Things to do in Merseyside

Thistle Haydock is a four star luxury hotel in Haydock, near Liverpool and Manchester. This Georgian mansion-style building is just a mile from Haydock Park racecourse, which hosts both Flat and National Hunt meetings, and it’s just half an hour from Aintree, home of the world-famous Grand National steeplechase. If horse-racing is not your scene, there are a host of attractions including Three Sisters Race Track for those wanting speed. There are also places to visit from industrial museums and designer shopping, to theme parks and theatre.

Arts & Culture

  • St. Helen's Theatre Royal - 6.8 Miles

    The town’s principal theatre, The Royal has recently been renovated inside and out. It has a large capacity and stages many performances, including comedy, music, drama and an excellent Christmas pantomime.

  • World of Glass - 7.0 Miles

    Visit The World of Glass for a great day out - so much to see and do! With glass blowing demonstrations, special effects film shows, a gift shop and information on the history of St Helens.

  • Warrington Museum and Art Gallery - 6.6 Miles

    Travel through time and around the world at one of the oldest municipal museums in the country. Opened in 1857, much of the quintessential character of the building has been preserved and its original glass cabinets are crammed with treasures from all around the world.

  • Prescott Museum - 11.8 Miles

    A contemporary take on a traditional museum based within Prescott shopping centre.

Local Attractions

  • Camelot Theme Park - 11.9 Miles

    A land of knight and amazing days, Camelot is a theme park where you can see magical sorcery of a wizard one minute and knights battling it out in spectacular jousting tournaments the next. A land of fun days out and thrill-a-minute rides.

  • Haydock Racecourse - 0.9 Miles

    If you are looking for an exciting racing atmosphere that cannot be matched, in the heart of the North West of England, Haydock Park is the perfect choice for you. Just a mile from the hotel.

  • Cineworld, St Helens - 7.3 Miles

    Based in the centre of St Helens this cinema shows all of the latest films with various special offers available.

  • Odeon, Warrington - 1267.1 Miles

    Based on the outskirts of Warrington this cinema shows all of the latest movies with several special offers available.

  • Gullivers World - 4.8 Miles

    Is a family-run theme park, for families with children aged between 2 and 13 years of age. It has over 90 rides, attractions and shows to see each day.

Outside of the city

  • Blue Planet Aquarium - 22.7 Miles

    Tropical fish and Britain's largest collection of sharks (10 species) can be viewed from a moving walkway through an aquatunnel. Freshwater fish, amphibians and sea-life bask in recreated habitats such as coral reefs and mangrove swamps. Daily talks and feeds.

  • Knowsley Safari Park - 12.4 Miles

    Lions, tigers, giraffes and wallabies are among the wild animals in the drive-through zones. Mizzy Lake Farm is home to a changing selection of farm animals. Other highlights include sea lion shows, bug and bee houses and woodland walks.


  • Sankey Valley Country Park - 4.5 Miles

    Identified as a site of special scientific interest, this 7 mile linear park, runs from Carr Mill Dam to Newton-le-Willows and houses a visitor centre and the Stanley bank nature reserve, plus many footpaths and cycleways

  • Sherdley Park - 7.4 Miles

    St.Helens' largest park spans over 700 acres of beautiful natural parkland and open woodland, with formal gardens and a lake, as well as a pets corners and children's play area. There are also well-kept playing fields and one of the best municipal 18-hole golf courses in the Northwest.

  • Taylor Park - 8.8 Miles

    Taylor Park, St.Helens is the largest of the town’s Victorian Parks. Opened to the public in 1893 it is Grade 2 listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens and is over 20 hectares in size. Originally part of the Eccleston Hall Estate.


  • Liverpool One - 24.6 Miles

    One is at the heart of Liverpool's shopping, fashion and leisure scene, with so much on offer including over 140 shops, including Debenhams, John Lewis and Zara.


  • St. Helens Rugby League - 10.2 Miles

    Nicknamed The Saints, St Helens is a professional rugby league competing in the Super League. They have been league champions on 12 occasions and runners up 12 times. St Helens are also the second most successful side in the Challenge Cup, with 12 wins from 21 appearances in the final.

  • Warrington Wolves Rugby League - 6.0 Miles

    Warrington Wolves are a professional rugby league football club competing in the Super League. They play at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and are current holders of the prestigious Challenge Cup.

  • Leigh Sports Village - 7.5 Miles

    The biggest investment in public sports, recreational and educational facilities in nearby Wigan for many years, the Village has transformed Leigh into one of the finest hubs of activity in the North West.

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