Great city life with more student clubs and bars than most will be able to get around; cheap accommodation, and even cheaper beer
Liverpool also has a startling range of attractions – it haven’t been awarded the Capital of Culture title for nothing. The architecture is world-class, with more listed buildings then any city outside London, and the heart of the city and its waterfront sit proudly alongside treasures like the Taj Mahal and Pyramids at Giza as a World Heritage Site.
Liverpool has a startling range of attractions – we haven’t been awarded the Capital of Culture title for nothing. The architecture is world-class, with more listed buildings then any city outside London, and the heart of the city and its waterfront sit proudly alongside treasures like the Taj Mahal and Pyramids at Giza as a World Heritage Site. Whether it’s art and culture, sport or family outings for the half term holidays you’re looking for, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Liverpool.
Liverpool boasts two Cathedrals which are major attractions in their own right. The Anglican Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral are fine examples of internationally recognised architecture.
Arts & Culture in Liverpool
Many gems of National Museums Liverpool fall within the heritage site. The refurbished World Museum Liverpool and Walker Art Gallery are housed in this part of town, while the Tate Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum have their homes on the waterfront, at the Albert Dock, alongside the unmissable Beatles Story. Check out artinliverpool.com for listings of Arts & Culture events in the area.
If you’re looking for theatres in Liverpool, choose from the Everyman and Playhouse, Unity and Empire theatres for a range of contemporary, classic and touring productions.
The birthplace of not only the Beatles, but Echo and the Bunnymen, Atomic Kitten, Cream and the Coral, the Farm and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Take a trip on the Magical Mystery Tour, visit the Beatles Story, Casbah and Cavern, or spend some time at Beatles Week, which culminates in the Mathew Street Festival. The superb art deco Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, also features a broad programme of top names from rock, jazz, world, contemporary music and comedy. The orchestra’s new Principal Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, has attracted rave reviews.
Liverpool’s port, the second city of the British Empire, provided the gateway to Britain, and a window to the rest of the world, culminating in the vibrant, diverse, international city Liverpool is today. Maritime heritage weaves a rich thread through the city today, from the Three Graces on the Waterfront to the Albert Dock, home of the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
A trip across the river on the world-famous Mersey Ferry offers the most dramatic views of the waterfront and Three Graces – the Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building. On the Wirral side of the river, you can find the stunning new Spaceport attraction at the Seacombe ferry terminal.
Fresh air and green spaces
Whether it’s the beautiful buildings, or a taste of the outdoors that catches your interest, you won’t be short of ideas. Take a break from the whirl of the city at Knowsley Safari Park; the new National Wildflower Centre, also in Knowsley, or the windswept drama of Wirral Country Park, with its breathtaking views over the River Dee, and Welsh mountains beyond. Southport offers excellent shopping, and a traditional Victorian promenade and beach to stroll along later. Or try a combination of the two at Croxteth Hall and Country Park, or the magnificent Speke Hall.
Shopping in Liverpool
Liverpool’s shopping centre blends a mixture of well-known High Street names and quirky independent boutiques. The city centre’s newest shopping district, the Met Quarter, is home to MAC’s only store outside London, plus a host of designer names including Armani, Prada, Gucci and Moulten Brown – not to mention the longest sculpture in Europe. Try Cavern Walks for Liverpool’s stylish independent boutiques Cricket, Vivienne Westwood and Bardot.
Nightlife in Liverpool
If you can avoid shopping till you drop, a night on the town is not to be missed. Liverpool’s reputation for unforgettable nightlife was built on the back of the Cavern, and later Cream. Today the converted Polish church Alma de Cubaprovides a stunning evening’s entertainment, while the award-winning Chibuku Shake Shake has proved our latest international success.
Liverpool boasts two Premiership football teams, Everton FC and current European Champions Liverpool – you can tour both stadia for a behind-the-scenes view of the beautiful game. The Grand National is run here every April at Aintree, while the Liverpool International TennisTournament in June has become a feature of the ATP Tour. Rugby League fans shouldn’t miss the St Helens Saints, while the year rounds off with the return of racing to Merseyside for November’s North West Masters meet