Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL) is located in the city’s iconic waterfront area and is a modern purpose-built exhibition space, covering some 8,100 sq m. Opened in 2015, it sits alongside the interconnected Convention Centre and Arena buildings, forming a self-contained campus that also incorporates a hotel, food and drink offerings and an adjoining car park.

How to get there

Being located close to main north-south links, access by all methods of transport are excellent.

By road, the site entrance is off of Chaloner Street on the Waterfront, approximately a mile from the end of the M62. The M6 provides a direct route from the south, either via the M1 from the south east, or the M5, from the South West. From the North and Scotland, the best route is via the M6; in all cases leave the M6 and join the M62 at Junction 21A. There is a car park on site with 1,600 spaces, plus numerous car parks around the Waterfront area within ten minutes’ walk from the venue. The daily rate for using the site car parks is normally around £15, but some exhibitions provide free parking for a limited number of exhibitors included in their stand price.

By rail, the ECL is a short bus or taxi ride, or around a twenty-minute walk, from Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station. There is also the option of transferring to local Merseyrail services that terminate at James Street Station, which is around ten-minutes’ walk from the ECL. There are regular direct services to Liverpool Lime Street from London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Manchester Oxford Road, Newcastle and Norwich.

By Air, Liverpool John Lennon Airport is around 20 minutes away by taxi; there is also a regular direct express bus service from the airport that terminates a few hundred yards from the centre. There are also links to Manchester International Airport via Liverpool Lime Street train station.

By Bus, there are daily National Express coach services to Liverpool One Bus Station, which is five-minutes’ walk from the ECL. Regular local bus services operate to the ECL from the train and coach stations.

There is a national chain hotel on the ECL site, which is physically connected to the Exhibition Halls. In addition, there are numerous hotels within 15 minutes’ walk of the venue.

What facilities are there?

There are the usual fast food, snack and beverage facilities, plus seating areas available throughout the venue. Liverpool Waterfront is a lively area, with plenty of restaurants and bars within a few minutes’ walk, offering everything from take-away to 5-star fine dining.

Useful things to know when setting up

For set-up and breakdown days, all of the halls are only accessible via a single Loading Bay, which is on the same level as the Halls but can only accommodate a limited number of vehicles. All standholders must first report to the gatehouse via Half Tide Wharf where they will be issued with a vehicle pass and when there is an available space at the halls to unload they will be directed to the halls by a traffic marshal. When unloading at the exhibition halls, all exhibitors must ensure that their vehicles display the vehicle pass and that vehicles are removed immediately after unloading and parked off-site.

Major National Exhibitions held at the ECL include:

Runfit Expo
Curve Fashion Festival
Pulse Live
Big Bang Northwest
Wound Expo
Cruise Job Fair

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