It’s getting closer to a time when we will be able to roam free outdoors again. Socialise with friends and family beyond the necessary travel and face-to-face. In honour of this momentous occasion, we are going to be drafting up some exciting in-depth accessible city guides to help our wheelchair-using clients, families and their friends find the very best accessible places to visit, eat, drink and enjoy general merriment.
Our first guide will include all the best sights to see on the doorstep of our TBC Conversions Offices in Bromborough, our city guide to accessible Liverpool and the Wirral.
Known for many amazing attributes, Liverpool city centre attracts tourists from all over the globe. Enjoy a slice of accessible Liverpool and lt us help you tick off a few sights from those city break bucket lists.
The perfect part of Liverpool to begin to understand more of the city you are about to explore, Pier Head is where we recommend starting your sightseeing tour off.
Home to the stunning Three Graces, the city’s waterfront is a striking sight to behold. Connected strongly to Liverpool's maritime past, the Three Graces were once what welcomed weary sailors and visiting ships into port.
In fact, for those who enjoy a cruise holiday, The Liver Bird will often be the first thing you see to mark your arrival into the city.
The surrounding area is mostly flat and well-paved with accessible facilities in the main ferry terminal. Impressive views out across the Mersey River to neighbouring Wirral and the surrounding glorious architecture, make Pier Head a visual representation of Liverpool’s rich maritime heritage.
Not far from Pier Head, The Albert Dock is another remarkable piece of the city’s past, restored to today as a hub of culture and leisure.
Surrounding the central water dock, filled with moored up house and sailing boats, is a cobbled, covered walkway. This is bordered by trendy, bars, restaurants and residential properties on the interior, and stunning period columns wrapped in fairy lights on the exterior.
During sunnier months, floating cinemas, water obstacle courses and festivals make Albert Dock their home. The Albert Dock is an interesting part of accessible Liverpool to visit with wheelchair friendly bridges connecting entrances and exits and cobbled walkways made it easier to navigate with concrete slabs running down their centre.
Liverpool is of course one of the few English cities to be blessed with two Cathedrals. What’s more, both straddle the prettiest part of Liverpool, known as The Georgian Quarter.
The Anglican Cathedral is an imposing building, visible from as far away as North Wales on a clear day. The striking Gothic-style building towers over Liverpool at a height of 331 feet, with enormous stained glass windows that shine in the sunlight. It really is a sight to behold.
When it comes to eye-catching building designs, things don’t get much more impressive than that of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral, affectionately known to locals as Paddy’s Wigwam. The body of the building is a huge conical shape made from stained glass, sitting proudly at the centre of two gleaming coloured pillars.
A popular area among students of Liverpool’s Universities, the streets between the two notable buildings are dotted with ancient pubs and trendy cafes with outdoor seating. Travelling along Hope Street, visitors are greeted by gleaming white Georgian townhouses, the famed “A Case History” art installation by John King and of course the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and adjacent Philharmonic Dining Rooms.
This less busy part of the city is often overlooked for the waterfront or city centre shopping and social areas, but we strongly recommend you pay a visit to this prettier part of accessible Liverpool.
If its architecture that catches your eye in a new city, St George’s Hall will not disappoint. The first thing arrivals into Liverpool will see when travelling by rail, St George’s Hall is an impressive welcome mat when exiting Liverpool Lime Street.
From the unmistakeable pillars and neoclassical styling to the beautifully manicured gardens and the sprawling surrounding square, the building is a reminder to visitors of Liverpool’s affluent heritage.
What's more, the Grade I listed building is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside with the largest pipe organ in the world and a 30000 tile Minton mosaic floor residing under a beautiful barrel-vaulted ceiling.
Today, the venue serves as a host for major city events as well as hosting small and large scale weddings, St Georges Hall is a hub of activity in Liverpool and a top scorer when it comes to accessible sightseeing.
Let’s face it everyone enjoys a day at the beach, and when in Liverpool, there’s only one beach worth a visit; Crosby Beach.
From the breathtaking white sandy stretches to the sweeping coastal pathway that runs alongside it all, Crosby Beach is a great day out for all. Of course, one of the major attractions to Crosby Beach is the “Another Place” cast-iron statues by Antony Gormely.
Stretching up and down the waterfront, seemingly at places, wading into the sea, these figures have become an iconic feature among Liverpool’s tourist attractions and a real treat to see when visiting Crosby.
What journey to Liverpool would be complete without a trip on the Mersey Ferry?
A piece of accessible Liverpool that’s easy to board and alight in one of three ports, the Mersey Ferry provides fabulous views of the Liverpool city skyscape and the neighbouring Wirral waterfront.
Furthermore, after you’ve taken in the views on this leisurely journey, you can take some time to explore the attractions and surrounding areas at each port including:
All within easy access from the Woodside and Seacombe Ferry terminals, The Mersey Ferry is a must on your visit to Liverpool, if only to experience the round trip and enjoy a different perspective of the city.
Known only as ‘over the water’ to those who reside in the city, The Wirral itself holds many points of interest that are well worth a visit during your trip to Liverpool.
With a well connected and accessible rail network, it’s easy to ride the train under the Mersey River to discover and explore all the Wirral has to offer. From traditional seaside resorts like New Brighton to the quaint coastal riverfront towns of West Kirby and Parkgate, The Wirral is a waterfront lovers paradise.
An area of the Wirral which was once where residents of Liverpool would escape to for their beach days out, New Brighton has plenty to see and do along the promenade. Plus the clean and easy to access beaches, traditional sweet shops, fish and chip shops, and arcades make New Brighton a truly fun day out on the seaside.
Travelling further around the peninsula, visitors will find West Kirby and the picturesque Marine Lake with its accessible surrounding pathway. A popular excursion for all at sunset showcasing magnificent views across the Dee Estuary, towards North Wales and over to Hilbre Island.
One for those with a sweet tooth, a trip to Parkgate is a must. Known mainly for the award-winning traditional Nicholl’s ice cream parlour and Parkgate Fish and Chips, this small slice of the Wirral is always teeming with visitors.
The Marshlands which separate Parkgate from the River Dee is teaming with wildlife plus the charming seaside hotels, homes and pubs are picture-perfect. Ideal for a sunny day spent enjoying food and a spot of sightseeing.
When it comes to picture-perfect though, there’s no place on the Wirral, or perhaps the world, that quite compares with Port Sunlight.
This purpose-built village was founded by Lord Lever, a wealthy business owner who wanted to provide his employee’s homes and accommodation that were above the standard available.
Today Portsunlight remains largely intact to its original design, with more than 900 Grade II listed buildings, the stunning Lady Lever Art Gallery (a gift from Lord to Lady) all of which resides among manicured gardens and whimsical winding pathways.
Like taking a trip back in time, Porsunlight is a beautiful part of the Wirral that can be accessed on the Merseyrail Network taking care to disembark at Bebington transaction as Portsunlight is not wheelchair accessible.
And there you have it, accessible Liverpool and Wirral guide for those seeking to do some sightseeing (once lockdown is lifted to outdoor excursions beyond the necessary that is).
We hope you enjoyed this guide and will lookout for more to follow in the near future. Find out more about wheelchair accessible vehicles available at TBC Conversions.