Top 5 seaside resorts near Liverpool

With summer in full swing, it’s time to plan a family getaway.

But before you load up this flight comparison website, first consider those beautiful coastlines and resorts that you can reach from Liverpool in under two and a half hours.

By Lawrence Saunders

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By car – 1h50 / by train – 2h30

A laid back seaside village on the west shore of Anglesey – home to scenic hiking trails and two stunning sandy beaches.

Make Go for a dip

A paradise for water sports enthusiasts; beginners and experts alike can take advantage of Rhosneigr’s favorable coastal conditions.

Funsport on Beach Road sells everything you need to get wet in style, but if you don’t know the nose of a surfboard from its tail, sign up for one of the store’s classes on a variety of disciplines.

To eat Sandy Mount House

Chef Hefin Roberts, who once cooked for Prince Charles, has designed a contemporary menu based on local produce at this chic beach house.

To sleep Ty Hen Caravan Park

There is room for eight people at Ty Hen’s 2017 Willerby Avonmore holiday home, with a four-night stay in July priced at £ 400.

The park has a heated outdoor swimming pool with sauna and overlooks Maelog Lake – a site designated as Special Scientific Interest for its status as a nutrient-rich lake with distinctive flora and fauna.

Seaside resorts near Liverpool - Lytham St Annes

Lytham Sainte-Anne

By car – 1h15 / by train – 1h25

Four golf courses, a wide sandy beach and a picture-postcard Victorian pier combine in affluent neighbor Blackpool.

Make Rent a beach base

Rent a charming beach hut in St Annes for the day (£ 85 in July) and enjoy all the fun of St Annes with the added comfort of your own seaside sanctuary.

From 10 a.m. to midnight, you and up to seven people have exclusive access to one of these charming wooden huts equipped with electricity, kitchen and Wi-Fi.

To eat Fifty-four

A distinctive tapas style restaurant with Scandinavian inspired interior just steps from St Annes Pier.

To sleep The Grand Hotel

Grand by name and by nature, this imposing period property on St Annes’ south promenade exudes traditional English seaside charm.

An overnight stay in a standard double room for two with breakfast in July starts at £ 94.

Seaside resorts near Liverpool - Rhos-on-Sea


By car – 1h10 / by train – 1h25 (to Colwyn Bay)

Sandwiched between the most illustrious seaside resorts of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, this perfectly formed little seaside village has a traditional promenade, quaint shops, a Blue Flag beach and perhaps Britain’s smallest church.

Make Old fashioned fun

Step back in time and enjoy a traditional puppet show at the Harlequin Puppet Theater, the only purpose-built puppet theater in Britain.

This summer, puppeteer and owner Christopher Somerville presents his tense rendition of “Hansel & Gretel” almost daily until the end of August.

To eat Café des Arts Pie Records

The quirky cafe / bar is a live music venue renowned for its delicious vegan and vegetarian options.

To sleep House Plas Rhos

This popular luxury B&B overlooking the Irish Sea is a short walk from the village center.

A two night minimum stay applies and by mid July it will set you back £ 170 for a double room.

Seaside resorts near Liverpool - Cleveleys


By car – 1h20 / by train – 1h10 (towards Poulton-le-Fylde)

Coastal hideaway four miles north of Blackpool with piles of golden sand, independent food shops and a multi-award winning promenade.

Make Explore the mythical coast

Part defense of the sea and an art installation, the Cleveleys Stepped Promenade was officially opened at the start of the decade after a renovation of more than £ 20million.

Young and old alike will enjoy the striking sculptures found along the waterfront that bring “The Sea Shallow” to life, a fairy tale written for children that mixes local legend and folklore.

To eat Twelve

Located in nearby Thornton, this chic restaurant serves modern British cuisine made with regional, seasonal produce and, like the Cleveleys Ball, has won numerous awards.

To sleep Blackpool

Accommodation options are limited in Cleveleys, but the bright lights and guesthouses of Blackpool are just a 20-minute tram ride away.

Seaside resorts near Liverpool - Heysham


By car – 1h25 / by train – 1h35 (towards Morecombe)

Mystical rock-hewn tombs, an old chapel and 17th century cottages… Heysham is no ordinary northern seaside resort.

Make Embrace your inner warrior

Discover Heysham’s fascinating Viking past at the Heysham Viking Festival on July 20-21.

Prepare for battle reenactments, a living history encampment, craft stalls, and Viking food at this free event.

To eat Tracy’s Homemade Pies and Cakes

Don’t judge a book by its cover – a “real cafe” serving hearty favorites like pie and mash, soda bread and caramel pudding at more than reasonable prices.

To sleep The Royal at Heysham

Built in the 16th century as a granary, visitors have flocked to this historic inn since the mid-1700s and in 2017 it was lovingly restored to offer 11 en-suite bedrooms, many with period features .

The price for a standard double room for two adults sharing this July starts at £ 95.

Seaside resorts near Liverpool - Formby

Do not forget Formby

A list like this wouldn’t be worth its sea salt without mentioning that one of the UK’s most famous stretches of coastline is right here in the city of Liverpool area.

Formby Beach, lined with spectacular sand dunes and lush pine forests, is the perfect place for a family day out, rain or shine.

And the dunes provide more than an awe-inspiring backdrop, they’re actually home to a trio of protected wildlife – if you’re lucky you might spot a Natterjack toad, sand lizard or crested newt nestled among the pools and beach grasses. .

For an older animal hunt, head to the beach at low tide and see if you can find any of the amazing prehistoric mammal footprints preserved in the sediment beds.

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