Trying to pick ten things to do in Liverpool is impossible, there are so many things to see and do we could have made a list of 100! However, we’ve managed to whittle it down to ten things definitely not to miss on a visit to the city. We have no doubt you’ll be back for more so make sure to go to visitliverpool.com for some inspiration.
The Beatles Story
The award-winning Beatles Story is the world’s largest permanent exhibition devoted to telling the story of the Beatles rise to fame and is a must-visit when on a trip to Liverpool. Located in the heart of the Royal Albert Dock, head on an immersive journey through the lives and careers of the Fab Four exploring everything from the early days of The Quarrymen to a replica of The Cavern Club, Abbey Road Studios, the famous rooftop gig and so much more! The accompanying multimedia audio guide, narrated by John Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird is available in 12 different languages and packed full of information, imagery and interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
No trip to Liverpool is complete without a trip on the ferry ‘cross the Mersey. Yes, you will leave with the famous Gerry and The Pacemakers song in your head. Jump on board the Dazzle Ferry, designed by Sir Peter Blake and take in the incredible views of Liverpool’s waterfront from out on the water. The River Explorer Cruise lasts 50 minutes and offers the best views of both sides of the Mersey with expert audio commentary describing the sights as you sit back and relax.
The Beatles adventure continues down at Strawberry Field, in the south of the city where the Fab Four grew up. There, you’ll find one of the most beautiful places to relax, unwind and dream in the very spot that inspired John Lennon to write the Beatles hit, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. Previously the site of a Salvation Army children’s home, the grounds are now home to an interactive visitor exhibition, cafe, shop, calm gardens and the world-famous piano that John Lennon used to compose and record ‘Imagine’. It’s a must-see for any Beatles fan.
Tate Liverpool at the Royal Albert Dock brings together modern art from all over the world for an ever-evolving programme of unique and incredible art. The former warehouse features four floors of exhibitions making interesting links between items from the vast Tate collection, and until 16 January 2022, you’ll be able to discover the work of Lucian Freud in an exhibition that explores the people in his portraits. Tate Liverpool has also announced that the Turner Prize will be hosted at the gallery in 2022 for the first time in 15 years – this will certainly be worth a visit, so make sure it’s in your diary.
The great thing about Liverpool is that not only do you get a vibrant city to explore, you can also head to a park to relax and soak up the sun on a beautiful day. One of the best places to do this is Sefton Park. Just south of the city centre, the 235-acre Grade I-listed park is perfect for a relaxing stroll, hanging out on the grass or exploring its many other features, including a boating lake and the stunning Palm House.
Visit the Coast
Parks aren’t the only wide open spaces in Liverpool, we also have some incredible coastlines to explore. There’s nothing better than a walk along the beach with the sand between your toes on a summer’s day or a cosy walk all wrapped up on a chilly afternoon. With just a 20-minute train journey on the regular Merseyrail services, you can be at Crosby Beach: home to ‘Another Place’, Anthony Gormley’s famous statues of 100 iron men staring out to sea. Or, you can head further up the coast to Formby Beach for a scenic walk around the Pinewoods on the hunt of the famous red squirrels. There are also beautiful beaches in Wirral to explore too, from West Kirby to Meols and Caldy.
Liverpool Museums & Art Galleries
Did you know Liverpool is home to the most national museums and art galleries than any other city outside of London? You could spend a whole day exploring the incredible buildings full of art and history with National Museums Liverpool. The Museum of Liverpool is devoted to the lives of people in the city through the ages, International Slavery Museum tells the vital story of slavery and its legacy, Walker Art Gallery is chock full of masterpieces, and the World Museum boasts a planetarium, exhibitions about ancient cultures and a new octopus friend, Polpo!
The world-famous Royal Liver Building stands pride of place on Liverpool’s waterfront as one of the ‘Three Graces’. From the ground, the building is a sight to see but did you know you can head inside for a very special tour? RLB 360 takes you on a journey all around the insides of the building: from the ground floor visitor centre to the 10th floor viewing platform, immersive clocktower audio-visual experience and stunning 360-degree views from the 15th floor tower, it’s definitely a bucket list attraction to add to your Liverpool itinerary.
Liverpool FC Stadium Tour
If you’re a fan of football then you’ll certainly want to head over to Anfield for the Liverpool FC Stadium Tour. And it’s not just for supporters of the Reds; as one of the most historic venues in the sport, there’s plenty to interest other teams’ fans too. Explore everything from the state-of-the art Home Team dressing room to the Press Room, the This Is Anfield sign, walk down the players’ tunnel and stand pitchside to see what Jurgen Klopp sees. You’ll also get to experience the interactive museum The Liverpool FC Story and, of course, those six European Cups too.
Food & Drink
If you’re a bit of a foodie then Liverpool is the place for you. From bars and restaurants to coffee shops and pubs, we have it all! Head down to Bold Street for some of Liverpool’s most-loved independent restaurants, Castle Street to dine al fresco surrounded by beautiful architecture, The Baltic Triangle for a street food market you’ll want to visit again and again and Liverpool ONE to dine out at all your favourites on the terrace. With cuisines from every corner of the world you’ll find something to satisfy everyone’s food cravings. However, promise us this – don’t leave without trying a bowl of scouse, it’s Liverpool’s local dish and you can’t really say you’ve been until you’ve tried it.
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