Travelling from Chester to Liverpool
This major English city is an easy drive from Chester – about 45 minutes along the motorway and through one of the Mersey tunnels which bring you right into the heart of the city. There is also a direct train service leaving Chester station every 15 minutes which takes 45 minutes.
Or, if the weather is fine, our favourite way to approach Liverpool is by leaving the car at Birkenhead and taking one of the world famous Mersey ferries to the Pier Head.
Things to do in Liverpool
Take a stroll along the waterfront and watch the Mersey ferries coming and going in front of the iconic Liver building. Find out more about the city’s past at the Liverpool museum and then explore the Albert Dock. In the restored Victorian dock buildings you can take in the Liverpool Tate gallery, maritime museum and the Beatles Story Experience. There are also several cafes, bars and boutiques in and around the dock area.
Explore the Liverpool One centre, just a couple of minutes walk from the waterfront. Here you can indulge in some retail therapy in it’s major department stores and fashion outlets followed by a relaxing meal at one of the many restaurants overlooking Chavasse Park. Then head further into the city centre to search out Liverpool’s unique independent shops, cafes and galleries.
Soak up some culture with a visit to the World Museum and Walker Art Gallery (the national gallery of the North) and the two cathedrals that dominate the Liverpool city sky line. Take the tour up to the top of the highest cathedral tower in the UK to get a bird’s eye view of the city and the river Mersey.
The city centre is a World Heritage Site and boasts more listed buildings than any other English city outside London.
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Where to find out more about visiting Liverpool
- Visitliverpool.com web site has up to date information for visitors including exhibitions, events, cafes, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Telephone +44 (0)151 707 0729.
- Tripadvisor has a section on Liverpool with reviews of things to do, places to stay, restaurants and a forum for visitors looking for information about the city.
- Beatles Story web site includes Beatles related news and an online shop.
- Tate Liverpool web site lists exhibitions and events at this modern gallery, including Sunday family fun days with free activities for young children. Telephone +44 (0)151 702 7400.
- TheYellowDuckmarine tours start from the Albert Dock – a unique hour long trip exploring Liverpool’s maritime heritage both on land and on the water in an authentic World War II landing vehicle. Telephone +44 (0)151 708 7799.
- Mersey Ferries web site includes timetables and ticket prices. Telephone +44 (0)151 330 1003.
- Liverpool One is a striking retail and leisure development linking the city centre with the waterfront. It includes flagship stores, designer shops and a cinema. There are cafes and restaurants, many overlooking the roof top Chavasse park and with views down to the Albert Docks and the Mersey beyond.
- Liverpool cathedral dominates the Liverpool skyline and is well worth a visit, especially the ‘Tower experience’ which takes you to the top of the tallest cathedral tower in the UK with views across Liverpool, the Mersey and beyond.
- Liverpool Metroplitan cathedral is easily walkable from the other cathedral and also well worth visiting.