Merseyside Attractions

Merseyside offers visitors a wide range of local attractions both in the city of Liverpool and in the surrounding areas in Merseyside. The area packs in a great number of attractions, offering visitors plenty things to see and do in the area. Merseyside includes a choice of attractions including museums, galleries, historic buildings, theatre, concerts, events and its location means the countryside, parks and the seaside are all within reach.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Merseyside, these include:

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. Located 10 miles from the city of Liverpool, the park includes visitor centres and is popular with walkers with a number of walks available including the Wirral Coastal Walk. Wildlife is varied and includes a number of birds species including peregrines, owls and hen harriers.

The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum is now in the former Town Hall in Birkenhead and shows the history of the area with exhibitions that include looking the art collection with 6,000 oil paintings, drawings, prints and watercolours, the collection includes fine works of art from British artists especially those with Merseyside and North Wales affiliations.

The ceramics collection includes ceramics from the local area including from the Della Robbia Pottery and the Knowles Boney collection dating back to the 18th century. The Maritime history includes a number of ship models emanating from the local area and looks at how they helped to shape the maritime history in the region.

Knowsley Safari Park is located in Knowsley within the grounds of the Knowsley Estate that includes Knowsley Hall country estate. The safari park is located 10 miles from Liverpool, it was established back in 1971 the zoological park includes approx 700 animals including lions, tigers, rhinos, cape buffalos, baboons, elephants and giraffes. The safari park plays a leading role in both conservation and preservation with a range of programmes in place. Attractions at the park include sea lion show, birds of prey experience, a number of amusement rides, bat forest, high ropes challenge and more.

Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village is located at Port Sunlight in the Wirral. Visitors can see the 19th century garden village that was built for the Sunlight soap factory workers. The museum is located in the heart of the village, here visitors can discover more about the village’s creator, William Hesketh Lever, the history of the village and what is was like to live and work in the village. There are a number of exhibitions and artefacts on display giving visitors can insight in to the life and times of the village. A trip to the museum and garden village provides a fascinating insight in to historical importance of the village offering an interesting day out.

Ness Botanic Gardens are located in Neston, South Wirral and are among the finest places to visit for horticultural enthusiasts in the UK. The gardens are famous for the collections of alpine and hardy plants. There are also tropical and arid plants in over 60 acres of grounds and greenhouses. There is a commitment to maintain and develop the beauty of the Gardens, there is also great importance placed on research, conservation and education of the public. These fine gardens with the many varieties are a great place to go for a stroll, relax and learn more about horticulture at the same time.

Merseyside Maritime Museum is located on Albert Dock, the museum looks back at the maritime influence on the city of Liverpool and Merseyside. Visitors can see a number of exhibitions that giving a greater insight in to the maritime history of the city. There are a number of galleries and collections to see including art inspired by the sea and the emigration gallery highlighting the stories of millions of people who sailed from Merseyside to the ‘new world’.

Visitors can enjoy a river cruise aboard the famous Mersey Ferries. On board the ferries visitors can sit back and relax taking in all the sights and learning more about the history of Merseyside. Visitors can see some wonderful sights of the waterfront and Three Graces namely the Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Merseyside Building. There are also Manchester Ship Canal Cruises where visitors can enjoy a 35 miles trip along the scenic waterway that takes visitors from Merseyside to Salford Quays. The cruise offers a scenic way to the best of the North West of England.

Liverpool’s Albert Dock was built back in 1846, was once the most important and influential areas of the city. The docks 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. Albert Docks have been renovated and the area is now thriving and one of Merseyside's biggest tourist draws. There are some of Liverpool’s finest 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. There are a number of Grade I listed buildings located here. It is a place here you can enjoy a range of activities in stunning renovated surroundings.

Liverpool has also been designated a World Heritage Site since 2004. The world heritage site is formally known as Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City with the main part of the designated site located at the famous Liverpool waterfront. There are six main areas that form the site including the Albert Dock and the Commercial Centre and Cultural Quarter among others. Historically Merseyside was an extremely important port during the empire days.

The buildings and structures of the era were grand and elaborate reflecting Liverpool's influential position and importance. The architecture in Liverpool is world renowned and the city boasts more listed buildings than any city outside London. A visit to the areas covered in the world heritage site offers visitors a fascinating look at Liverpool’s history and incorporates the contemporary developments of the areas.

Liverpool Shopping offers visitors with plenty of choice. Shoppers have a range of high street shopping facilities at Church Street and Bold Street along with shopping malls such as Liverpool ONE. If you like shopping then a trip to the Metquarter is a must. It is home to a range of designer stores in Liverpool, Cavern Walks has stylish boutiques, and of course there is Albert Dock with its wide range of shops. The Metquarter is located in the heart of the city and is a popular place not just to go shopping but to meet friends and its bars and boutique shops. The site used to be the post office and has now been renovated and given a new lease of life.

Liverpool is synonymous with music and the birthplace of the Beatles, has also produced Atomic Kitten, the Farm, Cream and the Coral and Frankie Goes to Hollywood among others. Along with neighbouring Manchester, Liverpool has had a big influence on pop and popular culture in the UK over many decades. Beatles fans can take a trip on the Magical Mystery Tours and learn more about the lives and times of the fab four. The Cavern Club located in Mathew Street, Liverpool is synonymous with its association with the Beatles, the group played regularly here in the early 1960’s before going on to world wide acclaim.

It is recommended that prior to visiting Merseyside; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport.

Visitors to Merseyside will find a wealth of attractions, from its famous creative arts and culture scene, to its lively and varied nightlife and shopping facilities there is plenty for visitors to see and enjoy here. The area includes a mix of town and country along with coastal areas such as Southport, the mix of attractions and landscapes ensures Merseyside is a popular holiday and breaks destination.

The city of Liverpool offers a great place from which to explore the region and offers plenty of city attractions of its own. Merseyside includes a number of historic attractions, museums, historic houses, gardens and parks with attractions for the entire family. Merseyside’s attractions ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.



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