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 it’s 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 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.
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1. The Cavern Club
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, makes up part of Liverpool’s UNESCO 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 are 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 house 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
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
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 co-operation between Liverpool Chinatown business Association, Liverpool Rope Walks, Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.
7. 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 stain 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 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. View Liverpool from the Radio City Tower
Get 360 panoramic views of Liverpool, Merseyside, Wirral and North Wales from the Radio City Tower’s Viewing Gallery. The Radio Tower is home to Radio City, Radio City 2, Radio City 3 and Radio City Talk. The viewing gallery is located at the top of St Johns Beacon. The viewing gallery is open daily, including bank holidays from 10:30 am until 5:30 pm. Last entry is at 5 pm.
9. See The Beatles Statue
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.
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.
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 hire a car and visit the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District to discover some of Englands most beautiful scenic areas?