Match Day Guide

Welcome to Liverpool – The Home of Football.

World-beating musical heritage, two of footballs biggest teams and not one, but two majestically different cathedrals. Liverpool is undergoing a thrilling renaissance, jump-started by its hugely successful year in 2008 as European Capital of Culture.

It is now bulging with fabulous new shops, has buzzing new restaurants, hip hotels and trendy wine bars, as well as a world class cultural offering with more museums and galleries anywhere outside of London. Not forgetting its inhabitants, of course, who are famously friendly and will welcome you with pride.

Fans frequently ask for various advice on visiting Liverpool in our forums so we’ve compiled this useful resource for visitors coming to Liverpool, whether it be for the first time or returning, with details of hotels, transport, directions, pubs and restaurants and other attractions.


Located right in the centre of the commercial and cultural hub that is England’s North West, getting to Liverpool is simple and quick, especially since we’re so well served by air, rail, coach, sea and road.

By Air

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the UK’s longest established operational airports, having been officially opened in 1933, and is located 7 miles from Liverpool City Centre, 11 miles from Goodison Park. There are regular scheduled direct flights from across Europe including Belfast, Dublin, Isle of Man, Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Geneva, Madrid, Nice, Paris, Prague, Stockholm and Turin. Airlines include easyJet, flybe, KLM, Ryanair, Wizz and Eastern Airways.

Manchester Airport offers an alternative international gateway from all parts of the world. There is a rail link from Manchester Airport directly into Liverpool City Centre. (Journey time 1½ hours) and there are regular shuttle flights into Manchester from Britain’s other major airports including Gatwick and Heathrow.

Liverpool Airport

Manchester Airport

By Train

Mainline Rail Services arrive at Liverpool Lime Street Station which is situated in the heart of the city. It is well served by taxis and bus routes. To continue your journey via train to Goodison Park, a further train would be required from to Kirkdale, the nearest train station to Goodison Park, approximately a mile away.


By Coach

There are good National Express connections to Liverpool from most towns and cities in Britain, with National Express Coach services arriving at Norton Street bus station, Liverpool City Centre. To see a map of the location, click here. From Norton Street, you can make the short walk down to a Liverpool Central and catch a train to Kirkdale or Queens Square Gyratory where you can catch a bus to the ground.

National Express

By Sea

Travelling on the River Mersey is an excellent way to catch a glimpse of the spectacular and famous waterfront of Liverpool.

Seacat services from Dublin and Douglas arrive at the Pier Head – right in the middle of town. Ideal for further transport links. The nearest rail station is James Street.

NorseMerchant services from Belfast arrive at the Twelve Keys Terminal in Birkenhead. At this point, you probably would have realised that you’re on the wrong side the the river but not to worry, there is a bus service to Hamilton Square where you can catch a bus, train or ferry to Liverpool itself.

P&O Ferries from Dublin arrive at Gladstone Dock within the Freeport – a short taxi or bus ride from the city centre.


One of the questions that is asked the most frequently on our forums during the season is “what’s the best deal on accommodation to see the match?”. So we’ve put together the following useful interactive map so you can see for yourself where a good selection of hotels and other accommodation in Liverpool is located and check out what the current availability is like for the dates that you plan to stay here.

The blue marker is Goodison (of course) – if you click on that marker you’ll see that there is a button to check all hotels for the dates that you want.

You can also click on the various hotel icons to open an information window. If you want to find out more about a particular hotel, click on the Check Availability button in the information window. You can zoom in or out using the controls on the left, while the controls on the top will change the view from normal map to satellite view.

Yes, it’s true, we get a (small) rake-off from your booking – but you can compare the prices yourselves and then book or not depending on how you feel. Another common question that we get is how members can show their appreciation for GOT – this is one way that you can do so!

And just to prove we’re not hardened internet businessmen out to rip you off, every person who books through this page and lets us know their booking code will be entered into an annual draw for a piece of kit signed by one of the first team squad.

Transport around the city

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Directions to Goodison Park

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Goodison Tour

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Pubs near Goodison

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Attractions and events

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Eating out

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