Excursions from Liverpool: the best day trips around Liverpool

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Liverpool is a beautiful seaside city in England, which is often compared to Naples, for its way of life and for the friendliness of its inhabitants.
In this city there are so many things to do and see and it deserves at least a weekend to be experienced. If you have more time, we recommend that you also visit the beautiful surrounding areas, between cities, natural parks and locations of famous TV series.

To reach the different cities you can rely on the efficient railway network, for the parks instead you will have to rent a car or take part in some organized tour.
Here all the best day trips around Liverpool!



Index

  1. London
  2. Manchester
  3. Birmingham
  4. Sheffield
  5. Leeds
  6. Lake District National Park
  7. Yorkshire Dales National Park
  8. Peak District National Park
  9. full day North Wales guided adventure
  10. Peaky Blinder: Official Full Day Tour with Arley Hall
  11. User questions and comments

1 - London

If you are in Liverpool you can definitely think of devote a day to the capital of England, London! It is located just under 350 kilometers away and obviously it is not recommended to go there by car, as it will take about 4 and a half hours. Instead, the best solution is to take the Virgin Trains fast direct train which will take you to your destination in just 2 and a half hours.

The city is fascinating, cosmopolitan, full of people of different cultures and origins. obviously in one day you cannot see everything and you have to select the best things to do before leaving. You can spend the day walking around the city and enjoying the little corners. If you want to visit some museums, we recommend the British Museum and the Tower of London, a Unesco World Heritage Site with more than 1.000 years of history! And obviously don't forget to see the famous changing of the guard in front of Buckingham Palace!



  • Range: 343 km
  • accessible by fast direct Virgin Trains from Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston Station, journey time 2 hours 20 minutes, from £ 36,50 (€ 33,00) - Get directions
  • For timetables of London's top attractions, see 10 Must See Attractions
  • for prices for London's top attractions, see 10 Must See Attractions
  • Warner Bros. Studio tour with transfer including sightseeing bus tour ticket Tower of London and Crown Jewels

2 - Manchester

This inland city is located 55 kilometers further west of Liverpool. Reaching it is very simple: by renting a car you will be at your destination in an hour, or, the best solution, taking one of the direct trains that connect the stations of the two cities. The fastest one takes only 35 minutes.

This city it is very lively, a cross between past and modernity, a place to spend a weekend different from the others, or rather, in this case a day different from the others. From very ancient origins, in 79 AD in Roman times, it is a set of styles that tell its whole long history. Do not miss a visit to the Cathedral of St Mary, St Denys and St George, with its splendid neo-Gothic architecture, and to Manchester Town Hall, or the Town Hall of the city, its true symbol. And, of course, if you are a football lover, you can't miss a visit to Old Trafford, Manchester United's stadium.



  • Range: 55 km
  • reachable in an hour by car or by direct Transpennine Express train from Liverpool Lime Street station to Manchester Victoria station, costs € 8,95 and takes 35 minutes; or by direct EMR train, journey time 50 minutes, € 6,15 - Get directions
  • For timetables of Manchester's top attractions, see 10 Must See Attractions
  • For prices for Manchester's top attractions, see 10 Must See Attractions
  • food tour with local guide guided walking tour of the city entrance ticket to the National Football Museum

3 - Birmingham

This beautiful city is located approximately 160 kilometers south of Liverpool, and reaching it is very simpleJust take the direct train from Liverpool Lime Street station and you'll arrive at your destination in less than two hours. If you want you can also rent a car, but it will take about two hours.

It is located in the West Midlands area ed it is the second largest city in England. But not only that: it has an important history on its shoulders, as it was one of the key cities during the Great Industrial Revolution of Great Britain.

To better enjoy this place, we recommend that you stroll through the streets of the center and its squares, including Victoria Square, and why not, enjoy a nice boat ride along its canals. Furthermore, you absolutely cannot miss its cathedral, a Baroque-style building dating back to the first half of the 700th century. If you are with children, it might be fun to visit the famous National SEA LIFE Center or LEGOLAND, located next to each other on the banks of the Birmingham Canal Old Line.



  • Range: 160 km
  • reachable in 2 hours by car or by direct West Midlands Trains from Liverpool Lime Street station to Birmingham New Street station, journey time 1 hour and 45 minutes, € 37,54 - Get directions
  • the city is always accessible; the cathedral is open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 18:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 17:00 pm; the National SEA LIFE Center is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00, Saturdays from 9:30 to 18:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00; Legoland is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 19:00 and Sunday from 9:30 to 18:00
  • the cathedral is free; the National SEA LIFE Center starts at £ 13,00 (around € 15,20), Legoland starts at £ 15,00 (around € 17,50), the combo ticket for the two attractions costs £ 25,00 (around € 29,20, ) if purchased online
  • Birmingham walking tour entrance ticket to the Legoland Discovery Center

4 - Sheffield

In the English county of South Yorkshire, this city is located just under 130 kilometers from Liverpool. Again, you can rent a car and reach your destination in about two hours, or, best solution, take the EMR direct train which will take you to Sheffield station in about an hour and 45 minutes.

The former industrial capital of the United Kingdom, today it plays an important role as a cultural city, thanks to its ability to reinvent itself and to focus on something that was different from industrialization. Enjoy a walk through the streets of the historic center and among the many green spaces which are present in the city, such as Peace Gardens, Devonshire Green or Park Square. Absolutely recommended is a visit to the Millennium Gallery, one of the most visited attractions in the whole of the United Kingdom, and Kelham Island, once the industrial heart of the city, now transformed into the center of social life with ateliers, art galleries, shops and small breweries. where craft beer is produced.

  • Range: 127 km
  • reachable in two hours by car or by direct EMR train from Liverpool Lime Street station to Sheffield station, journey time 1 hour and 44 minutes, € 25,46 - Get directions
  • the city is always accessible; the Millennium Gallery is open every day from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 and Sunday from 11:00 to 16:00; Kelham Island is always accessible
  • admission to the Millennium Gallery is free; access to Kelham Island is free

5 - Leeds

It is located just under 120 kilometers from Liverpool and, again, reaching it will be very simple. You can rent a car and drive for about an hour and a half or take the direct train which will take you to your destination in 1 hour and 25 minutes. As with all previous destinations, also in this case the train is the best solution.

It is a modern and cosmopolitan city but with a great history behind it: large Victorian-style buildings, impressive squares and the Victoria Quarter, the first shopping center in the north of England. It also has nothing to envy to the cities mentioned so far. We recommend that you start your day at Millennium Square, the real heart and social meeting point of the city, and then enjoy a tour of the Victoria Quarter, you will be impressed by its architecture. And if you want to take a leap into the past, you can't not attend one of the many horse tournaments held at the Royal Armories Museum, a museum that exhibits collections of weapons and armor from several centuries, from the Middle Ages to the more recent ones

  • Range: 118 km
  • reachable in 1 hour and 30 minutes by car or by the direct Transpennine Express train from Liverpool Lime Street to Leeds Station, journey time 1 hour and 25 minutes, € 39,24 - Get directions
  • the city is always accessible; the Victoria Quarter is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 19:00, Saturdays from 9:00 to 19:00 and Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00; the Royal Armories Museum is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00
  • entry to the Vicotria Quarter is free; admission to the Royal Armories Museum is free
  • local food tour

6 - Lake District National Park

Liverpool is surrounded by beautiful national parks, one of the most famous and beautiful is the Lake District National Park, located 125 kilometers north of Liverpool. To reach this, and also the other parks, there are no trains available, but you will necessarily have to move by renting a car or taking part in one of the many organized tours that depart daily.

It is the largest national park in England, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited places in Great Britain. Furthermore, it is a destination that brings together all types of travelers: both for those looking for a romantic weekend, for those who love adventure, and for families with children. Here you can dedicate yourself to trekking and quieter walks and discover different historical residences, archaeological sites and landscapes to take your breath away.

  • Range: 125 km
  • reachable in an hour and a half by car, by train you can reach Kendal maximum, making at least one change, with a travel time of at least 2 hours (from € 13,53), and from there you will always have to proceed by car - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free entry; tours start from € 50,00 per person - book your tour online
  • Lake District: Tour from Liverpool From Liverpool: Lake District Full-Day Adventure

7 - Yorkshire Dales National Park

Beautiful park close to the Lake District National Park and 135km north of Liverpool. Also in this case, we advise you to rent a car to visit the park in total freedom, or taking part in an organized tour that starts from Manchester.
Unfortunately, there is no fast route with transport, as you will have to face several changes and spend several hours to get to your destination.

This park will give you a more beautiful landscape than the other, often forcing you to stop and admire what you will have in front of your eyes. Among the most famous and visited natural attractions there are certainly the Malham Cave, located in the southern part of the park, and the Aysgarth Falls, which are located in the central eastern part. Between walks and trekking routes, you will live a whole day in close contact with nature!

  • Range: 135 km
  • reachable in an hour and a half by car, the only way to get to your destination - Get directions
    Tours depart from Manchester Chorlton Street (between Portland Street and Silver Street), M1 3FW
  • always accessible
  • free entry; tours start at € 57,00 and include transportation
  • Yorkshire Dales: day tour

8 - Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park, located 112 kilometers east of Liverpool. Also in this case, the best solution is to rent a car and set off to discover this wonderful area. There are public connections, but they will force you to at least one change and will take you at least 3 hours of time.

It is the first national park to have been established in Great Britain and it is one of the most visited in the whole country.
The organized tours depart mainly from Manchester, but you will also be able to find some proposals departing from Liverpool if you don't feel like renting a car.

Divided mainly into two parts, a northern one called Dark Peak and the southern one of the Peak District, the park has incredible landscapes and if you want you can also visit some areas by bicycle. At the Tourist Information Center you will receive all the information you will need.

  • Range: 112 km
  • reachable in an hour and 45 minutes by car or public transport from Liverpool Lime Street station to Newholme Hospital station, the route includes one to 4 changes and the journey time is 3 hours or more - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free entry

9 - full day North Wales guided adventure

We offer a full day North Wales guided adventure tour that will take you to discover the whole area of ​​North Wales. Wanting, you can also explore this area by car, but by joining this tour you can enjoy all the highlights of the area without worrying about renting a car and driving many kilometers.

This tour will take you to disconnect from the city and to enjoy the beautiful Welsh countryside, including some historic sites such as the walled city of Conwy and the hidden chapel of St. Tudino. Also included is a visit to Snowdonia National Park. In the cost of the tour all transport and guide costs are included which will accompany you throughout the day, the only additional cost is the entrance to Conwy Castle, which costs £ 12,10 (approximately € 14,10).

  • Range: 101 km
  • the meeting point is outside the main entrance of the World Museum for the BUSYBUS, in Liverpool; arrive at least 15 minutes before departure - Get directions
  • tour duration 9 hours, departure at 8:45 am
  • 52,05 € per person
  • From Liverpool: Full-Day North Wales Guided Adventure

10 - Peaky Blinder: Official Full Day Tour with Arley Hall

This is a beautiful and unique tour focused on the Peaky Blinder TV series and the locations where it was filmed. If you are a fan of this series you cannot absolutely miss the Peaky Blinder Places Day Tour (there is also the possibility to take part in the half day tour). Warning, this tour is only available on certain specific dates, so we advise you to check before leaving!

During the day you will always be accompanied by a guide that will take you discovering many locations used during the filming of the TV series, like a country house and a church, but we don't make too many references so as not to spoil those who haven't seen it yet and want to start it! But we can tell you that between the various stages there are also Ellesmere Port, Cheshire and Manchester. Transportation and all entrance fees are included!

  • Range: 50 km
  • the meeting point is outside St. George's Hall, at the top of the stairs opposite the Empire Theater and next to the Statue of the Earl of Beaconsfield, in Liverpool; arrive at least 15 minutes before departure - Get directions
  • tour duration 8 hours, departure at 10:00; the half day tour lasts 4 hours, leaving at 10:00
  • € 70,97 per person; half day € 41,40 per person
  • Peaky Blinder: Official Full Day Tour with Arley Hall Liverpool: Official Half Day Peaky Blinders Tour

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