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    Merry Hell In: 'The Return of Merry Helloween'

    St Helens

    Following the success of their 2013 event, acclaimed north-west band Merry Hell return to The Citadel for their third annual Halloween hoedown. Expect…more

  • Gong

    Gong

    Liverpool

    If you believe that best bands come with a story, here is the band which can surpass all your expectations in terms of how they all go together and we…more

  • Lee Evans

    Lee Evans

    Liverpool

    MONSTERS is Lee Evans' amazing new show with over 50 nights in the biggest arenas in the country. Lee will be playing to more fans than ever on this h…more

  • Riverdance

    Riverdance

    Liverpool

    If you didn't already know, Riverdance is a show consisting of traditional Irish stepdancing, and has become a huge phenomena since appearing at …more

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The metropolitan county of Merseyside is inevitably defined by the world famous city at its heart, but it is actually a larger area than just Liverpool. Merseyside covers the metropolitan area on both banks of the Mersey and the five boroughs of Liverpool city, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley. It spans over 250 square miles and borders the Irish Sea is to the west, Cheshire to the south, Greater Manchester to the east and Lancashire to the north.

The landscape is almost entirely urban although there are pockets of natural beauty that break up the sprawl. The Wirral Peninsula is a fascinating and varied area, for example, with the eastern side having been industrialized for ship building in the 19th century and still industrial to this day, whilst the inland area of the peninsula offers some startling areas of natural beauty, consisting of country parks, rustic villages, hiking and biking trails and over 75 miles of rights of way.

There are also beaches at Hoylake and West Kirby and the Neston Botanic gardens are worth a visit too. North of Liverpool in Prescot there is the wonderful Knowsley Safari Park, on the Knowsley Estate and in Sefton to the north there are 22 miles of sand dunes and an abundance of bird and wildlife. Lastly, there is Southport, a famous resort with endless sandy beaches and Royal Birkdale, a championship golf course.

That said however, Merseyside is still about Liverpool, famous the world over for the Kop, the Beatles and the music scene, the waterfront and docks (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the wonderful sense of humor of the locals. Recently declared a European Capital of Culture, Liverpool has been on the up for years now and its mix of architecture (from classical to modern new buildings), its nightlife and music scene and the new museums and galleries all make for a wonderful city. From the neo-Gothic Cathedral to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, and from Tate Liverpool to the Merseyside Museum theres enough to keep you busy for days.

Days Out & Attractions

Attractions in Merseyside

Fun days out in Merseyside

Enjoy a fun filled and fantastic day out for all the family at a range of attractions in Merseyside, including theme parks, castles, zoos, museums and historic houses.

Zoos & Safari Parks in Merseyside

Zoos & Safari Parks

Get close-up and personal with a wild animal at a zoo or safari park in Merseyside.

Theme Parks in Merseyside

Theme Parks

Thrills and spills on rides and rollercoasters at a theme park in Merseyside.

Museums in Merseyside

Museums

Love British history?Come and take a stroll through the ages at a local museum.

Art galleries in Merseyside

Art Galleries

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, enjoy art at its very best.

Experiences

Experiences

Want to try your hand at something completely different? Try an experience...

Updated: 01/11/2014 04:44:22