It's quite an experience to have a view of the lovely city from the ferry immortalized in Gerry and the Pacemaker's hit from the 60s. It was a cold and extremely windy day in April. Probably not the best day for a boat ride but it was my last day in town and I decided I had to give it a try and I'm thankful I did that.
It was an amazing ride with a fantastic view of the city's landmarks: The Three Graces as well as other beautiful sights with possibility of stops at Seacombe and Woodside. You can really feel the timeless spirit of the city and its people who by the way make you feel welcome and at home there. One of the places with the nicest people in the world! Makes you feel like coming back soon!
You can buy tickets at the Liverpool Ferry Terminal, near Albert Dock, for about £ 7.00 (round trip). More details at www.merseyferries.co.uk/Content/Cruises/RiverExplorerCruises.aspx
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S1 bus tours the main areas of the city, the waterfront (Pier Head/Albert Dock/King's Arena), the two cathedrals, the university and links up with the main transport centres in the city.
Buy an Arriva Day Ticket (£3 at present) on the bus and you can hop on and off at the places you really like and you can then use your ticket on any other of the Arriva services around the city. A Saveaway ticket bought from numerous outlets can be used at off-peak times.
Numerous stops around the city but notably Queen Square/Pier Head/King's Arena/Hope Street/Lime Street.
Children love the idea of going in a tunnel under the Mersey and crossing over on a boat. Park at Hamilton Square in Birkenhead, get the ferry to Liverpool (superb, heartbreakingly lovely view) and, after a stroll, picnic and visit to the Albert Dock, get the train back from James Street station. Steep escalators, lifts and friendly station staff. Cheap and good fun.
Hamilton Square is signposted from central Birkenhead and is itself an interesting area. The ferry is a five-minute stroll downhill from the station. Ask if you're not sure.
Liverpool is unique because you have views of the River Mersey, the Wirral Peninsular and North Wales on one side of the City and views of Lancashire/Merseyside and Cheshire around the Runcorn area on the other side including the Stanlow refinery site.
The best place to see these views is from a bus especially on the following routes - 500 from Liverpool Airport which travels by the river into town via the old festival site, 437 Liverpool to West Kirby especially when it descends Bidston Hill and you are sitting on the top deck, 75/74/78 to Halewood when they are approaching Woolton Village via Gateacre Brow and Acrefield Road and 48/48a to Southport or in this case from Southport because you can see a lot ranging from Ormskirk to North Wales Plus the wind farms in the sea as you travel along the Formby Bypass. The buses aren't always double deckers but you see quite a long way across the region including Winter Hill and the Pennines on very clear days.
You will see the Runcorn Bridge, Fiddlers Ferry Power station, Frodsham and Helsby Hill and a wonderful sunset over West Kirby on the bus routes mentioned above (all depending on the weather of course which can limit any views as well as enhancing them from various parts of Liverpool).
Another tip to get a good view of the region is to walk around Woolton Village including Woolton Woods and Speke Road which is the best place to look at the scenery which many television programmes miss when they film in Liverpool. I lived in Woolton as a child and it was wonderful to see the twinkling lights of Huyton and Prescot amongst other places as I walked home from school along Speke Road. This area of Liverpool is very hilly and can be viewed as you come in on the M62, rail or bus from the airport.
Woolton Woods is one of three woods in the area which I think is another unique feature of a city in England outside Greater London.
I enjoy looking at the scenery when travelling around and I hope that visitors will look out of buses/cars and trains when visiting Liverpool and Merseyside.
For travel information use merseytravel.gov.uk for timetables/routes and location of travel centres.
Also liverpool.gov.uk leisure and culture will give you information on parks along with other things to do with visiting liverpool.
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