Bootle Activities & Things to Do
Although many people might just presume that Bootle is part of Liverpool, it’s actually a little town of around 77,000 in Sephton, Merseyside. For years it’s been a docking town and the majority of the industry around the area is based on that style. Despite the recession having an effect on the town’s main industries, there’s still a great spirit about the Bootle area that makes it well worth visiting if you fancy doing something a little bit different to the usual.
Getting to Bootle
Bootle has two railway stations, and trains run pretty regularly from Southport and Liverpool. Additionally, buses run from Penny lane, Crosby, Liverpool City Centre, Tuebrook and Allerton. Getting to Bootle is really easy as the trains and buses from Liverpool run fairly regularly into the area, making it simple to nip back and forth between Bootle and Liverpool if you fancy heading into the town while you are down here.
What’s on & Where to Go
It’s got a leisure centre in North Park which has a gym, swimming pool and indoor sports complexes. If you want to all stop in for a bit and get competitive you can easily sign up to use the facilities. The New Strand shopping centres got plenty to pick from if you fancy grabbing a few things to commemorate your stay, and plenty of pubs and clubs to pick from (see down below).
You might want to pop down to the Bootle War Memorial, if that’s your kind of thing. It’s a popular part of the local history and was unveiled in 1922, before being updated in 1948. It’s a Grade 2 Listed Building so if you like to catch historical areas of the country this is a good one to add to the list.
To be honest, though, if you want to get a more active experience you might want to consider heading on the train back to Liverpool. You’ll find an abundance of gigs and other activities to take part in there – Bootle’s great for a drink and a laugh, but there’s not exactly a huge wealth of activities to go and get involved in, either.
Aside from good restaurants like the Merton Inn and Bakers Dozen, you could always pick from Stamps, The Linacre, The Black Horse or the Pioneer as basic bars to get started with. You’re better heading off into Liverpool if you would rather paint the town red, though. There’s a fairly limited selection of bars and pubs in the Bootle area so if you’re down for a few days you’ll probably want to expand a bit more to Liverpool instead.
There’s enough to do to keep you occupied, and there’s plenty of character about the place so if you want to get away from the big city lifestyle and enjoy something a bit more quaint then this is a good place to be.