The sea is hardly the reason for a holiday in Liverpool. Far from it. Still, Crosby Beach is one of the must-see spots.
An absolutely unique beach, very different from the one you are used to.
Here, in fact, you can admire those that many have nicknamed “iron men“. One hundred sculptures, each weighing over 600 kilos, which are part of the British Sir Antony Gormley‘s work “Another Place“.
The statues were made with casts of the artist’s body, and are scattered over a 2-kilometer stretch of beach, totally at the mercy of nature and atmospheric events. Depending on the high and low tide, you can admire them with your legs in the water, corroded, and totally covered with sand.
The 100 ironmen are all facing the sea, trying to remain standing in front of the horizon. Men looking for some new hope in… another place.
Crosby Beach is just over 7 miles from Liverpool city center, easily accessible by public transport.
The train is the fastest and most comfortable solution. With Mersyrail, in about 20 minutes, you will arrive at your destination, getting off at the Blundellsands and Crosby stop. The station is about 10 minutes walk from the beach. The ANYTIME DAY RETURN ticket for unlimited travel during the day costs £4.55 (£4.20 in the Day Saver version).
The bus journey from the center is much longer. In this case, it takes about 60 minutes to get to your destination, getting off at Brompton Avenue (line 63 from Melling Road).
By car, numerous parking areas are available nearby at fairly affordable prices.
The best time to visit is when there is no tide rod. You will be able to admire the statues that come out of the water more easily. Keep in mind that you walk down the wet beach, most likely barefoot. Bathing cannot be considered.
Although it is not the ideal time to visit the beach, it is precisely in winter, and during rainy days, that you can appreciate the atmosphere of the place. With. The few people present, the statues seem even more a disturbing presence. A place that seems to have come out of a science fiction film …