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Things to do in New Brighton, Merseyside

Sunset on New Brighton promenade © Robert Mcewan
Sunset on New Brighton promenade © Robert Mcewan

Although having to compete with the popularity of foreign package holidays and lack of tourism for many years, New Brighton still boasts the ability to attract day trippers and tourists.

Situated in the North West of England, the nearest airport is the Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and Manchester Airport is not that far away either. If you are a day tripper take the M53 and follow signs to the Wallasey exit, and then follow signs to the New Brighton Promenade.

New Brighton has lots of culture, family fun, and attractions to offer. The latest attraction built in the effort to regenerate New Brighton, is the Floral Pavillion Theatre and Conference Centre. You can go there to watch performances of all genres. The Floral Pavillion also has an excellent café for lunch, breakfast or just a small snack.

Another attraction not to miss is the Fort Perch Rock. For a small entrance fee, you can explore New Brighton's heritage and history, while enjoying breathtaking views over the River Mersey. You should definitely give Vale Park a visit. Walk down the Egremont Promenade and you will see a bustling park full of nature and a few Bands at the Bandstand now and again. For family fun, the New Palace Amusements should be your No.1 stop. Holding a medium sized Fun Fair for the kids, while older teenagers can enjoy themselves at Adventureland or the Arcade.

If you want a quiet time away from all the bustling tourists, the Gorsehill Millennium Green is New Brighton's spot for local people and visitors to relax and reflect. Near there, there is St. Peter and St. Paul's Catholic Church, which is closed down, but is a great historical photo opportunity, not only of the church itself, but of the extraordinary view of the Mersey and Liverpool that the spot offers. To get there, walk up Atherton Street to reach the top.

Accommodation wise, there are various hotels in New Brighton, ideal if you want to explore the surrounding area such as Liverpool and Birkenhead.

For eating out, there are two cafés by New Brighton Station, ideal for Breakfast and Lunch. For dinner, there are some very prestigious restaurants.

To sum it up, New Brighton, though not in its glory days as a packed seaside resort, is nowadays still a great place for short breaks and day trips. New Brighton is still Bright.

Description by John Bargh

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Liverpool skyline from New Brighton beach © Robert Mcewan
Liverpool skyline from New Brighton beach © Robert Mcewan

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