On those rare days when the sun finally shines, there's nothing we'd rather be doing than day-tripping out to the coast for ice cream and warm breezes. Lucky for all you Liverpudlians, you're never too far from ocean views and sandy toes in this part of the world. From Southport sculpture spots and Sefton nature reserves to the most scenic parts of The Wirral, we've found five stunning beaches near Liverpool for you to breathe in some sea air.
New Brighton Beach
Located in the northeast of the Wirral Peninsula, New Brighton is one of the best beaches in Liverpool for a reason. With almost a mile of golden sand to relax on, the stretch has always been popular with sun-seekers from the city. More than just a place to catch a tan, the seaside hub flaunts a number of fun attractions, including the Grade II-listed Perch Rock Fort and lighthouse and the Black Pearl, a community-built replica of an old pirate ship. If you're driving back through Liverpool, nab a theatrical concoction at The Alchemist.
Crosby Beach can be found a 25-minute drive from the city centre taking up a glorious portion of the Merseyside coastline. Alongside the views across The Wirral and over to North Wales, this Southport beach offers something a little different from your regular ocean visit. Across the sand, you'll spot the series of cast-iron sculptures that make up Another Place, a permanent installation from acclaimed British artist Anthony Gormley. Feeling thirsty? Make your way to The George for a couple of pints.
West Kirby Beach
A busy beach on The Wirral, West Kirby offers 300m of sand dunes, ice cream shops and ocean views. At the tip of the peninsula, you'll find a marine lake, a man-made saltwater reservoir that spans 52 acres. The pool is popular with windsurfers thanks to the strong breezes rolling in off the Irish Sea and also boasts a sailing school for aspiring crew members. However, if you're looking for something a little more low-octane, the area also promises lovely walking routes or sunset vistas.
Seeking to find the best Liverpool beach? Thurstaston sits pretty on the perimeter of Wirral Country Park. It's a favourite among keen walkers on account of its winding trails and proximity to the park. Touting spectacular views of both the coastline and the city skyline available from nearby Thurstaston Common - it's rumoured that on clear days you can even see Blackpool Tower. When it comes to seaside walks, this picturesque destination is up there with the best of them.
Set among a historical National Trust reserve in Sefton, Formby is a real Lancashire gem. A 40-minute car ride up the coast from Liverpool, this stunning location boasts pine woodland as well as a spacious beach. Wildlife watchers will be in their element here as the area is home to everything from squirrels and rabbits to numerous bird species. And for the pleasure-seekers? There are sand dunes to clamber over and ample room for picnicking.