Liverpool has excellent national and international transport connections, making it easily accessible by road, rail, sea and air. Travelling around the region is also easy with a convenient and easy to use local transport system serving many top class attractions. For regional transport information contact Merseytravel: +44 0870 608 2608.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of Europe‟s fastest-growing regional airports. Located just 20 minutes from the city centre, it offers hundreds of direct flights serving 65 destinations.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operate a route four times per day to Liverpool, linking 800 worldwide destinations. Delegates will be able to fly to Liverpool with just one transfer at Amsterdam, without the need to re-check luggage. NorthWest Airlines operate the US routes in conjunction with KLM. There are four types of fares to suit individual delegate budgets and there are two loyalty award schemes. Delegates can also check in online to speed up the process. Discounted conference rates are available for delegates travelling to Liverpool on KLM. KLM Air France is part of the SkyTeam alliance.
Routes and frequencies of flights are subject to change by 2016 so please contact the airport for full listings and more information: www.liverpooljohnlennonairport.com or +44 0151 288 4000.
Regular bus services operate from the airport to the city centre, including the express shuttle 500 bus service, which departs every 30 minutes. The bus stops at Paradise Street interchange in the city centre (the closest to ACC Liverpool) and the major city centre hotels. Journey time is 20 minutes.
The 82 service is the regular service between the airport and the Paradise Street interchange in the city centre, with departures every 10-15 minutes. Journey time on this service is approximately 30-40 minutes. Single fares cost around £2-£3. The airport is also served by the South Liverpool Parkway rail interchange for connections to Liverpool Lime Street station in the city centre.
Taxis cost around £10-£15 to the city centre. The C1 bus service connects Queen Square Bus Station (opposite Lime Street train station) with the Albert Dock/ACC Liverpool and is every 20 minutes.
Manchester International Airport is only 45 minutes from Liverpool - less time than it often takes to get from Heathrow to central London. There is a rail link from Manchester Airport directly into Liverpool City Centre (journey time 1 hour, approx. £11. In addition, there is a direct bus/coach service to Liverpool City Centre approximately every hour (journey time 45 minutes, approx. £6 www.manairport.co.uk
Virgin Trains operate 18 trains per day between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street, taking just over 2 hours to arrive in the heart of the city from the capital. There are regular services between Liverpool and most other major UK cities. Liverpool Convention Bureau and Virgin Trains have partnered to offer discounted rail fares from London to Liverpool.
Seacat – Isle of Man and Dublin City Centre to Liverpool City Centre www.seacat.co.uk.
Norse Merchant Ferries – Belfast to Liverpool (sailing from the new 12 Quays Terminal, Birkenhead)
Liverpool city centre is compact with good signage – you can walk across it in 40 minutes!
All the city centre hotels are within walking distance of each other, making it easy for delegates to get around and explore the city. Should some delegates stay at hotels outside the city centre, public transport links are excellent. The local bus, metro and rail networks offer frequent services to and from the city centre, and, depending on distances, single fares cost on average up to £2-£3.
Merseytravel offers an online local journey planner at http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/, for local buses and trains/metro. Taxis (Black Cabs) in Liverpool are plentiful and all are metered.
Liverpool is known the world over for its sporting, musical and maritime heritage. Thousands of tourists flock to the region every year to delight in its attractions, museums and galleries. There is plenty on offer to keep your delegates entertained when they have free time between conference sessions or in the evenings. Many hotels will also offer special extender rates should any person attending the conference wish to spend a few days in the city prior to the event taking place or once the conference has concluded. This will give your delegates the opportunity to sample some of the fantastic tourist attractions the city and surrounding region has to offer. Professional Blue Badge guides can also be hired and tours can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.
Find the following information and more at the Liverpool Convention Bureau.
The multi-award winning Beatles Story experience, is where you can experience the greatest story the pop world has ever known, in the city where it all began! The Beatles Story is dedicated to Liverpool‟s most famous sons – John, Paul George and Ringo.The story is told in 18 separate features including the streets of Hamburg, a full-size replica of the Cavern Club (complete with basement smells!), the Merseybeat office, Mathew Street, Abbey Road studios, „Beatlemania‟, the psychedelic years, a walk-through Yellow Submarine in it‟s underwater setting, the White Room dedicated to John Lennon and the new „Paul McCartney: The Solo Years‟ section. Mathew Street, within the famous Cavern Quarter, is a popular for nightlife. The Cavern Club, where the Beatles „cut their teeth‟ has live music most days and evenings and visitors are welcome to soak up the atmosphere. Several other bars, pubs and nightclubs are located in this area offering entertainment to suit every taste.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (based at the beautiful art deco Philharmonic Hall) dates back to 1840 and these days performs around 70 concerts between September and June, covering a wide range of musical styles, from classical pieces to film scores. Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, is a young and charismatic ambassador for both the orchestra and the city.
Liverpool‟s Waterfront was recently awarded World Heritage Status thanks to the spectacular architecture and importance of Liverpool as a port. The “Three Graces” form part of Liverpool‟s famous waterfront. They are the Royal Liver Building (home of Royal Liver Insurance), The Cunard Building (former home to the famous Cunard Line), and the Port of Liverpool Building (home to Mersey Docks and Harbour Company). The Albert Dock was transformed in the 1980s and now accommodates museums, galleries, shops, bars and cafes.
Tate Liverpool is one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside London and is housed in a beautiful converted warehouse in the historic Albert Dock. Part of a family of galleries that include Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London and Tate St Ives in Cornwall, Tate Liverpool is the home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the North. Tate Liverpool displays work selected from the Tate Collection and special exhibitions which bring together artwork loaned from around the world. The displays and exhibitions show modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day which includes photography, printmaking, video, performance and installation as well as painting and sculpture.
World Museum Liverpool - formerly Liverpool Museum - has thousands of fascinating exhibits, many on display for the first time. New galleries include World Cultures, the Bug House, a new Aquarium, the Weston Discovery Centre and Clore Natural History Centre. The museum also features large touring exhibitions on subjects as diverse as music, fashion, sport, colour and Egyptology. World Cultures features more than 1,500 artifacts from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania, to take visitors on an amazing cultural global journey and explore Liverpool‟s legacy as a world port. The Weston Discovery Centre features objects from the museum‟s rich and varied archaeology and ethnology collections. The Bug House is dedicated to the world of creepy-crawlies, with giant animatronics including a two-metre house-fly and live vivariums of scuttling insects. The Aquarium is home to captivating underwater creatures and has a dedicated learning and activity space; the Living Laboratory, where children can get up close to fish and other sea life in special low-level tanks. The Clore Natural History Centre, hosts a world of plants, animals, rocks and minerals, explored through hands-on exhibits.
The Walker Art Gallery is one of the finest art galleries in Europe. Covering art from medieval times to the 21st century, the gallery is a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered. Get up close to Tudor portraits of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, discover Rembrandt‟s Self portrait as a young man, or create your own masterpiece on our dedicated children‟s area; Big Art: for Little Artists. This is a vibrant and exciting multi-sensory experience where visitors explore art through a wide variety of activities inspired by the Walker‟s world-class art collections.
Set in the attractive garden village of Port Sunlight, the Lady Lever Art Gallery is famous for its collections of 18th and 19th century paintings, 18th century furniture and outstanding Wedgwood. Visitors can also enjoy beautiful Chinese porcelain, tapestries and embroideries, classical antiquities and Pre-Raphaelites, and paintings by Turner and Constable. Home to the extensive personal collection of its founder William Hesketh Lever, this stunning gallery contains amazing treasures around every corner. The gallery and its collection owe their existence to soap, as Lever made his fortune by founding Lever Brothers. It was the paintings of people in crisp, white clothing for use in his advertisements that sparked his fascination with art.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum tells the history of one of the world's greatest ports and the people who used it. For many it was a gateway to a new life in other countries. For others, its importance to the slave trade had less happy consequences. From slavers to luxury liners, submarine hunters to passenger ferries, discover Liverpool's central role in centuries at sea. The Museum is also home to the International Slavery Museum, a thought-provoking exhibition.