Before Eurovision descends on Liverpool in May 2023, fans are scrambling to make travel plans.

The initial wave of panic booking is dying down after hotels in the region hiked their rates. The team behind Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool is expected to make public its plans for extra accommodation in the coming weeks. Visitors are urged not to buy hotel rooms at raised prices. 

Accommodation in big cities can be expensive, but we’ve got your back. If you’re planning a holiday to Eurovision 2023, there are plenty of locations just outside Liverpool city centre that will be much kinder to your pocket. 

 
 
 
 
 
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We’re giving you a rundown of convenient locations in and around the Liverpool City Region, all accessible via public transport.

Accommodation near Liverpool for Eurovision 2023 

All the locations listed below are within a 50-minute train journey of Liverpool. 

The Liverpool City Region is serviced by the Merseyrail network. Liverpool Central station and James Street station are both a short 15-minute walk or 5-minute bus ride away from the M&S Bank Arena

National links are available at Liverpool Lime Street station. Liverpool Lime Street is a 20-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride away from the Eurovision 2023 host venue.

Map of Merseyrail services connecting Liverpool to Lancashire and Cheshire

Crosby

Nature lovers looking for accommodation for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool should look no further than Crosby. This small town houses Rimrose Valley Country Park – a huge green space with ample walking paths for hiking enthusiasts. 

Elsewhere, Crosby beach is home to Anthony Gormley’s Another Place art installation, with more than 100 statues – known locally as the iron men – lining the beach, looking outwards to the Irish sea. It’s a must-see for all those making the Merseyside pilgrimage, and is a very Instagrammable moment.

 
 
 
 
 
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Train route: Liverpool Central – Blundellsands & Crosby (20 minutes)

Southport

Southport is a beach town just 16 miles north of Liverpool. Camp seaside living at its finest, the streets of Southport are laden with fish and chips restaurants, penny slot amusements and ice cream parlours. The sleepy seaside retreat is also big on golf, hosting the British Open championship ten times at the world famous Royal Birkdale Golf Club. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Southport also homes a number of retired professional football players. Stick around long enough and you might bump into Kenny Dalglish, Mark Lawrenson or Alan Hansen at one of the local bars. 

Close to Southport, you’ll find the villages of Birkdale and Hillside. Both villages offer bed and breakfast accommodation options, often catering to visitors during golfing season.

Further along the railroad, you’ll find the quiet beach town of Formby. Formby is an ideal location for families, and is a popular nature spot with ample walking paths and discovery trails.

Train route: Liverpool Central – Southport (47 minutes)

Ormskirk

A historic market town in neighbouring Lancashire. Ormskirk is nestled amongst the rolling hills of the northern countryside, perfect for visitors looking for accommodation away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. 

Take a stroll along the scenic Leeds-Liverpool canal, or try some of the locally-loved gingerbread.

Thanks to the nearby Edge Hill University, Ormskirk also has a large student nightlife scene. As such, bar and restaurant prices are typically cheaper than what you’d find in Liverpool city centre. 

Train route: Liverpool Central – Ormskirk (37 minutes)

Port Sunlight

Port Sunlight is a picturesque village in the heart of the Wirral peninsula, just 17 minutes away from Liverpool city centre. A Victorian village with faux Tudor architecture, Port Sunlight is perfectly preserved in the rose tinted lens of days gone by. 

It’s also the birthplace of Liverpool queer icon Pete Burns of Dead or Alive fame, so it’s a natural pilgrimage for Celebrity Big Brother fans. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Train route: Liverpool James Street – Port Sunlight (17 minutes)

Chester

Neighbouring Merseyside to the south is the county town of Cheshire and the cathedral city of Chester. Founded by Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, the walled city is a blend of quaint Tudor architecture and modern boutique living. 

The city is also home to the nationally renowned Chester Zoo, which is the most-visited UK attraction outside of London. 

Be warned, Chester is a little further out than the other options on this list. However, the city is a tourist haven in its own right, and a stay in Chester during your Eurovision 2023 trip will tick two must-see UK cities off your bucket list. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Train route: Liverpool Lime Street – Chester (47 minutes)

New Brighton

Hop over the water and enjoy a seaside stay in New Brighton. Founded in the late 1800s as a seaside resort, this cute coastal town on the northern tip of the Wirral peninsula was the subject of Gerry & The Pacemakers 1964 hit “Ferry ‘cross the Mersey”.

New Brighton boasts a mixture of history and seaside charm. A walk along the coast road will take you to Fort Perch Rock, a Grade II listed former sea defence fortress looking out over the Irish Sea. Take a few steps back towards town and you’ll lose yourself in the endless amusements and penny slot arcades. 

Train route: James Street – New Brighton (22 minutes)

Will you be staying in the city or outside of Liverpool for Eurovision 2023? Share your travel plans in the comments below.

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Fatima
Fatima
10 days ago

Went to Crosby Beach last year, it was fantastic. Also the most beautiful place for a park run. You could stay in New Brighton and do that on the morning of the contest next May, then go into Liverpool for the show in the evening. What a great day that would be.

Young_At_Heart_In_Austin
Young_At_Heart_In_Austin
12 days ago

It maybe a little further, but I’m planning on staying in Manchester. Only an hour by train. Lots of accommodations from which to choose.

Joe
Joe
11 days ago

The only thing I’d warn about that (and I experienced this having stayed in Manchester this weekend) is the Northern and Transpennine Express that run services between the two cities have been cancelling services left right and centre due to poor management and planning. It’s been raised by the mayors of Liverpool and Manchester. Hopefully it’ll be sorted by next May but it’s something to bear in mind. The return train from Liverpool to Manchester on Sunday was so busy due to cancellations, most people had to stand for the full journey.

Martin
Martin
12 days ago

I would like to visit Liverpool next year for Eurovision 2023!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago

Well, another national file bites the dust. Australia will be internally selecting their entry for 2023 next year. Australia decides won’t be held in 2023.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
12 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

It should say final, not file. I Hate that you can’t correct Your mistakes after you posted a comment.

Sognomio
Sognomio
13 days ago

This year It was a shame.They cancelled my 2 books yo a readonable price without a reason.I do not want to go to Liverpool anymore..

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago

I just took a look at the calendar for Eurovision 2023 and the dates for Albania’s selection have finally been revealed. It will be a four night affair from the 19th through the 22nd, With the last date being the night they will choose the representative. This means unless an internally selected artist drops their song before or after those dates , we will likely get Ukraine’s entry first on December 17th and Albania on the 22nd.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
13 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

That said, I wonder when the Albanian songs will be released. I hope it’s a strong selection this year.

VivaLaDiva
VivaLaDiva
14 days ago

Nice to see Wiwis getting some more sponsors! You have to earn for living, and I’m glad you do.

VivaLaDiva
VivaLaDiva
13 days ago
Reply to  Oliver Adams

Sure.

Devito
14 days ago

Off-topic, PIN2023 rules in English have been made public: https://pabandomisnaujo.lt/rules-pin2023/

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago
Reply to  Devito

I’m still surprised they haven’t done an article on Lithuania yet.

Jonas
Jonas
14 days ago

Don’t use airbnb. Put the people of Liverpool ahead of your own wallet.

Joe
Joe
14 days ago

I’ve managed to get a reasonably priced Airbnb in Wavertree, 10 minutes from the city centre. Feel very lucky!

George
14 days ago

Most hotels in Liverpool are reasonably priced. There are a few from the big chains that have hiked prices .

Devito
14 days ago
Reply to  George

There are prices 10 times cheaper in Southport (300-400 Euros for a week and single) compared to Liverpool City (from 2,5K Euros for the same).