Top Five Things to Do In: Ormskirk, England

Ormskirk is a charming town located just outside of Liverpool (approx. 30 minutes) in West Lancashire, England. The city boasts a rich history, evident in its cobbled streets and dramatic, gothic style architecture. Aside from the many shops, restaurants, and cafes, Ormskirk is also home to Edge Hill University, recently named University of the Year in the 10th Annual Times Higher Education Awards. Once leaving the university campus, visitors will find themselves soaking up the small town atmosphere as they wander through the open market in the city center (operated since 1286), or stop by one of the local pubs. Whatever may bring you to Ormskirk, you’re sure to feel right at home in this quaint and cozy city.


Otters at Martin Mere Wetland Centre / Image: Nigel Beard (via Flickr)

Otters at Martin Mere Wetland Centre / Image: Nigel Beard (via Flickr)

1. Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Winter Times: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, 7 days a week 

WWT Martin Mere, Fish Lane, Burscough, Lancashire, L40 0TA

For travelers interested in experiencing some wildlife, be sure to visit the Martin Mere Wetlands Centre. The Centre is managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the largest international wetland conservation charity in the UK. Visitors will find birds from around the world, and will be able to participate in a variety of activities, including otter feedings. Visiting during the winter months (November – March) is recommended in order to view the “Swan Spectacular”, featuring up close views of thousands of migratory birds.

2. Disraeli’s 1 Public House

26 Church Street, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 3AN

If you’re in the mood for a pint or some authentic British pub food, head over to Disraeli’s 1. This pub offer an impressive selection of drinks, ranging from local craft beers to wines from around the world. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed, providing a prime location for socializing with friends. Fish and chips and classic club sandwiches are popular menu items. Not only is the food tasty, but the prices are great too.

3. Chapel Gallery

10 am – 4:30 pm, Tues – Sat

St. Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QR

The West Lancashire Borough Council opened the Chapel Gallery in November 2001 in an effort to support local artists, and to engage and educate members of the community through exhibitions and events. The Gallery features exhibitions from a variety of local and national artists, as well as an Art Club and workshops for those looking to indulge their creative side.

4. Cavern Club
10 am – 12 am, Sun – Wed / 10 am – 1:30 am, Thurs / 10 am – 2 am, Fri – Sat 

Cavern Club / Image: Alan Cookson (via Flickr)

Cavern Club / Image: Alan Cookson (via Flickr)

10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L2 6RE

If you’re a music aficionado, you may have heard of the Cavern Club already. The infamous nightclub was central to the rock and roll scene in the UK during the 1960s. Originally opened as a jazz club, the venue later hosted such bands as The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Queen, The Beatles, Elton John, and The Who. The original club was closed in 1973, and was filled in during construction of the Underground. The club was later rebuilt with many of the original bricks, and now hosts a variety of acts, from local to well-known performers. Some of the most recent acts include the Arctic Monkeys, Adele, and Jake Bugg.

5. World Museum

10 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week

William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN,England

The large World Museum, originally opened in 1851, hosts many extensive collections covering archaeology, ethnology, and natural and physical sciences. Having grown quickly in size since it opened, the museum has undergone three expansions and one partial rebuild following bombings during WWII. The museum now features a variety of galleries and special attractions, including a Planetarium, a Natural History Center, and a Bug House. And to top it off, the whole museum is free to the public.

World Museum / Image via Flickr

World Museum / Image via Flickr


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