Sport and leisure

Liverpool loves sport. A passion for football, of course, runs deep. But our maritime city is well placed for adrenalin-charged adventures both on and off the land.

Lapped by the tides of the Mersey, Liverpool’s waterfront promenade is a pedestrianised, cycle-lane route to the parklands and riverside panoramas of Otterspool and Festival Gardens: both brilliant excuses to leave the hustle of the city behind. Yet only a 20 minute cycle from the Pier Head.

En route you’ll pass the Wake Park Centre - wet and wild fun, and the only centre of its type in the country. Aquatic pursuits of a less adrenalin-charged nature are on offer at the Watersports Centre, where you can kayak your way up the coast, or explore our stunning waterfront, in a canoe excursion.

Feel the need for a bird’s eye vantage point? Liverpool has two thrilling climbing centres - offering lessons in how to reach dizzying heights in safety.

Compact, walkable, liveable: Liverpool’s a city that encourages al fresco exploration. Whether in our handsome Victorian parks (Sefton Park’s the city’s largest green lung - with British Military Fitness classes and t'ai chi at dawn) or up to Everton Brow, for the best view of the city, over the rooftops and on to the mountains of North Wales. Magical.

And while we can’t promise you an easy way to grab a ticket to Anfield (it’s easier for Goodison) the city’s love affair with football ensures that you’re never too far away from a pitch. LJMU has all-weather pitches - indoor and outdoor - and women’s football is especially popular.

The University’s vibrant Student Union sports clubs are a good place to start building your team – LJMU has over 40 teams competing within British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).

And how many cities can boast soft sand beaches just a twenty minute train ride away? Liverpool can. Question is, will it be sand yachting in Hoylake, or kite surfing in Crosby?

Choices, choices...

Liverpool - a sporting city