Got to agree with everyone else here, this is one of the more beautiful train stations in all of the UK.
Built in the early 1800's, it truly impresses with a giant curved roof above, stone steps outside, ancient clocks, statues of people in transit and a beautiful castle like facade as the entrance to the station. There are also great accommodations like tiny waiting areas for every treat with seats (nice), something I wish every station had, and a nice selection of shops for food for the trip or gifts for whomever you are seeing.
it drops you off right in the heart of Liverpool and usually means you're rushing out to go see something or head somewhere else. But take a moment and appreciate this station. At least look up - you'll be happy you did.
Liverpool Lime Street Station is very clean, staff are approachable - the station has a lot of stores and fast food chains.
They need more ticket machines though as sometimes the queues can be extremely long.
The only thing i hate is that the trains from Liverpool to Manchester are so sporadic.
I like the name of the station (limes rock) and I appreciate how small the
station is too! Less hassle than your average big city central station. I guess
there must be other central stations in Liverpool, but I never really noticed
any trains around so they have got a good city design.
Oh apart from the large pink neon turd that someone has deposited outside the
station. Anyone got a big scooper?
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As far as train stations go, this one is pretty darn fancy. It dates back to the 1830's and has a beautiful curved roof made of iron and glass making it a must-see for architecture buffs as well as commuters.
The station is home to both mainline services (including the fast Virgin train to London) and the Liverpool underground.
It has numerous services such as shops and cafes, and generally feels like a nice place to start or finish a journey.
Its pretty central to town and there is a taxi rank just outside should you need to go further afield.
Train stations are more significant then you think. Just like airports they are shop windows for cities. You don't spend much time there but they are potentially your first glimpse at the city. This is an exciting time for me, as I love visiting new places.
I can't quite put my finger on it but there is a reason why a warm feeling of satisfaction breathes through me every time I am on a journey of some sort, I have always been able to read books at an alarming rate on trains than I would in any other environment. Similarly other creative activities such as drawing seem to be flowing out of me. Train journeys thus are loved by me unconditionally. Especially now that I am armed with a new iPhone where a recently downloaded a movie and watch it in HD while on a journey to Lime Street station. While it caters for all things standard, burger joint news shop it all there really is a lot of brightness that greets you as you get off the train station which is great on a sunny day.
A gateway this is to the great city of Liverpool, lights camera action!!!
Can a train station be anymore beautiful?
The station was clean, easy to follow and visual pleasing.
Even the little waiting areas for each train - very comfy and accommodating.
Wish I had to use it more often ;)
It's a shame that they only completed the immense facade refurbishment when they did. The vista of gently sloping steps and ornamental trees would have made a much more appealing first impression of the city than the building site which prevailed circa 2008. City officials passed off the amount of construction as a sign of progress, or renovation, of prosperity. For us, though - the locals - it was just a whole load of noise and dust. And, if it was unsightly for us, it must have been twice as much so for those keen to visit what was the European Capital of Culture.
Still, that was just the facade. Within, it's always been much more appealing a space. Whilst it's the largest station in the city, it's by no means as breath-taking a prospect as Euston, St Pancras et al. But still, inside it feels huge - there's a genuinely energising buzz and, inevitably, the ever-endearing sight of people going places, meeting people - embracing, rushing, resting, eating, chatting - verily a hub. Also, all large indoor spaces tend to harbour a certain gravity which I happen to find enthralling. In places like this - where the space is filled with the distant clanging echoes of disjointed station announcements and the rumbling of mass transit - it never fails to make me feel even in a small way alive. I like to pass through here even on such occasions when I've not got a train to catch.
When I have got a train to catch, though - the various bars, cafes and shops entail that it's possible to stock up for the journey without leaving the confines of the station. There's such a range that it's even possible to "shop around" should you perhaps find one particular outlets prices to be more than a little extortionate.
Shame their toilets are of the "pay" variety, though.
Lime Street Train Station has received a makeover recently, more noticeably at the main entrance where it has new pavement and steps; this is exactly what it needed after a long time looking so dated. It has provided more space for commuters and definitely appears more attractive.
The station is Liverpool's popular main hub for transportation and inside is quite easy to find your way around as it isn't the biggest of stations. There is a booking and enquiries desk and all your typical convenience shops within the station, such as WHSmith, Burger King and M & S Simply Food. There is even a Ladbrokes there now which I thought is quite odd to be placed in a train station.
Above all, my favourite thing about the station is not any of the above but it has to be the Ken Dodd (legendary local comedian) statue! Make sure you capture a photo of it!
'How tickled I am!' Okay, I don't really know what Ken Dodd and his feather duster are doing in Lime Street station next to Labour MP Bessie Braddock but there they are immortalised in statue form.
Lime Street is looking quite dapper these days after a bit of a refurb. After knocking down that monstrous block of cement next door and re doing the stairs and paving, adding a little greenery, it now doesn't look exceptionally scruffy across the road from the magnanimous St George's Hall.
Still showing off the original glass and iron structure dating back from the 1880s it's a beauty of a station even if you are only hopping the border to go to Manchester!
Now that Concourse House has been rightfully relegated to the dustbin of oblivion and the inexplicable set of shops in front have been wiped away, Lime Street Station can return to its former glory. "It's just a train station," you may cry, in what I imagine to be a nasal whine. "Who goes there anyway except trainspotters and terrorists?"
Well shush your lips up sir and/or madam because you are wrong. Having an illustrious station fanning tourists out into the heart of a city is something that all proper cities have and we deserve one like I deserve everything good ever. Yeah sure the platforms are stained with that universal kind of station grime and the Ken Dodd statue looks like something off the Mighty Boosh but Lime Street is just another gem in the glossier portions of the city's crown.
Good points: 1) The station has been refurbished and is looking smart (much less of an eyesore than previously. 2) There are numerous places to eat,drink and have fun if you include the bookmakers as a point of interest. 3) The station is light and refreshing and the staff and information points are useful and efficient.
Bad points 1) The newly built front entrance has become something of a loitering spot for any weary shopper who is perusing the city center. 2) The open plan nature of the station means it is a chilly place to spend a lengthy amount of time if you are one of the unlucky number whose train has been delayed. 3) Pigeons swarm the station like airborne vermin making eating food a hazardous task which only the brave take on.
Lime Street has changed and improved vastly but whether it compares to other major stations accross the UK is very much in doubt.
Lime Street is a landmark in the centre of Liverpool, with it's huge glass roof, my suggestions to tourists if they get lost are always look for the Radio City tower or Lime Street Station.
It's had a refurb recently, which if we're honest was desperately needed. It's the main station in Liverpool as it has mainline routes as well as the underground.
"It's not a huge station so it's not like you'll get lost, just follow the exit sign" my friend says on my first visit. Well maybe I'm not most people but I followed the exit and ended up on the wrong side of the station and not by the taxi rank where she'd promised I'd end up. Ah well, maybe that's just me...
Woo hoo! 5 stars! This place must, you know have, like platforms with trains coming in and out.
Yup it's a station, the main station from Liverpool to Glasgow, London and all places in between. So it's a vital landmark for visitors and tourists alike which means that it has thankfully had a facelift over the last year resulting in a grand, stepped entrance to match the beautiful sight of St Georges Hall opposite as you exit the station instead of the grotty row of shops that used to be situated there.
I'm not sure about the giant screen on the other side, however, but I guess it is doing a job masking the other eye sore of a car park.
There are shops including a newsagents, pub, M&S and Burger King to get food, papers and coffees for your journey as well as the odd statues of Ken Dodd and Bessie Braddock if you're interested?
One of the remarkable things about Liverpool's two flagship train stations is just how close together they are. Seriously, it's almost as crazy as Wigan North Western and Wallgate, which are a mere road cross apart. But while Liverpool Central has a grungy London tube station feel about it, Lime Street is bright, airy, architecturally impressive and even harbours some tributes to Liverpool's finest.
For example, the statue of Ken Dodd and his Diddymen is something every tourist stepping off a train photographs. Instantly the station is a symbol that this is a city which values its culture and its history, and treasures its heroes. Sure enough, turn a corner and you'll find Beatles monuments, and so on, and so on. Manchester needs to follow this example. Where's our Tony Wilson statue at Deansgate? Perhaps an Ian Curtis hanging from the rafters at Victoria Station? Wait, when I say HANGING I mean suspended... oh dear, I do apologise.
Ahem. Anyway, on a purely functional level Lime Street is also a nifty station. It has all the shops you could desire and is a little more upmarket than Central, the service is as salt of the earth as you could imagine, everything's easy to find and clearly laid out and the location's perfect for central shopping at Liverpool One or heading onto the backstreets for some of the lovely pubs or vintage, quirky boutiques. If you get to choose which station you arrive at, I'd happily take this one.
The previous reviewers have spoken about the main platforms in Lime Street Station which are nice and shiny and well kept. I am going to talk about Lime Street's underground platform. This platform is used for journeys to places like Chester. To get to this platform you go down the longest escalator known to man, and then have a minute or two to walk to get to the platform itself.
This platform is dark, cold and desperately in need of a refurb, like the rest of the station has had. It still has the brown plastic fittings and moulded seats which look very 70's. If you look carefully at the tracks you can usually see a rat scurrying past, but this is often the case with underground stations.
I really hope this part of the station is the next to be refurbished as it really is a bit grotty. It seems as if this has been forgotten about as it is not usually people from outside of the North West that enter Liverpool via this station.
An excellent station with everything you need close at hand and the platforms laid out in a sensible row (at last a station where I can't get lost!) The information boards for arrivals and departures are large, clear and easy to read. Many useful shops too including WH Smith, Boots, and a great Costa too.
We were so glad to find a Left Luggage kiosk (so many stations don't have them now) which made our final half day in the city so much easier, although it's expensive at £7 for any part of a 24 hour period. The people there were friendly and helpful.
I could talk about the more mundane aspects of Liverpool Lime Street station - the fact that it's nice, relatively clean and you can get a relatively decent coffee and a pasty from the Cornwall Pasty Company concession located near the entrance. But why go on about that when so many other reviewers on this page have gone on about those various aspects of the station in such great depth? For me, the best bit of Liverpool Lime Street station is its art pieces.
You see, Lime Street station is home to one of the most bizarre statues I've seen in a long time. It's a bronze interpretation of a rather robust looking woman (if I were being uncharitable, I'd say that she looks like a bit of a battle axe) who appears to be proudly brandishing an egg. Yes, you read that right, an egg. Why is she displaying an egg to various commuters? (and a startlingly lifelike statue of Ken Dodd holding a 'tickle stick' she stands opposite to) No one knows. Trust me - since moving to Liverpool, I have lost count of the amount of people I've asked about this statue, and not one of them knows why she's holding an egg.
So, people reading this. Do any of you know why she's holding an egg? Or is it just one of those mysterious riddles that no one will ever fathom? Or is it even an allegory of some deep mysterious aspect of Liverpudlian life that I - a scummy Mancunian - will never ever be able to work out?
Anyway - besides from these 'interesting' statues, Lime Street has recently installed another, less puzzling piece of art, the rather fine Liverpool to Liverpool - a series of paving stones and images detailing one man's journey by bus, boat and train from Liverpool in England to Liverpool in Canada. This is definitely worth checking out as these drawings manage to be both intricate and beautiful. And much less puzzling to the eye than any bronze rendition of an egg brandishing woman.
Shamefully I've never been to Liverpool before but I'm currently sitting in Liverpool Lime Street Station for a bit and I have to say it's quite good.
A sort of cross between Victoria station with its big concourse and Paddington's arching roof the station manages to look modern and old fashioned at the same time giving it a quaint look despite the overwhelming size.
It has a good selection of shops and a pub, though you do have to pay 30p to use the toilet!
Good station in general.
I like the new stone stairs at the front of the station, shame its used as a smokers area.. I stood outside on a sunny day while I waited for the train and had to go back inside as crowds of smokers where sat on the stairs. better than smoking inside the station though so I'll get off my soap box ;-)
I hate it when trains are changed platform at the last minute.. the amount of times Ive missed trains as I haven't been listening for the tannoy telling changes ( sometimes only minutes before the train leaves! )
Good choice of shops.
Having to pay to use the toilets is something I can never get used to. The train fares costs enough without having to pay to have a wee too!
Would have been 4 stars instead of 3 but for the toilet issue. I can only imagine the annoyance that is to a family with a troop of kids all needing the loo.
Travel excites me, and the bustling, busy Lime Street Station is my favourite Liverpool train station. I love to wonder where all the passengers are going--to Scotland, London, or maybe they are headed to the Manchester airport to fly abroad? I find Lime Street Station so exciting that I sometimes like to go there just to enjoy the atmosphere.
Recently refurbished with a grand, new entrance (2010), this train station is a fun start, end, or stop-along-the-way on your journey. There's a W. H. Smith's, a pub, a coffee shop, a drug store, and pretty much everything else you could need while waiting in a train station.
Besides being fun and exciting, the station is always very well lit, and comparatively clean. There are public toilets, but you do need to pay to get in. Perhaps it's one major flaw is that there is not enough seating.
You can also access the city line and the Wirral line in Lime Street's underground.
I've always found Lime Street Station so exciting; since I was little my family would travel across Britain and right from these platforms: Oxford Street and Buckingham Palace, Prince Street, York Minster, the stunning lake district, Blackpool Lights, or just under the Mersey to the Wirral for tea with nanny; the possibilities were endless, and the atmosphere was electric. The recent renovations have turned the spotlight on Lime Street Station and I think more people have realised it's beauty and it's status as an integral resource and advantage for the city. The developments have been very successful and have truly improved the aesthetic of the building. The new Virgin spot inside is quite fancy with its very modern feel, however I find it a little pointless having been told to use the automated ticket machines of which there are few) outside this building. I think investment should be made in these machines to minimise queueing. Personally I generally prefer one to one customer service when making a purchase, however, here I prefer to use the machines as I always find the staff rather unpleasant, particularly the ticket staff; they're brusque and often sarcastic and rude.
The station staff are generally an improvement.
The shops are okay in Lime Street: M&S, WHSmith, Boots, Burger King: the obligatory standard offerings and there is a left luggage point and toilets (pay per pee) There are always loads of taxis outside, Queen's Square bus station is just minutes away and the rail links throughout the city are accessible from this station.
As the gateway to a wonderful city this realy disappoints despite recent improvements and new shops and bars it still feels as if there should be a better statement made to visitors. The toilet facilities are poor and the taxi area haphazard also take if you're dropping soeone off as its chaotic.
Leavig the station is worse so dont let first impressions put you off.
Since Lime Street has been remodernised it is now back to its glorius self. The main station in Liverpool City Centre.
Lime Street Station is certainly looking better these days. During the day and early evening, it's fine, with plenty of shops, a couple coffee bars, eateries etc. However, my main beef with the place is that everything seems to shut down in the late evening. If I'm coming back from a play or concert after 10pm and have to wait ages for the next train home, there is frequently nowhere open even to get a coffee. Not very pleasant sitting in a drafty concourse for an hour watching the drunks go by. This doesn't seem right for the main railway station in a major British city.
On the whole, I think Lime Street is a good station, especially compared to some in the area. It's enclosed so you don't have to get wet whilst you are waiting for your train. It's not a huge station like Birmingham New Street so you don't get the crazy business of rush hour and the constant platform alterations. It never seems to be too busy and it's never very stressful catching a train. I think another couple of shops or eateries would be good but as it is smack bang in the middle of Liverpool city centre, I shouldn't complain. I do hate having to pay to use the Ladies though.
Lime Street is okay, it's getting better. To be honest I preferred the old toilets though. They weren't modern but they were never horrible and dirty plus you never had to pay. 30p to go the toilet!! I just hold it in now. They are making a better waiting area for the virgin trains, which will be good because when it gets to time for the london euston train to leave it gets really busy and congested around platform 7 and you have to fight your way through the crowds so you don't miss your train.
We've used this station quite a bit as it's conveniently-sited for the main tourist attractions in Liverpool (to which it is well connected by subways). They tend to check your ticket before allowing you off the platform and onto the concourse (or vice versa) which can lead to queues (or, worse, crushes) when busy trains arrive; but at least the place has good signage and a decent range of shops to pass the time of day whilst you're waiting. The staff have been friendly and helpful on the rare occasions I've needed to approach them. All in all, a reasonable example of its type, although I wouldn't go overboard about it.
Lime street train station is a plesent clean station. There are a number of shops inside the station such as a small boots and fast food store. Everything as you would expect from a train station really
I have used lime street quite often over the last few years and to my suprise it is always clean and the security is quite tight, you cant look far without spotting some form of police/station security. Also, the trains are usually good time keepers for me at least. The only problem i would say is that when you want to buy a ticket the kiosk's are often packed with people queing and there is often only 1 or two windows open which slows the whole process down further still.
Lime street station has definitely improved a lot over the last few years. A few years ago it was rather a dark dismal place, with just the one grotty pub, but now it's really quite a pleasant place to be. Situated ideally for all of the city's amenities it is a big station with about 9 platforms. because it's the end of the line you don't need to worry about getting from one platform to the next. Plenty of shops including a nice dinky M and S food outlet, the usual bURGER KING AND SANDWICH SHOPS AND A bOOTS and Smiths. Could do with a Millie's cookies to make it complete, but apart from that a nice place to be!
Not sure the purpose of writing a review for a train station, considering as it's not really the sort of category in which there is competition to pick and choose from. But I'll push on, regardless.
Liverpool Lime Street is a good train station, as train stations go. It's got a solid selection of shops - Boots, Upper Crust, Burger King, WH Smiths, M&S Food, and daresay one or two more I'm forgetting. I find it woefully inadequate as far as self-service tickets go, though the place is never particularly busy when I go there either.
I don't find the station staff particularly helpful, but the departures board is big and clear. The station's fairly clean and looks quite good, and is centrally located so very close to the shops. Ultimately though, if you're getting a train to Liverpool, you're going to have to come to this station. And if you're not, you won't.
Lime St is a central feature in my Liverpool memory. It has some decent shops and decently laid out (now with new steps at front).
Wish they'd get rid of Sky News from the big screen - Rupert Murdoch plus regular adverts do not a happy waiting experience make, for me.
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