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  • 1. History

    Crewe is located in the North West of England in Cheshire. Crewe only became a town in 1831 when the Grand Junction Railway Company chose it as the location for their large railway junction and locomotive works.

  • 2. Now

    Crewe is still identified as a railway town, although the main railway depots have now been replaced with supermarkets, leisure parks and a large health centre. There are two main shopping centres in Crewe, the Market Centre and the Victoria Centre. Indoor and outdoor markets take place in Crewe throughout the week.

  • 3. Events

    There are many events throughout the year in Crewe and the surrounding areas including the Nantwich Jazz Blues and Music Festival and Sandbach Day of Dance. The town also hosts popular festivals in the summer such as the Foodies Festival and the Northern BMW Festival.

  • 4. Attractions

    The Lyceum Theatre in Crewe is a Grade II listed Edwardian building that was built in 1911. It shows a wide range of performances from drama, ballet and opera to music, comedy and pantomime. The Axis Arts Centre offers a programme of touring visual art work and new performances. Queen’s Park is the town’s main park which has recently undergone a £6.5 million transformat...Read moreion. It boasts a children’s play area, boating lake, café and bowling green. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    The Crewe Heritage Centre is a museum that focuses on the railway history of the town. It is located in the old LMS railway yard at Crewe railway station and has exhibitions including extensive steam, diesel and electric miniature railways and three signal boxes.

  • 6. Business

    The railway industry is still important to Crewe and this is seen at the Crewe Works which carries out train maintenance and inspections. From 1946 until 2002, all Rolls Royce motor cars were produced in Crewe. Now Crewe is the exclusive location for the manufacturing of Bentley cars. Other companies with premises in Crewe include BAE Global Combat Systems factory and the hea...Read moredquarters of off-licence Bargain Booze. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    Crewe railway station is one of the biggest stations in the North West and remains an important interchange on the West Coast Main Line. The station offers direct services to London, Glasgow, Liverpool and various other UK locations. Crewe is less than 10 miles from the M6 and is on the A500, A530 and A534.

  • 8. Entertainment

    Crewe’s main local music venue is the Box on Pedley Street. The Lyceum Theatre and the Axis Art Centre offer a range of performances throughout the year. There are many clubs, bars and restaurants in Crewe for visitors to choose from.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    There are many churches in Crewe including six Anglican, three Methodist, one Roman Catholic and two Baptist.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Before the Grand Junction Railway was built in Crewe in 1837 it was a small village with only 70 residents. The 2001 census showed that Crewe has a population of over 67,000.

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