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Things to do near Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Named after one of the legendary Beatles, the Liverpool John Lennon Airport acts as a gateway to North Wales and north-west England for European travellers. From its location on the banks of the River Mersey estuary, the airport welcomes low cost routes from carriers including easyJet and Ryanair, as well as others from British Airways, Emirates and more.

Your travel options

Found around 7 miles to the south east of Liverpool city centre, Liverpool John Lennon Airport is well served by numerous road, rail and bus routes. Alongside being conveniently located with access to the M57, M62 and M56 motorways, buses also run from the airport to Liverpool South Parkway station and into the city centre. From Liverpool South Parkway, trains run to Liverpool Central, Moorfields and Liverpool Lime Street stations, while contactless Walrus smart travelcards provide a quick and easy means of using local public transport.

What you can do

Once in central Liverpool, the local rail network serves nearly 70 stations in the Liverpool area, including 4 underground stations – Lime Street lower level, Liverpool Central, James Street and Moorfields. Bus travel around Liverpool is also incredibly convenient, are there are also bicycle hire schemes, City Bike and Bike and Go, if you would like to explore all that the city has to offer on 2 wheels.

1. The Beatles Story

Liverpool is a city with a rich musical heritage and the award-winning The Beatles Story takes you on a journey through the iconic band’s history, from their humble beginnings to a truly tumultuous split. Taking its place proudly in the Fab Four’s hometown is the world’s largest dedicated exhibition, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the life and times of the Beatles, history’s best-selling band.

The Beatles Story

2. Royal Albert Dock

Exterior view of Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK.

Once a thriving hub of industrial activity in the 19th century, the Royal Albert Dock has now been transformed into a cultural hotbed of bars, restaurants and museums – an Instagrammer’s dream. It’s home to The Beatles Story, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool, among other attractions, and links to Liverpool’s rich heritage can be seen at every turn.

Royal Albert Dock

3. World Museum

From the depths of the sea to the far reaches of space, the World Museum charts millions of years of the Earth’s history through thousands of exhibits and hands-on activities. Venture through immersive galleries, get up close with creepy crawlies at the bug house and travel back more than 5,000 years to the time of pharaohs in Ancient Egypt – there’s something for everyone.

World Museum

4. Museum of Liverpool

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

Liverpool’s stunning waterfront is home to numerous cultural hotspots, including the Museum of Liverpool where you can dive head first into the city’s diverse history. An eclectic mix of exhibitions reveal Liverpool’s military links, the role of its docklands and what it means to be a Liverpudlian.

Museum of Liverpool

5. The British Music Experience

There’s more to Liverpool’s music history than The Beatles alone, and there is nowhere better at showcasing it than the British Music Experience. As Britain’s only museum dedicated to pop music, it traces the history of the UK’s music scene through performances, costumes and memorabilia from the biggest names in the business, including Oasis, David Bowie and Adele (and The Beatles, of course).

The British Music Experience

6. Mersey Ferries

Mersey Ferries on the river Mersey. A couple on the deck of a ferry crossing the river, from the Birkenhead shore to the Pier Head waterfront. View of the historic landmark buildings the Three Graces, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Embarking on the Mersey River Ferry provides an eye-opening way to take in all of Liverpool’s spectacular skyline, including its UNESCO World Heritage waterfront. Access to the U-boat story at Woodside is included with a crossing, with the stunning exhibition detailing what life was like for a submariner during the Second World War.

Mersey Ferries

7. Tate Liverpool

Exterior view of Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK.

If you’re an art buff, you can cast your eye over works from the world’s best-known artists at The Tate Liverpool Gallery on Royal Albert Dock. An array of exhibitions showcases the many different forms of art in existence, including Op Art in Focus, which features pioneering work from the 1960s up until the present day.

Tate Liverpool

8. Royal Liver Building 360

Exterior view of the Three Graces, Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK.

Bask in the incredible beauty of Liverpool’s skyline from the 10th and 15th floors of the world-famous Liver Building. Royal Liver Building 360 is a new experience where you can step inside of the building’s famous clock towers before enjoying 360 degree views of the city. You can take a guided tour around the symbol of Liverpool, before experiencing a dazzling digital projection show inside the tower.

Royal Liver Building 360

9. Baltic Market

High angle view of people sitting at long tables, Baltic Market, Stanhope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK.

Street food haven Baltic Market is home to numerous traders selling everything from Neapolitan pizzas and award-winning British pies to twists on American classics and mezze platters. Based in the heart of Liverpool’s creative and digital quarter, it’s perfect for lunch, dinner or even an afternoon snack – often accompanied by live music in one of the many unique restaurants and bars.

Baltic Market

10. Architectural walking tours

Not only is Liverpool home to RIBA North, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ national architecture centre, on the city’s waterfront, it’s also home to more than 300 years of modern development. Architectural walking tours take in many of Liverpool’s Georgian terraces, the historic dockyards, its grandiose civic monuments and other attractions, detailing how architecture has changed to create the modern and vibrant Liverpool of today.

RIBA North
27 Mar 2020(last updated)