Bootle, the administration centre for Sefton, this area of Merseyside, just four miles from Liverpool's city centre and part of its urban area.
From 1799 the settlement supplied clear spring water to Liverpool but in the early 19th century it began to grew as a fashionable bathing resort on the sands of the estuary, much favoured by the well-to-do.
However, with the arrival of the Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway in the 1840s, docks were soon constructed along the whole length of the riverfront and the town became heavily industrialised.
During World War II Bootle was a target for German air raids, with around 90% of its houses damaged. In the post-War years large housing estates were built inland from the town centre.
The docks declined in importance in the 1960s and 1970s causing high unemployment but since then numerous office developments have helped provide new jobs. There are quite a few shops here, mainly around the New Strand Shopping Centre
The old civic centre of Bootle still boasts some splendid Victorian buildings to visit, including the Town Hall and Municipal Baths. To the west of these is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and docks lining the Mersey Estuary.
Bootle Leisure Centre Enjoy a swim or other activity.
Everton Football Club Tour Take a tour around the Everton stadium.
Liverpool Football Club Tour 1.6 miles
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre 2.4 miles For water sports and other activities.
The Magical Mystery Tour 3.1 miles See where the Beatles used to hang out.
Liverpool ONE 3.2 miles The place to go to shop till you drop, or just go to the cinema !
Birkenhead Tramway 4.1 miles Take a trip on an historic tram.
Tam O'Shanter's Urban Farm 5.2 miles Have a nice family day out down at the farm.
Acorn Farm 6.0 miles A day out at the farm.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 3.2 miles Liverpool's famous modern Roman Catholic Cathedral.
Cathedral Church of Christ 3.7 miles Vist Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.
Birkenhead Priory 4.4 miles One of the oldest buildings on Merseyside.
National Wildflower Centre 5.3 miles Conserving and creating wildflower landscapes.
Walker Art Gallery 2.8 miles A wide range of art from the 13th century onwards.
View Two Gallery 3.1 miles A small gallery with interesting exhibitions.
FACT 3.4 miles The place for contemporary art and films.
Tate Liverpool 3.5 miles View a wide range of art at this famous gallery.
Williamson Art Gallery and Museum 5.2 miles View the large art collection and local history.
Croxteth Hall 3.7 miles Visit the 16th century house that stands in 500 acres of Country Park.
Mendips 6.5 miles The house where John Lennon lived.
20 Forthlin Road 6.6 miles The former home of Paul McCartney.
Merseyside Fire Service Museum The history of the Merseyside Fire Service.
The World Museum 2.9 miles A large museum with artefacts from all over the world on a wide range of subjects.
Museum of Liverpool 3.4 miles A new local history museum, opened in 2011.
Mersyside Maritime Museum 3.5 miles Discover Liverpool's long maritime history.
The Beatles Story 3.6 miles Find out more about the Fab Four.
Shore Road Pumping Station 4.0 miles See the impressive Victorian steam pump.
U-534 4.0 miles Find out about life on a German submarine.
Wirral Transport Museum 4.1 miles Find out about the history of Merseyside public transport.
Derby Park A fine example of a Victorian public park.
Rimrose Valley Country Park Excellent for walks and bird-spotting.
Crosby Coastal Park 2.6 miles A good starting place for a walk along the coast.
Another Place 3.5 miles A series of dramatic scultures on the beach.
Egerton Bridge 4.0 miles A Birkenhead Bascule Bridge to see.
Ince Woods 4.6 miles For pleasant walks and rambling.
Princes Park 4.6 miles A nice park with a play area.
Sefton Park 4.7 miles Visit to enjoy a stroll around the lake or just for a coffee !
Birkenhead Park 4.8 miles Discover Britain's first publicly funded park.
Bidston Hill 5.4 miles A great place for walking and taking in the views.
Acornfield Plantation 5.6 miles Take a walk in a nature reserve.
Calderstones Park 6.1 miles Explore the 94 acres and the gardens.
Liverpool Empire 2.9 miles Take in a show on an evening out.
The Royal Court 3.0 miles Enjoy a show and have dinner here as well.
The Playhouse Theatre 3.1 miles A night out at the theatre.
Cavern Club 3.1 miles Visit this famous club where the Beatles performed.
Everyman Theatre 3.3 miles See a play on your visit to the city.
Pacific Road Art and Exhibition Centre 4.0 miles Performances, exhibitions, and art shows are held here.
Towns Near Bootle To Visit - straight line distance:Liverpool (3.19 miles) Crosby (3.34 miles) Wallasey (3.40 miles) Kirby (4.30 miles)