The city of music and fascinating history.
It’s impossible not to fall in love with Liverpool, with its charming locals, world-famous music scene, and amazing shopping. The perfect blend of old and new, this stylish city is the birthplace of the Beatles’ music, home of Liverpool FC, and makes for an unforgettable city break.
Among all the things to do in Liverpool, the city’s restaurant scene is red hot, so whether you're looking for a cheap and tasty meal or a fine dining extravaganza, you'll be spoilt for choice. Of all Liverpool’s restaurants, everyone’s talking about Panoramic 34: perched on the 34th floor of the West Tower, it’s one of the UK's highest restaurants with 360° views of Liverpool and beyond. The city is also home to Europe’s oldest Chinese community, so a visit to Chinatown is a must – especially if you’re in town for Chinese New Year.
However long you spend in Liverpool, your itinerary will be jam-packed with things to see and do. Start with a visit to the famous Albert Dock, where you’ll find the Tate Liverpool, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the award-winning Beatles Story. Speaking of the Fab Four, if you’re a fan, be sure to take a Liverpool Beatles tour and discover the Cavern Club, Mendips, 20 Forthlin Road, and other locations that led the Beatles to Abbey Road.
Liverpool city is soaked in culture, and has one of the most impressive collections of museums and galleries in Europe and also the famous centre of research in Liverpool University. Our favourites include the Walker Art museum, which houses works by Hockney, Degas, Turner and Rembrandt; and the 300-year-old Bluecoat arts centre. The city’s arts scene is firmly at the forefront – the brilliantly cool FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK's leading media arts centre and features everything from provocative arts projects to the latest Hollywood blockbusters.
Music is the beating heart of Liverpool. The Capital of Pop is most famous for giving us the Beatles, and the Cavern Club Liverpool is a must for any fan of the Fab Four. But don’t miss the opportunity to catch the next big thing at live music hotspots like Liverpool Academy, Bumper, and Magnet. And if you’re more into string quartets than big bass lines, grab tickets for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – the UK's oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra – at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Make sure you stop by the Beatles museum and listen to the best John Lennon songs.
Why should grown-ups have all the fun? Liverpool is family friendly and has plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained. The World Museum Liverpool is a great place to spend a day, with everything from dinosaurs and Egyptian mummies to creatures from the deep and live creepy crawlies to discover. And for something completely different, take little ones to the 550-acre Knowsley Safari Park, where they’ll get up close to rhinos, camels, monkeys and lions.
Liverpool is a sports-mad city, and it’s not hard to see why. The city is home to two of the Premier League’s biggest football teams – Liverpool FC and Everton FC. The rivalry between the two stretches back generations, and the local derbies are always exciting. For the biggest fans, the famous football jerseys are available in the Liverpool FC store. But it’s not all about football – you’ll also find three Royal Links courses on England’s Golf Coast and Aintree Racecourse, home of the Grand National.
Liverpool is a very stylish city, and they take shopping seriously here. With more than 400 shops to choose from, you might have trouble knowing where to start, but we suggest heading for Liverpool ONE in the heart of the city. This brilliant shopping centre houses more than 160 famous high street names, from John Lewis to Apple, Topshop to Cath Kidston. For a touch of luxury, head to the exclusive Liverpool shopping centres Cavern Walks or Metquarter, where you’ll find brands like Vivienne Westwood, Jo Malone, L.K. Bennett and Tommy Hilfiger.
Liverpool’s history stretches back over 800 years, covering everything from maritime trading to Beatlemania. The city’s history as one of the world’s great ports earned its designated UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2004. There’s no better way to learn about this story of Liverpool than a visit to the city’s national museums; World Museum Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, The Conservation Centre, The Maritime Museum and the Museum of Liverpool all provide a fascinating insight into the city and its links to the world.
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