A day out in Liverpool with a difference, we decided to bring our bikes. Previous visits to this great maritime city have involved much pavement pounding but when I read about a traffic-free cycle route into the heart of the city, we decided to give this a try. Parking five miles outside the centre in Otterspool we cycled on a wide, flat promenade right next to the River Mersey. Easy and hassle-free as well as completely safe with children, we totally loved this different way of reaching the centre.
Cycle racks aplenty at the vast Arena building we decided to leave our bikes here and do the rest of our exploring on foot. It starts to get a lot more crowded, people everywhere and a Son who does not always pay attention to what is right in front of him on a bike helped with this choice.
Just a little way further along from the Arena is the wonderful Albert Dock, always buzzing and busy, no change there on this sunny, bright day. Magnificent architecture and a huge collection of Grade 1 listed buildings, we just wandered around soaking up the scenery and checking out the boats before briefly popping into the Tate Liverpool gallery for a quick browse and refreshments in their lovely café.
On towards the Pier Head and that most glorious skyline with the Three Graces – the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. This is my favourite part of this city, I love these majestic and grand buildings. Son loves the Liver Birds sitting atop the clock towers – one apparently is female looking out to sea for her sailor husband to return; the other is male looking across to the city checking out when the pubs are open.
We found so much going on and a real festival atmosphere. Son was happy to be a magician’s assistant, checked out some intriguing cow statues and then used binoculars to take a closer look at a huge cruise ship docked nearby. The ferry going across the Mersey also sparked a bit of interest.
Right in the centre of the city we found a zipwire, high above a shopping street with no end of people lining up to partake of this thrill ride. Son was keen to try it out, I was more than a bit relieved he fell well under the weight restriction, something for another time.
Close to the main shopping area was a “beach”, music playing and sand everywhere, we decided to have a quick drink and a bit of beach chilling before it was back to our bikes and that five mile cycle back to Otterspool.