Merseyside

Merseyside is an area in the northwest of England, bordered by Cheshire to the south and Wales to the west. Stretching across both banks of the Mersey River and centred around the bustling metropolis of Liverpool, Merseyside offers a huge range of living locations, from city-centre to semi-rural. Despite being a heavily populated and urbanised area, Merseyside does have some greenbelt areas spread throughout the county, especially in the Wirral and around Southport that offer country living right next door to the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the UK.

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Best places to live in Merseyside

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Three Graces buildings in Liverpool

Where is Merseyside?

Merseyside is located in the northwest of England, bordering Cheshire to the south and Wales to the west. It comprises five metropolitan boroughs, including the City of Liverpool, which forms the heart of Merseyside, as well as Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, and the Wirral.

Areas in Merseyside

While Liverpool might be the largest city in Merseyside, it is far from the only area of interest in the county.

Liverpool

The City Centre is full of bright lights and glitzy shops, with a large selection of restaurants that offer cuisine from all over the world. There’s also plenty going on at night including lively bars and busy live music venues for those who like their entertainment after dark.

The city was named the European Capital of Culture in 2008 and contains more galleries and national museums than any other city in the country outside of London. Perfect for your culture fix.

Evertonians will tell you there are no better pubs than those found near Goodison Park, while concert-goers can choose between two huge venues – Echo Arena or BT Convention Centre.

Knowsley

Knowsley offers a rural retreat just 20 minutes from the city centre. The borough is full of green spaces and country parks, perfect for those who love to get outdoors.

The main attraction in Knowsley is the award-winning Sudbury Hall – a stately home with extensive gardens that looks like something straight out of Downton Abbey.

St Helens

St Helens is the birthplace of poet Philip Larkin and home to Europe’s oldest horse racing track, Atherton Collieries.

The city centre is made up of a mix of quaint Victorian buildings with modern shopping centres nearby.

The area is steeped in history, with landmarks like Prescott’s medieval church and the Pemberton Clock Tower dating back to Victorian times.

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Merseyside universities 

As you might expect from a county that contains a major metropolitan centre like Liverpool, Merseyside is home to a number of world-class universities:

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) 

Liverpool’s largest university after the merger of JMU and the Catholic, formerly Newman College, in 2012. It specialises in design and media; life sciences; health and social care; performing arts and events management and sport science

The University of Liverpool

One of the UK’s top research universities, it is home to a number of world-class departments including the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is located just outside the city and sits on top of a hill overlooking Liverpool. Liverpool Hope specialises in art and design, business, counselling and health care, education, English language teaching and international studies.

Merseyside schools 

It’s not just the universities that attract students to Merseyside from all over the UK – many local schools also rank highly on national league tables. For example:

Archbishop Blanch School

Archbishop Blanch School is a Church of England secondary school for girls. In 2016, it was ranked as one of the top 100 non-selective state schools in England for GCSE results by The Telegraph newspaper.

The Blue Coat School

The Blue Coat School is a co-educational grammar school in Wavertree. In 2016, it was ranked as the top non-selective state secondary school in England for GCSE results.

Wirral Grammar for Girls

Wirral Grammar for Girls has consistently achieved some of the best A level results in North West England and regularly places at the top of the A-Level Points per Pupil area league table for Merseyside.

Population of Merseyside

The population of Merseyside is approximately 1.423 million, with around 496,784 living in the city of Liverpool.Image of the Beatles statue in Liverpool

Reviews in Merseyside

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Review Date Nov 2021

I stayed in plaza 1821 whilst working in Liverpool. I stayed here for 18 months and I honestly can’t fault it. The location is perfect and got everything on your doorstep. I have nothing at all to complain about

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Best place I’ve stayed for work. Can’t fault it at all. Would recommend this apartment block to anyone. The apartment block was very modern and stylish, also the moose cafe on the ground floor was amazing, best food and even better hot chocolate. 100% recommend

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I didn’t have any issues to report. Anything I asked was answered quick

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Great view, great location, good interior design

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Review Date Nov 2021

I really like living here, it’s in a great location, the view is great, it’s on the docs so very close to open space where I can skate, there’s a cafe downstairs, and local shops are 5 mins away.

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The design is really good, I like the modern look and sleek design, I also really like the large windows which give you an amazing view of the river, the staff are really friendly and there’s a great delivery service here where they email you to let you know your package has arrived

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To understand the average additional cost of bills

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They have been pretty quick to help me with any issues, always happy to help

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Nice flat, price could be lower

Review Date Oct 2021

Really nice flat in a perfect location, lovely staff and great design of the flat. Lower price would be great because there are cheaper buildings in this area.

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Facilities of the building are fantastic, spacious gym, nice reception with lovely staff. Good sized flat with modern furniture. Kitchen is modern as well, has a washing machine/dryer and dishwasher. Reception can be also used as a study/working area with free coffee machine.

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Broken plugs have been replaced next day after reporting

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Nice living

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Review Date Oct 2021

Nice and close to the centre but not so close that it is busy all the time. Bus station nearby which makes getting around easy.

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Recptionists are nice. Gym is nice and usually not busy during the day. but could do with a squat rack. The apartments itself are quite nice and modern. Parking garage is two floors and big enough. There is a tesco downstairs which is really convenient.

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Check multiple apartments for the best view if possible. That’s the only difference.

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Usually very fast but I have not had a lot of problems

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