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Merseyside in north west England, was created by the government in 1974. It encompasses the city of Liverpool and surrounding areas. Merseyside Tourist Information is available in Liverpool, Birkenhead, Southport and St. Helens.

Although this could be considered a 'new' county, it contains towns with heritage and culture, great shopping, dining and sports facilities, as well as locations to enjoy the countryside and open-air pursuits.

The Wirral Peninsula known locally as 'The Wirral', was originally the northern part of the county of Cheshire. Surrounded by the Irish Sea on three sides, the River Dee to the east and the River Mersey to the west. The eastern side of the area became industrialised, when in 1824 William Laird opened what is now known as Cammell Laird shipbuilding. Many other industries are now based here bringing prosperity to the area.

The town of Birkenhead was developed with some fine buildings in Hamilton Square and the first publicly funded park designed by Joseph Paxton opened in 1847. The design for the park was the inspiration for Central Park in New York.

The east shore line of the River Dee and the inland area of the peninsula offer areas of natural beauty, with country parks, rural villages, historic buildings and over 75 miles of rights of way. Four leaflets entitled 'Walk Wirral' can be obtained from Merseyside Tourist Information offices.

There are sandy beaches at West Kirby and Hoylake and botanic gardens at Neston. A visit to Port Sunlight (the village created by William Hesketh Lever for the workers in his 'Sunlight' soap manufacturing business), with its Lady Lever Art Gallery, theatre and pretty gardens makes for a great day out.

Just eight miles from Liverpool city centre at Prescot is Knowsley Safari Park, located on the Knowsley estate, home to the Earls of Derby. The Safari Park is home to endangered species, a five mile safari drive and a walkabout area, which includes attractions for all the family.

In north Merseyside the borough of Sefton has some 22 miles of coastline with dramatic dunes, home to some rare flora and fauna and a good bird watching location.

The family seaside resort of Southport, has an award winning beach with a broad expanse of sands. The town centre is elegant, with tree lined boulevards, floral displays and pavement cafes. The glass canopied specialist shops in Lord Street are sure to tempt you. Southport is home to Royal Birkdale, one of six Championship standard golf courses.

In the south of the borough is the world famous Aintree Racecourse.

The St Helens area in the east of Merseyside is renowned for glass making - today visitors can visit the Tank House, a pioneering glass making building, now an integral part of the award winning World of Glass Visitor Centre. St Helens is home to the Stephenson Sankey Viaduct, otherwise known as the nine arches viaduct - this stone and brick Railway Bridge was the first of its kind in Britain.



Days out in Merseyside

  • Aintree Racecourse
    Aintree is the home of The Grand National, the most celebrated, the most talked about horse race in the world with a global audience of over 600 million.
    Aintree Racecourse
  • Atkinson Art Gallery
    The permanent collection at the Atkinson Art Gallery includes nineteenth and twentieth century watercolours, as well as Victorian and twentieth century oil paintings. The Gallery also has a temporary exhibition programme.
    Atkinson Art Gallery
  • Awesome Walls Climbing Centre Liverpool
    When a friend recommended 'Awesome Walls Climbing Centre' to me for a Birthday Party I was initially clueless as to what 'Awesome Walls Climbing Centre' was!
    Awesome Walls Climbing Centre Liverpool
  • International Slavery Museum
    The International Slavery Museum is a new and exciting contribution to the historic city of Liverpool. The museum explores both the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery.
    International Slavery Museum
  • Knowsley Safari Park
    Knowsley was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby. The 'safari park' concept was based on the drive-through game reserves of East Africa.
    Knowsley Safari Park
  • Lady Lever Art Gallery
    The Lady Lever Gallery is the jewel in the crown of the garden village of Port Sunlight, housing the magnificent personal collection of the first Lord Leverhulme.
    Lady Lever Art Gallery
  • Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
    The foundation stone of this majestic building was laid by King Edward VII in 1904 and Queen Elizabeth II attended the celebration to mark its completion on 25th October 1978.Even through two World Wars, work of construction never ceased.
    Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
    Set sail and drop anchor for a fun day out at Merseyside Maritime Museum! You'll find out about the companies, people and ships connected to this great port.
    Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Museum of Liverpool
    The Museum of Liverpool tells the story of the City of Liverpool and its residents. The fascinating history of Liverpool is told over the three floors of this modern museum.
    Museum of Liverpool
  • Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered
    Enter an unseen world of smuggling, intrigue and detection where things are not always what they seem.
    Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered
  • Speke Hall
    This romantic black-and-white timbered Tudor mansion captures the very best of "olde England", yet it finds itself on the edge of a modern industrial estate close to Liverpool.
    Speke Hall
  • Sudley House
    Sudley House is a hidden gem of the art world, nestled in the leafy suburb of Mossley Hill in South Liverpool.
    Sudley House
  • Tate Liverpool
    Tate Liverpool is one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside London and is housed in a beautiful converted warehouse in the historic Albert Dock.
    Tate Liverpool
  • Walker Art Gallery
    The Walker Art Gallery has one of Europe's most impressive fine and decorative art collections, so before you escape on a cultural break, why not come and see the art on your doorstep!
    Walker Art  Gallery
  • World Museum
    At World Museum you can enjoy a fantastic family day out and enjoy five floors of historic treasures for free.
    World Museum



Places to Visit in Merseyside

  • Aintree
    The village of Aintree is associated with the well-known Aintree Racecourse, home of the Grand National and other horse races since the 19th century.
    Aintree
  • Birkenhead
    Birkenhead is a large town on the Wirral Peninsula in Merseyside. Situated on the River Mersey's west bank it is facing the city of Liverpool.
    Birkenhead
  • Bootle
    Bootle is a large town four miles north of Liverpool on the banks of the River Mersey. It was known in Victorian times as Bootle-cum-Linacre.
    Bootle
  • Burtonwood
    Burtonwood is a pleasant, large residential village. It has various shops and amenities in addition to good road links to the neighbouring towns of Warrington, Newton le Willows and St Helens.
  • Collins Green
    Collins Green is a small former pit village just outside Newton le Willows.
  • Earlestown
    Earlestown is a suburb of Newton le Willows and owes much of its development to the coming of the railways in the 1830s. It was well known throughout the world for locomotives built in the town.
    Earlestown
  • Great Sankey
    As a regular visitor to Great Sankey and Warrington generally for almost two years. I always anticipate my visits, as this town has some truly beautiful sites.
  • Haydock
    Haydock, home of Haydock Racecourse, is a village on Merseyside, midway between Manchester and Liverpool.
    Haydock
  • Hoylake
    Hoylake has one main high street running through the centre of the town. this high street contains shops, bars, restaurants, supermarkets and cafe's.
  • Liverpool
    Named as the European Capital of Culture 2008, Liverpool has a UNESCO listed waterfront and a long and distinguished maritime history.
    Liverpool
  • Lydiate
    Lydiate (old English for a field with gate in) has some beautiful canal walks with great pubs along the way. Cyclists travel from over the north west and beyond to cycle along the Leeds/Liverpool canal, its popular for fishing too.
    Lydiate
  • Moreton
    Moreton is a small yet busy town that has a round about as the centre which is called Moreton Cross. The main high street is called Hoylake Road which runs through the centre of the town.
  • New Brighton
    Although put through many years against foreign package holidays and lack of tourism, leading to its decline, New Brighton still boasts the ability to attract day trippers and tourists.
    New Brighton
  • Newton-le-Willows
    Newton le Willows is ancient town that has undergone many changes over the years. It was originally called Newton-in-Makerfield and in 1974 it was transferred from Lancashire into Merseyside.
  • Rock Ferry
    Population c. 11000. Rock Ferry used to be one of the smartest addresses in the North West; this is not quite the case any more.
  • Southport
    Southport is a seaside town on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain, 14.8 miles west-southwest of Preston and 16.5 miles north of Liverpool.
    Southport
  • St. Helens
    The large town of St Helens is 12 miles north east of Liverpool in Merseyside.
  • Stockton Heath
    Stockton Heath is an ever developing village in the borough of Warrington, Cheshire, neighbouring Appleton, Grappenhall and Walton. It is to the South of the Manchester Ship Canal which divides Stockton Heath to North Warrington.
  • Wallasey
    Wallasey is a town in Merseyside situated at the mouth of the River Mersey.
  • West Kirby
    West Kirby is situated on the mouth of the River Dee from the Irish Sea. West Kirby is a busy little town with many cafe's shops and restaurants.
    West Kirby
  • Winwick
    Winwick is a lovely little village on the A49 between Newton le Willows and Warrington. At the centre of the village is the ancient parish church. There is a carving of a pig on the church's tower.










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