South West England
The Peak District
Merseyside is a county in the north-west of England that takes its name from the River Mersey that flows through it. It is predominantly urban and is dominated by the city of Liverpool which is one of the largest cities in the UK. The Mersey Estuary splits the county with the part on the east side containing Liverpool and other areas such as St. Helens and Sefton while on the west side is a peninsula known as the Wirral. The two sides are connected by two tunnels, a railway and a ferry.
Anyone visiting Merseyside is by definition going to be spending a large amount of their time in the city of Liverpool, luckily there’s plenty to do and see and any visitor will be spoilt for choice from a large range of options. There are a wide range of shops, trendy restaurants, excellent wine bars as well as a whole collection of museums and galleries that make it one of the best cultural cities to visit after London. One of the best ways to get an introduction to the city is to go on the Mersey ferry. If you purchase a ticket for the 50-minute river explorer ticket you can get access to commentary that will talk you through the view of the surrounding city.
If you are particularly interested in the history of Liverpool and the surrounding region why not visit the free Museum of Liverpool which has a variety of exhibits about Liverpool and famous people and companies that have been based there. If you are interested in Liverpool’s most famous sons, the Beatles, you can visit The Beatles Story to discover how four guys from Liverpool became the most famous band in the world. The Beatles Story is located at Albert Dock, a scenic area with plenty to do. While you’re there why not visit the Tate Liverpool which is dedicated mainly to modern art. Additionally the city of Liverpool boasts not one but two cathedrals, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. The former is the largest Anglican cathedral in Europe and is magnificent inside. The Metropolitan Cathedral, known by locals as “Paddy’s Wigwam” is also worth a visit. From the outside it looks like someone went overboard with the concrete but the use of space inside is quite breath-taking.
For those hoping to get away from the city sights for a day a visit to “The Wirral” is well worth the time. Take a walk along the beach at West Kirby or New Brighton or you might want to try some of the walks through woodland at Caldy Hills which offers great views of the surrounding area. After enjoying the peace and tranquillity you can stay for some food in one of the many small local restaurants or head back to Liverpool to sample the nightlife there.