Places to Visit while at Uni

Although some people attending Edge Hill may be locals, and already know the way around Liverpool and the surrounding areas, there will be some people, who, like me, aren’t local at all and have never visited the area before. If that’s you, or you are local but are looking for inspiration on where to take a day out, then this list is for you.

1- Liverpool

At just a 30 minute train journey from Ormskirk, visiting Liverpool is a must. As someone whose only other big city experience before coming to uni was London, I didn’t really know what I was doing or where I was going when I first visited Liverpool, but I was presently surprised. Liverpool is essentially a smaller, friendlier London- complete with its own share of shops, theatres, and places to eat- not to mention its rich history in music.  And most importantly (for some!), lots of good places to enjoy a night out.

2- Blackpool

In the first flat I was in, I was lucky enough to be sharing with people who were locals, and had access to cars, which meant we got to take a lovely day trip to Blackpool one weekend. We did all the things you’re supposed to do when in a seaside town- we ate fish and chips, went in the biggest arcade we could find, and walked up and down the pier. As Blackpool is a big tourist destination, there are also other things on offer to do, and we decided to take the walk around Madame Tussaurd’s that afternoon, at only £10 each for us students! It was well worth the money and we all had a lot of fun.

3- Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre

Being on a Performing Arts course, I was naturally exposed to more theatre than most, but one of the venues that really stood out to me was Hope Mill. We visited twice in the year, once to see Pippin, and the other to see Little Women, both fantastic musicals. The theatre itself is always impeccably decorated and the bar is themed to the show that is taking place at that point in time. The bar area does amazing drinks and food, so even if you’re not into theatre, the you can still enjoy some time there.

Liverpool is pretty cool

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After results day I know many of you will be preparing to make the move to Edge Hill in just under a month, and if you live far away then I’m sure you might not have much experience of both Ormskirk and the nearest big city; Liverpool!

I don’t live too far away, living in West Yorkshire, yet I had never been to Liverpool and didn’t know what to expect of the city. It’s safe to say it now definitely has a special place in my heart, and has so many great qualities to it that you’ll come to know and love over your time here at Edge Hill.

The monument outside of Liverpool’s China Town

There are many different things I can talk about in Liverpool, but I’ll start with the shops. It’s something many people love to do and something students get tempted to do with their student finance (but make sure you don’t spend it all!), and there are a whole load of great shops in Liverpool. Liverpool even has its own outdoor shopping centre- Liverpool One. To name just a few of the shops you might be interested in, there is a Lush shop, a Forever 21 and a huge Primark, various music shops and book shops, and almost any big name shop you could name.

As well as these shops, there are also a lot of food places. There’s something for more or less everything you could be craving: if you want junk food, there’s McDonalds, KFC and such, if you’re looking for something more interesting there’s a lovely Chinese restaurant I’ll gladly call my favourite named Tokyo, just a short walk away from the train stations, towards China Town. Not only do they do wonderful food there, but it’s also super cheap for the huge portions they give you! And if you’re not looking for food, there are the usual drinks shops, Starbucks and Costa to name two, and even places such as MooBoo, which sells amazing bubble tea.

The Town Hall when there was a Dreamworks event at Christmas

Even if you’re not looking to spend anything and just want a nice day out, the city centre is beautiful. It’s the kind of city than you can just wander around and check it out.

So whenever you do get the chance to go into Liverpool and do just that, I’d definitely take it!

I’ve linked below to my post about Ormskirk for if you want to also hear some info on the town most of you will be living in, and I hope you have a great day!

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A Night in the City

I recently spend an evening out in Liverpool where I went out for dinner (or ‘tea’ if you’re northern…whatever you call the last meal of the day) and then to the cinema.

For dinner I headed to Cravings, a place that I quickly became obsessed with after I was taken there at the beginning of the year. I like to consider this place one of Liverpool’s hidden gems. It’s quite popular with students, and even though it’s not the biggest place I’ve never struggled to get a table. It also does takeaways too, which is handy if you live nearby.

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You can get a main meal and drink there for less than £4 which is always great news for students. What’s more, the portion sizes and taste are not at all compromised to make it cheap. I always struggle to finish my meal and everything I’ve eaten there is delicious. Cravings also do some of the best milkshakes I’ve ever had. You can choose a type of sweet or chocolate from their wall and they’ll blend it in to a milkshake for you. If you’re interested in stopping by and know the area, Cravings is situated up Mount Pleasant, near Liverpool Central station.

Here's the double burger that my boyfriend ordered. I think he considers it to be his own kind of Man v. Food type challenge...
Here’s the double burger that my boyfriend always orders. I think he considers it to be his own kind of Man v. Food type challenge…

After I was finished eating, I headed over to the Odeon in Liverpool One to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2. (James wrote a great blog on the film which you can read here!) It was actually the second time I’d seen it but I absolutely loved it the first time and I still felt the same after seeing it again. The Liverpool One Odeon is really spacious and clean, with lots of big screens and different viewing options. I was tempted to buy a D-Box ticket, which is where the seats move in sync with what you see happening on the screen. Unfortunately my budget wouldn’t stretch that far but I am very keen to try it out at some point soon!

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Chester Zoo

Now that all of my assignments have been handed in, I am suddenly feeling overwhelmed by all the free time that I have. I’m definitely trying to make the most of my time left in Ormskirk before I go back to Kent for the summer, and so last week some friends and I took a trip to Chester to check out ‘the UK’s top zoo’.

Chester Zoo takes about an hour and a half to get to by train from Ormskirk, which doesn’t feel like too long when you’re really excited and with friends. After we changed trains in Liverpool and eventually arrived in Chester, there was a bus right outside the station that took us to the zoo. Merseyrail and Chester Zoo do a great deal where you can buy your zoo entrance ticket along with your train and bus ticket and get a big discount. In total I think it cost us about £22 each for everything which really isn’t bad considering everything that you get.

Luckily we picked a nice, sunny day to go because there was so much to see and we spent pretty much the whole day there. I think I even got a bit sunburnt which is something I never expected would happen to me in the north!

We all had a really great day and saw so many interesting and adorable animals. My favourites were the bush dogs because they looked like tiny bears and they’re beyond cute!

Bush dogs!
Bush dogs!

By the time we got home I was absolutely exhausted and had achy legs but it was definitely worth it. Perhaps it wasn’t the cheapest day out, especially on a student budget, but I’d say that Chester Zoo is well worth saving up for. If you’re interested, you can check out their website here.

To finish, here’s a meerkat looking adorable:

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Day Out in Liverpool

I’m back home in Kent now for the Easter Holidays, but before I left the north my family came up to stay with me in Ormskirk. It was really great seeing them, and being able to show them where I live. On Saturday we spent the day in Liverpool. I spend a lot of time there but there’s always so much to do.

After doing some shopping in Liverpool One, we decided to try out the Wheel of Liverpool near the Echo Arena. I guess you could say it’s Liverpool’s version of a mini London Eye. The staff were so lovely and it was awesome being able to look at the city from the sky. I even took a few pictures of the view…

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Next we headed to the Miller and Carter Steakhouse located in the Albert Docks. I’ve never actually eaten there but I’ve been a fan of their cocktails for a long time, so I was glad when it was suggested that we stop there to watch the Grand National. It provided a really great atmosphere to watch the race; with everyone gasping and cheering together.

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For the rest of the day we wandered around the city, which was extra busy because of the Grand National but it was really nice to see everyone dressed up. I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of the lambananas out the Museum of Liverpool. They crop up everywhere and I love them a whole lot.

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