Parks… I love parks! This little hideaway from a busy life if you happen to live in a big city. Or a small concrete one. I have recently visited two: Sefton Park and Knowsley Safari Park, both in Liverpool. As they are located across the river I cannot just go and visit whenever. It was more of a trip! Also I have been accused of not showing enough of the place I live in (whether that is Liverpool, England or UK!) so here I come to redeem myself! 🙂
Let’s start with Sefton Park. This not overwhelmingly big park is Liverpool’s favourite one and was renovated in 2009. The history of the park goes back to XIX century when the city council purchased 375 acres to devote the land for the park development. The park design is based on round and oval paths and boosts 2 pretty man-made lakes. It gets pretty crowded in the summertime on sunny days so if you hate crowds… the park is also pretty when it rains 🙂
The main attraction in the park is the Palm House, designed and built by MacKenzie and Moncur of Edinburgh and opened in 1896. Liverpool millionaire Henry Yates Thompson gifted £10,000 to build the conservatory and primarily populated with exotic plants. It is a currently very popular venue for Weddings and other major happenings.
If you love animals and especially birds Sefton Park should be a place you visit. It boosts quite wide range of local birds and the photo opportunity is really great. Just take your telephoto lens and go for some nice close-up perfect shot hunting.
Or boat hunting! You will have a good chance to see this miniature ships cruising the pond. The view is joyful and puts a smile on all youngsters and their parents. Make sure you do not miss it, especially on a nice and sunny weather!
Knowsley Safari Park on the other side is not a regular park. As the name indicates it is a safari park (Mr obvious… I know..>!) 🙂 One of the few in UK and one of the major tourist attractions in the Liverpool area. Opened in July 1971 attracts hundred of thousands visitors annually. The best way to reach (and see) the park is by car. There is a walk-able path but it is very limited to the first zones only. There is a possibility to access the park by bus (+15 mins walk) and hop on one of 2 weekend buses that run through the park. Be careful as you can only reserve the ticket on the day of the ride by calling the park and paying by card over the phone. And best do so in the morning as the tickets get sold quickly. The rides takes about an hour. I personally would not recommend it unless you do not have a car. The bus does not give the same, close experience as driving by car and also it almost does not stop. Forget about any selfies or for animals to get closer.
Driving through the park by your own car is by far the best option. But be careful of the zone no 5 which contains olive baboons (and only them, for the sake of other animals!). They certainly are troublemakers and often break off any outstanding parts of the car (windscreens being the most common souvenir left in the park 🙂 ). So think twice of renting a car and going through the zone as it could be rather costly trip. Fortunately there is a way around the zone so you do not necessarily have to enter if you do not wish to do so.
If you have ever been to a game reserve in Africa you could be disappointed. It is not an open area but rather zoned one with various animals living in each zone. Of course it does make sense as noone wants the lions or tigers to kill antelopes. And due to small area it would mean the safari would reduce in numbers rather rapidly. But at the same such a small environment means you are most likely going to see most, if not all animals. They simply do not have any space to hide, unlike in a game reserve. And if you are lucky that bastard lion can get as close as the car window giving you a very, VERY personal and scary face to face experience. I’d say the trip is worth just that!
Have a look into the gallery and see for yourself!