Globally known as the birth place of the Beatles is situated north of Birmingham and North-West of Manchester. At the start of the 19th century, 40% of the world's trade was passing through Liverpool docks and the city flourished as a result.
Lierpool's waterfront has undergone significnat redevelopment in the 1990s and in 2004 was declared a World Heritage site - reflecting its importance in the development of the World's trading system. Liverpool is famous for a variety of sports with Football being the most notable. Everton and Liverpool football teams both come from the city with Liverpool becoming the most successful team in English football. Aintree Racecourse is a short drive from the city where the Grand National is held. Its inhabitants are known as Liverpudlians and famous locals include Cilla Black, the Beatles, Ken Dodd, Jimmy Tarbuck and John Moores. Getting to Liverpool is possible by road, rail, port or by air. Liverpool Lime Street station is the hub for connections in and out of the city with trains operating to London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich and other major citiies in the UK. The train journey from Liverpool to London is approximately 2 1/2 hours. By road, the M62 motorway joins Liverpool to the north-south M6 motorway - which provides connection to Manchester, Birmingham and north to Scotland. Liverpool's airport, renamed to Liverpool John Lennon Airport in 2001 provides domestic and International flights to over 64 destinations including Spain, Italy, United States, Canada and Germay.
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