Crewe (England)Crewe is a medium-sized town in South Cheshire. It boasts friendly people, inexpensive hotels and eateries. It is famed for its railway connections and also as the home of Rolls Royce, though the factory is now operated by Bentley Motors. The local football team is Crewe Alexandra F.C., the only team in the country with this unusual suffix.
RailThe main West Coast Mainline (London Euston to Glasgow Central) runs through the famous Crewe railway station. The town was built around this important junction when the railway arrived in the 1830s. Today, around 10,000 people per day pass through Crewe station. It can be seen as the 'gateway to the North West', with very frequent links to the tourist centres of Manchester, Chester, and Liverpool. Almost anywhere on the British rail network can be reached from here on a direct train.
RoadThe M6 motorway is close by. Use junction 16 or 17 to get to Crewe.
Crewe is a relatively small and compact town so most attractions and amenities are within walking distance.
Queens ParkA very attractive park which can be reached easily from the town centre.
Crewe Heritage CentreA very interesting and fitting museum for Crewe. It features many locomotives including many steam trains and the ill-fated British Rail Advanced Passenger Train of the 1980s. It also has working signalboxes and many activities for children, as well as a birds eye view of the many trains leaving the north of Crewe station. The museum isn't as rigid as many railway museums and you are free to wander around the yards and locomotives at your leisure.
Most British chain stores have outlets here. There are also covered and outdoor markets, selling local produce and many other things.
phone: +44 1270 253333address: Crewe Hall Hotel, Weston Rd, Haslington, CW1 6UZServes good food.
Spedali'sphone: +44 1270 617539address: 143A Nantwich Road, CW2 6DFA popular but small cafe.
Crewe has a good pub scene. The Crown and The Borough Arms offer many real ales. If waiting for a train, try the British Lion (locally known as The Pig) on Nantwich Road, about away.
The Crownphone: +44 1270 617435address: 25 Earle St, CW1 2BH
The Borough Armsphone: +44 1270 254999address: 33 Earle St, CW1 2BG
British Lionaddress: 58 Nantwich Rd, CW2 6AL
Also on Nantwich Road is the Beer Dock, which has quickly become very popular, selling a wide variety of international beers and ales. There are plans for expansion into the town centre.
Clubbers should try Nantwich Road area on Friday and Saturday nights.
phone: +44 871 527 8276address: Weston Road, CW1 6FXThis is a smallish (20 rooms) Premier Inn located a few minutes' walk from the entrance to Crewe Railway Station. Note that there is another Premier Inn, Crewe West, 2-3 miles away in Woolstanwood.
phone: +44 871 942 9139address: Macon Way, CW1 6DRA fairly standard HI Express. 70 rooms. Macon Way is a busy road taking traffic north from the roundabout which has alternative routes to junctions 16 and 17 of the M6, depending on whether you're coming from the south or the north, also 5 minutes' walk or less from Crewe Railway Station. It is next to a drive-through McDonald's.
address: Beswick Drive, CW1 5NPA 56-room Travelodge, slightly out-of-the-way on the eastern edge of Crewe, though reasonably handy if you're visiting the Crewe campus of Manchester Metropolitan University.
phone: +44 1270 253333address: Weston Road, CW1 6UZThis is certainly the swishest hotel in the area - AA 4-star rated, it is based on the Grade-1 listed 17th-century Crewe Hall, and has 117 rooms, some in the old hall, though most in the "contemporary" wing.