The statue is of Bessie Bradock. She was responsible for getting the lion mark of quality on british eggs hence why she is holding an egg.
26 reviews of Lime Street Station in English
Oh apart from the large pink neon turd that someone has deposited outside the station. Anyone got a big scooper?
Shamefully I've never been to Liverpool before but I'm currently sitting in Liverpool Lime Street Station for a bit and I have to say it's quite good.
A sort of cross between Victoria station with its big concourse and Paddington's arching roof the station manages to look modern and old fashioned at the same time giving it a quaint look despite the overwhelming size.
It has a good selection of shops and a pub, though you do have to pay 30p to use the toilet!
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Lime St is a central feature in my Liverpool memory. It has some decent shops and decently laid out (now with new steps at front).
Wish they'd get rid of Sky News from the big screen - Rupert Murdoch plus regular adverts do not a happy waiting experience make, for me.
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this is an iconic building within liverpool. there is a lot of history behind this station and is one of the main access points in and out of the city centre of liverpool. it has also recently been given a face lift and has made the station more in keeping with the other famous building of liverpool!!
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Good station in general.
I like the new stone stairs at the front of the station, shame its used as a smokers area.. I stood outside on a sunny day while I waited for the train and had to go back inside as crowds of smokers where sat on the stairs. better than smoking inside the station though so I'll get off my soap box ;-)
I hate it when trains are changed platform at the last minute.. the amount of times Ive missed trains as I haven't been listening for the tannoy telling changes ( sometimes only minutes before the train leaves! )
Good choice of shops.
Having to pay to use the toilets is something I can never get used to. The train fares costs enough without having to pay to have a wee too!
Would have been 4 stars instead of 3 but for the toilet issue. I can only imagine the annoyance that is to a family with a troop of kids all needing the loo.
I could talk about the more mundane aspects of Liverpool Lime Street station - the fact that it's nice, relatively clean and you can get a relatively decent coffee and a pasty from the Cornwall Pasty Company concession located near the entrance. But why go on about that when so many other reviewers on this page have gone on about those various aspects of the station in such great depth? For me, the best bit of Liverpool Lime Street station is its art pieces.
You see, Lime Street station is home to one of the most bizarre statues I've seen in a long time. It's a bronze interpretation of a rather robust looking woman (if I were being uncharitable, I'd say that she looks like a bit of a battle axe) who appears to be proudly brandishing an egg. Yes, you read that right, an egg. Why is she displaying an egg to various commuters? (and a startlingly lifelike statue of Ken Dodd holding a 'tickle stick' she stands opposite to) No one knows. Trust me - since moving to Liverpool, I have lost count of the amount of people I've asked about this statue, and not one of them knows why she's holding an egg.
So, people reading this. Do any of you know why she's holding an egg? Or is it just one of those mysterious riddles that no one will ever fathom? Or is it even an allegory of some deep mysterious aspect of Liverpudlian life that I - a scummy Mancunian - will never ever be able to work out?
Anyway - besides from these 'interesting' statues, Lime Street has recently installed another, less puzzling piece of art, the rather fine Liverpool to Liverpool - a series of paving stones and images detailing one man's journey by bus, boat and train from Liverpool in England to Liverpool in Canada. This is definitely worth checking out as these drawings manage to be both intricate and beautiful. And much less puzzling to the eye than any bronze rendition of an egg brandishing woman.
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libbie80, 14 November 2010:
An excellent station with everything you need close at hand and the platforms laid out in a sensible row (at last a station where I can't get lost!) The information boards for arrivals and departures are large, clear and easy to read. Many useful shops too including WH Smith, Boots, and a great Costa too.
We were so glad to find a Left Luggage kiosk (so many stations don't have them now) which made our final half day in the city so much easier, although it's expensive at £7 for any part of a 24 hour period. The people there were friendly and helpful.
Lime street train station is a plesent clean station. There are a number of shops inside the station such as a small boots and fast food store. Everything as you would expect from a train station really
Not sure the purpose of writing a review for a train station, considering as it’s not really the sort of category in which there is competition to pick and choose from. But I’ll push on, regardless.
Liverpool Lime Street is a good train station, as train stations go. It’s got a solid selection of shops - Boots, Upper Crust, Burger King, WH Smiths, M&S Food, and daresay one or two more I’m forgetting. I find it woefully inadequate as far as self-service tickets go, though the place is never particularly busy when I go there either.
I don’t find the station staff particularly helpful, but the departures board is big and clear. The station’s fairly clean and looks quite good, and is centrally located so very close to the shops. Ultimately though, if you’re getting a train to Liverpool, you’re going to have to come to this station. And if you’re not, you won’t.
We’ve used this station quite a bit as it’s conveniently-sited for the main tourist attractions in Liverpool (to which it is well connected by subways). They tend to check your ticket before allowing you off the platform and onto the concourse (or vice versa) which can lead to queues (or, worse, crushes) when busy trains arrive; but at least the place has good signage and a decent range of shops to pass the time of day whilst you’re waiting. The staff have been friendly and helpful on the rare occasions I’ve needed to approach them. All in all, a reasonable example of its type, although I wouldn’t go overboard about it.
This station is a big, empty feeling open space really. Not my favourite train station and it has very few shops or cafes considering it’s seen as a fairly main station. I’ve always found it impossible to locate a member of staff when i’ve needed help too.
Lime Street is okay, it’s getting better. To be honest I preferred the old toilets though. They weren’t modern but they were never horrible and dirty plus you never had to pay. 30p to go the toilet!! I just hold it in now. They are making a better waiting area for the virgin trains, which will be good because when it gets to time for the london euston train to leave it gets really busy and congested around platform 7 and you have to fight your way through the crowds so you don’t miss your train.
On the whole, I think Lime Street is a good station, especially compared to some in the area. It’s enclosed so you don’t have to get wet whilst you are waiting for your train. It’s not a huge station like Birmingham New Street so you don’t get the crazy business of rush hour and the constant platform alterations. It never seems to be too busy and it’s never very stressful catching a train. I think another couple of shops or eateries would be good but as it is smack bang in the middle of Liverpool city centre, I shouldn’t complain. I do hate having to pay to use the Ladies though.
Lime street station has definitely improved a lot over the last few years. A few years ago it was rather a dark dismal place, with just the one grotty pub, but now it’s really quite a pleasant place to be. Situated ideally for all of the city’s amenities it is a big station with about 9 platforms. because it’s the end of the line you don’t need to worry about getting from one platform to the next. Plenty of shops including a nice dinky M and S food outlet, the usual bURGER KING AND SANDWICH SHOPS AND A bOOTS and Smiths. Could do with a Millie’s cookies to make it complete, but apart from that a nice place to be!
I have used lime street quite often over the last few years and to my suprise it is always clean and the security is quite tight, you cant look far without spotting some form of police/station security. Also, the trains are usually good time keepers for me at least. The only problem i would say is that when you want to buy a ticket the kiosk’s are often packed with people queing and there is often only 1 or two windows open which slows the whole process down further still.
Very large busy train station. Taking into account the number of people who pass through this station on a daily basis I can’t believe just how clean the station is. There appears to be someone constantly cleaning up around the place. The staff at the ticket office are very helpful when you are not sure what train to take and will print off a list of changes you need to make. Handy to get to from the airport.
This is a prime location for the shopping centre of Liverpool and has some good amenities available for use. I will say that the station has undergone some real improvements recently and the roof is now much better.
There are a couple of cons. Queues tend to get pretty bad in the station and you also have lots of people asking you for 20p or harassing you for money. There is not a good variety of shops either, and the ones that are there are pretty run of the mill and expensive. Toilets are okay but you have to pay 30p!
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