St. Helens is a large town in Merseyside with a population of roughly one hundred thousand. Like many towns in the United Kingdom it has a strong background from the industrial revolution- specifically coal and glass making.
St. Helens in close to many larger towns throughout England. The two closest airports are Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport. From Liverpool is takes roughly twenty-five minutes to drive to the center of St. Helens; and around an hour and fifteen minutes by public transportation. The trip from Manchester is very similar, taking around thirty minutes via car and about two hours via public transportations with a minimum of two public buses.
Although St. Helens has a rich history and culture, there are attractions for all ages and people. The Darkstar Ultimate Laser Arena ( http://www.darkstarlaser.com/ ) offers the entire laser tag experience along with arcade games and a bar area for adults. People can also host private parties for their families or for corporate events. For those interested in sporting and events there are horse races and golf courses throughout the year.
There are many attractions for those interested in the more historical and artistic parts of St. Helens. The World of Glass is not only a display of the glassmaking industry, but also shows demonstrations that immerse people into the process. The Northwest Museum of Road Transport is another spot for those interested in learning about the specific effects the Industrial Revolution had in the United Kingdom. Children can find entertainment and excitement at the Theatre Royal ( http://www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com/ ), which has many kid friendly shows and plays. For those interested in the arts, you can visit the Dream sculpture which stands tall as a depiction of a girl with her eyes closed.
Around St. Helens there are various bars, pubs, and local places open until the late hours. The Woodlands is known for being a great sports pub with a decent selection of food and drinks. The Phoenix Inn is another friendly pub with a relaxing atmosphere and friendly people.