Liverpool John Lennon Airport, locally known as Speke Airport and Liverpool Airport, is an international airport owned by Peel Airports and operated by Liverpool Airport PLC. It is an international airport serving North West England in the United Kingdom, particularly the areas of Liverpool, Merseyside, Cheshire, Shropshire, and North Wales. Formerly RAF Speke, the airport is located in the city of Liverpool, on the estuary of River Mersey, approximately 6.5 nautical miles (12 kilometres; 7.5 miles) southeast of the city centre. Liverpool John Lennon Airport was named after musician John Lennon of the band The Beatles, who is a Liverpudlian. There have been plans for the airport to have new terminal buildings and to introduce permanent long-haul services, which are expected to be completed by the year 2030.
What to see & do
Liverpool in Merseyside, England, United Kingdom is a port city that is home to a various groups of people, cultures, and religions, mostly from Ireland. The city is also known as the home to the oldest Black African community in the country and the oldest Chinese community in Europe. As a popular tourist destination, Liverpool has been named as the European Capital of Culture and the World Capital City of Pop, with the popularity of The Beatles and other groups from the Merseybeat era and later earning more attention for the city. There are also areas within Liverpool, mostly within the city centre, that are declared as World Heritage Site. This is the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, which includes the Pier Head, Albert Dock, and William Brown Street, plus several famous landmarks in Liverpool.
Liverpool also has a rich architectural heritage, dating back to the 18th century onwards, from the Tudor buildings to modern-day contemporary architecture. This has earned the city the nickname ‘England’s finest Victorian city’. The city also has more public sculptures that any other areas in the United Kingdom aside from Westminster.
The city also has been voted as having the best nightlife of any city in the United Kingdom. Nightlife in Liverpool is thriving and varied, with most of its late night bars, pubs, nightclubs, live music venues, and comedy clubs located in the city’s distinct districts. Some of the largest and most popular nightclubs in Liverpool are in Concert Square, St. Peter’s Square, and the adjoining Seel, Duke, and Hardman Streets.
How to get around within Liverpool
Although Liverpool city centre is not too big and walking around is possible, there are also black hackney cabs that can be hailed from the side of the road or from their designated pick up areas. Private hire taxis are also available and must be booked by telephone. Private hire taxis are cheaper than black hackney cabs, and arrive between five and 10 minutes. There are also bus services that operate in and around Liverpool, with two main bus stations in the city centre: Liverpool ONE Bus Station and Queen Square Bus Station. Rail services in Liverpool are generally cheaper than elsewhere in England. Mersey Ferry, the cross river ferry service in Liverpool, operates between Pier Head and Woodside (Birkenhead) and Seacombe (Wallasey). In 2014, the CityBike hire scheme was introduced to the city, and has been successful so far.
How to get there
From Liverpool John Lennon Airport, there are regular bus links that lead to the city centre. The airport operates both domestic flights and international flights within Europe, as well as North Africa, and connecting flights to and from North America, Canada, and Asia (via Dublin and Amsterdam).