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Has Warrington got less culture than St Helens…or more than Wigan?

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WARRINGTON has been ranked fifth in a culture “league table” of towns and cities in the North West.

It comes ahead of places like Salford, Preston, Wigan, Chester, Lancaster and Carlisle when ranked by cultural attractions per square mile.

But the town comes below Liverpool and Manchester and, perhaps surprisingly, St Helens and Birkenhead.

Unfortunately, the North West is said to be one of the least cultural region in the UK – along with Yorkshire.

The study has been carried out by online ticketing platform TicketSource using data from TripAdvisor and explores 6,771 attractions across 68 cities and towns,  excluding London.

It has found that Inverness has the most cultural attractions in the UK, with 11.26 per square mile.

Warrington is said to have 0.66, compared with 3.71 in St Helens and 0.40 in Wigan.

It is not the first time Warrington has received a lowly ranking in the cultural stakes.

In 2015, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) angered many local people by placing the town at the bottom of its heritage assets index.

But the following year, Warrington climbed 24 places up the same league table – and the RSA admitted that some of the town’s cultural landmarks had been omitted from its earlier survey.

They praised the work of the borough council and Culture Warrington for their work to improve the town’s standing.

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