Hoylake Sailing School/JPMA is on the Wirral Peninsula, between North Wales and Liverpool, in the North West of England.
Liverpool John Lennon airport is the nearest airport to Hoylake, 45 minutes away. Manchester International Airport is 60 minutes away, and Gatwick and Heathrow are both in the South East of England, near London.
From Liverpool John Lennon Airport:
Taxi – £35. You are advised to call a Hoylake taxi to collect you, as an airport taxi will be more expensive. Sevens taxis are on +44 (0)151 677 7777. Call them before you fly, so they can be there to meet you when you land. You must get in their taxi, or they will charge you for the journey anyway. This journey takes approx 45 mins.
Bus/Train – You can get the number 500 shuttle bus from the airport to Liverpool South Parkway Station. At South Parkway, take a train to Liverpool Lime Street. At Lime Street head down to the underground Wirral Line, and take a West Kirby bound train, and get off at Manor Road. This journey takes approx. 1hr 20mins.
More travel information can be found on the Merseytravel website – click here.
From Manchester International Airport:
Taxi – £45. You are advised to call a Hoylake taxi to collect you, as an airport taxi will be more expensive. Sevens taxis are on +44 (0)151 677 7777. Call them before you fly, so they can be there to meet you when you land. You must get in their taxi, or they will charge you for the journey anyway. This journey takes approx 60 mins.
Bus/Train – You can get the train from the airport to Liverpool Lime Street Station (a direct service runs about once an hour). At Lime Street, take an underground Wirral Line, West Kirby bound, train and get off at Manor Road. This journey takes approx. 2hrs.
From Heathrow & Gatwick Airports:
These are both situated near London. There is a Heathrow Express and a Gatwick Express, which take you in to the centre of London from the airports. You will arrive at Paddington station from Heathrow, and Victoria station from Gatwick.
You will need to get to Euston station by either tube or taxi.
You can get the train from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street and then take the underground to Manor Road (approx 3 hours).
By Train From Liverpool to Manor Road Station:
Hoylake Sailing School is approx 25 minutes from Liverpool City Centre, on the Wirral Line. Marine House is approx 5 minutes walk from Manor Road station. Head to the main road and turn left. We are just past the Co-op supermarket, on the left.
From the North drive through the Wallasey Road Tunnel onto the M53.
or From the East and South Use the Motorway network leaving the M56 at Junction 15 to join the M53 heading North for Birkenhead.
Come off M53 at Junction 2 (signposted Hoylake and West Kirby) At the roundabout at the end of the Slip Road take last exit, sign posted Moreton and Hoylake A553. Turn left at the lights at the top of the hill.
Continue until you reach the ‘kidney shaped’ roundabout at which you take the first exit leading up the hill. Drive along this road until you reach Hoylake.
Some of the significant features you will see along your route include;
- after the main shopping area a set of traffic lights at a cross roads by a Tesco Express which is on your right.
- this is followed by fields on either side of the road.
- this gives way to houses and, just after a sharp right-hand bend in the road, you will go over a hump backed railway bridge, with Meols station on the brow of the hill.
- you will see a church on your right followed immediately by a pub called the Railway Inn.
- another church comes up after a left-hand bend in the road. You are now about 1 mile from Hoylake.
- the start of Hoylake is signalled by a petrol station on your left-hand side immediately followed by shops.
After entering Hoylake you will see the Co-op supermarket on your left, followed by a pub called The Ship Inn, also on your left.
Marine House is half way between the Co-op and Ship Inn pub. You will see the flag poles and red ensign flying from over our training centre.
There are several B&Bs that we use in Hoylake, as well as private houses who rent rooms to our students. Prices range from £35 per night to £50 per night.
All of this information will be detailed in your joining instructions if you book a course, and we can make the booking on your behalf.
AirBnB: if you choose to book your own accommodation, please be aware that you will be required to do homework on most evenings during your course. Please ensure that the accommodation you book is equipped with an appropriate study area (either a desk in the room, or a dining table for your use). Please also check that the property is within a reasonable distance of the school.
Due to the nature of AirBnB we are unable to guarantee the quality of any private accommodation not booked through us.
The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.
From 1 January 2021 you may need a visa to enter the UK, depending on your nationality or if you are an EU citizen. We advise you to check your visa requirements before you travel.
The gov.uk website has lots of information on this.
If it is clear that you do need a visa, please DO NOT apply for a ‘Student’ visa, as our courses do not meet the UK Border Agency’s criteria as a ‘course of study’.
We strongly advise you to speak to your local British Embassy to establish what type of visa you require. Visa refusals can be costly, so please check before you apply.