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Discover Liverpool’s tranquil escapes as Calderstones Park ranks as ‘most peaceful’ in the city

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Discover Liverpool’s tranquil escapes as Calderstones Park ranks as ‘most peaceful’ in the city

A new analysis has revealed where Liverpool’s residents and visitors can find tranquility in the city, after it was named the 9th ‘noisiest’ in the UK (out of 39).

Parks in Liverpool offer a diverse array of experiences, from serene green spaces steeped in history to vibrant urban oases bustling with activity.

Liverpool, known for its vibrant energy and bustling city life, may surprise residents and visitors alike with its tranquil retreats tucked away amidst the urban landscape.

A recent analysis by, a non-profit organisation like Spotify but for nature sounds, sheds light on where Liverpool’s residents and tourists can find moments of serenity in the midst of city noise.

Researchers at analysed reviews mentioning words like “quiet,” “relaxing,” “tranquil,” “calm,” and “peaceful” to assign each place a ‘Quiet Score.’ Topping the list of peaceful spaces in Liverpool is Calderstones Park, renowned for its picturesque surroundings and tranquil ambiance.

This sprawling green space, located in the heart of the city, offers visitors a peaceful retreat amidst nature’s embrace.

Here’s the top ten along with their “quiet score”:

Calderstones Park – 4.3

The Allerton Oak in Calderstones Park
The Allerton Oak in Calderstones Park

If you’re looking for a bit of green space in Liverpool, and the ultimate blend of nature and history, Calderstones Park is where you need to be!

This picturesque gem, located in the heart of Liverpool, offers a delightful escape for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and families alike.

St John’s Gardens – 3.7

St Johns Gardens
St Johns Gardens

Wander through the tranquil pathways lined with historic monuments and sculptures, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustling city centre.

Stanley Park – 3.6

aerial pic Stanley Park
aerial pic Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a Grade II listed green space just north of Liverpool city centre. Set between the home grounds of both of Liverpool’s premiere league clubs; Anfield, and Goodison Park.

Strawberry Field – 3.4

Strawberry Field Gates
Strawberry Field Gates

Immortalised in the Beatles song Strawberry Fields Forever, Strawberry Field is open to the public, creating a visitor experience and a new training and work placement hub for young people with learning disabilities, where they can learn skills, gain work experience, grow in confidence and achieve.

Otterspool Park – 3.3

Otterspool Park Entrance
Otterspool Park Entrance

Set behind Otterspool Promenade, it is a beautiful woodland area and green space. It is a great place for a picnic on a nice day, there’s playgrounds for the kids, and it’s perfect if you want to go and fly a kite.

Newsham Park – 2.9

Newsham Park
Picture - LiverPix
Newsham Park Picture – LiverPix

Set across 121 acres this Grade II Victorian park is surrounded by elegant period buildings, like the Grade II listed Newsham House, where Queen Victoria once stayed. There’s also fishing lakes teeming with roach, carp, and tench… you do require a permit to fish though.

Liverpool Festival Gardens – 2.9

Winter Walks
Credit: Wat750n / Shutterstock

Festival Gardens is now looking good thanks to a team of volunteers who have spent months giving the park area a face-lift.

There’s a lovely pathway that’s beautiful in the springtime, leading from the main entrance to the Japanese garden, which has got lots of flowering cherry blossom on both sides as well as hydrangeas.

Princes Park – 2.8

Princes Park

Princes Park was opened in 1842. The park’s distinctive features, including a serpentine lake and circular carriage drive, served as a model for Victorian urban development, inspiring similar designs across the era.

Chavasse Park – 2.8

© Liverpool ONE - Chavasse Park
Credit: Liverpool ONE

Chavasse Park is a five-acre green space right in the middle of Liverpool ONE. It is home to 350 species and features over 15,500 pollinator-friendly plants to boost biodiversity in the city centre.

It hosts a range of events throughout the year and is a stones throw from Liverpool ONE’s terrace which is full of places for you to grab a bite to eat.

Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve – 2.8

Lunt Meadows
Lunt Meadows

Lunt Meadows is a spectacular wetland reserve in the North of Merseyside. Spring and Summer see the water burst into life as water birds come for mating season. As well as a nature reserve, Lunt Meadows is a fascinating archaeological site home to one of just a few surviving Mesolithic settlements.

The World Health Organization (WHO) underscores the impact of noise pollution on human health, describing it as “an underestimated threat.” Abrupt noises, often interpreted as signs of danger, strain the autonomic nervous and endocrine systems, leading to impairments in sleep, work and school performance, hearing, and cognitive function.

Catalin Zorzini, Founder of, emphasises the importance of seeking moments of quiet for mental well-being and reconnecting with nature. He notes that while it may be a privilege for many to escape the city regularly, discovering tranquil spaces within urban environments is crucial.

To find out more about other cities and parks that appeared in the analysis, plus the methodology, take a look at the research in full. 

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