The Merseyside town of Birkenhead lies close to Liverpool. Around 48,000 people live in the town, which has a railway station and is handy for the M53. John Lennon Airport is 11 miles away.
Birkenhead's first ferry across the Mersey operated back in 1330. Today, ferries also provide routes to the Isle of Man, Belfast and Dublin. Although Birkenhead's famous Cammel Laird yard no longer builds ships on a grand scale, the town is still a major port, with the Mersey Docks handling 40 million tonnes of cargo a year.
Local attractions include the Benedictine Priory, the Laird School of Art, the Williamson Gallery and England's first-ever public park, which opened in 1847. There's a collection of historic warships in the docks. Birkenhead has a leisure centre and Tranmere Rovers FC play at its Prenton Park ground. The town's Pyramid Shopping Centre offers all the major brands.