Can I explore North West England from a midweek break in Liverpool?
By choosing a quality hotel in Liverpool City Centre for example the Hard Day’s Night, Jury’s Inn, Novatel or one of the many other hotels and apartments in Liverpool you can create a perfect minibreak at a fraction of the cost of staying in London or the South East.
If you are bringing a school or university then we recommend visiting all of the following places and staying in the Liverpool YHA.
Add to that a local Tour Guide, a full day in Liverpool and a few excursions you can explore the Heart of England and North Wales and yet have your head on a pillow in a Liverpool hotel every night. It really is a no brainer to bring a group to Liverpool.
How do I travel to Liverpool?
You can either fly in the traditional way in to London Heathrow Airport, take in some sightseeing in London and then travel to Liverpool on the train which takes just 2 hours 12 minutes from London Euston and advance tickets can be bought for as little as £35.
Or you can fly to Manchester Airport which is 45 minutes away from Liverpool or if you are flying in from Europe there are many budget flights, EasyJet, Blueair Flybe etc; which fly in to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
There is a main line railway station called Liverpool Lime Street which connects to London Euston on the West Coast Line.
There are UK coach companies like, National Express or Megabus and Ouibus connect from Paris and across Europe to London Victoria.
If you drive you can take the ferry or the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone and the journey time is then around 6 hours to Liverpool with a suggested stop for example at Warwick. You can hire cars in the UK on line or from companies like Avis, Enterprise or Rentalcar.com
So where can I visit?
You can easily visit all of these places in a day, you could choose a local excursion company such as Timewells Travel or Busybus if you are travelling on your own or if you are part of a group then Brilliant Liverpool Tours can arrange a fun tailor made day out for you including a local tour guide, transport and admissions to all of the best attractions.
Medieval City of Chester – 45 minutes journey from Liverpool
This is a walled city alongside a river and is truly the gateway to North Wales. We recommend a guided walk with Brilliant Liverpool tours starting from the Racecourse and then you make you way along the walls passing Chester Castle to the UK’s second most photographed clock on the High Street. You can visit the Cathedral which was once an Abbey or enjoy the black and white wooden Tudor style shops, bars cafes and restaurants. At 12:00 every day you can enjoy the traditional “Town Crier” in their majestical robes announcing the news and we also highly recommend dining at the Booths Mansion. Some groups choose then to spend an hour or two at the Cheshire Oaks retail outlet on their way back to Liverpool.
Stratford upon Avon – 2 hours journey from Liverpool.
Stratford-upon-Avon is a medieval market town in the West Midlands the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare the writer known for plays like 'Romeo and Juliet' & 'Hamlet'. This is a great day with a relaxing walk with a Brilliant Liverpool Tour Guide alongside the River Avon and visits to Anne Hathaway’s cottage and the house that Shakespeare was born in. There are lots of shops, cafes & restaurants and of course you can visit the Royal Shakespeare theatre.
Medieval City of York – 2 hours journey from Liverpool
York is in many ways similar to Chester with timbered shops and houses called the “Shambles” & intact walls which enclose the city. The cathedral is called York Minster for which there is a modest entry charge and you can also enjoy a cruise on the River Ouse. York is also home to the magnificent National Railway Museum which is free of charge to enter & contains the Mallard, Flying Scotsman and a replica of the very first passenger steam engine called Stephenson’s Rocket. You can also visit the Yorvik Viking museum or the Dungeons on one of many walking tours.
Welsh Castles, Victorian seaside resorts, Mountains & two World Heritage Sites. 2-hours journey
Liverpool was once called the capital of North Wales and is only 45 minutes away. Brilliant Liverpool Tours usually first take their guests to Thomas Telford’s Victorian “River in the Sky” Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and then to visit Conway Castle which was built by King Edward about 700 years ago. The mountains of Snowdonia are amazing and the region is rich in slate and copper mining with their narrow gauge railways now running as tourist attractions. There are blue flag beaches and lots of traditional welsh foods and crafts. School groups can sail, canoe and even walk up Mount Snowdon. North Wales truly is an unbeatable day out from Liverpool which has something for everyone.
The Lake District – 2 hours journey from Liverpool
North of Liverpool this mountainous region is rich in heritage and forms part of a National Park. The area was once the home of Beatrix Potter who wrote her famous childrens books and William Wordworth. Your tour guide will take you to places like Grasmere, Ambleside and you will enjoy a lake cruise on Lake Windermere and you can try traditional foods like Kendal Mint Cake or Gingerbread.
Ironbridge Gorge and Blist Hill Victorian living museum – 2 hours journey.
This is a beautiful area in Shropshire on the River Severn, Blist Hill Victorian Village is a living museum with old streets, traditional shops, Victorian People in costume playing the piano, steam engines and cafes and even a traditional fish and chip shop. There are guided tours and even a short tourist ride in to a disused mine. The Iron Bridge itself crossing the river opened in 1781, it was the first major bridge in the world to be made of cast iron.
Finally no UK visit is complete without visiting London which is 2 hours away by train.
With an early start from your Liverpool hotel you can be in Central London by 10.30am and have a full day in the UK’s capital sightseeing. Brilliant Liverpool Tours can help you plan your day out to London and its advisable to pre-book things like the Tower of London. You can take a guided tour, sightseeing bus, visit one of the many museums and galleries. Madame Tussauds waxwork museum is a brilliant place for selfies with your favourite celebrity. Its easy to travel around London using your contactless bank card to swipe in and out of train stations and to board London buses and you can easily be back in Liverpool for 21:00 hours and if you travel Virgin First Class off peak it is often very affordable and they serve complimentary food and drinks.