10 things to do in Liverpool

Looking for top Liverpool attractions? You’ve come to the right place! There’s so many great things to do in Liverpool, from the free museums of the Albert Dock to the Beatles Experience and everything in between, you’ll need our handy list to get started...

1. Enjoy amazing art for free at Tate Liverpool

Witness the work of some of the most famous names in art right here on the Albert Dock - all for free. Its changing displays come from the Tate Collection of British art, from 1500 to the present day, plus cutting-edge contemporary pieces from around the world. Make sure you stop for a coffee in the colourful cafe too, it was designed by pop artist Sir Peter Blake.

2. Explore the historic Albert Dock

Liverpool Docks at twilight
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The Liverpool docks are a World Heritage Site, and the ideal place to discover the city’s seafaring past. The Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum are both excellent and free. You can also travel back in time with a ride on the dock’s Victorian Carousel, perfect to round-up a family day out.

3. Discover The Beatles Story

Strawberry Fields sign in red paint
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Aaaaah! You made it to the home of the original boy band: The Beatles! Naturally you’ll want to head straight to the amazing Beatles Story. Then there’s the Beatles’ childhood homes, Penny Lane, the newly renovated Strawberry Field, and The Cavern Club. There's more than enough iconic Beatles sites to satisfy any fan!

4. Indulge in a shopping spree at Liverpool One

If the glamorous locals have inspired you to experiment with some new looks while you’re in town, head to Liverpool One: 4 shopping districts all conveniently found in 1 place. Pick up designer brands on Peter’s Lane, high street staples at South John Street and Paradise Street and Hanover Street for even more. No matter your style or budget you are sure to find something in Liverpool.

5. Dress up for a night out

A night out at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
The Cavern Club © VisitEngland/Thomas Heaton

Liverpudlians love going out for the evening, whether it’s a hidden speakeasy like Berry and Rye or a Liverpool staple like Cafe Tabac, which has been serving drinks since the 1970s. There’s a fantastic live music scene too, and lots of characterful pubs and clubs, so you’re always in for a night to remember.

6. Catch a ferry across the Mersey

Heard the 1960s hit ‘Ferry, 'cross the Mersey’? Well, you can do exactly that on the short crossing aboard Mersey Ferries. You’ll even be serenaded by the Gerry & The Pacemakers hit blaring from the onboard speakers as you go. For an even more memorable trip, hop on the ferry in the evening for their sunset cruise!

7. Be wowed by the views from Liverpool Cathedral

Head up to St James’ Mount to see Liverpool’s sacred side. Britain’s biggest cathedral is an inspiring place for some quiet reflection. Climb up the tower for incredible views across the city. Every Thursday from March to October, the cathedral has Twilight Thursdays where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city while the sun sets!

8. Watch a live football game

Anfield Football Stadium
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Football fans, you’ve come to the right place! Liverpool has not 1 but 2 teams in the Premier League: Liverpool F.C. and Everton. If you can get tickets in advance, you’ll love the atmosphere of a home game. If you can't catch a game, both teams offer stadium tours that give you a behind-the-scenes look into these beloved teams!

9. Tuck into a steaming bowl of scouse

This hearty, slow-cooked meat and veg stew is synonymous with Liverpool and can be traced back to the Norwegian sailors who used to arrive cold and hungry at the docks. Feel free to ask a local where to get the best bowl, but don't be surprised if they all tell you to go to Maggie May’s. This local, heart-warming dish is the perfect ending to a chilly winter day.

10. See sculptures out at sea

Iron sculpture on a beach looking out to sea
© Hannah Stuart-Leach 

Venture out to Crosby Beach for a truly moving and one-of-a-kind experience. Stretching nearly 1km out to sea you’ll find 100 cast iron sculptures of artist Antony Gormley. Each trip to his Another Place installation is unique, depending on the tidal flow and how submerged the sculptures are. Visitors have even dressed some of the sculptures closer to land in pants and woolly jumpers!

Getting there:

A train ride to Liverpool from London is just under 4 hours but you can take the easy option and book the Liverpool & The Beatles Day Tour from London. It’s self-guided, so you still get to explore, but includes transport, tips and the excellent Magical Mystery Tour of Beatles haunts.