Liverpool lies only 12 miles from The Shippon and is easily accessible by car and by train.
Liverpool has an abundance of attractions - it hasn't been awarded the Capital of Culture title for nothing! The architecture is world-class, with more listed buildings than any city outside London. The heart of the city and its waterfront are a World Heritage Site. Whether you're looking for art and culture, sport or family outings, you'll be spoilt for choice in Liverpool.
Arts & Culture in Liverpool
Liverpool boasts two cathedrals which are major attractions in their own right. The Anglican Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral are fine examples of internationally recognised architecture.
Many gems of the National Museums Liverpool fall within the heritage site. The refurbished World Museum Liverpool and Walker Art Gallery are housed in this part of town, while the Tate Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum have their homes on the waterfront, at the Albert Dock, alongside the not to be missed Beatles Story.
Liverpool is the birthplace of not only The Beatles, but Echo and the Bunnymen, Atomic Kitten, Cream, The Coral, The Farm and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Take a trip on the Magical Mystery Tour, visit the Beatles Story, Casbah and Cavern, or spend some time at Beatles Week, which culminates in the Mathew Street Festival.
The superb Art Deco Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, also features a broad programme of top names from rock, jazz and world contemporary music and comedy. The orchestra's new Principal Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, has attracted rave reviews.
Liverpool's port, the second city of the British Empire, provided the gateway to Britain, and a window to the rest of the world, culminating in the vibrant, diverse, international city Liverpool is today. Maritime heritage weaves a rich thread through the city today, from the Three Graces on the Waterfront to the Albert Dock, home of the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
A trip across the river on the world-famous Mersey Ferry offers the most dramatic views of the waterfront and Three Graces - the Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building. On the Wirral side of the river, you can find the stunning new Spaceport attraction at the Seacombe ferry terminal.
Shopping in Liverpool
Liverpool's shopping centre blends a mixture of well-known high street names and quirky independent boutiques. The city centre's newest shopping district, the Met Quarter, is home to MAC's only store outside London, plus a host of designer names including Armani, Prada, Gucci and Moulten Brown - not to mention the longest sculpture in Europe. Try Cavern Walks for Liverpool's stylish independent boutiques Cricket, Vivienne Westwood and Bardot.
Sport in Liverpool
Liverpool boasts two Premiership football teams, Everton FC and five-times European Champions Liverpool - you can tour both stadium for a behind-the-scenes view of the beautiful game.
The Grand National is run here every April at Aintree, while the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament in June has become a feature of the ATP Tour. Rugby League fans shouldn't miss the Wwigan Wwarriors and the St.Helens Saints, while the year rounds off with the return of racing to Merseyside for November's North West Masters meet.