Visit Liverpool – it’s one of England’s friendliest cities. This north-west English city has the right balance of cheese and class with things to do for every type of tourist, traveller, and city breaker. Put on the map as the birthplace of the Beatles, a visit to their story is definitely a must see, but there is so much more to Liverpool than just the Fab Four. Here’s why you should visit Liverpool, one of the UK’s cities of culture, and tips on how to swerve the stag parties along the way.
- What are Liverpool’s attractions?
- 1. Albert Docks
- 2. Ferry ‘cross the Mersey
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- 3. The Beatles Story
- 4. Twist and Shout at the Cavern Club
- 5. Take a Selfie with Cilla
- 6. Brunch
- 7. Visit Liverpool for the food
- 8. Look at the loos…
- 9. Sneak to a speakeasy
- 10. Sip and soak up the sun
- 11. Karaoke in Liverpool
- 12. 24 Hour Party People
- 13. Baltic Triangle
- Getting to Liverpool
- Getting around Liverpool
- Hostels in Liverpool
- Hotels in Liverpool
- Apartments in Liverpool
What are Liverpool’s attractions?
1. Albert Docks
Take a stroll along the docks while popping in to see the Fab Four at the Beatles Story, Andy Warhol’s work at the Tate Modern and look out for the 18-foot Liver Birds which soar high in the sky. The female bird is watching out for the sailors at sea and the male is gawking at the pubs in the city!
2. Ferry ‘cross the Mersey
Sorry, now you have that song in your head. An informative boat trip across the River Mersey cruises past Liverpool’s ‘Three Graces’, the Port of Liverpool Building, the Cunard Building and the iconic Grade I Liver Building at Pier Head. A narrator shares stories over the speaker of Liverpool’s industrial and cultural past. A boat ride is definitely one of the recommended things to do on Liverpool docks. Those interested in boats should check out the Maritime Museum too.
- Address: Liverpool L3 1BY
- Cost: £10
The Strangers, Gerry and the Pacemakers and of course The Beatles, Liverpool is home to the beat so no trip to the city would be complete without some kind of music-related activity. Since Merseyside was the hotbed (and stage) for bands in the ‘60s there are many options for music fans. Don’t forget to pack your travel speaker for your apartment party!
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3. The Beatles Story
A visit to the Beatles Story is one of the most popular things to do in Liverpool and it will not disappoint. The walk-through audio museum lets you plug in and zone out as it talks you through the band’s life, from the Quarry Men to present day. Beatle fanatics can even visit Paul McCartney’s childhood home in the suburbs at 20 Forthlin Road.
- Location: Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
- Price: £15.95
4. Twist and Shout at the Cavern Club
The Cavern Club is a cheesy choice in the centre of Liverpool. It was made famous by those who graced the dance floor as well as the acts that performed on its stage which makes it one of the prominent points of interest on every Liverpool itinerary. The Cavern on Mathew Street is open seven days a week with free entry in the morning then £2-£6 thereafter. Visitors can get sweaty while listening to cover bands playing songs from the sixties as well as other genres. The Grapes pub, the popular haunt for the sixties celebs, is over the road from the Cavern. Warning: this is stag and hen party central.
- Address: 10 Mathew St, Liverpool L2 6RE
5. Take a Selfie with Cilla
Lennon, Star, McCartney and Harrison are not the only musicians to come out of Liverpool. The host of the original Blind Date and two UK number one hits, Cilla Black, stands waiting outside of the Cavern for a snap – one of your free things to do in Liverpool. If you are in Liverpool this September you can catch Cilla the Musical at the Empire Theatre.
Duke Street, and the streets surrounding, is a cool area for bars and restaurants including the only place to eat the most important meal of the day, Brunch Club. This hipster cool café has doors for wallpaper and does tasty breakfasts with a glass of mimosas, perfect hair of the dog.
7. Visit Liverpool for the food
Brunch is not the only meal to look forward to. Liverpool’s food scene caters for every taste and one of my favourite meals was the least expensive, Japanese food at Tokyo. The portions are massive.
- 7 Berry St, Liverpool L1 9DF
→ Love Asian food? You need to get to Chiang Mai, Thailand
8. Look at the loos…
…of the grand ornate pub, The Philharmonic. It’s not uncommon to see girls nipping into the men’s with cameras.
- Address: 36 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BX
9. Sneak to a speakeasy
Hidden down an alley, you may think there is something a bit fishy about Jenny’s Bar at first glance but once you are through the front door you will be faced with a 70s cool bar that serves potent yet tasty cocktails.
- The Old Ropery Fenwick Street, Liverpool L2 7LS
10. Sip and soak up the sun
There are quite a few beer gardens or bars with rooftops in Liverpool where you can enjoy a pint in the sunshine. Kazimier Gardens is centrally located and bustling. Across the road is a great cocktail pub that does 2-4-1 during the day! No stag or hens in sight.
- Address: 32 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BE
11. Karaoke in Liverpool
One of my favourite things to in Liverpool at night is hit the mic! Why watch others sing when you can take to the stage yourself and insult your friend’s ears at Mr Ho’s. The set up is great but the man controlling the songs was obnoxious.
- 37 Victoria St, Liverpool L1 6BQ
12. 24 Hour Party People
The party never stops in Liverpool, unlike the Manchester or Edinburgh the disco continues after the chip shops close. Heebies Jeebies is a fun split-level nightclub open until 4am and the bottom floor plays all things indie. I’d like to apologise to the DJ for continually giving him an earful for only playing male indie, still not acceptable mind you!
- 80-82 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BH
Many of Liverpool’s gay bars are open until 4am/5am including GBar.
- 1-7 Eberle St, Liverpool L2 2AG
13. Baltic Triangle
‘Two years ago you would not be walking along this street’, a local tells us. The Baltic Triangle, which takes in Jamaica Street, Greenland Street and Upper Parliament Street, is the newly gentrified area of the Liverpool (a 15-minute walk from the city centre). Shops, restaurants and a local modern day market are tucked into containers and warehouses, filled with art, music and cool looking people.
Liverpool is now my tenth visited UK city and it has gained a firm top 3 position as one of my favourites (Glasgow and London are just too hard to beat). I honestly cannot describe how friendly the city is, the music runs through its veins from Mathew Street to the Baltic Triangle and the variety of food and drink options make choosing a challenge!
Getting to Liverpool
- Liverpool’s Lime Station has great rail links to London (2 hours), Manchester (30 mins) and Edinburgh (4 hours).
- Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport has a 24-hour bus to city connection.
Getting around Liverpool
You are rarely more than 8 minutes away from your next destination (according to Google Maps), making by foot the best way to get around the city.
Hostels in Liverpool
Like every city, there are hostels for those on a tighter budget or looking to socialise. Hostel dorm beds in Liverpool range from £22 at the Liverpool International Inn – 8.3 rating, light breakfast included (weekend rates, weekday prices are cheaper) to £36 at the YHA Liverpool, bar onsite – 9.0 rating, check out the best rates and availability here.
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Hotels in Liverpool
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Apartments in Liverpool
Myself and three friends rented an Airbnb apartment on Duke Street, Liverpool. I highly recommend this area, it’s super close to many bars and restaurants (check out Bold Street for great variety) and only 15 minutes walking distance to Lime Street Train Station. New to Airbnb? It’s a nifty website which filters through thousands of rentals to help find the perfect match for you. Sign up using our referral code for money off your first stay and we’ll get money off too, thanks for keeping us on the road!