Merseyside takes its name from the River Mersey and consists of five metropolitan boroughs adjoining the Mersey Estuary; Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and the Wirral. It is divided into two areas by the Mersey Estuary, with the Wirral located on the west side and the rest of the county located on the east side. Both sides are linked by road and rail tunnels and the Mersey Ferry, made famous by the Gerry and the Pacemakers song, 'Ferry Cross the Mersey' (for the film of the same name).

'People they rush everywhere Each with their own secret care. So ferry 'cross the Mersey and always take me there The place I love'

Gerry Marsden (1964)

Main Town:

Liverpool - distance from London: 213 miles (342 km)

Nearby Counties:

Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire

Train Operators:

London Midland / Mersey Rail

Nearest Airport:

Manchester (International)

Major Roads:

M57, M58, M62

Highest point:

Billinge Hill, St Helens, 160 feet (50 m)



Local Delicacies:

Lobscouse - (Norwegian for "stew") a type of lamb or beef stew eaten by sailors.

Places to Visit in Merseyside

Atkinson Art Gallery | The British Lawnmower Museum | Knowsley Safari Park | Lady Lever Art Gallery | Pleasureland | Prescot Museum | Speke Hall | World of Glass

Towns and Villages in Merseyside

St Helens, Liverpool, Warrington

History of Merseyside

The word Mersey was an Anglo-Saxon term meaning 'boundary river' - the river Mersey once formed the natural boundary for the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia.

Map of Merseyside

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