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AINTREE RACE COURSE

Tel: 0151 522 2929
Aintree, Liverpool

Merseyside hosts the world's most famous horse race, the Grand National. See Grand National Experience below. It is watched by more people around the world than any other sporting event.

APPLEJACKS ADVENTURE PARK

Tel: 01925 268495
Apple Jacks Farm, Appleton Thorn, Cheshire WA4 4TB

Just 2 mins J10, M56 or J20, M6 between Appleton Thorn and Stretton

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Apple Jacks is an adventure park based on Apple Jacks Farm in Warrington. Situated just off the M56 (junction 10) there are a variety of activities designed for 4 to 13 year olds. Activities range from archery to roller skating! Our star attraction is HUGE corn maze, covering the size of a football field. All activities cater for both adults and children, meaning its fun for all the family!

AWSOME WALLS CLIMBING CENTRE

Tel: 0151 298 2422
St Albans Church, off Great Howard Street, Liverpool

Just off Great Howard Street, the A565, about 1 mile from Liverpool City centre. There is ample free parking available at the centre.

Also at Awesome Walls Climbing Centre The Engine House Pear Mill Stockport Road West Lower Bredbury Stockport SK6 2BP Tel/Fax: 0161 494 9949

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Awesome Walls is Liverpool's finest climbing wall, offering a safe environment where climbing is fun. Situated in an 150 year old church, we offer over 1,000 square metres of climbing with hundreds of routes. With walls to suit everyone, from small top rope walls to the awesome 17.5 metre lead wall which overhangs by 8 metres.

BARROW BRIDGE VILLAGE

Barrow Bridge Road, off Moss Bank Way, Bolton

Open: Daily
Admission: Free

A small, picturesque model village created during the industrial Revolution, featuring attractive cottages with bridges over a small stream, picnic area and the '63 steps' built to help workers climb the hill to work and now allowing access to the local moors. The village was once the home of two six storey mills that used to employ 1,000 workers. The owners of the mill were largely responsible for the creation of the village. Copies of the Barrow Bridge History Trail are available from the Ticket & Information Centre.

BEATLES MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

Tel: 0151 709 3285

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For the best Beatles tour of Liverpool step aboard the colourful Magical Mystery Tour bus for a fun and fascinating 2 hour tour of Beatles Liverpool. You'll see all the places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they grew up, met and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm. The tour starts at the Tourist Information Centre at Albert Dock and takes you to see the Beatles childhood homes, schools and colleges and you'll get up close to the places that inspired some of their most memorable songs - Penny Lane and Strawberry Field...more You’ll be kept entertained along the way by one of our professional Beatles Guides and some Fab Four tunes. The tour finishes at the legendary Cavern Club where you can enjoy some live music from the Cavern's resident musicians. Your tour ticket also gives you free general admission to the Cavern Club to return in the evening! Please note: this does not include entrance into The Cavern Live Lounge.

BELLE VUE GREYHOUND STADIUM

Tel: 0870 840 7550
Kirkmanshulme Lane, Gorton, Manchester

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Whether you are first-timer or an old hat, im sure that you will find this site informative and full of interesting information on Belle Vue Greyhound racing. Belle Vue Stadium is famed for its vibrant atmosphere, and this 4,300 capacity venue is the ideal place to sample greyhound action. The stadium has comfortable spectator amenities, with a great restaurants and superb catering facilities. Back in July 1926 few of the 1700 spectators at the first greyhound race at Belle Vue Manchester could have predicted how so many people would love the dogs. Now one of the country’s most popular spectator events, a £20 million modernisation programme has transformed the six GRA stadia nationwide and the latest in technology provides a fun-filled night out with a difference for you and your party.

BLACKPOOL TOWER DUNGEON

Tel: 0871 222 9928
Promenade, Blackpool

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Delve into Blackpool's most horrible history at the Blackpool tower Dungeon - experience live actors, a thrilling ride and exciting special effects. Step back into the darkest of times ... are you brave enough to face 70 minutes of Blackpool's dark past?

CAINS BREWERY TOURS

Tel: 0151 709 8734
Cains Brewery, Stanhope Street, Liverpool

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A fascinating insight into Merseyside's rich brewing heritage includes two complimentary pints of Cains award winning ales plus a light buffet!

CROCKY TRAIL

Tel: 01244 336161
Guy Lane, Waverton, Nr Chester

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The Crocky Trail is an outdoor adventure trail one mile in length with loads of activities along the way, such as mazes, swings, slides, bridges, tunnels etc, though there is always a way around the more challenging obstacles. At the Crocky Trail we have a selection of chocolates, sweets, cold and hot drinks which are available at the tuck shop near the entrance to the trail. People are welcome to bring along snacks and picnics to eat in the picnic area, play area or along the trail in the open countryside.

DOCK ROAD EDWARDIAN PUMPING STATION AND WATER HERITAGE TRAIL

Tel: 0161 973 8147
Weir Street, off London Road, Northwich
Near the Salt Museum, follow the tourist signs.

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Visit this intriguing Grade II listed building with unique gas fired engines and pumps fully restored to working order in their original setting. The Water Heritage Trail takes about 45 minutes to walk. It concentrates on the industrial archaeology and water heritage of Northwich.

GO APE! - HIGH WIRE FOREST ADVENTURE

Tel: 0870 444 5562
Delamere Forest Park, Linmere Visitor Centre, Cheshire

Situated approximately 10 miles from the outskirts of Chester and close to the M56 off the B5152.

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Set amongst some of the most beautiful forest areas in the UK, Go Ape is a high wire adventure course of challenging rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides up to almost 40 feet off the forest floor. Go Ape! provides participants with approximately 3 hours of adrenalin-fuelled fun, laughter and adventure up in the trees, as well as a unique way to explore and enjoy the forest. Min age 10. Height 1.4m.

GO APE! - HIGH WIRE FOREST ADVENTURE

Tel: 0845 094 8621
Great House Barn, Rivington Lane, Nr Horwich

Exit junction 6 on M61. Follow signs for Horwich (A673). Go straight ahead at the roundabout then right of Lever Park Avenue.

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Are you wild enough to climb 30 ft up a rope ladder, Tarzan swing into a giant rope net then zip wire through trees, crawl through tunnels and tackle high wire rope bridges? If the answer is Yes you are ready to Go Ape!

HAUNTED ROOMS

If you want to book a stay in a hotel with a difference then click on the link above. There are listings for haunted hotels, haunted castles, haunted inns and other haunted places to stay from all over the UK. Whether you’re the most open skeptic or true believer, HauntedRooms.co.uk offers you the chance to book haunted weekend breaks in some of the most haunted hotels, haunted castles, or inns, UK and Ireland have to offer. For details of hotels and events in the North West click here.

HAYDOCK PARK RACECOURSE

Tel: 01942 725963

Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside

Half way between Liverpool and Manchester, just off junction 23 of the M6 motorway.

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Haydock Park is the North West's premier dual purpose racecourse.

JODRELL BANK SCIENCE CENTRE & ARBORETUM

Tel: 01477 571339
Macclesfield, Cheshire

Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre is just off the A535 between Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge. Approximately, 6 miles from junction 18 of the M6

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KAOS INDOOR HIGH WIRE ADVENTURE

Tel: 08446 933 009
Units 1-3, Lytham Trade Park, Preston Road, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 5AE

Open: Monday to Saturday 8.00 - 20.00, Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

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Kaos Indoor High Wire is open to all the family from ages 6 - 60+ offering an exciting activity for all ages. The Kaos Concept was initially born when our family could not complete a high ropes together - our vision is to provide this exciting "high ropes" activity in an indoor environment and make it accessible to all ages, all year round. We aspire to be the UK's leading indoor adventure company! We offer a unique experience of 18 obstacles positioned at a height of 2.5 metres, (approx 8ft) from the ground. Our Clip 'n' Play system is designed to be multi-directional so participants will be able to go anywhere they like on the equipment in any direction! This means that each obstacle can be attempted several times and other more difficult obstacles can be missed out should our adventurer choose, offering participants "challenge by choice". Kaos adventurers will wear a full body harness and be constantly attached to the Clip 'n' Play system during their hour long session allowing Kaos Indoor High Wire Adventure to be enjoyed by all the family.

KARTING

Tel: 01942 270230
Three Sisters Country Park, Bryn Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield

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Competitive kart and scooter racing. Also public sessions. This is an Outdoor circuit with an overall length of 1500 metres. The minimum age for drivers is 8 years old, and the minimum height is 5'0".

LANCASTER TOWN HALL

Tel: 01524 582000

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Guided tours which take an hour are taken around the impressive Grade II listed building. A working building, the home of the City Council's offices and function rooms, the Guided Tour allows the public to visit parts of the Town Hall which are not normally open to view. Lord Ashton, a local industrialist, opened the Town Hall in 1909. He paid for and gave the building to his native City.

LAND ROVER EXPERIENCE

Tel: 1051 448 4023
Halewood Operations L34 9BJ

The Land Rover Experience allows visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the factory which puts two of motoring's most prestigious names on the road, plus the chance to get behind the wheel on the purpose built off-road course.

LASER QUEST

Chester, Manchester, Trafford Centre, Warrington

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Laser Quest combines the classic games of tag and hide & seek with a high-tech twist. Donning the most sophisticated laser tag equipment available, the game is played in a large, multi-level arena featuring specialty lighting, swirling fog and heart-pounding music. Questors, whether individually or on teams, use their lasers to score as many points as possible by tagging the sensors on their opponents’ equipment. Scorecards and code names add to the fun. Whether you’re 7 or 77, the experience is exhilarating and immersive… with fun lurking around every corner. This is the ultimate in interactive entertainment!

LIVERPOOL DUCK TOURS

Tel: 0151 708 7799

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The historic City of Liverpool, with its Waterfront built around the most famous docklands in the world, is steeped in maritime tradition. You have to see it all, and the only way is to ride TheYellowDuckmarine! The fun begins the second you board your DUCK - an authentic World War II landing vehicle - at the Albert Dock, where else? Your hour-long trip begins on the road, taking in the historic Waterfront, touring the famous sights of the City, then making a dramatic “SPLASHDOWN” in the Salthouse Dock. It’s the start of an amazing dockland adventure, ending at the Albert Dock. It’s a trip you’ll never forget!

LIVERPOOL WALL OF FAME

Matthew Street, Liverpool - close to the City Centre

The wall features 54 Liverpool Number 1 chart hits since 1952. Also incorporates award winning musical themed seat. A unique attraction

MADAME TUSSAUDS

89 Promenade, Blackpool

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Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity. Today’s visitors are sent on a unique, emotionally-charged journey through the realms of the powerful and famous. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up, close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world talk about them

MANCHESTER TOWN HALL

Tel: 0161 234 5000
Albert Square, City Centre

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The City's greatest monument, dating from 1877, and a masterwork from Alfred Waterhouse. The state apartments and Great Hall, the latter with world famous Ford Madox Brown murals, should not be missed.

MANCHESTER VELODROME - THE NATIONAL CYCLING CENTRE

Tel: 0161 223 2244
Stuart Street, Clayton, Manchester

The complete track experience for all - visit Britains own, purpose-built, indoor Olympic cycle track. Range of courses for all - Taster sessions for beginners - special track skills session for experienced riders, private club bookings welcome, regular competitive track leagues during the winter.

MARSH MILL-IN-WYRE

Tel: 01253 887445
Thornton Cleveleys

Leave the M55 at Junction 3 signposted Fleetwood. Follow the A585 (Fleetwood) for approx 6 miles until reaching the third roundabout. Marsh Mill is signposted from here, turn right and after about ½ a mile look out for a sign on your left.

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Visit Marsh Mill set in the attractive surroundings of Marsh Mill Village. Marsh Mill, built in 1794 was a working windmill until 1922. Today it has its machinery restored and its working sails offer a unique introduction to milling of a bygone age. Guided tours are available to the top of the Mill. Enjoy browsing around the speciality shops, set around the village square, where entertainment takes place throughout the summer. The village also has a tavern and tea room.

MERE BECK FLY FISHING

Tel: 01704 821006

Mere Beck, Mere Lane, Mere Brow, Tarleton, PR4 6JU

Mere Beck is a unique moving water fly fishery 8 miles from Southport just outside Mere Brow village offering many of the fly fishing challenges and conditions found in the wild. There are 8 acres of varied water stocked with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout regularly and both sporting and fish tickets are offered from 3 hours to 8 hours.

MODEL VILLAGE, BLACKPOOL

Tel. 01253 763827
On the outskirts of Blackpool, follow signs for Stanley Park/Model Village.

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For nearly forty years, people of all ages have been attracted to the award wining Blackpool Model Village & Gardens to view not only the handcrafted models, but also to admire the landscaped gardens in which they are set. There are 2 ½ acres of beautiful gardens and walkways that provide full access to all of our visitors offering some peace and quiet from the hectic bustle of busier parts of Blackpool.

NETHER ALDERLEY MILL

Tel: 01625 527468

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15th-century mill beside a tranquil mill pool Original Victorian water wheel is a unique tandem design Mammoth 200 ton stone roof supported by a fine timber frame

OULTON PARK

Tel: 01829 760301
Tarporley, Cheshire

Spectacular car and bike racing from March to October, including British Superbikes, formula 3's and Touring Cars. Family fun days, children's entertainment, restaurant and bar facilities.

PREDATOR EXPERIENCE

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PREDATOR EXPERIENCE is a young highly motivated company founded by Daniel Ashman and Dee Ashman. Their collective 45 years experience of professional bird of prey and animal management equip them to offer bird of prey management, handling, falconry and raptor care for both domestic and wild birds. Daniel and Dee pride themselves offering unforgettable, thrilling interactive experience involving a variety of predators. Promoting the conservation of birds of prey and other predators through experiential education. Inspiring public to protect bio-diversity for the future. Aid wild populations by promoting positive raptor management and research.

PRESTIGE INDOOR KARTING

Tel: 0870 908 9395
Holker Mill, Burnley Road, Colne

From the end of the M65 motorway - junction 14, please take the second exit following Colne. Go up the dual carriageway and at the next roundabout turn left onto Burnley Road. Continue for approximately quarter of a mile and Prestige Indoor Karting is on the left. Follow signs round the building to our car park.

Prestige Karting is one of the largest indoor karting centres in the North of England. The Circuit is approximately 360 meters long, possibly one of the most demanding tracks in the country. The track has been carefully designed by professional motorsport drivers to create a circuit to challenge the skills of the "best drivers". Our professional track marshals are fully trained to create a safe and exciting environment. The centre has a fume extraction system. Free secure parking Hot and cold drinks Heated spectator area Computer lap timing system.

REDWELL FISHERIES

Tel: 015242 21979
Kirkby Lonsdale Road, Arkholme, Carnforth, Lancashire

Just 3 miles from junction 35 off the M6. Take the exit from the above roundabout signed Over Kellet and Quarry proceed to the T junction just a few hundred yards ahead, then turn left. Continue through the village of Over Kellet for a further mile and you will find the Redwell Fisheries situated on your right.

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See spectactular views of Ingleborough while you fish in their well-stocked lakes - carp up to 30 lbs, bream, tench, roach and perch.

SCARE KINGDOM SCREAM PARK

Tel: 01254 812407
Hawkshaw Farm, Longsight Road, Clayton-le-Dale, Near Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 7JA

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Eight centuries after his kingdom was destroyed, Morbius Blackscar, the tyrannical self proclaimed King of the undead realm is back! Through Asmodeus’ enchanted mirror, his legion of terror invades dreams, searching for twisted nightmares which manifest in his new world; no longer Scar’s Kingdom but Scare Kingdom... Bigger, Better and Scarier Than Ever Before Bigger, Better and Scarier Than Ever Before Scare Kingdom Scream Park is the UK’s newest Halloween entertainment park, featuring scare attractions and themed entertainment for thrill seekers, families and children! Following our inaugural season in 2009 and a terrifying 2010, Scare Kingdom Scream Park will return in 2011.

SINGLETON MAIZE MAZE

Tel: 01253 885670
Mount Farm, Carr Lane, Singleton, Near Blackpool, FY6 8LG

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In 12 acres of our annually changing, uniquely designed maze you will find it difficult to hide your own wonder and excitement from the even more captivated children who thrill to a unique adventure with lots of healthy exercise thrown in. Perfect! Singleton Maize Maze is created in a growing crop of corn on the cob maize which annually grows to between 8 and 10 feet high before October when it is cut, gathered and used as cattle feed. This is re-cycling at its finest with the maize providing months of fun and excitement before being used again, this time as food for animals. The following year exactly the same thing happens (and our fun theme changes) again and again and again!

SPACEPORT

Tel: 1051 330 1333
Victoria Place, Seacombe, Wallasey, Wirral CH44 6QY

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Welcome to Spaceport, the ultimate journey through Space and Time. Blast off on a virtual journey through space and time at Spaceport, the amazing space-themed attraction at Seacombe Ferry Terminal, Wirral. Become a virtual astronaut in our incredible 360 degree, fully immersive Space Dome show where our latest production, ASTRONAUT, will take you from Earth to space..... and beyond! The Spaceport Experience begins with a Blast Off into space in our Space Pod. Once out in space you can explore the Solar System with a variety of exciting interactives interspersed with planetary information and audio visual exhibits explaining what it would be like to visit each of our planetary neighbours. Whilst in the Solar System why not take a trip in our Space Explorer craft for a wild and exciting ride through space.Moving on deeper into space through the Wormhole you will encounter stars and galaxies in our Milky Way zone. Learn here about the vacuum of space, about the lives and deaths of stars, tune in to pulsars and much more before embarking on a state of the art fully immersive voyage in the highlight of any visit to Spaceport, our Space Dome. After your Space Dome show enter our Universe zone to experience the Big Bang and the birth of the Universe before embarking upon a big screen quiz that will challenge your perceptions. Then go from Cosmology to Science Fiction in our Alien Zone where you can become a cosmic newsreader and take a light hearted look at views of the future.

STOCKPORT TOWN HALL

Tel: 0845 8330971

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Stockport Town Hall was built in the early 1900s in the Renaissance style and dedicated for public use by the Prince and Princess of Wales on July 7th 1908. Its wonderful history, which spans many centuries, is told in the magnificent stained glass. It has a fantastic marble staircase and a grand council chamber with carvings inspired by the work of Grinling Gibbons. Search for the Devils head - thrill to the sound of the mighty Wurlitzer, imagine yourself Mayor of the Borough, presiding over the full council or whisked across the ballroom by the dancing partner of your dreams, learn about local government, how democracy originated and how it can work for you today.

STRETTON WATER MILL

Tel: 01606 41331
Stretton, Nr Tilston
10 miles from Chester, near Farndon, off the A534

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A small working watermill set in beautiful countryside only 10 miles from Chester Regular tours. See the 18th century mill machinery and millstones driven by water power. Shops and exhibition in the old stable block.

SUTTON FIELDS

Tel: For Information 01928 701236 - Centre Telephone: 01928 791001
Sutton Weaver Village, Nr Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 3EY.

Sutton Fields is situated on the A56 which runs through Sutton Weaver Village and is between Junctions 11 and 12 off the M56, making it easily accessible for visitors from farther afield

Golf Driving Range, one of the longest and widest in the North West. There are 20 covered bays which are floodlit and heated in winter in addition to a grass teeing area. Crazy Golf, Bowling, Pets Avenue and Toddler's Den, Cafe and Licensed Bar. Regular Car Boot Sales.

WARTON STOCK CAR CLUB

Tel: 07961 451348
Warton, Nr Carnforth

M6 J35 Follow Signs for Over Kellet Quarries on the roundabout At T-Junction, turn RIGHT Follow the road straight, you`ll come to a single lane bridge, continue over that You will then come to a crossroads, go straight across it, there should be a sign for the track on some railings at the far side of the junction Just follow the signs, and then you will go onto some little country roads, go down there till you find a gate and a cattle grid, go through the gate on the left and follow the noise, there will be a riverbank on your left if your on the right road Park your car, get out, walk, pay your money, enjoy, go home

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If you`ve never been to a banger race or track then pay a visit Warton Stock Car Club. It's a fun day out for all the family - watch perfectly normal people destroy cars, as well as bangers. There is also a whole lot more going on at Warton, they have fun meetings and also THE BEST TEAM MEETING in the north west and one of the 3 best in the country according to BLITZ! Magazine, so go along and see what all the fuss is about! If you drive bangers at another track you are also welcome at Warton.

WILLIAMSON TUNNELS

Tel: 0151 709 6868

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The Williamson Tunnels are a labyrinth of tunnels and underground caverns under the Edge Hill district of Liverpool in north-west England. ° They were built in the first few decades of the 1800s under the control of a retired tobacco merchant called Joseph Williamson. ° The purpose of their construction is not known with any certainty. Theories range from pure philanthropy, offering work to the unemployed of the district, to religous extremism, the tunnels being an underground haven from a predicted Armageddon. ° Although some of the tunnels have been lost over the years, a lot of them still exist today, under what is now a residential area. ° One section of the tunnels has been cleared and renovated and is open to the public. The remaining parts of the labyrinth are closed, with many suspected tunnels yet to be rediscovered.

WORLD OF GLASS

Tel: 01744 22766 Chalon Way East, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1BX

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The World of Glass takes visitors on a journey of discovery into the story of glass. State-of-the-art special effects look back at the use of glass through the ages, from its discovery by ancient civilisations to its utilisation as part of the Internet today. A fun zone features distorting mirrors, kaleidoscopes, periscopes and you will be able to see live glass-blowing displays. The exhibition is built around the Jubilee Cone Building which is a listed building and houses the oldest glass-making tank furnace in the world, which was recently discovered and excavated from beneath a concrete floor on the site.

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