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Liverpool is more than just a city with a big reputation - It's the centre of a vast area of beauty, culture and entertainment.
Liverpool is still basking in a renaissance, which was boosted by the investment brought on by the title which was awarded in 2008 of the European Capital of Culture. Attractions to the City are endless; the historic River Mersey flows through the city, World Heritage Sites to rival any city, two world class art galleries, two Premier League football teams as well as a whole host of varied cultural entertainment. An ever expanding airport named after one of the Beatles, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, newly completed residential apartment and office space developments across the City and surrounding areas, and the completed Liverpool One development which is a vast multi-functional development, all helping to ensure that Liverpool continues to attract businesses and visitors.
Liverpool One Development
To celebrate its' Capital of Culture year, Liverpool has opened a new £1b shopping and leisure district, the size of 28 full-size football pitches, located right in the middle of Liverpool City Centre, making it very easy to get there. Liverpool ONE consists of more than one area. The Liverpool ONE building is located in South John Street. It is an ultra modern open plan glass building, letting in fresh air and daylight, though canopies there provide shelter for shoppers. It has two levels of shops and restaurants, with a third floor which is the home of the 14-screen Odeon. If you get tired from shopping, there are just over 10 restaurants to choose from. Chavasse Park is another area of Liverpool ONE. It has been described as a 'green oasis in the city centre'. The garden is located between Paradise Street and The Strand. It is a peaceful park where you can relax for a while. Underneath Chavasse Park is a massive 3,000 space underground car park. Years ago, it was the home to the Yellow Submarine, which built for the International Garden Festival in 1984 (the Yellow Submarine is now at John Lennon Airport).
Airport -Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the UK's longest established operational airports, having been officially opened in 1933, and is located 7 miles from Liverpool City Centre, adjacent to the River Mersey.
Car - If you travel by car, there are 3 different new car parks to choose from at Liverpool One alone.
Bus - If you were to travel by bus, the bus routes stop at Paradise Street and Queens Square. There is a new state-of-the-art bus station located on the edge of Liverpool ONE.
Train - To travel by train, there are a various stations in Liverpool such as Moorfields, James St. and Lime St. station.
Further adding to Liverpools cultural mix is the large student population in the city. With two respected universities and numerous colleges, people from all walks of life converge on the city, a lot of whom stay on after their tenure at university to live and work in this magical place.
If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle, the city's parks are ideal places to spend lazy Sundays. There are nature reserves up the coast at Formby and stately homes at Speke and Croxteth. Sandy beaches on the Wirral and the beautiful countryside of North Wales are within easy reach. Traveling to the coast and countryside is cheap and easy.
As an attraction for sports fans, Liverpool remains hard to beat. Aside from Liverpool and Everton football clubs there is racing at Aintree (the Grand National, the world’s most famous steeple chase. As well as golf, cricket, tennis, water sports and rugby league all on Merseyside. And, should you wish to be more than a spectator, there are hundreds of local teams for every type of sport.
There are more museums, theatres and galleries on Merseyside than in any other region outside London. World-class exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool, the Walker and the Bluecoat are complemented by original plays and major productions hosted at the Everyman and the Playhouse. The Unity Theatre is great for contemporary drama and the Liverpool Empire hosts many musicals after their West End runs.