As the 2008 European Capital of Culture, Liverpool offers all congress participants a vibrant and exciting venue in which to gather, share ideas, and build and strengthen connections.
Liverpool has recently undergone considerable development to welcome international visitors, and host world-class events and entertainment. It is a truly diverse city, with a rich history in popular music, the oldest Chinese communities in Europe, UNESCO world heritage status for its maritime history, impressive architecture, more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside London, and two premier league football teams.
Liverpool is one of the most accessible cities in the UK, served by Liverpool John Lennon Airport and with London only two hours away by train. Manchester International Airport which has global connections is also only an hour on the train.
Getting to the ACC Liverpool
The nearest train station is Liverpool James Street, shortly followed by Liverpool Station and Liverpool Lime Street Station.
Liverpool James Street Station and Liverpool Station are approximately a 10-15 minute walk away and are served by Merseyrail.
Liverpool Lime Street Station is the mainline station and is a 20 minute walk away. It is serviced by Merseyrail, East Midlands, West Midlands, Virgin Trains, Northern, Transpennine Express. The CityLink bus runs every 12 minutes as a circular service around the city centre and stops at Liverpool Lime Street and the ACC Liverpool.
If travelling from outside Merseyside, you can catch an underground train to Liverpool James Street Station from Liverpool Lime Street Station, inclusive in the cost of your ticket.
Virgin Trains operates a direct service from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street every hour (just over 2 hours journey time).
There are trains from Manchester airport to Liverpool Lime Street (estimated journey time around 1 to 1.5 hours)
Bus 4 operates from Kings Parade, which is outside the ACC Liverpool, and the route and timetable are available at the MerseyTravel website.
Approaching from the south, leave the M6 at junction 21A and take the M62 to Liverpool. At the end of the M62 follow signs for Liverpool City Centre along Edge Lane, picking up and following signs for The Waterfront.
From the Wirral, Wales and the M53, stay on the M53 motorway to the end, as it becomes the A59 into the Wallasey (Kingsway) Tunnel. Go through the tunnel and follow signs to Liverpool Waterfront.
Approaching from the north, leave the M6 at junction 26 and follow signs for M58 Liverpool. Follow to the end of the M58 and then take signs for A59 Liverpool. Continue to follow Liverpool City Centre until picking up signs for the Waterfront.
There are three car parks, with over 3,000 spaces, within a 15-minute walk of the ACC Liverpool. Car parks are secure, open 24 hours, and have their own charges. Here are just a few of the options:
Q-Park Liverpool ONE 35 Strand Street L1 8LT
Q-Park Hanover Street Gradwell Street L1 5AQ
Q-Park John Lewis 17 Liver Street, L1 8LJ
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) is one of the UK’s top 10 busiest airports and features flights to approximately 75 destinations in the UK and across Europe. A taxi from the airport to the city centre will take approximately 20 minutes or the express bus service Route 500 will take approximately 25 minutes, dropping you off within a five-minute walk of ACC Liverpool.
Manchester Airport, brings even more domestic and international destinations, and is approximately 45 minutes’ away via the motorway.
Coach services operated by National Express run between Manchester city centre and Liverpool city centre and service the airports.
Please indicate any accessibility requirements that you have during the registration process so that we can ensure you do not encounter any problems onsite.
ACC Liverpool aims to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all customers attending any event. ACC Liverpool is easily accessible for wheelchair users or those with specific access requirements
It is accessible via access ramps from both the city, car park and taxi drop off point. All steps have designated support railing for assistance and the entrance doors are double automatic door and are always staffed when an event is taking place. Lifts and accessible toilets are available throughout the building.
The below local taxi companies can provided wheelchair accessible vehicles. Please specify if you require wheelchair access on booking.
Davy Liver Ltd 0151 709 4646
E2A Cabs 0151 229 1066
Mersey Cabs 0151 298 1234 (credit card bookings), 0151 298 2222 (cash bookings)
Once inside the building, the Visitor Services desk features a fixed loop hearing system. An infra-red system is available in specific seating areas for conference use, a necklace can be collected from a member of ACC staff. In the case of an emergency, trained stewards at the ACC will assist any delegates with a hearing impediment to evacuate the building.
Service dogs are welcome at the ACC Liverpool. Please ensure that your assistance dog is clearly identifiable when entering the building to ensure that our Stewards are aware of their presence. Facilities for assistance dogs are available on request.
There are two permanent cloakrooms situated on the Galleria Level. Both have low desks for easy access. Cloakrooms are manned throughout the open periods of conference.
Should first aid assistance be required please contact a member of the ACC Liverpool team. The two first aid rooms are located on the Arena side of the building and stewards will be able to escort you to these rooms. Alternatively, first aid assistance can be called to your location in the building.