Liverpool has been a hub for arts and culture since long before The Beatles arrived on the scene. It’s a lively city filled with museums, galleries and music venues, making it a popular tourist destination that’s easy to reach by train. Liverpool Lime Street, the city’s biggest railway station, offers direct connections with nearly all major cities in the UK, including the capital city.
Liverpool has two main railway stations: Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool Central. Liverpool Lime Street is significantly bigger, offering a wide variety of long-distance train connections with towns and cities across the UK. Liverpool Central is smaller but also very busy, as it offers trains to and from local destinations like Southport and Chester, which are mostly used by commuters. Both train stations are centrally located in downtown Liverpool, just a short walk from each other.
Direct Liverpool trains to Lime Street are offered by a variety of companies, depending on the starting point of your journey. Trains from Leeds are offered by First Transpennine Express, departing every 30 minutes. Trains from Birmingham, offered by West Midlands Railway, are just as frequent. West Midlands Railway also offers 1-2 trains per day from London, though most journeys to Liverpool from London are offered by Virgin Trains, running several times an hour. Northern Rail and East Midlands Trains offer frequent journeys from Manchester.
Taking the train is one of the least expensive ways to reach the city. Liverpool trains from many cities, including major transport hubs like Manchester and Birmingham, are budget-friendly and direct. Longer-distance Virgin Trains are equipped to a high standard, with on-board bathrooms and snack bars, quiet cars and charging outlets, so even a journey from London can be comfortable and stress-free.
Liverpool brings nature, culture and nightlife together with ease. Look no further than the city’s historic waterfront, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been grandly refurbished. Check out the Tate Liverpool art gallery at Albert Dock, then duck into a nearby eatery for delicious modern British cuisine, before ending the night with drinks at a craft cocktail bar. For a more unusual experience why not attend one of the award-winning Shiverpool Ghost Tours to discover the history of Liverpool's most haunted areas?