The North West of England and Merseyside is home to some of the most beautiful pieces of scenery and architectural wonder in the country. Here are the first five places that we recommend exploring:
Just 25 minutes from the center of Liverpool, Crosby beach stretches 2.5 miles along the northern coastline of the city. It is an extremely pretty snippet of Merseyside with some spectacular views, which are complemented by the beaches’ unique sculptural display.
Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread along the foreshore. These sculptures are casts of the artist’s own body gazing out at sea and the horizon, and they are sure to confuse the hell out of your dog.
The Royal Albert Dock and ‘The Three Graces’
Perhaps the most famous part of Liverpool, bar Anfield and Goodison Park, of course, the Royal Albert Dock is the spirited hub of Merseyside’s historic waterfront. Liverpool’s docks were a nucleus for global trade by the start of the 19th century, and this is reflected by the grandeur of the ‘Three Graces’ along the strand. Also, rather fittingly, right by these magnificent buildings, are the statues of “the Fab Four”.
This historical 235 acre, Grade-1-listed park is an amazing pocket of Merseyside. It is both a Green Flag and Green heritage awarded site, with fabulous monuments, features, and nooks and crannies. On a hot summer’s day, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better part of Liverpool to soak up the sun.
Croxteth Hall and County Park
In a past life, Croxteth Hall and County Park was the ancestral home of the Earls of Sefton, the Molyneux family. Now managed by the City of Liverpool, this tremendous country estate is certainly something to marvel at. The estate comprises of 5 main attractions: The 500-acre country park nature reserve, the Historic Hall, Croxteth Home Farm, the beautiful Victorian Walled Garden, and West Derby Courthouse.
Formerly used as college sports grounds, Childwall Fields and Woods are now central to the Mersey Forest Project, with a variety of native deciduous trees being planted there. Today, you can also enjoy a wide range of urban wildlife there. In addition, on a clear day, the views from the field are superb – one can take in the Lancashire and Cheshire Plains, with the Peak District and Pennines in view, along with the Widnes/Runcorn bridge.