Address: Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TH
Telephone: 0151 260 1433
Web Site: www.liverpoolfc.tv
What’s It Like?
Anfield doesn’t look too impressive, but inside is amazing. The Anfield Road Stand, is where 2,000 Swans fans are housed, is the newest stand. Get in there for the fans singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with the red and white scarves and flags held high. The atmosphere is great, so enjoy the experience.
Things to look out for at Anfield are the Bill Shankly ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ gates and his statue near the club shop. Along Anfield Road, there’s the memorial to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
The facilities in the stand are OK. There’s a betting booth, a wide variety of burgers, hot dogs and pies, including ‘Scouse Pies’. Going to Anfield is a cracking day out, being one of the legendary venues in world football.
Tours of the ground and museum – book on 0151 260 6677 or at https://bookings.liverpoolfc.com/stadiumtours/booking/default.htm The Friday before the game there’s ‘Centenary Stand Tour & Steven Gerrard Collection’ for £17 (£11 for concessions). Friday & Saturday, it’s ‘The LFC Story & The Steven Gerrard Collection (Museum Only)’ for £11 (£6 for concessions).
The times of the trains back to Swansea after the game aren’t great, so an overnight stay in this vibrant city may be better. Popular hotels in the city centre are The Adelphi, Holiday Inn, The Nadler, The Adagio or for those on a budget, The Printwork Hotel.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum at Albert Dock (L3 4AQ) has the free exhibition ‘Titanic & Liverpool: The Untold Story’, exploring Liverpool’s role in the Titanic story. The exhibition features many unseen collections of international significance including material from its extensive archives.
Liverpool means ‘The Beatles’, The Beatles Story at Albert Dock is a tour through their lives, with memorabilia and input from friends and family. The Cavern Club on Mathew Street is where the Beatles began, where a lunchtime beer or live music in the evening is on offer. The childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney, Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton, are National Trust properties.
Liverpool has one of the largest collections of museums outside London. The Museum of Liverpool is the largest newly built national museum in Britain at the Pier Head. Many other museums are around Albert Dock.
Liverpool has many great city art galleries and free art exhibitions. The Liverpool Walker Art Gallery is the national gallery of the North, with works by Hockney, Degas, Turner and Rembrandt. Tate Liverpool at Albert Dock, housed in a Grade 1 listed converted warehouse that stages lots of free as well as paid-for art exhibitions featuring work by many different types of artists.
The night before the game, The 02 Academy (L3 5UF) has ‘The Hummingbirds’, tickets are £11.25 and ‘The Sherlocks’, tickets are £9. The Echo Arena (L3 4FP) has ‘How Now Mrs Brown Cow’, 24-28 Nov; tickets are £25-£44. Comedienne Pam Ann is there on the Friday, tickets are £24-£30, for the oldies, ‘Showaddywaddy’ on the Saturday for £22. The night of the game, ‘Brit Floyd’ at £33 & £44.
Pubs and Grub
The Arkles (L4 0TJ) is the away fans pub, get there early or it will be full and queues to get in. The ‘Flat Iron’ (L4 0SZ), is a 5 minute walk away. Although it’s mostly full of Liverpool fans, the bars are mixed and all should be very friendly, there’s also a good chippy opposite. To find this pub, turn left at the junction where Arkles is (with Anfield to your right) down Anfield Road). Head away from Anfield and the pub is on the right. Otherwise alcohol is available inside the stadium.
Opposite the Players Entrance on Anfield Road is an enclosed spacious food court with bar. It has a seating area and overhead covering. Fish & chips, burgers and hot dogs are sold. It does specialist coffee and has a bar selling beer, wine and other spirits; its open 4 hours before kick off and an hour after the game.
There are two ways to Anfield, through mid Wales (180 miles) and motorways (237 miles), both take about the same amount of time, and based on the weather, choose which way you fancy as the route through Wales can be really nice, but not so in poor weather.
If you arrive very early street parking can be found. If not, park in the streets around Goodison and walk across Stanley Park to Anfield, or park in a secure parking area at Goodison (£10). Parking at The Dockers Club (L6 0BB) is £5, home of Liverpool County Premier Division side Waterloo Dock, a 15 minute walk away.
Public transport from the city centre is via Merseyrail Northern Line to Sandhills where special Soccerbuses run 2 hours before and after games and drop you nearby. Trains can be caught from Liverpool Central and Moorfields. If buying train tickets in Liverpool, ask for a return to Anfield not Sandhills, as the ticket is valid for the Soccerbus. Both Sandhills & Kirkdale stations can be reached from Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool Central, then changing for Kirkdale.
Taxis from Lime Street are about £6. The bus station is a 7 minute walk and well signposted. Buses 17a 17b 17c or the 26 cost £1 and take 25 minutes and stops outside the ground.
Trains back to Swansea after the game are 18:43 and 19:47 getting in at 00:32 and 01:36 so an overnight stay may be better. Trains up are the 08:08, and 9:09 trains getting in at 13:43 & 14:43.
Kirkdale station is under a mile away, turn right and cross the railway bridge, to the Melrose Abbey pub, (L4 3TE). Walk alongside the pub and carry on, passing the Elm Tree pub (L4 4LZ), head towards Stanley park and you’ll find the stadium.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!