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Guide to Liverpool Outdoors

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Located along the bank of the river Mersey and surrounded by nature reserves, beautiful country estates and sandy coastlines, Liverpool is the perfect location for nature lovers of all ages.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Sefton Park

Historic Sites, Parks

Hilbre Island

Islands

Knowsley Safari

Zoos

Croxteth Hall & Country Park

Historic Sites, Parks

Pier Head

Piers & Boardwalks

Freshfield Squirrel Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Crosby Beach

Beaches

Calderstones Park

Parks

Otterspool Park

Parks

Speke Hall

Historic Sites

Jessica B's City Tips

  • If you are visiting a Nature Reserve, consider leaving a small donation to help towards the upkeep of the area.
  • Liverpool is served well by both trains and buses. Bus tickets can be bought from the driver, but be sure to buy your train ticket from the office before boarding.
  • If you are arriving by train, opt for the "Open Return" ticket; this will allow you to return home on any train and will give your trip more flexibility.
  • Be sure to pack good walking shoes and a windproof jacket; if you're venturing along the bank of the river, the wind can get quite strong.
  • Sefton Park
    Historic Sites, Parks
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    Jessica B Says:

    Located just 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre, Sefton Park is Liverpool’s biggest park and home to the beautiful Victorian-era Palm House. There is also a huge children’s playground, a lake, and the bandstand is said to have been the inspiration for the Beatles’ 'Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club'.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is plenty of free street parking nearby. To get here by public transport, take the 75, 80 or 80A bus to Ullet Road (buses run every 5 minutes).
    • There is a small café in the park, but for more substantial food head down to Lark Lane, a five minute walk away for some of Liverpool’s best pubs and restaurants.
    • Look out for the 8 statues of famous explorers surrounding the Palm House, including Captain Hook and Christopher Columbus.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 194 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely park to walk round or relax in every season 12/11/2018
    • A beautiful park in which to wander 06/11/2018
    • Sefton Park
    Address:
    Sefton Park Drive
    Liverpool L17 1AP
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 233 2008
    Other:
  • Hilbre Island
    Islands
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    Jessica B Says:

    At low tide you can walk the 2 mile route out to Hilbre Island, and then watch the tide come up and surround the island. A popular destination for bird-watching, several species of seals can also be spotted from here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The island can only be reached on foot during low tide. The walk is not strenuous, but allow extra time if you’re travelling with children, or walk slowly.
    • You must time the walk out the island very carefully so as not to get stranded; a list of the tide times can be found online and at Dee Lane slipway (where the walk begins).
    • There are no toilets, shops or restaurants here, so be sure to pack a picnic and lots of water.
    • The island is a Nature Reserve; please respect the animals’ natural habitat and do not leave litter.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 74 things to do in Wirral
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best autumn walk of 2018 11/10/2018
    • Beautiful island 27/08/2018
    Phone:
    +44 151 625 3292
    Other:
  • Knowsley Safari
    Zoos
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    Jessica B Says:

    This park is home to over 700 types of exotic animals including lions, tigers and rare white rhinos. Drive your car through the enclosures to get up-close-and-personal with these majestic species or visit them on foot via the park’s walkable areas.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be warned: if you drive through the baboon enclosure your car will probably need washing afterwards. The baboons love to climb all over the cars!
    • If you don’t have a car, don’t worry: there is also a small train that takes visitors around the park and you can take the "Baboon Bus" through the monkey enclosure.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Prescot
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fab day out 13/11/2018
    • Absolutely Brilliant 11/11/2018
    • Knowsley Safari
    Address:
    A58
    Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 430 9009
    Other:
  • Croxteth Hall & Country Park
    Historic Sites, Parks
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    Jessica B Says:

    This 500 acre country estate in the north of the city is home to an Edwardian mansion house, a beautiful Victorian walled garden, a fully working farm, an adventure playground and riding stables. Guaranteed to keep everyone entertained for the full day!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The farm is home to many rare breeds and is definitely worth a visit, especially with young children. Make sure you stay for feeding time!
    • There is a combination discount ticket for those entering both the hall and garden, and discounts are also available for families.
    • There is a good restaurant and gift shop here.
    • Parking is free.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 194 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sprawling grounds with pleasant walks 28/10/2018
    • Visit to Home Farms 27/10/2018
    • Croxteth Hall & Country Park
    Address:
    Muirhead Avenue East
    Liverpool L12 1EL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 233 6912
    Other:
  • Pier Head
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Jessica B Says:

    Liverpool’s world famous waterfront encompasses the 'three graces': the Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. The nearby Albert Dock is also well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out the two giant Liver Bird statues on top of the Liver Building; the emblem of the city.
    • Here is the place to get on a ferry across the Mersey. It’s also home to the Museum of Liverpool.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 194 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing First Impression 11/11/2018
    • A great location. 07/11/2018
    • Pier Head
    Phone:
    +44 7527 012074
    Other:
  • Freshfield Squirrel Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Jessica B Says:

    One of the best places to see the rare red squirrel in its natural habitat, this reserve follows a gentle walking trail through a pinewood forest and grassy sand dunes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • After visiting the squirrel reserve, take a walk down to the beautiful Formby beach: prehistoric footprints that date back 7,000 years have been found here!
    • Parking is available at the squirrel reserve but charges apply for non-members of the National Trust.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Formby
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful and peaceful 01/11/2018
    • this is a magical place to go to see the sunset 31/10/2018
    • Freshfield Squirrel Reserve
    Address:
    Lifeboat Road
    Formby L37 1LJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1704 878591
    Other:
  • Crosby Beach
    Beaches
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    Jessica B Says:

    Home to the world-famous art exhibition 'Another Place': these 100 life-size statues stretch for 3km along the shore. A quiet and peaceful beach, this is the ideal place for a gentle stroll.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't bother bringing a swimsuit; you can't bathe at Crosby beach as the tide is always extremely low.
    • It is advised to stay within 50 metres of the promenade as the tide can come in very quickly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Crosby
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good for a brisk walk 04/11/2018
    • We found it 03/11/2018
    • Crosby Beach
    Address:
    Cambridge Road
    Crosby
    England
    Other:
  • Calderstones Park
    Parks
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    Jessica B Says:

    One of Liverpool’s most popular public parks, Calderstones is named for the six Neolithic sandstone boulders found here. They are believed to have formed part of a druidical circle that is older than Stonehenge. The park is also home to a 1000 year old oak tree.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The stones are housed in the Harthill Greenhouse to protect them from further weathering.
    • There is also a lake, playground and beautiful botanical garden here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 194 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The most beautiful park in Liverpool 01/11/2018
    • Hands off Calderstones Park! 29/10/2018
    • Calderstones Park
    Address:
    Calderstones Road
    Liverpool L18 6HS
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 225 5925
    Other:
  • Otterspool Park
    Parks
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    Jessica B Says:

    Otterspool Promenade follows the bank of the river Mersey from the south of the city right into the heart of the city centre. An ideal place for walkers and cyclists, there are plenty of places to stop off for a picnic, and there’s great views of the the Clwydian Hills in north Wales on a clear day.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a huge modern playground here and the hills are ideal for kite-flying. A great place for a family day out.
    • For those looking for something a little more exciting, it’s also home to Otterspool Adventure Centre.
    • The restaurant offers a great selection of hot and cold food. Their homemade cakes are delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 194 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view across the Mersey! 12/10/2018
    • Great in all weathers...except rain perhaps! 06/10/2018
    • Otterspool Park
    Address:
    Otterspool Drive
    Liverpool L17 5AL
    England
    Other:
  • Speke Hall
    Historic Sites
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    Jessica B Says:

    This Tudor mansion house sits in the middle of a beautiful estate on the bank of the River Mersey. The formal garden and surrounding woodlands and meadows provide an oasis of calm, far-removed from the busy city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are several signposted walks around the estate, suitable for all levels.
    • I recommend the Hidden Paths walk which takes you through the ancient woodland surrounding the hall. Look out for the Bluebells.
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 194 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous 12/11/2018
    • Excellent, well run house 31/10/2018
    • Speke Hall
    Address:
    Speke Hall The Walk
    Speke
    Liverpool L24 1XD
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 427 7231
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