Liverpool – Britain’s capital of culture

Tuesday 03 September 2019

Located in North West England, Liverpool is one of Britain’s great cities. Ten years on from being crowned the European Capital of Culture, tourism in Liverpool continues to boom with millions of visitors every year. From its famous docks to its stunning architecture, revel in centuries of heritage and development. Experience new and exciting flavors in a city with an enviable food scene full of fresh and original ideas. See its museums and galleries that pay homage to the city’s heritage and display some of history’s greatest artwork.

Arts + Culture

The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers six locations in the heart of Liverpool. The area includes many of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as Pier Head, Albert Dock, and the commercial quarter.

Have your cameras ready for the magnificent Three Graces buildings at Pier Head. Formed of the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building, they help to create a picturesque skyline of modernism and heritage.

The Albert Dock is brimming with attractions, including the free-to-enter Merseyside Maritime Museum, where you can discover the untold story of the Titanic. For some visual thrills, take a short stroll to the Tate Liverpool Gallery – a sister to London’s Tate gallery and museum. The Tate’s permanent collection displays some of history’s greatest artwork, from Rothko and Warhol to British luminaries, David Hockney and Damien Hirst.

The Liverpool Museum is an interactive exploration of the city's cultural and historical milestones: the railroad, the Industrial Revolution, the Beatles and its famous soccer team. 

Hope Street is one of the city’s most exciting streets to visit. Running between the city’s two Cathedrals, Georgian terraces line the street that boasts an award-winning theater, art deco concert hall, and wide range of independent restaurants and bars.

Food + Drink

From chic restaurants to independent bistros and pop-up street food stalls, Liverpool has something for all tastes and diets.

Go British with a traditional Sunday Roast. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place than Slim’s Pork Chop Express on Seel Street. Choose between brisket, beer-can chicken or a vegetarian nut roast accompanied with roast vegetables, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and a famous bone marrow mash with gravy. It can get a little busy at times, so we recommend making a reservation.

HOST is the stand out Asian restaurant in Liverpool. It offers beautifully prepared dishes that are fresh and full of flavor. New York’s NoHo and SoHo inspire the name and it has proved extremely popular with critics and customers alike.

Carry on the British theme with a traditional Afternoon Tea at Oh Me Oh My. There you can enjoy a classic selection of scones, clotted cream, jam, finger sandwiches, cakes, tarts and, of course, tea. Nestled on Water Street, the teahouse has a fabulous roof terrace with views above the colorful streets and waterfront. The menu there has much more than Afternoon Tea, too, if you’re feeling peckish.

To experience a pub of truly unique character, step into the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, which is just a short walk from Harman Street and Myrtle Street. Revered for its eclectic range of real ales and quality pub food, you won’t find another pub like it.

Music + Nightlife


Because of its variety and quality on offer – and a certain world famous rock band – Liverpool is a city that is very proud of its nightlife. Because everything is close together, you’ll be able to explore Liverpool’s musical attractions comfortably by foot. There are live music venues that host big-name bands and open-mic nights for up-and-coming amateurs. Traditional pubs are aplenty and the city’s innovative cocktail scene is booming. Find glamor and Latin dancers at Alma de Cuba on Seel Street, which is a former Polish church.

Popular with Beatles fans is the famed Cavern Club. Located at 10 Mathew Street, it was a frequent residency for the Beatles in their early years. The original building closed in the early 1970s, but a careful restoration of the club has made reproducing those heady nights possible again. Tribute acts play there most Saturday evenings. The Cavern Club also offers a daytime Beatles Magical Mystery Tour where you’ll get to see all the hallowed Fab Four sites in and around the city, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.

Experience some of the finest classical music and wear your fanciest clothes at the Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street to watch the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. This is one of the finest orchestras in the country and performs in beautiful art deco surroundings.

Shopping

If you love to shop, you’ll be spoilt for choice between glossy shopping centers, boutique arcades, bohemian streets and farmers markets.

Liverpool ONE, located right by the iconic waterfront is an open-air shopping district that is home to nearly 200 stores, bars and restaurants, including the only Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols in the country.

Look out for the ultra-fashionable Cavern eWalks, home to a divine Vivienne Westwood store and renowned designer boutique Cricket.

Loved for its cafes, restaurants and boutiques, Bold Street is a shopping gem. Any amount of time here is well spent.

Getting there

From Liverpool Airport: Liverpool John Lennon Airport is only nine miles from Liverpool’s city center and there are frequent trains and buses that will take you into the center of Liverpool.

From London: Travelling to Liverpool by train has never been easier and journeys can take as little as 2 hours 15 minutes from Central London on Virgin Trains’ state-of-the-art tilting Pendolino trains. Trains depart from London’s Euston Station.

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