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Southport

Southport

With 22 miles of coastline and plenty of beaches, Southport is a perfect place to relax and unwind.

Knowsley

Knowsley

Where else in Liverpool city region can you spend a day with lions and tigers or watch a sea lion show?

Wirral

Wirral

The beautiful Wirral Peninsula is fantastic for walks, outdoor activities, countryside hotels and cosy pubs.

Beyond the City

The city centre in Liverpool is ideal for exploring on foot, but the city region is so well connected it’s easy to travel outside of the city centre and appreciate just how close we are to the beach, countryside and even North Wales. Hop on a Merseyrail train and in under an hour you’ll be in ‘Another Place’ at Crosby Beach, the home of 100 ‘Another Place’ cast iron figures that stretch almost one kilometre out to sea.

Crosby isn’t the only beach close by, the seaside town of Southport is also just under an hour away by train and there’s 22 miles of coastline to enjoy. Be sure to take a walk along Southport Pier - it's the second longest in Britain and is a Grade II listed structure. Southport is a classic seaside resort of parks and gardens and of course penny slot machines! Who’d have thought that this would be so close to the bustling city. If you want to explore further, the historic and carefully preserved village of Churchtown, which is listed in the Domesday Book and which dates back to early Anglo-Saxon times, is located about 2 miles north of Southport.

Over in Knowsley, there’s time for a wild day out at Knowsley Safari Park or if you prefer something a bit more tame, head over to the stunning surroundings at Acorn Farm. Both are under a half an hour drive from the city centre or just under 40 minutes on the Northern Rail train.

Across the water is Wirral Peninsula, a beautiful location for walks, outdoor pursuits, countryside hotels and cosy classic north England pubs. It's stunning coastal towns of Hoylake, New Brighton and West Kirby are perfect for a visit at any time of the year. History lovers will enjoy a trip to Birkenhead Priory, which is the oldest standing building on Merseyside. Heading to the Wirral’s 25 miles of dramatic coastline is easy by Merseyrail trains, or if you’d like something a little different, take the Mersey Ferry and admire the fabulous views of the Liverpool skyline as you head over to the other side.

Wirral is home to the delightful village of Port Sunlight, just 6 stops via the Merseyrail Wirral line. The village was built by Lord Lever for his factory workers at the end of the 19th Century. Here too is the Lady Lever Art Gallery that opened in 1922 displaying the personal collection of the first Lord Leverhulme.  

Further afield, Norton Priory in Runcorn which has been in existence since 1134 provides a breath-taking historical setting within the Walled Gardens and a thriving natural environment which all ages can enjoy together.

Should you seek to travel even further afield, Cheshire is only a 45 minute journey by train or by road.

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