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Travelling around Ormskirk

Travelling around Ormskirk

The historic market town of Ormskirk is located in the heart of West Lancashire in the north-west of England. The fact that it is located just 13 miles from Liverpool, 11 miles from St Helens, 9 miles from Southport and 18 miles from Preston makes it an excellent base from which to tour this part of the world.

Ormskirk, however, is well worth visiting in its own right, with a vibrant and compact town centre which mixes high street names and independent traders with historic buildings and plenty of places to eat and drink.

It has excellent road and rail links to the wider region, with the A59 and A570 crossing the town north to south and east to west. Arriva buses run throughout Ormskirk itself and provide a convenient option for travelling on to Southport, Wigan and Liverpool.


The heart and soul of the town’s shopping can be found in the market, which has been in existence since 1286. You can stroll around the town centre every Thursday and Saturday, exploring more than 100 stalls that offer everything from the famed local gingerbread and homemade pies to clothes, flowers and handmade gifts.

One of the most pleasant and relaxing ways of exploring Ormskirk is by hiring a bike for as little as £1 an hour from automated stations at Edge Hill University and Park Pool. You can then take advantage of dedicated cycle routes which will keep you away from the busier roads and traffic.

If that helps you to build up an appetite, Ormskirk is packed with places to eat and drink, from high-end modern cuisine to traditional pub grub.