Things to do in Crewe

Vicky Andrews

Most people think of the railways when they think of Crewe. Interestingly enough, it’s one of the few places to be named after its railway station, rather than the other way round. The name of ‘Crewe’ comes from the old Welsh for ‘crossing’, a fitting name for the village that launched the Victorian railway network and became such a popular destination.

Crewe has a fascinating heritage built on innovation, industry and enterprise. The original town motto ‘Never Behind’ still stands and even today, all roads lead to Crewe. It’s easy to get here via car and just an hour’s drive from Manchester, 70 minutes from Liverpool and 90 minutes from Leeds. Hop on a train at London Euston and you can be at Crewe Station in under two hours; with the new HS2 line that will be reduced to just 55 minutes.

Crewe is the manufacturing centre of the world-famous Bentley Motors and just down the road is Jodrell Bank and the Lovell Telescope, an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy. Crewe is a town that’s forward thinking but proud of its past. Steam into 175 years of railway history at the Heritage Centre or catch a live show at The Lyceum, the only Edwardian theatre in the county. The town is also home to the famous Crewe Alexandra Football Club, founded in 1887 and aptly nicknamed the Railwaymen.

From big name brands at Grand Junction Retail Park and The Market Shopping Centre to the bijou boutiques of Nantwich, Crewe has plenty to offer those in search of some retail therapy. The revamp of Crewe Market Hall has seen the addition of new independent shops, makers and street food outlets, and the UK’s real ale revolution has sparked a renaissance for the local pubs and bars. There’s also a flourishing arts scene here and the Lumen Festival of Lights in December has become a highlight of the cultural calendar.

A long weekend will give you time to explore some of the surrounding attractions including Little Moreton Hall, Hack Green, Snugbury’s Ice Cream, Alton Towers, and the historic town of Nantwich, one of the major Roman settlements in Cheshire.

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Lumen Festival of Lights
Visual Arts 26 November–11 December 2021, FREE

Lumen Festival of Lights

Lumen is returning to Crewe on Friday 26 November to Saturday 11 December 2021. The colourful light-art trail will visit the town centre and give audiences the chance to be immersed in art, light and sound.