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Escaping the student city: Liverpool

26 Sep 2016

Freshers’ week was fun, but what do you do now that it’s over? Hibernating in your halls is not the answer!

Once you’ve fully recovered from freshers’ flu, it’s time to get out there and start exploring beyond campus. Starting your studies in Liverpool? Here are the must-do day trips as recommended by Stagecoach. Grab your unirider pass and get going!

Chester Zoo: a roarsome day!

If all the adulting is getting too much and you want to relive your care-free childhood years, a trip to the zoo might be exactly what you need.  

Spend the day exploring 125-acre Chester Zoo and visiting its 20,000 residents — it has everything from giraffes and gorillas to bears to big cats. It’s enough to make you feel like a five year old again!

Ticket prices can vary depending on the day you visit (weekends are normally more expensive) and whether you want to make a donation to the zoo or not (you definitely should). Student concessions are available though and you can save even more by booking online. 

Spectacular Southport

We find it difficult to believe that you could ever get bored of Liverpool but if you do fancy a change of scenery, why not head to Southport? It’s  just over an hour away on the X2 bus but it boasts a brilliant beach that’s just waiting for you to explore.

The beach is 22-mile long, so it’s perfect for a picnic if the weather holds up. If not, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat — after all, what’s a trip to the seaside without fish and chips!? 
Don’t forget to check out Southport Pier while you’re there. It’s the second longest pier in the UK and the oldest one made of iron, so it’s well worth a walk along. And, like all good piers, it begins with an amusement arcade — perfect for getting rid of your unwanted 2ps.

Go Ape Delamere Forest

Fancy something a little more adventurous?  Go Ape! Delamere Forest is within easy reach of Liverpool city centre — take the X8 to Chester Railway Station and hop on a train to Delamere Station. The site is just a five minute walk away.

The tree top adventure course usually takes between two to three hours to complete and will see you tackle 212-metre long zip wires, treacherous Tarzan swings and rocky rope ladders. You’ll be high up and in the perfect place to admire the impressive scenery — although it will likely be the last thing on your mind!
Entry costs £33 per person so it’s not a budget day out but they do offer a 15% discount with a valid student ID.

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