Merseyside Travel Guide

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Overview and Attractions

The Merseyside Travel Guide outlines local attractions, places of interest and contains useful tourist information for travellers. The area guide includes travel information on local transport and travel, sights, events, nightlife, entertainment, maps and accommodation.

Merseyside is located in north west England and whilst the area is synonymous with Liverpool as its main centre, the Beatles and football among other things, there are plenty of other attractions for visitors to discover.

Perhaps less well known and published is the fine elegant architecture, a vibrant nightlife, world-renowned cathedrals, innovative museums and a long maritime history ensuring the area has plenty to offer visitors.

There is an essentially flat coastline and there are great seaside resorts such as Southport for those that like the beach, add the gardens and historical attractions and you have a place that is well worth exploring further.

The Wirral is a peninsula that points out into the Irish Sea, with the Dee estuary to the south and the Mersey River to the north. The Wirral Way, is a path on the track of an old railway, and goes from West Kirby to Hooton.

It contains woodland that offers numerous breeding passerines, Yellowhammers and Linnets. In the winter many waders, feed in the fields on the path. West Kirby and Hoylake are located towards the end of the Wirral peninsula and include miles of award winning sandy beaches and some stunning views of North Wales across the border.

Visitors can walk from West Kirby to the Hibre Islands, which are only islands for a few hours each day. At the islands you can see seals and migratory birds. Wirral Country Park is worth a visit, it is packed full of great wildlife in the woodland areas and offers come great views of the Clwydian Mountains.

New Brighton in the Wirral is a popular seaside town. This traditional resort is one of Merseyside’s main pleasure grounds; it hosted the Wirral Show, an annual event that boasted one of the largest outdoor funfairs in the UK.

The show had a full programme of events, attractions and shows. The show ceased in 2009, however visitors can still enjoy taking a relaxing stroll in relaxed surroundings on the New Brighton seafront, the beach is less crowded than many others across the UK. There is also the historic Lighthouse and Fort visitors can see.

The suburb of Birkenhead used to consist mostly of farms, and then turned in to a ship building powerhouse building some of the biggest ships in the UK such as Ark Royal aircraft carrier and nuclear submarines.

The town was the site of the UK's first publicly funded park back in 1834 and was the starting place for Europe's first horse-drawn street-tram system, which was later modernised to use electricity.

Birkenhead can be reached by ferry from Liverpool and by tunnel that goes under the Mersey. The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum is now in the former Town Hall in Birkenhead and shows the history of the area with a number of exhibitions.

These are exciting times for the City of Liverpool, the European capital of culture title bestowed upon the city in 2008 acted as a catalyst for much renovation and modernisation of the city.

It has helped the feeling in the city that Liverpool has great times ahead as a modern, influential and vibrant city and a leader in fields such as the arts and culture.

Liverpool has had a renaissance that can be traced by a number of years when regeneration first started. It had like many fellow northern cities, fallen on hard times when traditional manufacturing industries were dying out and taking with it the mainstay of the local economy and heart of the community with it.

On a positive note, Liverpool has bounced back and its energy and vibrant nature is there for all to see that visit the city.

Liverpool's Albert Docks built back in 1846, were one of the most important and influential areas of the city. It fell in to decline in common with many other British ports with the decline of the traditional industries that were the lifeblood of the ports.

However Albert Docks have now been renovated and the area is now thriving and one of Liverpool's biggest tourist attractions. There are some of Liverpool's best museums in the docks and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants. The area has been transformed and has a continental style atmosphere to it.

The Albert Dock offers plenty of entertainment with funky bars and restaurants, the famous Beatles Story, the Maritime Museum and HM Customs & Excise National Museum. There are some retail boutiques for those that like to shop. It is a place here you can enjoy a range of activities in stunning renovated surroundings.

Southport resort was founded back in the late 18th century; it is still a popular resort today and is seen as a refined and sophisticated place. Blackpool is only a short distance up the coast but Southport offers a different experience to Blackpool.

Where Blackpool is famous for its bright lights and excitement, here visitors are greeted with award winning parks and gardens, some chic shops on tree lined boulevards and a number of championship golf courses, including Royal Birkdale.

Southport is known for gardening and this is celebrated in fine style at the annual flower show held in Victoria Park. The Botanic Gardens Museum here has a good collection of Victoriana as well as information on the local history.

The Atkinson Art Collection has a fine collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and sculpture. There is even a Lawn Mower Museum in Shakespeare Street, if you wish to experience something a bit different. The resort exudes a refined charm about it and is well worth a visit.

In Merseyside the main hub is Liverpool, a city that is in the midst of an on going renaissance and has plenty of attractions to entice visitors, there are other areas in Merseyside that are of interest too.

The Wirral with West Kirby and Hoylake and rather refined Southport all have plenty to offer visitors and are well worth exploring.

Outside of the industrialised areas there is some lovely countryside that has a great tranquil air to it. Merseyside has a rich history and culture and is poised to play a major role in the future.

The area is well connected transport wise with Liverpool Airport and excellent road and rail links to many areas in the UK.

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