Places to Visit – Liverpool

Posted on 22 August 2012

Liverpool a historic city – vistas you really must see! A place not to miss!

Pier Head and Commercial District Liverpool

Pier Head and Commercial District Liverpool (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia)

What I consider to be the city centre is larger than Birmingham’s. It’s probably because of the 9km of docks that used to exist where,  at its height, many 000’s worked  . The city never ceases to impress me when I visit – the investment in the last decade in restoration and new building was substantial and can be seen readily. This is the home town of the Beatles, of course, and much is made of this around the city and in The Beatles Story experience.

The original 9km of docks has been replaced by the one container dock at Seaforth at the northern extremity of the original docks – this revolution happened over a period of 10 years from its opening in 1972. It now handles 70% of the of the North West of England’s freight being the prime terminal for North America.

Now take a photographic tour of the main tourist areas of the city known to me.

Getting there is easy from Birmingham, using a target destination of, say, Albert Dock:

  • By rail, between stations New Street and Lime Street, Liverpool, takes 1 hour 40 minutes and the journey times can be chosen to give a highly reasonable £20 standard class £39 first there and back. Use the London Midland website to check journeys. Lime Street is a 16 minute (0.8 miles) walk to Albert Dock or a 5 minute taxi ride.
  • By road it’s 100miles and motorways all the way to within 5 miles of Albert Dock and takes a similar time to the train. The 5 miles after the motorways are good quality main road and outside rush hours take little time to cover. I set my smartphone satnav to take me there and was able to sit back and enjoy the journey.

You can see a lot of the city centre in a day, but obviously a hotel stay will uncover much more. Using Albert dock as our destination there are a number of hotels close by ranging from budget ones, eg two Travelodges, where advance booking can really be cheap (£19 per room per night) right up to top class ones eg Hilton. My research shows around 40 hotels within an easy walk of ½ mile from Albert Dock.

Article by Geoff Caine