As the city celebrates a decade since this prestigious title, Expedia.ie looks at the city 10 years on and what cultural highlights are in store for travellers visiting the city this year.
It has been 10 years since Liverpool was given the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2008, a title that changed the city’s tourism scene forever. If anything, the title served to highlight the already existing sights and sounds of the city, as well as new and upcoming attractions.
Liverpool is a diverse city with endless things to keep tourists occupied, whether you are visiting to explore the museums or to eat your way around the city. If you are coming to Liverpool for the first or 10th time, find below a list of attractions you won’t want to miss on a visit to the city.
A MUSICAL LEGACY
Liverpool will always be synonymous with The Beatles and that is fine by the locals who are proud of their musical heritage. The Beatles made The Cavern Club the most popular club in the world, playing over 300 shows here in their career. The Club is still open seven nights a week for you to experience live music on its iconic stage. The Magical Mystery Tour is a great way to see many of the places that inspired some of the Beatles most famous songs like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. The famous life-size statue of the Fab Four offers the perfect opportunity for a selfie on the waterfront.
The British Music Experience is a relatively new museum that features famous costumes, memorabilia and instruments to tell the story of how British Music has shaped art, politics and fashion.
LIVERPOOL’S WONDERFUL MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
The beautiful surroundings of the Albert Dock are home to several museums, many of which are free and family friendly. Merseyside’s Maritime Museum is the perfect place to waste away hours soaking up information. With a huge number of exhibits on offer there is something for all interests including areas looking at Slavery, The Titanic and Maritime Life on the Mersey.
The Walker Art Gallery is a must with everything from ancient sculptures to Tudor portraits. If you are visiting with kids, take advantage of the Big Art for Little Artists section that acts as a fun and interactive way of introducing your children to art.
EATING AND DRINKING
Bold Street is the cosmopolitan hotspot of Liverpool, offering a plethora of places to eat and drink. You are spoilt for choice with speciality coffee shops, every type of world cuisine and several lively bars. Mowgli has become a firm favourite with locals and tourists, offering Indian street food that is bursting with fresh flavours.
For truly breathtaking views of the city, treat yourself to a meal and cocktails at Panoramic 34. Situated 300 feet above sea level, this restaurant offers fine-dining in the most beautiful setting.
Although set in the city centre, the entrance to the Kazimier Gardens is tucked away making it an oasis you could easily miss. Make sure to try a speciality beer amongst the garden’s chilled surroundings.
The Botanical Gardens at the Baltic Triangle is the perfect sun spot to enjoy one of the many gin cocktails from their extensive menu. You can also enjoy casual Mexican food while you soak up the atmosphere.
THE KINDEST CITY IN THE UK
Apart from the amazing attractions and rich history, Liverpool holds a place in many people’s hearts because of the amazing welcome you receive while visiting. Recently winning the title of Kindest City in the UK, there is proof of the warm and jovial nature of the Liverpudlians.
THE FUTURE FOR LIVERPOOL
Liverpool is set to host over 40 events this year to celebrate a decade of culture, the majority of which will be free. The world-renowned Bordeaux Wine Festival will make its UK debut in Liverpool in May. The Art of Football Season will then coincide with the FIFA World Cup throughout June and July, shedding light on how football has shaped the culture of the city.
Is a city break on the cards this year? Liverpool looks like a winning culture-filled destination!