Merseyside is in the north west of England. Liverpool is the principal city. Liverpool has a rich legacy in sport and music, with both Liverpool and Everton football clubs, and of course the most famous band ever - The Beatles.
The popularity of The Beatles helped to make Liverpool a main tourist destination. The Cavern Club is where The Beatles made their first appearance in 1961. There is a sculpture of John Lennon outside the club.
The Albert Dock is a mixture of dock buildings and warehouses. It was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron and stone, with no structural wood. Today it is a major tourist attraction in the city. The Mersey ferry operates on the River Mersey between Liverpool and the Wirral. Ferries have been used on this route since the 12th century and it continues to be popular today with visitors.
Aintree is a village close to Liverpool city. It is best known as the site of the Aintree racecourse which has staged the Grand National horserace since the 19th century.
The Wirral peninsula has sandy beaches and large areas of land owned by the National Trust. Birkenhead is on the Wirral along the west bank of the Mersey, opposite Liverpool. It was best known as a centre for ship building. Southport is a seaside town which lies on the Irish sea and has sand dunes stretching for several miles. Meols hall in Southport is an historical manor house set in its own expansive grounds and is mentioned in the Doomsday book.
Port Sunlight was built in the 1880\'s for the employees of the Lever Brothers soap factory. The name came from Lever\'s most popular brand - Sunlight. It has over 900 listed buildings. The museum at Port Sunlight has a model of the village and a typical Port Sunlight house and historical items from the past. The village is set in 130 acres of beautiful parkland.