Plan your journey to follow the Giants

Arriva Logo Travelling by Bus

Want to join the Little Girl Giant and travel by bus? The GIANT Family ticket gives you a day’s unlimited travel on Arriva buses throughout Merseyside for up to 5 people (must include 1 or 2 adults, but no more) for just £10* during the Giant Spectacular event. Perfect for hopping into Liverpool for a spectacular day out  – just buy from your driver.

*Buy the GIANT Family ticket when you board. A maximum of 5 people allowed to travel, up to 2 of whom may be adults. Children must be under the age of 16, proof of age may be requested. Available between 23 and the 27 July 2014 in the Merseyside area only. For more ticket and service information, visit



City Bike logo Giants by #citybike

Get around Liverpool to see the giants by citybike, Liverpool’s new cycle hire scheme. With locations across the city, including key ‘giant-spotting’ areas of Lime Street, the Waterfront and around the Georgian Quarter, citybike costs from just £3 for a day membership, including two hours cycling time. Top up for £1 per hour. Visit or call 0151 374 2034 to register or find out more and follow on Twitter @citybikelpl



Northern Rail Travelling by Train

Arrive by train with Northern, with fast and frequent services into Liverpool. Direct Northern services run from Wigan, Warrington, Manchester, Preston and many other local stations. Buy your train ticket from any staffed station or online at Tickets can be purchased from conductors on trains when starting your journey from unstaffed stations or when the ticket office is closed. Alternatively, why not try the free Northern App - free to downlaod from the Apple store or Google Play it can help you to:

  • view real time running information for all train services in Great Britain.
  • plan any train journey in Great Britain
  • buy tickets for any train journey in Great Britain.

When you book with the app there are no booking fees, no credit card fees and no delivery fees and you can collect your tickets from over 1,000 stations and they're ready to collect within 15 minutes.

Alternatively for train times visit or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.


National ExpressTravel by Coach

As official coach partner of Memories of August 1914, National Express are proud to support this special commemorative event. With their modern, comfortable coaches complete with air conditioning, reclining leather seats and power sockets on most vehicles, you'll arrive to see the Giants ready to absorb the occasion. Coaches depart from hundreds of towns, cities and airports around the UK, and arrive into Liverpool Coach Station, just minutes from St George's Hall. Great value fares are available on travel to and from Liverpool, and you're always guaranteed a seat. Book your ticket online using the journey planner and enjoy your visit!



There will be a lot of road closures to facilitate the event and so we do advise that you use public transport where possible. A full list of road closures can be found alongside the maps page on this website. You can call Traveline Merseyside on 0151 236 7676 to find out how to get to Memories of August 1914 route by public transport (open 8.00am - 8.00pm, 7 days-a-week) or download a special Memories of August 1914 public transport leaflet from

There will be a shuttle bus service between Princes Parade and Clarence Dock running between 4.00pm and 6.00pm and returning between 7.30pm and 9.00pm on Saturday 26th July at a cost of £1 per journey per adult or 50p per child. Follow Merseytravel on Twitter for the latest news and updates @Merseytravel



Useful things to remember!

During the event there will be a number of road closures - please see below some useful information on the frequently asked questions about travelling to the event.


What roads will be affected?

The event will cover approximately 20 miles of the City’s highways there may be some disruption or restriction to your usual means of access to your premises.  We will try our best to maintain access and re-open roads as quickly as possible.  However, this will be dependent upon the numbers of people viewing the event as safety will always be our priority. However, please note that these are only approximate and may be subject to change during the event.  There is no guarantee that the roads will re-open exactly at the times specified, however the City Council will endeavour to re-open as many roads as possible when it is safe to do so in order to minimise the disruption to residents, businesses and road users.

Please see the full road closures list here. 


How long will they be closed for?

We will try our best to maintain access and re-open roads as quickly as possible.  However, this will be dependent upon the numbers of people viewing the event as safety will always be our priority. Whilst the giants rest during the day, roads will remain closed for considerably longer. This will affect the Waterfront (all three days), Chinese Arch area (Friday), Lime Street and Old Haymarket (Friday and Saturday).

Will there be a signed diversion?

With the major closures there will be a signed diversion. There will be no signed diversions when roads are closed as the ‘Giants’ move along the route.


Will there be access for the emergency blue light service?

There will be emergency access for all blue light services along all routes at all times.

What do i do if I need access for visitors or deliveries?

Unfortunately if it is not an emergency access will not be permitted whilst the event is in in your area. There may be some disruption or restriction to your usual means of access and egress to your premises.  We will try our best to maintain access and re-open roads as quickly as possible. Plan early and arrange for deliveries on another day and ensure that visitors arrive in time before road closures go in.

For just £10, up to two adults and three children can enjoy unlimited off-peak travel on the Merseyrail network for an entire day. Or buy a Day Saver ticket, which start from £3.60 for adults or £2.40 for children and follow the giants all day. The Merseyrail network will be busy during the Giants parade, so we advise that you give plenty of time for your journey and use Moorfields station to access Liverpool city centre where possible.

James Street station will close from 4pm to 8pm on Saturday 26 July and from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 27 July when the Giants pass by the station. Passengers travelling to or from the Wirral are advised to use Moorfields station during this time.

During the Giants Festival alterations will be made to the Merseyrail timetable to allow services to be strengthened. On busy routes, 3 car trains will be strengthened to 6 car trains when possible and additional services will run. In order to do this, amends will be made to timetabled services.

Merseyrail advise that you use their journey planner at to plan your journey and to follow @merseyrail on Twitter for live travel information