With so much to do in the city, it’s easy to forget how close Liverpool is to both beautiful beaches and countryside. So if you’re a regular visitor on Merseyside, it may be time to escape the urban hustle and bustle for a bit. Even North Wales is less than an hour away by train, making it within easy reach. So where should budding Day Trippers make for? We’ve got a rundown of all the best things to near Liverpool. And when you’re finished exploring, it’s good to know there’s a clean, comfortable room at a Premier Inn waiting for you when you get back.
Bold, buzzing and at times, utterly barmy, there’s an old-fashioned cheeky charm about Blackpool that makes it well worth the hour and a half’s train journey from Liverpool. Stroll along the three piers or along the promenade known as the Golden Mile. Visit the Blackpool Tower and its magnificent ballroom, ride the big wheel or just relax in a deckchair.
Don’t worry if you’re not here in British summertime either – the town’s famous Illuminations don’t get switched on until Autumn.
The Peak District is a National Park that stretches into five counties – Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. At just over an hour’s drive from Liverpool, it attracts more than 10 million visitors a year, drawn by the beautiful scenery and the sheer number of things to do. Apart from 65 miles of dedicated off-road cycling and walking trails, there are stately homes to visit and picturesque villages to explore, perfect for a spot of afternoon tea to refresh you after all that walking.
An hour’s drive from Liverpool in North Wales, Chirk is a well-preserved medieval castle, now owned by the National Trust. Grade I listed, it’s open to the public between March and October. Set in 480-acres of estate parkland there are woodland walks with wild ponies to spot and award-winning gardens to admire. Once inside, explore magnificent state rooms, take a tour of the servants’ quarters and go down to the dungeons. Just watch out for the ghosts – legend has it there are several!
Liverpool is one of England’s most cosmopolitan cities and was the 2008 European capital of culture. Whether you’re passing through, looking for heritage, pop culture and entertainment, checking out the universities, or planning a weekend break, there are plenty of reasons to book a hotel room in Liverpool. And with quaint fishing villages and market towns on its doorstep, there's so much to see and do in the surrounding area of Merseyside.