Known, across the world, for its wide variety of shopping areas, historic architecture, entertainment, Football Club, and picturesque beaches, Liverpool is an ideal place to spend a weekend with your friends and family members.
With its extensive variety of museums, art galleries, and vibrant nightlife, the city is also known as ‘capital of culture’ in both England and Europe. So, here are some of the best things you can do while you are in Liverpool.
1. Liverpool One
This is a perfect place for a family day out, Liverpool One is a large shopping, residential, and leisure complex nestled right in the heart of the city. It is known for “Fab Four” – four popular shopping districts at one single place. Here, you will find more than 100 shops, restaurants, and it is a great place for all those people who love to shop, eat, and have a good time.
2. Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral is the biggest Anglican Cathedral here and it is ranked as 5th largest across Europe. It is a popular cultural venue and the entry to the cathedral is free. Make sure you have opted for Tower and Audio Tour; it is surely a recommended way of exploring this impressive cathedral. As per your Tower Experience, you get to travel to the top of the cathedral giving a panoramic view of the city. This is also a perfect place to catch a Mersey sunset.
This tour will also comprise of the Great Space Film (available in 7 languages) explaining how the cathedral was built. There are two dining venues – The Mezzanine Café and The Welsford that serves a traditional roast dinner if you are visiting on Sunday.
3. The Beatles Story
This is world’s largest permanent exhibition, if you are a fan of The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr) then I am sure you will love being here. Here, you get to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience where you will be given an insight into the lives of the band. The exhibition will take you on a journey where you will be experiencing how the band became famous. Even if you are not a fan, you will surely cherish the spectacular interiors and it will surely offer an unforgettable experience.
4. Walker Art Gallery
This is a perfect place to witness the best artwork from 13th century to the present day. This art gallery also hosts various exhibitions and displays showcasing some of the brilliant works. Witness the best artwork from the local schools to some of the popular drawings by Pablo Picasso and paintings by Dante. Walker Art Gallery also offers special activities and sessions especially for the kids, offering a perfect day out for the families.
5. Echo Arena
You will find Echo Arena alongside Albert Dock. This iconic building is certainly suggestive of a unique amalgamation of the new with the old. The Arena opened in January 2008 and since then it has seen performances from some of the well-known artists such as – Beyonce, Coldplay, Elton John, Justin Bieber, Lady GaGa, JLS, Paul McCartney, Usher, Oasis, One Direction, and Calvin Harris. Echo Arena can easily accommodate 11,000 people and it is also the largest performance venue in Liverpool, it has also been host to some of the popular music events including – MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 and MOBO Awards 2010.
Reaching here is quite convenient as Liverpool City Centre is located quite near to Echo Arena and the nearest mainline train station – Liverpool Lime Street. While you are exploring this arena, you will get to explore more than what you have paid for and you also get to soak up the impressive maritime history that surrounds this impressive architecture.
6. Liverpool Empire Theatre
Ideally situated on Lime Street opposite to the popular St George’s Hall, the theater is in close proximity to Lime Street Station, so you won’t face any hassle reaching here. Having the largest two-tier auditorium, it can easily accommodate over two thousand people. This is the second theater built on Lime Street. The previous theater was smaller in size and it was demolished in 1924. The original theater was named as Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House in 1866.
The theater plays a host to some of the major tourist productions, pantomime, operas, comedy shows, concerts, and musicals. Throughout years, the theater has showcased some of the best local, national, and global talent. Some of the popular acts appeared at the theater are – The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews, and Bing Crosby.
7. Crosby Beach
This award-winning beach is a part of Merseyside coastline towards the north of Liverpool. The beach will not only offer you breathtaking views but it is also known for “Another Place”, the beautiful sculptures from Antony Gormley. Another Place cast-iron figures, each weighing at 650 kilos, staring out to the sea is certainly a unique thing and I am sure you haven’t seen such a thing anywhere in the world. It has become one of the major cultural destinations of Merseyside and also draws thousands of tourists every year.
The sand and the mud is soft at the beach; it is an ideal place to enjoy castle making for the kids. It is a non-bathing beach and makes sure you have kept a distance of 50 meters as there is a risk of changing tides.
8. The London Carriage Works
Let us shift our attention to this multi-award winning restaurant on Hope Street. This restaurant is known to offer some of the popular international dishes and it is open seven days a week. Its rich menu contains breakfast, lunch, supper, and cocktails. The restaurant also caters various events as well such as corporate dining and wedding suppers. In addition, there is a huge variety of areas available for screenings, events, and private parties.
9. Hope Street Hotel
Being one of the best hotels in Liverpool, staying at this hotel is a nothing short of a blissful experience. The best thing about the hotel is its location i.e. it is located on the same street as quite a few of some of the best city’s attractions. The first thing you will experience about this boutique hotel is its modern styling. There is a total of 89 rooms and its wooden features, skylights, and sloping deluxe give a new dimension to the rooms.
Expect some of the best amenities at the hotel including – free Wi-Fi, wall-mounted LCD TV, underfloor heating, Ren toiletries. The hotel has its own restaurant and bar and offers around the clock room service.
10. Enjoy The Best Of Nightlife
With its bustling bars and quality that it offers, Liverpool is known to offer vibrant nightlife. The city’s various districts where you can find some of the best concept bars and dance warehouses are – Hardman Street, Seel Street, Mathew Street, Concert Square, and Baltic Triangle. No matter where you are going, you can expect some of the best drinks and food. You also get to enjoy live music at some of the clubs. So, if you are looking for a place to dance your blues away, then Liverpool won’t disappoint you.
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Updated: April 28, 2017