What to do with the family when visiting? Get out and about.

So, you know all about our cathedrals, our museums and galleries and the fact that we’re responsible for quite a few musical legends. But there’s also something you probably don’t know about us that you should…

One of our best kept secrets is actually our quality underground and local rail system. Did you expect that? From the City stations, which can move you around the centre with ease, to the stations lying across the region, they all allow convenient links to some amazing sights and sounds of the city where getting around is already as simple as can be.

Just so you’ve got a good idea of just how much you can explore thanks to our Merseyrail system, we’ve put together a few ideas for you to make the most of Liverpool and its surrounding areas. Go on, it’s super simple. Question is - where will your journey take you?

First up – the Northern Line

Heading out of Liverpool City Centre from either Moorfields or Liverpool Central, you’ll get the chance to understand what we’re on about when we go on about our beautiful coastal region. Here’s 3 stops we think you should know about:

Blundellsands & Crosby Station

I'm sure there's worse places to spend a Monday lunch time than here 🤔A none bathing beach; Another place consists of 100 cast-iron life size figures, made from the artists - Anthony Gormley - very own body. 🕴🏼 The figures were previously in Germany, Norway and Sweden, but here at Crosby Beach is their permanent home. 🌊 According to Antony Gormley, Another Place harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man's relationship with nature. He explains: The seaside is a good place to do this. Here time is tested by tide, architecture by the elements and the prevalence of sky seems to question the earth's substance. 🌫 In this work human life is tested against planetary time. This sculpture exposes to light and time the nakedness of a particular and peculiar body. It is no hero, no ideal, just the industrially reproduced body of a middle-aged man trying to remain standing and trying to breathe, facing a horizon busy with ships moving materials and manufactured things around the planet. 🌎 #itsliverpool #visitliverpool #sculpture #anotherplace #liverpool

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Hop on the train that goes to Southport and at this stop, you’ll find Crosby Beach and the famous Antony Gormley spectacular sculptures, that need very little introduction. Entitled ‘Another Place’, the waterfront sees 100 cast-iron, life-size figures heading both out to sea and along the foreshore for almost 1km. A true sight to behold and absolutely perfect for a photo opp! 

Freshfield

Happy place. #Formby #FormbyPinewoods #SquirrelWatch #RedSquirrels #NationalTrust

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Just a short stroll from this spot is Formby Pine Woods. If walking in the shade of the mighty pines and sneak-a-peak at the areas Red Squirrels and Natterjack Toads sounds good to you, you’re in for a major treat here. Take a picnic and see what you can find!

Southport

The end of the line – Southport is a great coastal town which enables you to escape the hustle and bustle and relax to the max. Head for the Seafront and soak up all of the sights and sounds. From 2p machines, to a vintage merry-go-round, candy floss on a stick, to salt and vinegar laden chips from the paper, this experience with the family is what memories are made of.

For more inspiration on what you can get up to on the Northern Line, take a look here.

Next – the Wirral Line

In the other direction, taking the Wirral line out from Liverpool sees you journey over onto the spectacular Wirral Peninsula. With its many natural assets plus its many events and festivals, it’s a great place to explore. Get outside and see some beautiful countryside as the area offers 50 miles of amazing rural walking and cycling routes.

Port Sunlight

Little piece of heaven in Port Sunlight! ☕

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Just 6 stops away from Liverpool on the Chester line, the picturesque Port Sunlight Village is a visit well worth building into any itinerary. Originally built at the end of the 19th Century, this ‘chocolate box’ Garden Village was created for housing the workers of the nearby Lever factory. Today the Village affords some of the very best examples of village architecture from the late 1800’s.  Centred within this is the Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village, as well as the outstanding Lady Lever Art Gallery. The Gallery is renowned for one of the finest collections of Wedgewood jasperware in the UK, as well as masterpieces from the likes of Gainsborough, Stubbs, Millais, Constable and Turner.

West Kirby

This is the last stop on the West Kirby/Wirral Line and gives you the wonderful opportunity to see Hilbre Islands.  Approximately 11.5 acres in area, this excellent nature reserve, lying at the mouth of the Dee Estuary, plays host from time to time to Grey Seals and many bird breeds including Great Skuas, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers and Pied Wagtails, to name a few. What will you spot?

Because Hilbre Island is cut off from the mainland by the tide for up to four hours out of every twelve, be sure to plan ahead! Here’s more info on that.

Chester

Chester Zoo needs very little introduction, given that it’s one of the UK’s premier zoological attractions. The huge 125-acre site is home to over 15,000 animals and 500 different species, which all go towards making the Zoo the most visited in the UK.

Whether you love lions or tigers, elephants or chimpanzees (our favorite is the Orangutans!) there is something for everyone! It’s the perfect family day out – just give yourself plenty of time to see-everything.

If you’re accessing from Chester Station there is a connecting transfer (X8 bus) that takes you directly to the Zoo entrance. Conveniently this is all built into a combination ticket – just click here for more information.

Thinking of heading out onto the Wirral Line to explore more? Take a look here for even more inspiration. 

Easy, huh?

Now all you have to do is buy a ticket and explore.

You can enjoy unlimited travel on the Merseyrail network from 0930 on weekdays and anytime on weekends and bank holidays for just £5.10 with a Day Saver, or £11 with a Family Ticket. Plan your next adventure at merseyrail.org

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Merseyrail train stations are conveniently situated throughout the region with four in Liverpool city centre, perfectly located for getting around the city.

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