Mention the name ‘Liverpool’ to virtually anyone, anywhere in the world, and their almost-instant reaction will be ‘football’.
Liverpool is as famous for its sporting prowess as it is for its musical heritage. The City Region boasts three historic football teams – premiership clubs Liverpool, based at Anfield, Everton, based at Goodison Park, and newly-promoted Tranmere Rovers, ‘over the water’ in Birkenhead Wirral.
When Everton left Anfield in a dispute over rent in 1892, club chairman John Houlding stayed behind, along with a handful of supporters and just three first-team players. He was determined to see football continue at the ground. He formed a new club, called it Liverpool, and the rest is history. Anfield has since become a place of worship in the city, unless of course, you’re an Everton supporter!
Tranmere Rovers, which has a rich history dating from 1884, enjoys a large and enthusiastic following on the Wirral peninsula, boosted after qualifying for the Football League in 2018. But it’s not just the ‘beautiful game’ that the region is famed for.
The City Region boasts three historic football teams – premiership clubs Liverpool, based at Anfield, Everton, based at Goodison Park, and newly-promoted Tranmere Rovers
Aintree Racecourse, a few miles outside Liverpool city centre, is the location for the annual Grand National, the most famous steeplechase in the world. You can visit Aintree Racecourse all year round and soak up the atmosphere in the visitor centre. The venue also holds evening events of food, music and dancing.
A few miles down the road is Haydock Park, a premier, dual-purpose racecourse that boasts an all-year round racing calendar of both jump and flat racing. The venue is also renowned for its regular music nights featuring bands and solo artists including Paloma Faith and Plan B. For golf enthusiasts, the Liverpool region boasts one of the finest stretches of golf coast in the world – including three Royal Links golf courses!
Royal Birkdale in Southport, Royal Liverpool in Hoylake and Wallasey Golf Club, also in Wirral, are renowned the world over and have hosted many Open and Ryder Cup championships, attracting visitors from across the globe. A sophisticated on-line booking system at englandsgolfcoast.com allows players to book everything from tee times to transport and hotel accommodation. The website also provides information about the variety of golf courses located along the Wirral, Liverpool and Lancashire coastline.
Aintree Racecourse, a few miles outside Liverpool city centre, is the location for the annual Grand National, the most famous steeplechase in the world
Rugby, watersports and cycling
Rugby League continues to rise in popularity, led by the nearby towns of St Helens and Widnes, while the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament attracts some of the world’s top tennis stars.
If you’re keen on watersports, you are also well served in Liverpool and surrounding areas. Liverpool Watersports Centre and Wirral Sailing Club, based at West Kirby Marine Lake, offer a range of activities including windsurfing, power boating, paddle boarding and sailing.
Cycling enthusiasts, or those who simply fancy exploring the city on two wheels, can take advantage of picturesque cycling routes including Otterspool Promenade, the Liverpool Loop Line (a disused railway line) and stunning Sefton Park. As well as a range of bike hire companies, Liverpool also runs a CityBike scheme. For pricing and information about where the bikes are located and how many are available, check out citybikeliverpool.co.uk.
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