Earlestown in Merseyside reflects the old town charm that comes naturally to old, historical sites that have managed to preserve their past alongside the new for the future generations with an aplomb that makes it worth a visit at least!
The town hall is one of Earlestown’s most impressive buildings, so impressive in fact that the Beatles played at the site way back in 1962. But regardless of the time gone by, you will still hear anecdotes and stories about the day even now.
Outside the town hall is the war memorial remembering the fallen soldiers from the town in Boer War, World War I and World War II.
Another favorite destination among tourists is St John the Baptist's Church, which with its yellow sandstone walls stands tall among most other buildings in the area. Still in use today, visitors have a chance to see the refurbished interiors, a process that has not done any damage to the historic architecture or feel of the place.
If you reach the town on the weekend, you can indulge in some bargain shopping at the Saturday Market with everything from old records to memorabilia on sale. Those looking for a taste of the outdoors often head to the Sankey railway Viaduct ( Click Here )that also passes through Earlestown.
Built in 1828, the viaduct was one the first of its kind in the world, built to help railways transport coal onwards to Liverpool while allowing sailing vessels to pass underneath. The site is today a Grade I listed location, being heralded as the forerunner for similar viaducts in other parts of the country.
Due to its historical locomotive building industry, the town has always been well connected with the rail network to major cities nearby including Liverpool, Manchester and North Wales. Also, people have the choice to take the road route to reach the place.
For a great meal, you will find an array of Indian and Chinese restaurants, with a special fondness for curries. Indulge your taste buds at the Taste of India or make way to the Balti Towers Restaurant ( http://balti-towers.co.uk/ ). There is also the choice of Wok Wok for a taste of Chinese. And if you are craving for some fast food, there are plenty of joints around to satisfy your appetite.
The pubs too boast of a lively atmosphere with Rams Head looking like a beautiful country house from the outside. The interiors retain the vintage look and the place quite popular among the locals, filling up quickly each evening.
Some of the other popular pubs include Griffin, which features live music and bands regularly, and the Wellington Hotel. For a night out, you can head either to the bars that have quite a lively scene or make way to one of the nearby cities that the town is so well connected with.
Otherwise, taking in the music and conversation with the locals over beer might not be a bad idea to spend a weekend away from the party life of the night clubs.