1. Discover the story of the Beatles, the world’s best-known pop band
Liverpool is probably best known as the home town of John, Paul, George and Ringo, the musical phenomenon we all know as global pop sensation The Beatles! Take a trip through the story of their formation and explosion into global stardom at the Beatles Story, with all kind of interactive exhibits and lots of great music. Serious Beatles fans will also want to pay homage with a trip to Strawberry Field (a park in Liverpool), Penny Lane (yes it’s a real place), the Cavern Club (where they played their first gig) and a visit to the Beatles’ childhood homes.
2. Get a taste of Liverpool history at Albert Dock
Liverpool’s historic warehouse district and dockyard is known as Albert Dock: it’s a huge collection of historic industrial buildings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore this compelling piece of the city’s past, then visit some of the great range museums on offer, from the Merseyside Maritime Museum to the International Slavery Museum.
3. See Dali’s Lobster phone at the Tate Liverpool
Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock is also home to the Tate Liverpool, which houses a spectacular collection of art works from the 16th century through to the modern day – including Salvador Dali’s famous Lobster Telephone. Plus it’s one of the free things to do in Liverpool!
4. Shop for your favourite brands at Liverpool One
Shopping in Liverpool is as fun as it is convenient: you’ll find all the high-street shops you need at the Liverpool One shopping centre, a city centre mall where you can easily spend the whole day. Peter’s Lane is great for designer goods and then check out Paradise Street for modern styles and Hanover Street to complete your shopping experience.
5. Get in on the music scene
Liverpool has some fantastic gig venues and an edgy underground electro scene, which means you can always find somewhere to dance and check out some great music. Liverpool is also famous for its characterful pubs; The Dispensary is good for beer connoisseurs, while Ye Cracke was reportedly one of John Lennon’s favourites.
6. Sail across the River Mersey
If you know the Beatles, you’re probably familiar with another famous 1960s British band who wrote Ferry, ‘cross the Mersey – Gerry and the Pacemakers. If you fancy doing as the song suggests, jump on the Mersey Ferry and take a river tour of Liverpool: it’s a great way to see the city and imagine the bygone days when Liverpool was one of the most important ports in Britain.
7. Climb to the top of Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is the biggest in Britain – its total length is 189 metres – and it’s truly an awe-inspiring sight. Based on a design by famed architect Giles Gilbert Scott, it’s packed with fantastic sculptures by Edward Carter Preston. Make sure you climb to the top of the enormous tower for incredible views over the city and surrounding area.
8. Watch a football game
Football is a big deal in Liverpool. Two top Premier League teams call Liverpool home: Liverpool FC and Everton FC, and the atmosphere in the city during a Merseyside Derby, as a game between the two age-old rivals in the same city is known, is a great thing to be a part of. Get tickets in advance to a match or book a stadium tour for when the game’s over.
9. Taste the local delicacy: scouse
This might be a little confusing, but ‘scouse’ is both a meaty stew and an affectionate name for people from Liverpool! You’ll be able to try this dish in lots of places across the city; the Baltic Fleet Inn and the Ship & Mitre are rumoured to serve some of the best.
10. Get arty on the beach
Crosby Beach is the setting for some of famous sculptor Antony Gormley’s (who created the Angel of the North) most atmospheric work, Another Place. There are 100 cast iron sculptures of human figures set into the sand here, and as the tide comes in and out some disappear beneath the waves.