Whether you’re visiting Liverpool for the day, or for a staycation, there are so many fantastic places to visit which are just a short train ride away and all so close to Liverpool City Centre.

Merseyrail is the operator to get you around the region and explore exciting areas such as Southport, Formby, West Kirby and New Brighton beaches, Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks designer outlet. What’s even better is that these destinations are accessible by train from Liverpool City Centre stations.

With regular train services across the whole network, travelling with Merseyrail is easy and with a Day Saver ticket you can make as many journeys as you like throughout the day all for just £5.50 – buy your ticket online now.

You can be assured that we are working hard to ensure travelling with Merseyrail is as safe as possible. Click here to see the latest travel advice and remember when in crowded spaces, wear a face covering out of respect for others.

More experiences await you and we’ve compiled a list of great destinations to explore on the Merseyrail network


For a great day out at the beach check out our list of top 5 destinations and local recommendations on the Wirral, all a short walk from Merseyrail stations. From West Kirby’s marine lake to New Brighton’s dining options and Meols beach there is plenty to see and do when you catch a train over to the Wirral. 

Find out more on Merseyrail’s website.


There is so much to do and enjoy in Southport. With miles of golden sand on the beautiful beach to gorgeous gardens and fun at the fair at Southport Pleasureland, Southport is the perfect destination for a family day out.

Find out more about travelling to Southport with Merseyrail.


Famous for red squirrels, Formby Pinewoods is a lovely nature haven and perfect for a scenic walk. See if you can spot the iconic squirrels run through the trees then head down to the beach to discover walking trails and sand dunes where more rare species thrive! 

Find out more about visiting Formby Pinewood with Merseyrail here. 


A great day out for all ages, there is so much to do at Chester Zoo. Not only do they have thousands of animals, the zoo also has 125 acres of award-winning zoological gardens and attractions to enjoy. Hear the lions roar, marvel at the elephants or step inside the butterfly house on this perfect family day out. 

Find out more about travelling to Chester Zoo with Merseyrail here. 


You’ll be spoilt for choice with independent cafes, bars, bistros, delis and more at Lark Lane. Right next to the beautiful 235 acre Sefton Park, the popular lane has so much to offer – whether it’s for lunch, an ice-cream or an evening treat it’s the perfect location to spend the day with the family.

Find out how to get to Lark Lane with Merseyrail here.

Now all you need to do now is plan your journey!

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