Liverpool

Why go there?

Beatlemania, Anfield Park and the new shops, restaurants and bars of Edge Lane – Liverpool is bursting with things to do. And with more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside of the capital, it’s the perfect spot for a culture-packed day trip. Time here is best spent finding out all there is to know about the frenzy behind The Beatles, cruising the River Mersey and soaking up Liverpool’s rich history.

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Key attractions

The Beatles Story

John, Paul, George and Ringo are some of the most iconic names in musical history. The Beatles Story showcases the band’s career highlights, displays original Beatles’ instruments and even has a recreation of the famous Abbey Road Studios. Located on the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Albert Dock, it is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of this iconic band.

Website: beatlesstory.com

The Cavern Club

The place where the Beatles’ musical identity was formed, the Cavern Club is still a thriving live music destination. With live music every day from mid-afternoon and with free admission most of the time (or a small fee Thur – Sun), it’s the perfect place to experience the legacy of the Beatles, and enjoy up and coming bands.

Website: cavernclub.org

Tate Liverpool

Also housed at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Albert Dock, The Tate Liverpool offers free admission and showcases both British and international modern and contemporary art.

Website: tate.org.uk

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool is home to the UK’s largest cathedral. With awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent views it is well worth a visit.

Website: liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

Anfield Stadium Tour

A tour of Anfield offers a behind the scenes look at the Liverpool FC’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.

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Website: stadiumtours.liverpoolfc.com

 

Still to be discovered

For those who have visited Liverpool before, here’s a selection of attractions that they may not yet have discovered:

Walker Art Gallery

With free admission, the Walker Art Gallery offers a glimpse at beautiful paintings, sculpture, drawings and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day.

Website: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Based on the Albert Dock, this fascinating museum and its collections focus on Liverpool’s role as a port, bringing to life tales of Titanic and Luisitania, and with hands-on exhibitions for young and old alike.

Website: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

World Museum

Set within the city centre, not far from the Walker Art Gallery, the World Museum houses amazing collections. From Egyptian mummies to casts of dinosaur bones, visitor can discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures!

Website: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

River Explorer Cruise

Departing hourly from Pier Head, this 50 minute cruise highlights Liverpool’s wide range of attractions – and is a great way to get ones’ bearings. Tickets also include entry to the U Boat Story at the Woodside Ferry Terminal, where visitors can learn all about life on this German vessel during World War Two.

Website: merseyferries.co.uk

Just a stone's throw away

The following is just a selection of some of the destinations that can be easily reached from Liverpool. For many of them using a Britrail Pass is a simple and cost effective way to get around.

Manchester

Between 30 mins and 1 hour by train, from Liverpool, Manchester is a city of contrasts. Perhaps best knows these days for its football teams and vibrant nightlife, it was also the starting point for the Industrial Revolution, and offers a mix of the historic and the contemporary.

Website:  visitmanchester.com

North Wales

Voted a “Top 10 Region” by Lonely Planet in 2017, North Wales is an amazing place to go for those who want a gentle stroll and to enjoy the countryside as well as those who are looking for high adrenaline thrills and spills.

Website: visitwales.com

Leeds

Around 1 hour 30 mins by car or by train, head North East to Leeds for a spot of shopping, and a visit to its galleries and museums. The Henry Moore Institute is packed with 20th century bronze, glass and stone sculptures, whilst The Royal Armouries – the UK’s oldest museum – is home to the national collection of arms and armour dating back hundreds of years.

Website: visitleeds.co.uk

The Lake District

A place of superlatives, the Lake District’s shimmering lakes and rugged hills have been attracting (and inspiring) artists, writers and nature lovers for hundreds of years. Home to England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, it’s a favourite location for walkers and hikers while literary fans will enjoy the area’s connection with Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Website: lakedistrict.gov.uk

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