My first encounter of Speke was reading Sandysmiths page, when I was planning my trip from Liverpool to Granada. She inspired me to visit Speke Hall, So I was planning to arrive nice and early.
My journey from Sheffield started off in torrential rain, over the Cat and Fiddle it was sunny, but as soon as I hit the M6 it was horrendous- such heavy rain, that I couldn't read the motorway signs, and missed my turn off- I eventually got back on course, but too late to visit Speke Hall.
However, I found no problems with the airport- I parked quite easily (previously booked over internet) Very easy check in- I had hand luggage only. and time to relax in lounge prior to departure- quite a laugh to watch other travellers posing at John Lennon statue in the foyer!
Its getting easier and easier to reach Liverpool from Europe. Being Capital of Culture for 2008 and hosting the Golf Open in 2006 acrosss the estuary on the Wirral has meant many more flights operating in and out of the John Lennon airport. Ryanair and Easyjet are the main low cost charter flight here but Flybe also has a base here now. At the moment there is a bus shuttle into Liverpool city centre - some 7 miles away but plans are well under way for a much needed train link. (nearest train station to Speke is currently 2 miles away at Garston).
The nearest train station to Speke is a good 2 miles away so if not arriving by car then the bus is your best option. Catch the the number 82a from Liverpool city centre outside Boots) to Speke - or even the 80a (but this will go all around the houses first!)
The bus will pass a large retail park on the outskirts of Liverpool airport and just after this is where you need to get off. Walk back a few yards from the bus stop towards a roundabout (last one before the airport) and follow the brown tourist sign indicating the road to take to Speke Hall. It looks like its totally the wrong place as you pass industrial units but within 5 minutes you reach the lodge at the head of the long drive to the Hall. Another 5 minutes of walking down the drive and you'll reach the Hall.