Best Accommodation close to Ferries
Liverpool ferry port covers both banks of the River Mersey in the North West of England. There are daily sailings from the port across the Irish Sea to Belfast in Northern Ireland, Douglas on the Isle of Man and Dublin in Ireland. Ferries leave from Birkenhead, opposite the metropolitan city of Liverpool, from Princes Parade in the city centre or from Freeport Bootle which is 4,5 miles north of the city.
There is a good range of hotels and b&b options in the surrounding area, many offering cheap rooms and special offers throughout the year.
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Birkenhead 12 Quays Terminal
address : 12 Quays Terminal, Tower Road, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 1FE
Routes from Birkenhead are operated by Stena Line and Steam Packet with a selection of up to 15 sailings per week, depending on the time of year. Journey times range from 4 hours 15 minutes to Douglas and 8 hours to Belfast. The ferries leave from the ultra-modern Twelve Quays Terminal on Tower Road, the new 30 million pound ferry terminal was opened in 2002.
Excellent facilities are provided travellers including a check-in hall, lounge and cafeteria plus a covered check-in areas for cars and also freight vehicles. Long and Short Stay parking are available at the ferry port although spaces are limited. For train users there are 3 railway stations close to the ferry port, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead Park and all 3 are within walking distance of the terminal.
While in the area why not explore some of the local attractions such as the Victorian Park, the Priory and St Mary’s Tower or the large local market held in the centre of the town which boasts over 300 stalls.
Where to Stay ?
Shrewsbury Lodge in Birkenhead provides good quality accommodation at reasonable prices and charge an additional flat rate if breakfast is required. A more traditional hotel is The Riverhill that offers elegant rooms, has a good quality restaurant and is only 2 miles from the Central Rail Station.
Larger establishments such as Premier Inn and Holiday Express have hotels close to the port, both have budget priced accommodation with free Wi-Fi, en-suite facilities and free parking.
Travelodge Bromborough Hotel is situated on the Wirral Peninsula and is near to local attractions such as the Lady Lever Art Gallery, they offer great value especially for family bookings. Bed and breakfast is available at Village Hotel Wirral which also has a pool, gym and spa plus dining options and a Starbucks. Take advantage of their off peak deals for some of the best chic rooms available in the area.
Birkenhead port has a variety of guest houses close by offering friendly hospitality in a homely environment. Black Lions Guest House, for example, is a well established b&b with 12 rooms, unlimited Wi-Fi and a shared lounge for guests. Contemporary rooms and a traditional breakfast are available at 2 The Rocklands in Upton Road, which is in one of the best rated locations in Birkenhead.
Other cheap bed and breakfast accommodation in the local area can be found at Villa Venezia, here you will find basic rooms that benefit from tea and coffee making facilities and flat screen TVs. A continental style breakfast is served and guests can also enjoy meals in the attached restaurant.
Princes Parade in City Centre – Pier Head
address: Landing Stage Terminal, Off St Nicholas Place, Princes Parade, Liverpool, L3 1DL
Nearest Mersey rail station is James Street station, within walking distance from Liverpool Port. Liverpool Lime Street is the closest National Rail train station around 1 mile away. There are Mersey Rail services from James Street to Lime Street.
Two bus stops are located on Princes Parade and St Nicholas Place.
By Car: You can access the city via the M6/M62 or M58. From the M62, follow signs to the City Centre and then Pier Head signs to the Princes Landing Stage. From M58 follow the A5036 and then the A565 to the Pier Head. From North Wales, take the M53, then the Wallasey Tunnel and the A59 to the Pier Head.
P&O Irish Sea Ferries from Bootle
address : Gladstone Branch Dock No.3, Liverpool Freeport, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 1BG
P&O Ferries leave from Bootle Gladstone docks in Liverpool Freeport, which is approximately 4.5 miles north of the city centre, but the terminal can easily be reached by road, train or bus. Not many accommodations can be found in the area.
The nearest station is Bootle New Strand, 1.8 miles from the port. From here there are regular connecting trains to Liverpool city centre Lime Street station.
When driving from the M6, take the M57 (if coming from the south) or M58 (if coming from the north). At junction 26, exit onto the M58 towards Liverpool/Skelmersdale/Southport and follow for 11 miles. Then follow the signs for ‘A5036 & All Docks’. Stay on the A5036, take the 4th exit at the first roundabout, then take the Liverpool Freeport exit at the next roundabout (Seaforth).
When you are coming from the city centre, just follow the coastal A565 road towards Southport for 4 miles. Follow signs for Freeport/Gladstone until you reach the Liverpool Freeport entrance at the Seaforth roundabout.
The nearest hotel from the P&O sea ferry terminal at Gladstone Dock close to Bootle is the Regent Maritime Hotel. This cheaper budget hotel accommodation is set in the industrial end of Bootle docks, a 10-minute drive from the M57 and M62 motorways.
Many hotels, apartments to rent and other accommodations can be found in Liverpool city centre.
Nearby Attractions and Sights
Crosby Beach (Cambridge Road, Crosby, England): nice place to go for a stroll. See Anthony Gormley’s Another Place (close to Bootle)
LFC Museum and Stadium Tour (Anfield Road, Liverpool L4 0TH, England): take a tour around Liverpool FC football stadium, visit the museum. It’s a great museum for both the story of football in general and history of the club (close to Bootle).
Port of Liverpool Building : a Grade II listed building, part of Liverpool’s UNESCO designated World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City (Pier Head).
Cunard Building (Albert Dock, L3 4BB, England): at the city’s waterfront. This building is along with the neighbouring Liver Building and Port of Liverpool Building one of Liverpool’s Three Graces (at Pier Head).
Birkenhead Priory (4 Priory Street, Birkenhead, England): beautiful Priory. The priory is now a museum showing the history of the way the Monks lived.
The Birkenhead Tramways (1 Pacific Road, Birkenhead CH41 1LJ, England): take a lovely ride on a tram. The museum is a little way from the ferry terminal.