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 story of Ormskirk dates back more than 800 years and can be explored via a visit to the 12th-century St Peter and St Paul church, which is one of only three churches in the UK that have both a western tower and a central spire.
Ormskirk has had regular markets since the 13th century that have helped to make it a vibrant centre of commerce, attracting farmers and other traders and prompting the development of shops, pubs and inns.
By the 19th century, Ormskirk was famed for its delicious local gingerbread and the arrival of the railway saw this fame spread far and wide, aided by the fact that Edward, Prince of Wales, was a keen fan.