Where and What to Hire
Liverpool has a wide range of car hire companies to choose from including big names like Europecar, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty, Sixt and Avis. Most of these are situated in ‘Downtown’ Liverpool, close to the Albert Docks, but many of them also operate from within Liverpool John Lennon Airport, making it easy for visitors flying in to Liverpool to rent a car. All types and models of cars are available for hire from nippy two-door hatchbacks for travelling around the city, to larger family people carriers and luxury vehicles.
The busiest times for driving in Liverpool are around 8am-9am and 4.30pm-6pm when locals commute to and from work. Weekends often mean car parks fill up quickly as people make their way into town to spend Saturdays and Sundays enjoying the shops and seeing the sights. Be sure to avoid driving in bus lanes as a penalty fine will be incurred. There are also numerous cycling routes and bike trails in the Liverpool area to watch out for, although the majority of these are outside the city centre.
There are plenty of pay and display car parks around Liverpool, from the city centre to the outskirts, as well as on and off-street pay and display bays. Charges are in force from 8am to 6pm after which parking is free. (This information is correct as of 6 April 2015) The charges vary from £1 per hour in the city centre to 70p per hour in the outer zones. There is also some free on street parking available but this is usually limited to a maximum one hour stay. Streets that offer free parking include Old Chester Road, Green Lane Station, Bedford Road, Bidston, Leasowe and Spital stations, Reeds Lane, Pasture Road, Birkenhead Road and Carr Lane.
Where to Go and What to See
As Liverpool is the home of the world famous ‘Beatles’, why not take your own Magical Mystery Tour of some of the famous locations in which they grew up and that were later the inspiration for so many of their well-known songs. Drive along Penny Lane and Strawberry Field to Albert Dock to see the extraordinary exhibition, ‘the Beatles Story’ before heading back into the city to listen to music at the Cavern Club followed by a rest in the Hard Day’s Night Hotel. Further afield, 100 cast-iron statues designed by artist Anthony Gormley, sit on the golden sands of stunning Crosby Beach which is just 6 miles from the city centre. It makes a great day out with the family or a romantic place for a stroll. Those with a hankering for golf can throw the clubs in the boot and drive out to the beautiful Formby Hall Golf Resort which is 13 miles from the city. For those travelling with children, a trip to Knowsley Safari Park is well worth the effort. Just 8 miles from the city centre, this incredible place is a fantastic adventure for all the family, filled with exotic animals like giraffes, elephants, lions and wildebeest, a bug house full of creepy crawlies and even meerkats and sea lions. However, the stars of the show have to be the cheeky local baboons that will jump on cars as they make their way through the park.