Tourist Attractions in Knowsley - Liverpool City Region
Tourism in the Liverpool City Region has continued to improve and Knowsley is no exception.
Visitors to Knowsley have a lot to be excited about, with an excellent variety of attractions on offer.
Places to visit include 'The National Wildflower Centre' which opened in 2001 and is set in the
35 acre Victorian Court Hey Park.
You can find many new wildflower habitats in a tranquil pituresque setting as you stroll
gently along amongst the flourishing wildlife.
They regularly host many events throughout the year, promoting the importance of wildflowers and
encouraging people to learn about creative conservation.
The centre is a real must for anyone seeking the finer things in life.
If it's knowledge you seek you can visit the Prescot Museum, where you can find out about the history of Prescot and its inhabitants throughout the ages. The museum focuses on the industrial past of the region, from its time as the centre of watch making to the present day, with many images and artefacts to muse over. You may be the sporting type, if so then the Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park in Huyton may be just for you. The massive sporting complex boasts a swimming pool, a gym, squash and badminton courts, a BMX track and velodrome. Or maybe you'd like to simply sit back, relax and pamper yourself in the on site spa, sauna, steam room, salt inhalation room and Jacuzzi. Indeed Knowsley is brimming with wonderous places to visit, but perhaps the main attraction for the borough is Knowsley Safari Park. It receives visitors from all over the UK to see the many animals as they wander around the vast Knowsley Hall estate. The park is a fun day out with amusements, a fairground and a host of daily events on show.
Many tourists visit the Knowsley attractions as the borough is vastly becoming a place for all walks of life. Below are just a few of the places you might like to visit.
Knowsley Safari Park - Prescot Town
Knowsley Safari Park is a zoological park and tourist attraction in Knowsley.
The Park is a member of the 'British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (BIAZA) and the
'European Association of Zoos and Aquaria' (EAZA).
The park was officially opened in July of 1971 by Edward Stanley, the 18th Earl of Derby. Together with the expertise of General Manager Laurence Tennant MBE, a former Chief Game Warden of Parks in both Uganda and Botswana.
Initially the road through the park was 3.5 miles long, with visitors driving past Cheetahs, Lions, Monkeys, Giraffes, Elephants, Zebras and various types of Antelope. In 1973, the road was extended a further 1.5 miles due to the popularity of the park. As a result, Camels, Buffalo, White Rhino and Tigers were added a year later.
Subsequent years have seen other animals included like African Wild Dogs, Sea Lions, Dolphins, Marmosets, Tapirs, Owls, Emus, Ostriches, Hawks, Eagles, Deer, Elks, Rats, Bats, Bongos and Baboons. A variety of different attractions have been added too, as the park has continued to be a successful attraction for the borough. This includes: A Miniature Railway called 'The Lakeside Railway' which visitors may tour parts of the site on; A collection of Arcade Amusements; Off-Road Driving Challenges; Paintballing; Aerial Extreme Ropewalks and Fairground Rides.
The park has hosted several sporting events in its 45 year history, including the 'Tour of Britain' cycling event and the 'Olympic Torch Relay'.
Situated around the vast Knowsley Hall estate owned by the Earl of Derby, the reserve has had a tradition of keeping animals, ever since the famous artist and poet Edward Lear was employed there in the 19th century to paint pictures of the Earl's collection.
The safari park also contributes to conservation and research through links with conservation projects and its links with universities in Liverpool, Chester and Manchester.
Click here to go to the Knowsley Safari Park website.
The National Wildflower Centre - Court Hey Park
The National Wildflower Centre is a charitable, family-friendly venue inspired by nature.
Set in the wonderous Court Hey Park, the attraction aims to raise awareness about the importance
of wildflowers and the natural surroundings that nature has to offer.
Through promoting new places for wildflowers to develop and thrive,
they are playing a part in preserving our valuable native species and
providing places where birds, insects and other wildlife can flourish.
All of the money raised at the centre is put straight back into the charitable work to
preserve native wildflower species,
so by visiting you can be sure you're making a contribution to this essential and valuable work.
You can also book a room at the 'National Wildflower Centre' and help to support the charity. The small independent charity receives no core funding, so your support is invaluable to the centre and is really appreciated. They are the natural choice for conferences and meetings. With four rooms available for hire in the cobbled courtyard, all with natural light at very reasonable prices. There is on-site catering provided by the Cornflower Cafe, including delicious homemade cakes! The National Wildflower Centre also has free on site parking with excellent public transport connections.
We must act and do all we can before it is too late to preserve our natural habitat and the National Wildflower Centre is the place where you can find out exactly how to do it.
Please visit the National Wildflower Centre website for more information.
The Prescot Museum - Prescot Town
Located in the new £1.2m Prescot Shopping Centre, the Prescot Museum is an excellent
resource of historical information for the town and the region as a whole.
There are almost 14 thousand items at the museum,
a large percentage of these are photographs and other paraphernalia
that were specially created for one-time events.
The museum also shows off various tools from a bygone age,
coins, costumes, badges, trophies, domestic items, militaria and architectural fragments.
You can access the museum through the Eccleston Street entrance to the Prescot Shopping Centre or
the lift at the car park on Aspinall Street.
There is also free car parking available at the rear of the centre.
Click here to go to the Prescot Museum website.
Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park - Huyton Town
The multi-million pound Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park offers many different activities for
people to get involved in, with a host of different classes available for anyone
looking to broaden their athletic abilities.
There really is something for everyone, classes include:
Yoga, Pilates, Conditioning, Legs Bums & Tums, Low Impact Circuit, Metafit, 20/20/20,
Pump F X, Step, Abs & Core,
Aerobics and Tai Chi in the Activity Room;
Spin and Spin My Ride in the Spin Studio;
Aeromix, After Burn, Half & Half, Kick Fit, Low Impact Aerobics, Nifty 50s,
Line Dancing and Zumba in the Sports Hall;
As well as Aquacise in the Main Pool.
The venue has two 25 metre swimming pools, a Fully-Equipped Gym, Squash and Badminton Courts, a Veledrome and BMX track (See below for further details).
And if that's not enough, there is also a Spa which boasts state-of-the-art facilities including Luxury Treatment Rooms, a Sauna, Steam Room, a Relaxation Area, a Salt Inhalation Room, a Jacuzzi and a Manicure & Pedicure Lounge. Complete with a team of highly-trained therapists offering advice and guidance about general skincare and a range of therapies and treatments, from massages to manicures, waxing to facials. The Spa offers free parking and non-members are welcome.
The Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park has an on-site Coffee Shop and Café. With regularly hosted Shows, Events and Children's Birthday Parties. Have you checked out the KL&CP yet? What's your excuse?
Click here to go to the Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park website.
Knowsley Velodrome - Huyton Town
Located at the Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park on Longview Drive in Huyton,
the Knowsley Velodrome and BMX track facility
was opened by Olympic Gold Medallist Chris Boardman.
The oval loop is 400m long with a 7m cycle track that can be enjoyed by complete novices through to the most experienced cyclists. With one hour track sessions at just £2 per session for under 16's and £3 per session for over 16's. Two hour track sessions are also available at £4 per session for under 16's and £6 per session for over 16's. If you require Bike and Helmet Hire, this is also available for just £3.
The Knowsley Velodrome open access sessions are for riders who have completed the necessary accreditation programme and have gained a suitable level of experience. A British Cycling coach is present during taster sessions and will give you a basic introduction to the sport, and involve the very basics of track riding.
After completing this stage you can choose to continue to follow the accreditation stages or simply attend more taster sessions.
All sessions have a limited number of places for safety reasons. The maximum number of riders on the velodrome track will be 40 for accredited riders during open access sessions.
If you already have a valid track licence from another velodrome and your own track bike, you will be able to access open sessions without the need for the full accreditation programme. You will be required to bring along your licence on each visit. If at any time during riding your competency level raises concerns, the Knowsley Veledrome reserve the right to request you attend further competency assessment sessions.
Click here to go to the Knowsley Veledrome website.
Knowsley BMX Track - Huyton Town
The Knowsley BMX Track is situated in the centre of the Velodrome at the
Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park.
The BMX track is to be ridden by competent cyclists only.
A variety of open sessions run through the week, which will incorporate a basic induction session.
If you are a novice to BMX racing and feel you would benefit from a coached session to get you started, they hold sessions on a Saturday morning for beginners. These sessions ensure you have the necessary basic knowledge to ride safely and give you tips and advice on how to improve your skills. Open access sessions are also available for you to ride the track and practice your skills.
At no time will racing take place during these sessions. BMX racing is developed through the Knowsley BMX Club. All sessions have a limited number of places for safety reasons. The maximum number of riders on the BMX track will be 30 during open access sessions.
Click here to go to the Knowsley BMX Track website.