Trains to Crewe
Taking the train to Crewe couldn’t be more apt. The town has a long association with rail travel and has served as a key hub with links to Liverpool and Birmingham since 1837. Discover a wealth of things to see and do, from family days out to live entertainment.
Culture and heritage
The fortunes of the pretty Cheshire East town of Crewe have been closely linked with train travel since 1837 when the Grand Junction Railway Company chose the village as its main hub on the newly opened line from Liverpool to Birmingham. There were less than 2,000 inhabitants then but that quickly changed when the company moved its main locomotive works to Crewe, which subsequently attracted heavy industry investment from clothing and automobile manufacturers.
Today, there are plenty of reasons to visit the town and its surrounding areas. Opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1987, Crewe Heritage Centre proudly salutes the town’s history on the site of its original locomotive works. The popular visitor attraction has a 7 1/4-inch gauge miniature railway that passes through a tunnel and calls at three stations on selected dates, plus a 1979 prototype of the Advanced Passenger Train (BR Class 370).
Beautiful nature walks, mini golf, and fun play areas are just some of the attractions to be found at Lakemore Farm Park. You can get up close and feed adorable animals all year round! To get there, take a brief bus journey from the town centre to Winterley, from which it is a short walk away.
Food and drink
Crewe is home to an eclectic range of eateries, with some highlights found along Nantwich Road. Gio’s serves delicious Italian meals with regular deals catered towards families and groups, while a menu that’s as indulgent as it is renowned can be relished at Miller & Carter Steakhouse. Further family favourites elsewhere in the town centre include Nandos and Frankie & Bennies.
Got a train to catch? The Corner Bar lies just 150 yards from the station and screens live departures while you savour a tasty tipple or bite to eat.
Sports and outdoor activities
League Two football club Crewe Alexandra play home matches at The Alexandra Stadium, known affectionately as Gresty Road. Located around five minutes’ walk from the train station, the ground has a warm and inviting atmosphere for visiting fans and it’s easy to get back home by train after the final whistle.
Take in the serene surroundings at Queens Park, complete with children’s play area, outdoor gym, and sports facilities. There’s plenty for the whole family to see and enjoy here. You can even take to the water during the summer months!
Music and nightlife
Crewe Lyceum Theatre has a rich history dating back more than 100 years. The only Edwardian playhouse in Cheshire East welcomes major touring stage productions, stand-up comedians and music acts throughout the year to its impressive main stage and intimate studio space, including a rollicking family pantomime that attracts big-name acts.
Nantwich Players Theatre has been around almost as long. Nestled on Love Lane, this thriving amateur theatre group has been producing captivating plays since its foundation in 1927. You can even get involved yourself through their regular workshops, play readings, and social events.
The town centre is currently in the throes of a £48 million redevelopment of the Royal Arcade in time for Christmas 2020, which will herald a new cinema, shops, restaurants and a gym. In the meantime, bargain hunters are spoilt for choice with more than 20 popular high street stores under one roof at The Market including Argos, B&M, Clintons, Ernest Jones and Peacocks. Nearby, Grand Junction Retail Park brings together well-known brands such as Currys PC World, Halfords, Laura Ashley, Marks & Spencer, River Island, Sports Direct and TK Maxx.
Where do LNR trains to Crewe arrive and depart?
LNR trains arrive and depart from Crewe’s main train station. It’s approximately a 25 minute walk from this station into the town centre.
Which train services run direct to Coventry?
From the north, we operate one direct train an hour from Liverpool Lime Street station with calling points at Liverpool South Parkway, Runcorn, Acton Bridge, Hartford and Winsford. Our fastest train takes just 45 minutes and the cheapest Off-peak return ticket is £12.30.
From the south, we have convenient services on two lines, providing travel in comfort from the Midlands and London. We operate two direct trains an hour from Birmingham New Street station. Our fastest train gets you to Crewe in 55 minutes and the cheapest advance single ticket is an exceedingly attractive £7.50
When is the best time to travel to Crewe by train?
It’s best to book your train tickets to Crewe several weeks in advance, to benefit from cheaper ticket prices.
If you choose to travel outside of the busy commuter times to Crewe, you can enjoy quieter trains, as well as save money on fares with off-peak tickets.