Whether you're arriving on a flight to Liverpool Airport, or are due to depart for sunnier skies, there are attractions in and around Liverpool Airport that will keep you occupied, and dining establishments of all kinds that will keep you fed. Shoppers situated before security at Liverpool Airport have access to a Spar convenience store and a branch of WH Smith to purchase books and magazines before their flights. Liverpool Airport's land side is also home to a branch of Travelex, for last-minute currency conversion.
There are also some great dining and drinking establishments including Subway for sandwiches and the H Bar for coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, getting any holiday off to a good start. Those wanting to stay overnight near Liverpool Airport will find a wide selection of accommodation options, most of which offer additional features such as free shuttle buses to the airport, or long-stay parking for those staying over the night before a flight. Such accommodation includes the Crowne Plaza Hotel, with on-site leisure and fitness facilities, and the Hampton by Hilton hotel situated directly opposite the airport terminal.
Liverpool Airport is strongly associated with the Beatles, particularly John Lennon whose 7ft tall bronze memorial statue stands in the check-in area. The statue was launched by Tony and Cherie Blair, and by Yoko Ono, in 2002, and is a landmark feature at the airport that is worth a quick look to those passing by.
Also on the site of Liverpool John Lennon Airport is the Yellow Submarine, which sits at the entrance to the airport and has done so since 2005. The Yellow Submarine is a vivid greeting to all entering the airport grounds, and another reason to dig out the camera before a holiday has even started.
Those with time to travel away from the airport to find more Beatles attractions in Liverpool should pay a visit to The Beatles Story at Albert Dock. Eight miles from the airport, The Beatles Story is a museum telling the history of the world-famous band with genuine Beatles memorabilia on show, and has exhibits and activities for all ages.
Liverpool Airport is easily accessible by public or private transport. There are over 400 taxi companies serving the airport, and National Express coaches travel between Liverpool Airport and major cities such as Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Chester and London.
There are a number of shuttle buses running to and from Liverpool Airport regularly, including buses between Manchester and Liverpool (taking an hour), and buses running from frequently between the city centre and the airport. Meanwhile, those wishing to travel by rail to Liverpool Airport can do so by making Hunts Cross their destination. Hunts Cross is the closest train station to Liverpool Airport, and regular shuttle services again run from the railway station to the airport.
Liverpool Airport parking facilities consist of long stay and short stay parking facilities both within airport grounds and in the surrounding areas. Booking on-site parking in advance from the Liverpool John Lennon Airport website can provide travellers with discounts of up to 50 per cent.
Meanwhile, those wishing to save money further might like to park their car further away. Some will have the option to park their car for an extended length of time in the car park of a hotel they have been staying in, or may wish to take advantage of one of the many local Park and Ride services which allow travellers to leave their car in a secure location and travel on a free bus to the airport terminal.
Travellers arriving at Liverpool Airport without their own vehicles will also have access to Liverpool Airport car hire services, from well-known companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz, whilst the airport can also be accessed by bicycle, having bike racks on site for security.
Yellow Submarine image contributed by Sue Adair. Terminal Building image contributed by Phil Smith. Above us only sky image contributed by Philip Halling. All images are copyrighted but licensed for further reuse under the Creative Commons License.