpool and Manchester. It's close to the M6 and lies half way between these cities' airports.
Bank Quay station is on the main West Coast line between London Euston to Glasgow, and on the Manchester to North Wales via Chester line; Central Station is on the Liverpool to Manchester line.
Warrington is home to two colleges, and the University of Chester has a campus at Padgate. Most of the secondary schools also have their own sixth forms, and there are over 70 primary schools across the borough.
Despite its closeness to the major retail areas of the north-west, such as Manchester's Trafford Centre, the town is one of the region's bigger shopping areas. All the well-known High Street names are here, plus a selection of exclusive independent stores, so there are shops to suit everyone.
From gastro pubs to fine dining to tea shops, inns and cafes, Warrington is also a haven for food lovers, with something for all pockets and palates. The local nightlife is also buzzing. Nearby Stockton Heath has some of the more upmarket nightspots, and there are plenty of welcoming pubs.
The town's cultural life is provided by the Parr concert hall, the Pyramid arts centre, Warrington's museum and art gallery and a string of public libraries across the borough. Events, festivals and carnivals take place throughout the year.
With good transport links, friendly locals, and all the necessary amenities on their doorstep, it's no wonder Warringtonians love living in their town, and are proud to call it home.
Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry
This material was last updated on 01 May 2015. It covers the period from 03 January 1995 to 31 March 2015.
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