Sefton Park in Liverpool is a popular student area due to its close proximity to Liverpool’s universities, Smithdown Road and the city centre, but this area is also loved by locals and tourists alike thanks to its many wonderful paths that take you in around its large boating lake, Victorian bandstand (which is said to be the inspiration for the Beatles’ song Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), tea house and its jewel in the crown, the beautifully restored Palm House – a grade II listed glass domed conservatory.
Located in the south of the city, the park regularly plays host to a number of key events and music gigs in the city throughout the year including:
Launched in 2012, this free four-day popular music festival is a massive celebration of new talent, big names, musical heritage and cultural diversity, and uses stunning Sefton Park as its backdrop!
This foodie’s paradise celebrated 10 years in 2017, and consists of sampling local food and drink, watching food demos from well-known chefs, and getting involved in masterclasses.
This weekend festival is held twice a year and sees thousands of people visiting who are eager to taste and drink their way around the stalls. So, if a weekend packed full of eating and drinking sounds like your idea of a good time then you’re in for a treat with this one!
Africa Oyé started in 1992 as a series of small gigs in Liverpool city centre, but has now grown to become the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture which is hosted in Sefton Park every year in June.
However, this festival isn’t just about music, it also has stalls selling the best food, drink, arts and crafts and fashion from Africa and beyond!
Liverpool Half Marathon
Usually held in March, the Liverpool Half Marathon starts and ends in the city centre, but the course passes many famous Liverpool landmarks, including beautiful Sefton Park. So, if you’re a keen runner then you have a great opportunity to take part in the 13.1mile run, or if that’s your idea of hell, then you can just cheer everyone else on from the side line!
You can get access to the park via Queens Drive, Greenbank Drive, Aigburth Drive, Elmswood Road and Lark Lane.
Speaking of Lark Lane…
Always a hive of activity, this street is filled with bustling bohemian bars, cafes and restaurants as well as independent businesses selling quirky finds. Plus, if you walk to it via the perimeter path of Sefton Park, you’ll be able to walk off some of the delicious food on the way home.
The bars and restaurants bars found on Lark Lane serve a wide range of cuisines from all over the world, and some have practically become institutions such as Maranto’s, which serves up the best of Italian American cuisine (think huge pizzas and juicy burgers); Keith’s Wine Bar (don’t let the shabby paint job put you off), a laid back bar that’s perfect for huddling around a table with a bottle of wine, and Elif, a Turkish restaurant whose BBQ pit makes for some pretty amazing tasting dishes (the Patlicanli Kebab is a bit special.)
Love all things vintage? Head to Larks, an old-fashioned gift emporium filled with lovely gifts, accessories and vintage treasures. They also have a 2000 sq ft warehouse called Gasp just around the corner, which is crammed with a wide range of retro furnishings.
Lark Lane also features a farmer’s market on the 4th Saturday of the month, so great for stocking up on local fresh produce. But if you’re thinking about supermarket options then there you can head to the local Co-Op Food, which also accepts student discount. Bonus!
How to get to Sefton Park from town
By train…the nearest train station is St Michaels, which is just on the other side of Aigburth Road.
By bus…you can get the 60, 75, 76, 80, 80A and 80E, which all go down Ullet Road, at the north end of the park, for access via Croxteth Drive.
Also, the 60, 82, 82B, 82D, 103 and 800 all go down Aigburth Road.
However, if you choose to live in one of the large Victorian villas and mansion student properties where characterful apartments boast large rooms with high ceilings, then you could easily walk or cycle to the popular student hangs outs of Lark Lane, Aigburth Road and Smithdown Road.
How far away is it from universities and student hot spots in Liverpool?
Depending on which side of the park you are on (though it’s easy to cut through the park on one of its many paths to get to the other side in a short space of time), Sefton Park has great links to the well-known student areas and university campus’ in Liverpool, which we have set out below.
This area is popular with students’ due to its close proximity to town, great transport links and the many takeaways, pubs and restaurants that adorn it. (It’s also the base for the Rooms4U office!) However, Sefton Park is becoming a much more popular choice for those looking for student accommodation in Liverpool that’s within easy reach of the hustle and bustle of Smithdown Road, but is generally a little bit quieter (and more green!)
The distance from Sefton Park to Smithdown Road is as follows:
1 mile, which would work out as a:
• 5 minute car journey
• 12 minute bus journey via the 60 or 75
• 14 minute walk
• 6 minute bike ride
Liverpool Hope University
3.1 miles, which would work out as a:
• 12 minute car journey
• 21 minute bus journey via the 75 or 86C
• 42 minute walk
• 15 minute bike ride
University of Liverpool
1.7miles, which would work out as a:
• 7 minute car journey,
• 20-30 minute bus journey via the 80A or 76
• 40 minute walk
• 15 minute bike ride
Liverpool John Moores University City Campus
3.8 miles, which would work out as a:
• 19 minute car journey
• 36 minute bus journey via the 80A or 75
• 54 minute walk
• 25 minute bike ride
Liverpool John Moores University IM Marsh Campus
1.6 miles, which would work out as a:
• 7 minute car journey
• 30 minute bus journey via the 80, 80A or the 699
• 19 minute walk
• 9 minute bike ride
1.8 miles, which would work out as a:
• 9 minute car journey
• 19 minute bus journey via the 75, 80 or 80A
• 33 minute walk
• 15 minute bike ride
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