With so much to see and do in Liverpool, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some of our local tips:
Albert Dock and the waterfront
UNESCO made Liverpool a World Heritage Site in 2004. “The six areas in the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool bear witness to the development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America.” That recognition is now on UNESCO’s “in danger” list because a number of skyscrapers are being planned... but then that’s the trouble when historic cities start to boom.
Albert Dock was the first of the city’s old docks to be regenerated and is now full of cafes, bars and the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Beatles Story and the Tate Liverpool.
Liverpool is one of Britain’s great football cities. Two Premier League clubs call the city home: Liverpool FC and Everton. If you get the chance to see a match at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium, you will see why players say it is one of the most exciting places in the world to play; the supporters make an incredible noise and are famous for singing the club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Everton’s Goodison Park is also famous for its atmosphere and how close the fans are to the pitch. If you can’t get to see a live match, watching in a local pub comes a close second. You can also take tours of the stadiums, which are highly recommended.
For a change of scenery, a trip northwards along the coast is perfect. In Crosby, which is a short train ride, or two hour walk, from Liverpool city centre, you can see artist Anthony Gormley’s iconic “Another Place” installation, which consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures staring out to sea across the vast, open beach. In Southport itself, there is a popular shopping arcade and a traditional pier which is over 1km long. It’s a taste of “real” England, where high tea is still observed.
If you like golf, Southport is the home of Royal Birkdale course (Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham & Saint Anne’s are both within 1 hour).
Liverpool’s nightlife is legendary. You can see quality live music any night of the week, whether international stars at the Echo Arena or up-and-coming bands at dozens of venues across the city. There is something for all tastes, from cutting-edge electronic music to traditional Gaelic music from the other side of the Irish Sea (see our Liverpool Tips
). See our key dates
for some of the music festivals in the city.
For another side of the city after dark, a Liverpool (Shiverpool) Ghost Tour will take you to some of the spookiest and scariest parts of town. A mix of historical tour and theatre, you are led around the city by expert guides who share creepy historical findings in a series of stunning performances. See www.shiverpool.co.uk.
Liverpool’s museums and galleries
National Museums Liverpool has the only English national collection based wholly outside London. The Walker Art Gallery has an extensive collection of Pre-Raphaelites, Sudley House houses pre 20th century art, the International Slavery Museum has exhibits about the slave trade (which was once big business in Liverpool), the World Museum Liverpool has all sorts of exhibitions... and there is much more besides. Entry is free.
Various locations, (liverpoolmuseums.org.uk)
The Tate Liverpool Features a fantastic collection of modern art and regular visiting exhibitions. This is the sister gallery of the Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London and is named after Liverpool sugar trader and philanthropist Henry Tate. Entry is free.
Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB (tate.org.uk)
FACT centre - The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology hosts touring multimedia exhibitions and has one of the best cinemas in town.
88 Wood St, Liverpool, L1 4DQ (fact.co.uk)
Beatles Story features replicas of the Casbah, Mathew Street and The Cavern which authentically capture the early 1960's, allowing you to personally experience the places that helped make The Beatles the biggest band in the world.
Britannia Vaults, Kings Dock St, Liverpool L3 4AD (beatlesstory.com)