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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You wouldn't expect to have so many different species in a city. One great site in summer is the row of American sycamore (liquidamber styracilua) off the side of Bold in the centre of the city. They have fantastic, big five-lobed leaves in summer which look great against the backdrop of the surrounding buildings.
In between Bold Street and Wood Street
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.
A seaside town a train ride from the city centre. Very old fashioned, donkeys, bouncy castle, ice creams, chips from The Marigold Cafe before coming home.
Take a picnic, enjoy sand, windsurfers and, on a good day, jaw-droppingly lovely views of the Welsh coast and Hilbre Island. Only walk to the island if you know what you're doing as the tide comes in fast, often behind you, and it is easy to get stuck!
West Kirby is on the Wirral Peninsular at the end of the M53.Trains every 20/30 mins from Central Liverpool.
Best views of Liverpool are from Wirral. Try New Brighton as a starting point then carry on round the coast to Hoylake/West Kirby (plenty of food choices here) then up to Parkgate for great ice cream or fish and chips.
Don't forget to call in at Thursaston, near West Kirby, for Churches Organic farm shop and walks on Thursaston common.
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.
There is something about coming home to Liverpool. I have lived in Northampton and in Holland during the last 15 years and have been on holidays far and wide but nothing can beat the feeling of coming home to Liverpool! Seeing the waterfront with the three graces, going to Anfield for football, the people, the food, the nightlife - you just can't beat it!
Lime Street Station
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Crosby beach is a huge expanse of sand, where the Irish Sea buffets the dunes and the 100 iron men that are Antony Gormley's 'Another Place.' Very atmospheric, the men stare out towards the Wirral and the Welsh hills. Nice for a Sunday afternoon stroll, take the camera. Love it and long may it stay in Sefton.
Crosby beach is best reached from either Waterloo or Crosby and Bludellsands MerseyRail stations.
Excellent ice creams in the seaside village of Parkgate on the Wirral. The strange thing is the sea has now gone, it's no longer a busy port and due to the Dee tides it only comes up to the sea wall a couple of times a year. Excellent views to the mountains of north Wales.
On the Parade, in the centre of town, just on the edge of the Wirral.
Tel: 0151 336 1274
Tidal islands cut off from the land for 5 of every 12 hours. Check your tides and make your way across the sands (preferably barefoot) with beautiful views in all directions. Great wildlife, birdwatching etc too.
Parkgate is close, and lovely too.
Hilbre, West Kirby, Wirral
Parkgate is either part of Neston, or just next to it. Nice to walk along the front there, even if there is a chill wind. A couple of nice pubs down there, chippies, too, great bird life (and a brass plaque with info on birdies and the view over to Wales), as well as delicious home-made ice cream from Nichols. Can't miss it - nearly always a queue there.
Short walk from Neston, not far from Chester, or take the train or bus from Liverpool.
Albert Dock on the waterfront. Classy bar with booths and lounge for glammed up crowd. The best reason for visiting is the huge bay windows that at night show a lit up albert dock with the Liver Building in the distance.
Albert Dock, 10 mins walk from Liverpool Lime Street
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