With its rich maritime history, sporting heritage and musical past, there are hundreds of things to do in Liverpool when you visit. From getting lost in the city’s museums to exploring its award-winning waterfront and taking in world-leading events, here are the top 10 things to do in Liverpool in 2020.
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 history of their formation and explosion into global stardom at the Beatles Story, where you'll find all kinds of interactive exhibits and lots of great music to enjoy. 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.
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 the great range of museums on offer, from the Merseyside Maritime Museum, which explores the city’s seafaring past, to the International Slavery Museum, a thought-provoking look into the history of global slavery.
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. The gallery welcomes Tate Britain’s popular exhibition on renowned conflict photographer Don McCullin from early June until late September. It’s also one of several public spaces, galleries and museums being used to host the Liverpool Biennial from 11 July to 25 October 2020, the UK’s largest festival of contemporary art.
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 why not check out Paradise Street for modern styles and Hanover Street to complete your shopping experience.
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 on Rice Street was reportedly one of John Lennon’s favourites.
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 it was one of the most important ports in Britain.
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is the biggest in Britain – its total length is 189 metres – and it’s truly an awe-inspiring sight. Designed by the then unknown architect Giles Gilbert Scott, it features the world’s highest and widest Gothic arches and is 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.
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; although the Baltic Fleet, a historic pub with rich ties to Liverpool’s maritime past, and the Ship & Mitre are rumoured to serve some of the best. For more locations to try the delectable dish, see this guide from Visit Liverpool.
Football is a big deal in Liverpool. Two top Premier League teams call the city home: Liverpool FC and Everton FC, and the atmosphere during a Merseyside Derby when the two age-old rivals meet is a great thing to be a part of. Get tickets in advance to watch a match or book an Anfield stadium tour or Goodison Park tour for when the game’s over.
10. Get arty on the beach
Crosby Beach is the setting for one of famous sculptor Antony Gormley’s (who created the Angel of the North) most atmospheric works, 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.