Estuaries teeming with birdlife, cities beating with music and museums packed with northwest heritage, from the slave trade to the Beatles story. That's Merseyside. Horse riders and ramblers share Wirral country parks with peregrines, badgers and foxes while curious baboons clamber over cars at safari parks. Jockeys giddy up before tackling five-foot fences on famous race days. Don't miss Liverpool for that much-snapped skyline with listed dock buildings and liver birds, myriad museums and clubs brimming with Beatles memorabilia.