Fun family-friendly activities in Liverpool

Upon hearing the word ‘Liverpool’, your mind instantly conjures images of packed-out football stadiums, historic docklands and members of The Beatles. But digging deeper into this vibrant northwest city, you can find some fantastic, unexpected activities, great for creating memories with friends or family.

Street Food Diner (Double Decker Bus) parked on Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside

1. Experience Virtual Reality!

Fancy trying something new and different whilst in Liverpool? VR-Here offer fantastic virtual reality experiences with fun immersive games and challenges for all ages. From exploring the world through Google Earth to walking a virtual plank, trying your hand at scoring goals or fighting zombies - whichever you choose, this activity is sure to induce some serious giggling!

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VR-Here

2. Take a stroll around Sefton Park and see what’s on at the Palm House

If you want to take a break from the busy city, Sefton Park is the perfect place. Looking more like a natural landscape than a formal manicured-park, the 200-acre open space is perfect for relaxing and enjoying some fresh air. This English Heritage Grade I listed park comes to life in the spring and summer, where countless bluebells and daffodils cover the land – the perfect background for a family photoshoot!

Aerial view of the Palm House and Sefton Park, Liverpool, Merseyside

Sefton Park also has a boating lake and Victorian bandstand, said to have been the inspiration for The Beatles’ Lonely Hearts Club Band! It’s also home to the Palm House. A great example of a traditional Victorian glasshouse, this interesting building is the backdrop to wide range of events throughout the year, including art, music and wellness activities. It’s also filled with exotic plants from all around the world, making it the perfect place for families to explore.

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Palm House

3. Enjoy 360-degree views of Liverpool’s skyline

Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the 15th floor of the iconic Liver Building, which is now open to the public after more than 100 years of defining the Liverpool cityscape. After learning about the history of Liverpool, you can soak up the panoramic views of the city from 322 feet above the ground!

Royal Liver Building seen from restaurant roof terrace, Liverpool, Merseyside
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Liver Building

4. Discover the Museum of Liverpool

Celebrating all things Liverpool, from its port to its people, the  Museum of Liverpool curates exhibitions to satisfy curious and artistic minds. They also have a ‘Little Liverpool’ learning space, created specifically for children under six. You and your little ones can enjoy this hands-on space, where kids can immerse themselves in creating their own mini Liverpool!

Exterior view of the Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Merseyside

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Museum of Liverpool

5. Go Nerf Crazy!

The Nerf Centre in Liverpool is a child’s dream set up! With fully padded walls and completely safe Nerf guns, kids are free to play shoot-out, run around and bounce off the walls as they please. A two-hour session here is sure to help them let off some steam! Suitable for kids four years and older, the centre also has a café and viewing area for adults.

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Nerf Centre Liverpool

6. See the city in a Ferris wheel

Rear view of people walking along Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Merseyside

Liverpool is surrounded by amazing views, so why not take a ride in The Wheel of Liverpool, a ferris wheel sitting on Liverpool’s famous dock?  From here you can see the World Heritage Site waterfront, the Welsh mountains and, of course, the famous River Mersey in all its glory. You can also hire a private VIP capsule, for up to six adults and two children.

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The Wheel of Liverpool

7. Treat Yourself!

If you fancy a real treat when in Liverpool, Icestone Gelato has it all with sprinkles on top! As well as crepes, pancakes, waffles and freak shakes, this place offers gelato flavours you didn’t know you needed to try (hello, blueberry muffin ice cream)! Slightly lower on the indulgency scale, you can also order healthy frozen yogurt, fruit ice, mocktails or falooda – there are even gluten-free options too!

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Icestone Gelato

8. Feel the buzz of football

Whether you’re a red, blue or a general footie fan, Liverpool is one of Britain’s top spots for soaking up the British football atmosphere. You can buy tickets to a Premier League match, get a stadium tour around Anfield or Goodison Park or simply watch a game nearby!

Liverpool Football Club, Liverpool FC. The Anfield Football stadium. View over the pitch and the spectator seating.

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Anfield Stadium
10 Dec 2019(last updated)