Liverpool - A Sporting City
Most people know about Liverpool’s two world-class football clubs, Everton FC and Liverpool FC, it’s likely they’ll also know about the internationally renowned steeplechase, The Grand National and the three Royal Links golf courses, which have played host to many Open Championships and even the Ryder Cups. But that’s not all Liverpool has to offer sports lovers. There are marathons, the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament and waterskiing and sailing in Queen’s Dock too, so why not find out more?
A trip to Liverpool FC’s ground, Anfield, is a must-do for any avid Red, with a tour which allows you to visit the changing rooms, sit in the dugout, visit the Kop and even meet a Liverpool legend. However, it’s also an eye-opening experience for anyone interested in the beautiful game.
The Grand National takes place every April at Aintree Racecourse. It’s not a long race, but it’s a very famous one and for a few heart-stopping minutes each year the world’s eyes are on this breathtaking steeplechase. As well as a full racing calendar, there are also course tours to be enjoyed.
There are three coastal Royal Links golf courses within driving distance of Liverpool – Royal Birkdale in Southport, Royal Liverpool in Hoylake and Royal Lytham and St Anne’s in Lancashire. Each course is internationally famous and has its own claim to fame. Royal Birkdale has been voted the number one golf course in Britain, while Royal Liverpool is the second oldest seaside links course in England and Royal Lytham and St Anne’s hosted the Open Championship in 2012. If golfing is your thing – either playing or spectating – this is the perfect region for you.