With a population of over 100,000 St Helens is one of the biggest towns in the area, a fact helped by its heady and successful industrial past. Now a popular tourist resort thanks to the beautiful countryside that surrounds the town and easy access from both road and rail networks, St Helens is not without its charms and is notable for many fine Victorian buildings.
Once a major glassmaking area – home to the famous Pilkington factory which is now one of the towns major employers – the town has now settled into a more leisurely life like many similar past industrial giants.
Recent regeneration has seen an emphasis on the arts and culture, and has led to a boost in the tourist trade that now makes up much of the town’s economy, and St Helens now stands as an ideal place to stay when visiting the North West of the country.
Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot L34 4AN (0151) 430 9009
Opened to the public in 1971, Knowsley Safari Park is just eight miles from Liverpool City Centre.
Boasting a five mile route that meanders through herds of giraffes, zebra, monkeys and cheetahs, as well as baboons, elephants, lions and tigers; Knowsley Safari Park also includes amusement rides, sea lion shows and woodland walks.