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Liners to America, the Beatles, the Dockers' Strike, City of Culture - Liverpool is proud of its tradition as an independent, innovative, friendly city. A great mix of historical architecture and contemporary design, Liverpool has plenty to offer the visitor today.
The history of this port city lead UNESCO to declare major parts of the city a world heritage site in 2004, dubbing it the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City. In 2008, Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture, and invested heavily in art and sculpture projects which still dot the landscape today, and has a number of theatres and museums for those interested in culture outside of The Beatles.
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The Grand National is run at Aintree Race Course annually in early April, and is one of the biggest horse racing events in the United Kingdom. The race dates back to the early to mid 1800s, though there is debate about when the first race was actually run. The Grand National is a four mile "National Hunt" horse race, sometimes known as Steeple Chase, where horses have to jump over obstacles like fences, ditches and water. The nearest train station is Aintree Station, directly opposite the racecourse, where regular trains run every 7.5 minutes on racedays from Liverpool Central Station.
Since 1982 the city has hosted the now world famous Matthew Street Festival. The festival boasts over 80 hours of free outdoor live music over the August bank holiday weekend. Six outdoor stages across the city centre become hosts to a large number of bands. See bands, old and new, Beatles tribute groups and more from all over the world. Crowds gather from far and wide to attend this ever popular celebration of music. Hotels and hostels get very busy over this weekend so be sure to book before you arrive.
In September 2011, the Mersey River Festival is returning to Liverpool and will feature a royal naval visit, historic Tall Ships and Cruise Liners including the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary 2. The Waterfront will come alive with aerobatic displays, street performers and a farmers market. All taking place along the ever developing waterfront region. It is sure to be an exciting and busy weekend.
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As Liverpool is located near the sea, the temperatures don't show extremes. In the winter it can be cold, but temperatures usualy stay above 0 °C during the daytime, and accasionally below 0 °C in the night. The weather starts to turn nice in April and the summer is enjoyable, with highs around 20 °C. In September it starts to rain more, with the rains lasting through the winter.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) offers a wide range of flights including some intercontinental. The airport is 8 miles (13 kilometres) from the city centre. Alongside domestic services, there are also regular scheduled flights to dozens of locations across Europe, North Africa as well as North America.
To/from the airport
Less well connected than other major cities, however direct connections are available to London, Manchester, and to destinations in North Wales. The main train station is Liverpool Lime Street station.
From the M6 the city is easily reached via the M58, M56 and M62 motorways. Liverpool city centre is approximately 45 minutes' drive from Chester, Manchester and North Wales.
There are half hourly services from Manchester, services every hour to York and every two hours to London and Birmingham on National Express. The National Express coach station is located in Norton Street, Liverpool City Centre.
Liverpool has a 350-metre-long Cruise Ship dock close to the Pier Head for cruise ships entering town.
Mersey Travel operates public transit in Liverpool and the surrounding area, running the local tube (MerseyRail) and buses.
The city is generally flat, so walking is a decent option. Some of The Beatles sites (like Penny Lane) are pretty far out, so public transit may make more sense.
|Colebrooke House||3 Colebrooke Road Liverpool||Guesthouse||81|
|Devonshire House Hotel||293-297 Edge Lane||Hotel||80|
|Ellan Vannin Guest House||28 Sandringham Road Tuebrook||Guesthouse||79|
|Embassie Liverpool Backpackers||1 Falkner Square Toxteth||Hostel||85|
|Everton Hostel||53 Everton Road Liverpool||Hostel||74|
|Hatters Hostel- Liverpool||56/60 Mount Pleasant||Hostel||85|
|Liverpool International Inn||4 South Hunter St L1 9JG||Hostel||74|
|Melwood Serviced Apartments||51 Deysbrook Lane Liverpool||Apartment||-|
|Roscoe House by Urban Chic||27 Rodney Street||Guesthouse||83|
|The Old Dairy||39a Kempton Road Wavertree||Guesthouse||83|
|Victoria Hall Liverpool||29 Hatton Garden Liverpool||Hostel||-|
|YHA Liverpool||25 Tabley Street, off Wapping Merseyside , L1 8EE||Hostel||80|
|Bankhall Hotel||53 Bankhall Street Liverpool||HOTEL||83|
|Degale Studio & Ensuite Room||46 Higher road Halewood||Apartment||-|
|Cocoon Pod hotel||4 South Hunter St||Hotel||87|
|Football Lodgings - 2 Tancred Road||2 Tancred Road Anfield||Hostel||-|
|Breeze Guesthouse||237 Hawthorne Road Merseyside||Hotel||-|
|The Central Liverpool||Marquis Street, Merseyside||HOSTEL||81|
|Snooze||230-232 Picton Road Liverpool||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Cottage B&B||2 Town Lane Hale Village||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Real McCoy Guest House||126 Chidwall Park Ave||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Stalbridge hotel||134 St Marys Road Garston||Hotel||-|
|Anfield Road Lodging House||276 Anfield Road||Hostel||-|
|The Anfield Stanley Hostel||27 Anfield Road, Stanley Park||HOSTEL||80|
|Lenox Farm||Lenox Farm, Ramsbrook Lane Hale Village, Liverpool||GUESTHOUSE||82|
|Old Hessey's||124 Picton Road||Guesthouse||-|
|Inn comfort||2 Clint Road Wavertree||Apartment||-|
|Dolby Hotel||36-42 Chaloner Street||Hotel||84|
|International Inn Apartment||4 South Hunter St||Apartment||89|
|Albion House Bed and Breakfast||41 Albion Street Wirral||Hotel||-|
|Blenheim Lakeside Hotel||37 Aigburth Drive Sefton Park||HOTEL||81|
|Lyndan Guest Accommodation||79 Binns Road||HOTEL||-|
|The Manor||91 Edge Lane Edge Hill Merseyside||Hotel||-|
|HdeG Rooms||46 Higher Road Halewood||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Soccer Suite||138 Anfield Road Anfield Liverpool||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Blueberry Bay Seaside Inn||1621 Eastern Shore Road West Berlin, Nova Scotia||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Liverpool Lodge||1 Coleridge St||GUESTHOUSE||81|
|Royal Chambers||29 Prescot Street London Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|St Andrews Place Hostel||5-7 Rodney Street||Hostel||-|
|Signature Living||38 - 40 Victoria Street L1 6BX||APARTMENT||-|
|Aachen||89-91 Mount Pleasant||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Rose Lane||9a Rose lane Mosley Hill||Hostel||-|
Internet cafés can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00
In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.
Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.
Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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