Many people know Liverpool for its football or as the home of The Beatles, but this city in North West England is much more than that. A former European Capital of Culture, the city is full of museums and arts venues, alongside cool and quirky bars and night spots.
It’s known as a party city and a place that takes a night out seriously, so don’t be surprised if you see some of the girls shopping on a Saturday afternoon wearing their hair in curlers as they get ready for a big night out.
Liverpool is a great place for a weekend break, and there are plenty of things to do while you’re there.
Wander Albert Dock
Not only is Albert Dock full of cool bars and eateries, it’s also home to some of Liverpool’s best museums and galleries, including the Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story and the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Albert Dock itself is full of beautiful architecture, whether you want to spend an afternoon sitting in the sun outside a café feeling the breeze off the river, or you choose to visit at night and admire the twinkling lights.
Both the Tate and the Maritime Museum are free to enter and it would be easy to spend hours wandering around enjoying the exhibits.
Shop at Liverpool One
Much of the city centre has been regenerated in recent years and the Liverpool One is a shopping and leisure complex across from Albert Dock, which sits alongside some of the older buildings in the area. It’s full of the big name stores and restaurants you’d expect in a busy city centre and much of the development is open air.
Visit the Cavern Club
Famous as the nightclub where The Beatles used to play, the Cavern Club is still open today and is a huge attraction for tourists and gig goers.
You can also stop for a drink at the Cavern Pub, which is just across the road from The Cavern Club on Mathew Street. The pub is packed with memorabilia from some of the bands and artists who have played at the club over the years.
Ride a ferry across the Mersey
If you want to see a different side to the city, you can take a ferry across the River Mersey, which run from Liverpool to the Wirral Peninsula.
As you can discover at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool has a rich maritime history and the ferries have become an important part of that.
Get tickets for a football match
As in many other northern towns and cities, football is in people’s blood. Whether they support Liverpool FC or Everton, many residents are passionate football fans and love nothing more than following their team.
If you’re in the city when there’s a home match, it’s worth trying to get a ticket to Anfield to experience the atmosphere.
Have you ever visited Liverpool? What were your highlights?