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Bus tours

There are several companies providing bus tours around Liverpool. There is no escaping The Beatles in Liverpool so embrace it and board a Magical Mystery Tour bus to see the places that helped bring John, Paul, George and Ringo together, from Strawberry Fields to the Cavern Club. It’s surprisingly moving.

Walking tours

For a different perspective on Liverpool, try one of these unusual walking tours. Wrap up warm and head deep beneath the city with Mersey Tunnel Tours. The Mersey tunnels appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Fast & Furious 6, but just as compelling is the chance to see an engineering masterpiece first-hand. Shiverpool’s historic ghost tours will chill you in a completely different way. There’s no holding back on the theatrics when it comes to telling tales of Liverpool’s grisly past.

Mersey Tunnel Tours
Telephone: +44 151 227 5181.

Website: www.merseytunnels.co.uk

Shiverpool Ghost Tours

Telephone: +44 151 709 2030.

Website: www.shiverpool.co.uk

Liverpool excursions

Wirral Peninsula

Overlooking the city's skyline as well as the Welsh hills, the scenic Wirral Peninsula offers 40km (25 miles) of dramatic coastline and peaceful villages including pretty Port Sunlight. It also has plenty of unspoilt countryside, including award-winning Botanic Gardens. The Wirral is also home to a Michelin-starred restaurant Friache and numerous gastro pubs.

Website: http://www.visitwirral.com

Southport

Around here they say that Napoleon re-modelled parts of Paris based on Southport. Whether that's fact or folklore, this traditional seaside resort, with its lengthy iron pier, traditional arcades and long sandy beaches, is a wonderful day trip just north of Liverpool. Don't miss Antony Gormley's thought-provoking art installation Another Place where 100 life-size cast-iron figures gaze out to sea at the mercy of the tide along Crosby Beach.

Website: http://www.visitsouthport.com

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