Life in the North West

Voted in the top 15 universities in the UK for local life (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020), Edge Hill is situated in the heart of the North West of England, close to the thriving market town of Ormskirk and the vibrant cities of Liverpool and Manchester.


A street in Omrskirk town centre

Edge Hill University is a 15 minute walk from the historic market town centre of Ormskirk. Set on a beautiful campus but walking distance to a town centre with a growing nightlife, Edge Hill represents the best of both worlds. The town has several historic landmarks including the Gothic-style Grade II listed Clock Tower erected in 1876, and the Church of St Peter and St Paul dating from around the 12th Century, one of only three in England to include both a central spire and a western tower, and unique to the North West.

More information on Ormskirk and its amenities can be found on the Discover Ormskirk website.

Eating out

Ormskirk is home to many excellent restaurants, cafes and tearooms. Whether you are looking for British, Portuguese, Tapas, Italian, or Asian Fusion, Ormskirk is an increasingly popular foodie destination. Many locations also offer value for money set menus or early diner menus which are great for students on a budget.


Edge Hill Students’ Union run lots of fun events on campus from welcome week to the Graduation Ball. The Students’ Union bar and club is staffed mainly by students and open until 2am or 3am every night in term time so you can meet with friends without even leaving campus. Ormskirk town centre is also home to bars, pubs, and clubs to suit all budgets with many offering student nights so it’s easy to find a place to suit your nightlife needs. Check out our student blogs here to find out what our current students think of the nightlife at Edge Hill.


Behind Edge Hill University you can find Ruff Woods, 19 acres of mixed woodland. Ruff Woods has a Biological Heritage Site status because it is home to the endangered Red Squirrel. Ruff Woods is a haven for wildlife and its many paths, car parking, and picnic areas make it a fun place to explore.

In Ormskirk town centre the 20 acre Coronation Park opened in 1903 and is now home to a wildlife meadow, outdoors fitness equipment, and a skate park. Thanks to the beautiful surroundings and the help of the local community, Coronation Park has held the Green Flag award for several years, identifying the park as a location which meets high standards.


Every Thursday and Saturday Ormskirk holds a market which originated in 1286 when local monks were given permission to host the market by King Edward. Everything from clothing to local produce can be found if you are looking for a bargain, or simply head down and drink in the atmosphere.

UK travel

Ormskirk is ideally situated for exploring the rest of the UK. Whether you are looking for countryside or city life as your next destination, many locations are easily accessible within 1-2 hours, giving you plenty of opportunities for weekend visits.


We are:

1 hour from the Lake District

2 hours from idyllic Wales

1 hour from New Brighton beaches

1 hour from Delamere Forest

City life:

We are:

45 minutes from Chester

1 hour from Manchester

2 hours from Leeds

2 hours from London

3 hours from Edinburgh

Further afield:

There are regular flights and ferries from Liverpool to Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man. The beautiful British island of Jersey is also a short flight from Liverpool.

Travel abroad

The closest airports to Ormskirk are Liverpool (30mins drive) and Manchester (approx. 40 minutes drive).

Liverpool Airport is smaller and mainly flies within Europe including UK destinations such as Derry/Londonderry, Isle of Man, Jersey, and Newquay

Manchester airport is larger and caters for more flights inside Europe and further afield. You can also fly directly from Manchester to London Heathrow which takes approximately 1 hour. London Heathrow has a wide variety of flights departing to all parts of the world.


Lonely Planet calls North West England ‘a postcard to the past’, and with an abundance of historical sites seeped in British history is it is easy to see why. Just some of the historic sights you can visit in the North West include:

  • Chester Castle
  • Chester Roman Amphitheatre
  • Beeston Castle and Woodland Park
  • Ravenglass Roman Bath House
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • Liverpool dock
  • Conway Castle
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