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Top Things to see & do in Liverpool

by Alison
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Liverpool is a great city that is full of culture, and history, located in the North West of England. Liverpool is mostly known for The Beetles, Cilla Black and its football teams (Everton F.C and Liverpool F.C). With links to the industrial revolution and the oldest Chinese community in Europe, this city is full of history and has a diverse culture. Liverpool is also home to the first, and the only gay quarter in the UK, with Pride, Trans pride events plus a festival – Homotopia taking place annually making it a great place for everyone to visit.

In this guide, you’ll find a selection of the top things to see & do in Liverpool.

1. The Cavern Club

Cavern Club, Liverpool

The Cavern Club is the legendary birthplace of The Beatles and the self-proclaimed most famous club in the world. So, drink, relax, and unwind with the great selection of music from different clubs and bars in Liverpool. The Cavern Club is sure one of the most important cultural landmarks in Liverpool and it is inspired by Parisian cellar bars. Having cultivated different talents such as The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, and the Arctic Monkeys, it became a hot spot for emerging talent and an icon in world music.

2. The Albert Dock

The Albert Dock

The Albert Dock makes up part of Liverpool’s Maritime Mercantile City. This historic heart of Liverpool has tons to offer such as the Merseyside Maritime Museum, and the Tate Liverpool art gallery which both offer free entry to a range of exhibits. Plus, they both have a good level of accessibility for those visual and hearing impairments, dyslexia, autism and wheelchairs users. There are tons of independent shops, and great places to eat dotted around the dock. A range of events is held throughout the year which can be found here. The dock itself has a decent level of wheelchair access, but access to some shops may vary.

3. The World Museum

Liverpool’s World Museum was originally established in 1851 in this city of international trade and travel, and it houses many fantastic and pieces from all over the globe like different exhibits from Egypt and Sudan. There are also displays focusing on ethnology, space, earth, and nature and time. The World Museum is without a doubt the best place to go if you want to delve into the past while enjoying your holiday.

4. For Football fans

Anfield, Liverpool stadium

Are you a lover of football? Then one of Liverpool’s biggest passions and a massive selling point is football. Football fans from around the globe are able to visit the two big teams, Liverpool FC and Everton FC stadiums. Instead of watching the matches alone, you can also walk down the tunnel at Goodison Park or Anfield Stadium for around £10-£20 per person.

5. Walker Art Gallery

This gallery is the National Gallery of the North and is a famous gallery situated across from Lime Street station on William Brown Street. The neo-classical Walker Gallery has an extensive collection of artworks varying from contemporary works from Lucien Freud and David Hockney to years of Pre-Raphaelite works of Rembrandt and Degas.

6. Liverpool Chinatown

The Imperial Arch outside Liverpool's China town on Nelson Street, with two bronze lions in front.

Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinatown in Europe. Liverpool Chinatown is full of Chinese-style architecture, including The Imperial Arch on Nelson Street. The Imperial Arch is the largest outside of China, standing at 13.5 meters (44feet) tall. The archway is guarded by two bronze lions, which were placed with the principles of Feng Shui.

The arch was made in Shanghai and gifted to Liverpool in 2000. The archway was created after years of cooperation between Liverpool Chinatown Business Association, Liverpool Rope Walks, Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

7. Liverpool Cathedral

Inside Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral is Britain’s largest cathedral. Located on St James’s Mount, the Cathedral features the tallest tower in Liverpool, offering spectacular panoramic views across the city. Inside the church, you will find some stunning stained glassed windows, along with the world’s highest and widest Gothic arches. The Cathedral is home to the UK’s largest organ and the world’s heaviest and highest peal of bells.

The Cathedral itself is free, but for £5.50 (for adults, £4.50 for concessions) you can access the tower, and get an audio-guided tour of the Cathedral.  The Cathedral is open from 10 am until 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Saturday’s it is open 9 am until 5 pm. Sunday’s the church is open 12noon until 4 pm.

8. Cruise along the River Merseyside

Take a hop-on hop-off boat ride on the River Merseyside, which gives you views of some of Liverpool’s best landmarks. An audio guide on board will teach you the history as you cruise along the river. Hop off the boat at any of its stops to explore the landmarks up close, then hop back on when you’re done.

The tour is limited to 25 people so make sure you book early. You can buy your tickets online here.

9. See The Beatles Statue

Beatles Statue. Photo licensed under Creative Commons, from https://pixabay.com/en/beatles-liverpool-statue-2395311/

The Beatles Statue is located on Liverpool’s Pierhead. The statue was donated by the Cavern Club, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of what the Beatles’ last played in Liverpool, at the Liverpool Empire.

Those are just 9 of literally hundreds of great things to do in Liverpool. If these options don’t appeal to you, others will. Liverpool truly has something for everyone.

10. Play some games at a VR Arcade

If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do while in Liverpool, then why not try out some VR (virtual reality) games? VR games allow you to become more immersed in the experience, and create a more interesting & enjoyable experience than the standard video game. At home VR setups can cost thousands, but, you can experience a range of VR games yourself, for a lot less at an arcade.

Not quite sure if it’s for you? Then check this review of Liverpool’s VR Here arcade.

11. Learn about the Beatles at “The Beatles Story”

Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about The Beatles and their music. Located just a few minutes from downtown Liverpool in the Cavern Quarter is The Beatles Story, a museum that chronicles one of the greatest bands in music history with stunning exhibits and interactive displays. If you want an insider’s look at John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr’s hometown of Liverpool, The Beatles Story is a great place to start.

12. Checkout the British Music Experience

If you’re a fan of The Beatles this is another must-visit museum that includes artefacts from The Beatles’ career including stage costumes worn by John Lennon on his last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The British Music Experience also includes artefacts from The Rolling Stones, Bowie, Spice Girls, Adele, Oasis, The X-Factor and more. There’s a range of exhibits including audiovisual experiences and hologram performances from some of the best British bands and musicians.

13. Visit The Tate Liverpool Art Gallery

For art lovers, Tate Liverpool is one of the must-visit attractions in Liverpool. Home to an extensive collection of modern art, Tate Liverpool is located right on downtown’s waterfront and is only a short walk from many hotels. The gallery houses modern and contemporary works by international artists. These include Picasso’s Family of Saltimbanques (1905), Matisse’s painting of his wife Le bonheur de Vivre (1905) and some works by Duchamp.

14. Visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum

The Merseyside Maritime Museum is home to an impressive collection of vessels and is located near Pier Head in downtown Liverpool. Entry into both exhibitions at The Merseyside Maritime Museum is free of charge.

Located on Albert Dock, it features six floors of exhibits, exhibitions and hands-on activities that provide an insightful look into life at sea. You’ll find yourself immersed in ship models and detailed artefacts from around 5,000 years ago all the way up to today’s modern ships. Other highlights include grand nautical paintings by famous maritime artists and a replica 19th-century warship.

15. Enjoy the view over Liverpool from St. John’s Beacon

View over Liverpool from St John's Beacon
View over Liverpool from St John’s Beacon

If you’re looking for a great view over Liverpool, look no further than The Radio City Tower, also known as St. John’s Beacon. At 135 meters high (443 feet), it offers one of the best views of both surrounding areas and inside the city. While there are many other local landmarks that are worth visiting, make sure you don’t miss out on viewing them from Radio City Tower. To book tickets, visit the St. John’s Beacon website.

16. Enjoy live music and comedy at The Rubber Soul Complex

Rubber Soul in Liverpool at night
Rubber Soul in Liverpool. Credit: Tee Cee on Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/LefUCR

The Rubber Soul Complex on Mathew Street has bars offering live music every night of the week plus live comedy shows on the weekend. At The Rubber Soul Complex, you’ll find Rubber Soul, Kaiserkeller, Route 66, Eric’s Live and Heaven.

Each bar offers a different atmosphere and theme

  • Rubber Soul, offers a range of live music throughout both the day and evening. When Liverpool and Everton are playing you’ll also be able to watch the football here, while enjoying some reasonably priced beers.
  • Kaiserkeller is a German Bavarian bar with an Oompah band playing on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Heaven is an LGBTQ friendly nightclub, that stays open to 7 am on weekends and 6 am on weekdays. With DJ’s playing every night and events hosted throughout the year, Heaven is a great place to pop by if you’re part of the LGBTQ community.
  • Route 66 has live acoustic acts on weekends, and live piano shows.
  • Eric’s Live has hosted some famous bands over the years, such as U2 and The Jam. They now have cover bands playing every weeknight and solo acoustic nights in the evenings.

17. Visit The Strawberry Fields

The originl gates at Strawberry Fields, Liverpool
The original gates at Strawberry Fields, Liverpool. Credit: Dark Dwarf on Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/9pDWJE

For Beatles fans, visiting Strawberry Field is a must. This former Salvation Army orphanage was located near John Lennon’s home and where he played as a child with children living in the orphanage. The home was the inspiration for the song, Strawberry Fields Forever.

While the original orphanage has been closed down, it’s now home to an exhibition that lets you learn more about how the orphanage was connected to The Beatles. I recommend taking a tour with a media guide, that let’s you skip the lines so you don’t have to waste your vacation queueing. You could take a Beatles tour of Liverpool by taxi, that will stop by many locations including Strawberry Fields.

18. Take a tour of Liverpool

There’s a range of tours available to help you explore Liverpool. From boat cruises along the Merseyside River to tours of Liverpool’s Football Stadium, and Open-top sightseeing bus tours. There are tours suitable for everyone, no matter your party size or interests.

Where to stay in Liverpool

Liverpool has a huge selection of hotels, hostels and apartments for you to stay in while visiting. Below is a list of hotels available.

Hotels Liverpool: Top hotels

HotelStarsDiscountPrice before and discountSelect dates
Pullman Liverpool★★★★-10% 179 163View hotel
The Resident Liverpool★★★★-14% 72 63View hotel
Aloft Liverpool★★★★-29% 103 74View hotel
Heywood House Hotel★★★★-12% 72 63View hotel
Liverpool Marriott Hotel City Centre★★★★-47% 467 246View hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool★★★★-8% 239 219View hotel
Seel Street Hotel by EPIC★★★★-24% 160 122View hotel
Orrell Park Hotel★★★★-41% 148 87View hotel

Nearby places to visit

If you’re looking for other places to combine with your visit to Liverpool, why not check out the beautiful city of York? About 2 hours away by train, this historical English city has tons to offer and makes for an enjoyable day or weekend trip. Or why not take a day trip and visit Yorkshire or the Lake District to discover some of Englands most beautiful scenic areas? You could also head over to Wales, and take a day trip tour that lets you discover the beautiful landscapes in Snowdonia and Conwy Castle.

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Viv Simone June 17, 2019 - 10:21 pm

Thanks for the tag. I was only in Liverpool for a few hours so didn’t manage to make it to the attractions you mentioned, but we enjoyed our visit so much that we will definitely be going back! We plan to make a weekend of it and do some shopping, so we’ll have to make time to see the sights too!

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Alison June 20, 2019 - 11:51 pm

No problem, I love VR but cannot afford a setup at home, so was so glad to hear that a VR arcade opened.

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Joanna August 25, 2021 - 2:40 am

I’d honestly never really thought of visiting Liverpool before your post! Definitely saving for my next visit to England, it looks awesome and I had no idea it had so much history!

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