Liverpool day trip

The birthplace of The Beatles and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Liverpool has culture and heritage at its very core.  A Liverpool day trip is also the perfect destination for a UK city break; unmissable experiences include immersing oneself in Beatlemania, hitting the shops of Liverpool ONE, Bold Street and the Cavern Quarter, soaking up the match-day atmosphere at Anfield or Goodison Park, or simply unwinding in a hotel spa. And, being just two hours from London – with two international airports less than 45 minutes away – it couldn’t be more accessible. The only difficulty is knowing where best to begin…

For short trips, like this one, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through the Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys and the freedom to explore.

  • London Euston – Liverpool Lime Street 2hrs 5 mins
  • Manchester Victoria – Liverpool Lime Street approx. 33 mins
  • Manchester Piccadilly – Liverpool Lime Street approx. 50mins
  • Birmingham New Street – Liverpool Lime Street 1hr 35 mins

Things to do in Liverpool

The Cavern Club

This two-hour bus tour goes behind the scenes of The Beatles; spotting the childhood homes of band members, and even seeing Strawberry Fields. An unforgettable experience, it gives a fun, compelling insight into what inspired the stars and how their upbringing was instrumental in their pop success. It is a 10 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street.

Website: The Cavern Club Magical Mystery Tour

British Music Experience

This is one ‘Ticket to Ride’ that simply has to be done. Following in the footsteps of Beatles legends, this is the only tour that allows participants to go inside the childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney, offering a rare glimpse into their private lives.

Tours depart from Jurys Inn Hotel, Liverpool city centre, L3 4FN, a 20 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street – please check website for any changes to the pick-up point. The British Music Experience is only a 6 minute walk from the Beatles Story.

Website: the British Music Experience

Anfield Stadium Tour

An essential for any Liverpool Football Club supporter, this tour offers a behind the scenes look at the team’s home ground. Visitors will get to explore the redeveloped Main Stand, have their picture taken in the manager’s dugout and see The Reds’ latest exhibition – The Steven Gerrard Collection – as well as hearing about the many historical sites and stories surrounding Liverpool FC.

The bus departs daily from The Albert Dock every hour, from 10am to 3pm. The Albert Dock is next to Beatles Story and 20 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Lime Street station.

Website: Anfield Stadium 

Liverpool day tour

When it comes to soaking up Liverpool’s highlights in one day this is a great way to do it. Departing London Euston, and arriving into Liverpool Lime Street, this self-guided tour takes in the Beatles Story and the Cavern Club Magical Mystery Tour en route, and includes return rail tickets.

Book on the Visit Britain shop

Liverpool Cycle Tours

Liverpool is a truly multicultural and beautiful city and one of the best ways to explore is by bicycle. Join a Liverpool Cycle Tour on one of their fantastic guided tours of the city centre, coasts, parks and of course The Beatles, and to see more of one of the UK’s most famous cities!

There are three daily scheduled tours available. Tours normally run in groups of up to 10 people, although larger groups can be catered for on request.

Website

Beyond Liverpool

Manchester

Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly station takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour direct.

Where modernity meets heritage, Manchester is a city of contrasts. It may have been the starting point for the Industrial Revolution, but today’s focus is firmly on unmissable tourist experiences. Sports fans can see both sides of Manchester’s football scene with tours of the United and City stadiums, while gin connoisseurs will love the Manchester Three Rivers experience. Music aficionados should visit during the city Jazz Festival (July-August) or, for a thrill, adrenaline junkies can try out the UK’s longest indoor ski slope at Chill Factore. There’s so much to do in this buzzing metropolis – it’s easy to feel spoilt for choice

Manchester

Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly station takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour direct.

Where modernity meets heritage, Manchester is a city of contrasts. It may have been the starting point for the Industrial Revolution, but today’s focus is firmly on unmissable tourist experiences. Sports fans can see both sides of Manchester’s football scene with tours of the United and City stadiums, while gin connoisseurs will love the Manchester Three Rivers experience. Music aficionados should visit during the city Jazz Festival (July-August) or, for a thrill, adrenaline junkies can try out the UK’s longest indoor ski slope at Chill Factore. There’s so much to do in this buzzing metropolis – it’s easy to feel spoilt for choice

York

Liverpool Lime Street to York station takes between 1 hour 55 minutes and 2 hours 15 minutes direct.

With its ancient city walls and 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York lives and breathes its rich history. It’s hard to resist the charm and romance of its cobbled streets, which are woven amid some of the most captivating architecture Britain has to offer. The York Minster is one such example – a masterpiece of stained glass and Viking roots – while the York Castle Museum showcases the city’s fascinating heritage. For a darker side to the city’s history lesson, visitors should tour the York Dungeons before embarking on a Ghost Bus Tour of York

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Chester

Liverpool Lime Street to Chester station takes 45 minutes direct.

With 2,000 years of history to choose from, Chester has many a story to share. There’s its 700-year-old shopping rows and millennia-old cathedral, as well as its city fortifications – best experienced with Chester Wall Tours. Not only that, but this lively city is lauded for Chester Zoo, the number one zoo in the UK and the most visited attraction outside of London. It offers some fantastic shopping too and, beyond the buzz of the high street, there’s the chance to take a whistle-stop tour of the city and its waterways with Chester Boat.

Britrail

For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.

Book on the Visit Britain shop