Car Hire in Liverpool
Car hire in Liverpool
The home of The Beatles and a glorious maritime past
This is where The Beatles were born, but that’s not all. In its heyday, the city was one of the world’s most prosperous trade ports. Today, shipping decline has been transformed into regeneration, and in 2008 the city was crowned European Capital of Culture.
Convenient car rental locations
If you’re flying in, pick us up at John Lennon Airport. From there, it’s just a short drive to the heart of the city. Our city centre car hire location is a convenient distance from both the train station and the ferry terminal.
Things to see and do in Liverpool
The city is a must for all Beatles fans. See for yourself the places that inspired songs such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Or visit the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney – now National Trust properties. Take your pick of a wide range of Beatles-themed tours, and don’t miss the dedicated Beatles Story museum.
The docks that had been derelict since the decline of the shipping industry have now been transformed into a haven for art and culture. In 2004 the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City was granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. With the original buildings preserved, you can get a real sense of the city’s great past. The brick warehouses now host a number of fascinating museums. Learn about connections with the slave trade and the city’s rich maritime history. Or just enjoy some modern art at the Tate.
The city is also the region’s party capital, with people travelling from across the country to let their hair down in true Scouse fashion. If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate your hen night or stag weekend, this is the place. The new Liverpool One district is the focus for shopping, fashion and leisure.
It might look like a small place, but there are festivals and events organised most weekends. Summer is the season for outdoor music festivals such as Africa Oye – the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture. There’s also the Mathew Street Festival at the end of August, which is a weekend of cover bands attracting over 300,000 people.
Explore the surrounding coast with Avis car hire
On a sunny afternoon, jump in your car and visit one of the many stunning public parks just a 10-minute drive from the city centre. In Sefton Park you’ll find a Grade II listed Palm House, a Peter Pan statue, a grotto, a boating lake, a bandstand, and two cafés. Others nearby that are worth a visit include the 19th century Wavertree Botanic Gardens, the Japanese gardens at the Festival Gardens site and the Grade II listed Allerton Cemetery.
Drive twenty minutes up the coast for some great walks by the sea. Start at Crosby beach, where you will find Antony Gormley's Another Place. This is a collection of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along the foreshore and stretching out to sea. From here you can walk the Sefton Coastal Path all the way to Formby. This exclusive residential area is home to many of Liverpool Football Club’s star players. Another interesting sight in this area is the National Trust squirrel reserve nesting among the sand dunes.
Heading still further north takes you to the traditional Victorian seaside town of Southport. It combines miles of unspoilt coastline and undeveloped sand dunes with great shopping and exclusive accommodation. From here you’re just a stone’s throw from Blackpool. This ever-popular seaside resort is famous for its tower, trams, winter gardens and Pleasure Beach. The Blackpool Illuminations are another reason visitors flock to the town. They light up the promenade from September to November every year and are switched on by a different celebrity each year.
A journey in the opposite direction takes you across to the Wirral Peninsula. Connected to the city by the Mersey Tunnels, you’re just a 20-minute drive away from some breath-taking coastline and scenic countryside. You’ll find championship-rated golf courses, sandy beaches and an abundance of walking and cycling trails. Time it right and you might be able to see grey seals or migratory birds from the Hilbre Islands nature reserve. These three uninhabited islands are only accessible during low tide, so make sure you check the timetable first.