Merseyside is a county in north-west England created as a county during the 1970s combining areas from Lancashire and Cheshire. Straddling the Mersey estuary, the county contains a mix of urban areas and more rural locations. This is mirrored in the available properties for rent in Merseyside, there is a variety of wonderfully affordable smaller homes and terraces, modern apartments as well as those in converted homes, large country houses are also common in the county. The city of Liverpool and large towns such as St Helens and Sefton provide Merseyside's bustling urban areas. Those looking for a vibrant nightlife should look no further than Liverpool, with its fantastic range of bars, pubs and clubs, including the historic Cavern Club, where the Beatles played their earliest shows. Shoppers can make use of the fantastic range of brands and independent shops in Liverpool as well as St Helens, whilst arty types can pay a visit to theatres such as the Royal Lyceum and the Liverpool Theatre. On the other hand, for those seeking the tranquillity of a quiet life in the countryside there is the option to live in any one of the gorgeous villages in the county.