The Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley is one of the six constituent local government districts of the Liverpool City Region. It takes its name from the village of Knowsley and has its headquarters in Huyton.

Towns and villages in Knowsley

  • Cronton Village
  • Halewood
  • Huyton
  • Kirkby
  • Knowsley Village
  • Prescot
  • Roby
  • Stockbridge Village
  • Tarbock
  • Whiston


Knowsley is strategically located within the Liverpool and Manchester corridor. The borough’s excellent rail and motorway networks also place it within easy reach of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Manchester Airport and the Port of Liverpool. This makes international business a viable and attractive option. In addition Knowsley’s connectivity means the borough is well placed for both business and commuting within the City Region and further afield.


        Knowsley Hall                                                Knowsley Safari Park                 

  • Knowsley Hall - Merseyside's only stately home, since 1953 it has been designated a Grade II listed building and is the ancestral home of the Stanley family, the Earls of Derby.  The hall is surrounded by 2,500 acres of parkland, which contains the Knowsley Safari Park. The hall is still owned by the Stanley family but is no longer a family home and instead is used for functions such as corporate events and weddings.
  • Knowsley Safari Park - 5 mile wide animal safari drive, longest in the UK and is currently home to over 750 fascinating animals.  Open 9.30am–5.30pm, telephone 0151 430 9009,
  • Stadt Moers Park - Facilities include, playgrounds, cycleway, environment centre, wildflowers, wetland and woodland habitats and a finishing pond.
  • The National Wildflower Centrea seasonal eco-visitor attraction in Knowsley showcasing natural wildflower heritage and inspiring visitors to create new wildflower landscapes.  Their seasonal nature displays and creative community projects raise awareness about the importance of wildflowers and encourage people to learn about creative conservation.  Seasonal Opening Times - 1st April to 30th September - open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm (last entry to display gardens 4pm, telephone 0151 738 1913,

National Wildflower Centre


  • Stadt Moers - Pottery Lane, Whiston, L35 3RG
  • Court Hey Park - Roby Road, Huyton, L16 3NA
  • Halewood Park - Okell Drive, L26 7WQ
  • Mill Dam - Mill Lane, Kirkby, L32 2AY
  • Acornfield Plantation - Spinney Road, Kirkby, L33 7XY
  • Northwood Forest Hills - Shacklady RD, Kirkby, L33 9XE
  • Millbank Park (The Chad) - Old Hall Lane, L32 5TH
  • Bowring Park - Roby Road, L36 4HQ
  • King George V - Longview Lane, L36 7UN


  • Kirkby - 1st Floor Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, L32 8XY. Telephone 0151 443 4289
  • Halewood - Halewood Centre, Rosenheath Drive, L26 9UH.  Telephone 0151 443 2086
  • Huyton - Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD.  Telephone 0151 443 3734
  • Prescot - Prescot Centre, Aspinall Street, L34 6GA.  Telephone 0151 443 5101
  • Stockbridge Village - The Withens, L28 1AB.  Telephone 0151 443 2501


Knowsley Leisure Centres offer fitness classes, gyms, swimming pools in Huyton, Kirkby and Stockbridge Village.  For those who golf, there are a number of courses available:

  • Huyton & Prescot Golf Club - Fairway, Huyton-With-Roby, L36 1UA
  • Bowring Park Golf Club - Roby Road,  Huyton, L36 4HD
  • Liverpool MunicipalIngoe Lane, Kirkby, L32 4SS


  • Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts - 10 days of arts, music, culture and entertainment.  Held in June at various venues in Prescot.
  • Knowsley Flower Show - Court Hey Park, Huyton and home of the National Wildflower Centre.  Held every August, 11am-5pm.

Areas of Potential Higher Risk

Flooding - Floods are mostly natural events that result either from excessive rainfall that leads to rivers overflowing their banks, or from tidal storm surges on the coast or in estuaries. In urban areas, manmade drainage systems may have inadequate capacity or become blocked leading to flooding.  Because of climate change, both the chance and consequence of flooding has increased. Sea levels rise more frequent and higher storm surges and increased winter rainfall and more intense summer rainfall will add to existing risk and it may not prove possible to improve fixed defenses sufficiently to maintain or raise protection standards.  The Environment Agency (EA) is the lead organisation on flood defence, and reports at policy level to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This work, together with the Agency’s overall direction and supervision of all aspects of flood defence, is vital for sustaining the existing land use found on river and coastal flood plains.

Industrial Sites (Control of Major Accident Hazards - COMAH) - There are seven COMAH sites in Knowsley, upper tier and lower tier.  An upper tier COMAH establishment is required to produce a full safety report which demonstrates that all necessary measures have been taken to minimise risks posed by the site with regard to the environment and local populations. Knowsley, in partnership with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and the site operator, share detailed plans of assessment, anticipation, protection, preparedness, response and recovery. Three-yearly exercises are conducted with the site and partner agencies to ensure all processes and procedures are in place and well, rehearsed. (The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH) and their amendments 2015, are the enforcing regulations within the United Kingdom of the Seveso II Directive devised in Brussels following the Seveso disaster. They are applicable to any establishment storing or otherwise handling large quantities of industrial chemicals of a hazardous nature).  Further information is available from the Health and Safety Executive.

Upper Tier COMAH Sites :

  • Baker Hughes, Knowsley Industrial Park North, Kirkby
  • Contract Chemicals Limited, Knowsley Industrial Estate, Prescot
  • Eli Lilly & Company, Fleming Road, Speke (borders with Knowsley and Liverpool)
  • Bowker Group, Knowsley Industrial Park, Kirkby
  • Vertellus Specialities UK Limited, Lower Road, Widnes

Lower Tier COMAH Sites :

  • Flogas UK Limited, Knowsley Business Park, Prescot
  • Syntor Fine Chemicals Limited, Knowsley Industrial Park, Kirkby

useful contacts


Knowsley Council

0151 489 6000

Whiston Hospital

Warrington Road L35 5DR

0151 426 1600


Merseyside Police

Lathom Road, Huyton, L36 9XU                             


Urgent 999

General 101

From outside Merseyside 0151 709 6010



Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service


Huyton Lane, Huyton L36 7XG

Webster Drive, Kikby, L32 8SJ

Fire Station Road, Whiston L35 7JH      

Urgent 999

General 0151 296 4000

0151 296 5445

0151 296 5505

0151 296 5535





Maritime & Coastguard Agency


Urgent 999

General 0151 931 3341



0151 227 5181 (for planning rail, bus and ferry journeys)

Scottish Power



Powercut 105

Enquiries 0845 273 4444

Emergencies 0800 001 5400



United Utilities

Enquiries (24/7) 0345 672 3723