Parr Hall, Warrington
Parr Hall, designed by William Owen in 1895, is the only surviving professional concert hall venue in Warrington. It is recorded as a designated Grade II listed building. Warrington Musical Society gave the first concert. Parr Hall is home to one of few surviving pipe organs in the UK, built by the great French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1811–99). The hall has hosted many concerts and organ recitals from leading orchestras and cathedral organists over the years.
Parr Hall regularly acts host to a variety of productions including plays, musicals, comedy shows and family performances. Notable comedians such as Andy Parsons, Jimmy Carr and Andi Osho have performed at the venue. The biggest genres are most likely music and comedy. Parr hall also provides a good selection of sport related events.
Parr Hall mainly programmes shows aimed at adults in their 30s and 40s however does have a good offering of family productions. Matinee performances are available to book in order to cater for young children.
The concert hall has capacity of just over a thousand, with a total number of audience seats at 1,001. The five sections in the stalls can seat up to 523 and the circle 473. Wheelchair spaces are available. Up in the circle, the seats curve round the rectangular hall so audience members can opt for a different perspective.
The building has automatic doors at the main entrance. All staircases have handrails and are interspersed by landing areas. Unfortunately, Parr Hall has no lift access yet staff will be available to provide any assistance or support needed. The concert hall has an accessible toilet on the ground floor. Both bars at Parr Hall have lowered serving points. Induction loops (let operator know when booking if you require a headset) are in place at Parr Hall and working with partners to offer signed performances and activities. If a personal assistant is needed for someone to attend a show, a free ticket can be issued. Visits to the venue before an event can be arranged with prior notice. Assistance and guide dogs are welcome. The use of portable chairs and priority access is available upon request.
Parr Hall, along with the Pyramid Arts Centre, is situated in the Cultural Quarter of Warrington town centre in Palmyra Square. The venue is easy to find and convenient to reach. The hall is easy reach by public transport and by car especially due to it being on the edge of the M6, M62 and M56.
Parking is available to the rear of the Pyramid Arts Centre. It is important to be aware that the car park operates a phone & pay service and tariffs will apply. Before your visit, it is advised to download the phone & pay app available.
If wanting to travel by public transport, Warrington Bus interchange is just a seven-minute walk away and has a network that stretches right across the borough, as well as neighbouring towns and cities. Warrington also has excellent connections to towns and cities right across the North West and beyond, including Manchester, Liverpool, Wigan and Chester. Warrington Bank Quay station is a two-minute walk away whilst Warrington Central station is a seven-minute walk. Cyclists vising Parr Hall can use cycle racks, which are located at the rear of Parr Hall’s sister venue, Pyramid Arts Centre. Again, Warrington is served by an excellent road network, including the M6, M62 and M56 motorways.
Although Pyramid & Parr Hall do not have a cafe or restaurant on site, refreshments are available via the bar at events and vending machines. There are several quality eateries and coffee shops two minutes’ walk away from the venues in Warrington Town Centre.
Bars, Pubs and Clubs
A wide range of bars and pubs are available to pick from. Parr Hall has two bars, one upstairs and one downstairs. However, for those wanting to venture further, there are plenty of options. Two of many being The Palmyra Bar just a two-minute walk around the corner and a cocktail bar, Institution, just a minute down the road. The 9 Gallon and White Heart on Sankey Street are a four-minute walk away.
If you want to stay overnight either before or after your visit to Parr Hall, there are many nearby hotels available. With a Travelodge nine-minutes away on foot and a Premier Inn slightly further at a thirteen-minute drive. If wanting to stay somewhere more upmarket, Villaggio is an eight-minute drive away.
Other Local Services
If looking for fun activities whilst visiting the area, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is a three-minute walk away. Another option could be Clue HQ Warrington, a live escape game, at a ten-minute walk!
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