Adventures in Europe | 10 reasons Liverpool needs to be on your UK bucket list

Adventures in Europe | 10 reasons Liverpool needs to be on your UK bucket list

 

Are you planning a visit to the UK? If Liverpool isn’t on your list then keep reading. If I haven’t convinced you by the end of this article then there is no hope! Here are 10 things to do in Liverpool and why it should be at the top of your UK bucket list.

 

Why visit Liverpool?

I am on a mission to entice visitors to England away from London.

Now I know, London is London, it’s amazing and there is a lot to see.

But it’s also crowded, expensive and well, it’s a bit obvious.

So I decided to create this post with some of Liverpool’s best bits to give you 10 reasons why Liverpool should be part of your UK travel plan!

Liverpool Skyline Adventures in Europe | 10 reasons Liverpool needs to be on your UK bucket list

If you really want to see England you need to get yourself on a train, coach, or a plane and get out of London. If you fancy clean air, coastal walks and breathtaking views then head west and take a read of my posts on Cornwall, Plymouth, and Devon but if you want a vibrant city to rival London then you need to visit Liverpool and here are just 10 reasons why.

Liverpool is full of culture to explore

Liverpool was the European capital of culture in 2008 and you can still feel the effects of it years later. Thanks to a huge investment in the city over the last decade culture continue to thrive in Liverpool. If you love art then you have The Tate and The Walker. If you want museums you can’t go wrong with The International Slavery Museum, The Planetarium or The Maritime Museum.

Adventures in Europe | Planning your visit to Liverpool | How to get there and where to stay

Entry to all the Museums in Liverpool who are under the National Museums Liverpool banner is FREE to enter. Yep, that’s right free. If it’s the Performing Arts you are after then The Blue Coat, The Empire and The Everyman.

If you are a music lover then Liverpool is the city for you. You can’t escape it, it is the home of the Beatles after all! You will find live music everywhere and if you are after some big names then the Echo Arena or the Philharmonic Hall are good places to start.

 

liverpool Adventures in Europe | 10 reasons Liverpool needs to be on your UK bucket list

Go Clubbing – The Liverpool nightlife is incredible

Seel Street and Victoria Street for the young and the beautiful. If like me you are on the better side of 30 then head to Mathew Street or concert square. Scousers know how to have a good night out and you can go out every night of the week and have a good night here.

Adventures in Europe | 10 things to do in Liverpool

Walk the streets once walked by The Beatles

Need I say more? For Beatles fans, you can fly into the John Lennon Airport, visit The Beatles Story, take a tour, sleep in the hotel or on the boat, get a picture with John on Mathew street and then finish off with a pint in the Cavern Club.

Adventures in Europe | Planning your visit to Liverpool | How to get there and where to stay

I have created a Beatles self-guided walking tour on Walkli so you can see all of the City Centre Beatles places for yourself, without having to pay a penny (unless you want to go into the Beatles Story).


Or if you prefer something more organized take a look at what Viator have on offer. They always have great discounts and they are my go-to whenever I’m in a new city.

You can stay in one of the themed hotels

There are some pretty epic places to stay in Liverpool including the Titanic Hotel, Hard days night hotel and Themed barges you can stay overnight on. You can stay in a Batman-themed barge! I’ve written a whole post on this you can read here.

Explore the Alber Dock 

It’s the largest group of grade I listed buildings in Britain and home to Tate Liverpool, several of the city’s museums and some of the best places to shop, eat and drink.

Albert Dock, Liverpool, UK. Adventures in Europe | 10 reasons Liverpool needs to be on your UK bucket list

Liverpool has a lot of Monuments you can visit

The Liverbirds, The Yellow Submarine, Super Lamb Banana, St Georges hall, The Radio City Tower and the Bombed out Church

Adventures in Europe | 10 things to do in Liverpool

Liverpool has 2 really special cathedrals 

We have two cathedrals in Liverpool and they are both pretty spectacular and well worth a visit. Liverpool Cathedral is open 8am-6pm and free to enter and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral which is also free to enter and open 7:30 am until 6 pm

The shopping is the best outside of London

Hands down the best shopping in the North West of England. If you are a fashion lover you will find high street brands and designer labels side by side in Liverpool One and if you venture out of the main streets you will find an abundance of smaller independent boutique shops.

You can eat some really good food!

Where to start! The food in Liverpool is excellent and you won’t struggle to find good places to eat. For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with Moose Cafe. For lunch I’d recommend going to The Blue Coat, if it’s nice, sit outside and soak up the culture and for dinner it has to be China City – It’s in Chinatown and not only will you get a great meal but it is a karaoke bar, I mean what more could you ask for to end your evening? If you are vegan then you need to go to The Old Hardware Shop.

Adventures in Europe | 10 things to do in Liverpool

You will meet some of the most friendly people in the UK

I could easily list 10 more reasons to visit Liverpool and reel off a load of other places to visit and things to do but in my opinion, this one is the main reason you should pack your bag and visit Liverpool right away. Scousers are pretty amazing people; funny, friendly and fiercely loyal. I can guarantee you will be welcomed with a smile in Liverpool.

 

Adventures in Europe | 10 things to do in Liverpool

 

If you are looking for an itinerary for a weekend getaway in Liverpool then check out this fab Weekend guide of things to do in Liverpool from Probe around the Globe.

 

Planning a visit to the UK? If Liverpool isn't on your list then keep reading. If I haven't convinced you by the end of this article then there is no hope! Here are 10 reason why Liverpool should be on your UK travel list.

Are you traveling in The United Kingdom? Be sure to check out my other blog posts:

Coastal Walking in Cornwall | Boscastle to Tintagel

7 reasons to visit Cornwall in the United Kingdom

7 reasons to visit Devon in the United Kingdom

10 reasons Liverpool needs to be on your UK bucket list

How to spend a day in Bath, United Kingdom

Coastal Walking in Cornwall | Porthcurno to Gwennap Head

Planning your visit to Liverpool | How to get there and where to stay

10 reasons to visit Plymouth in the United Kingdom

What’s in my Bag | Packing advice for Europe

 

 

 

Are You Traveling soon?

Be sure to check Skyscanner for the best flight deals.

I never travel anywhere without Travel Insurance. If you are looking for insurance be sure to check World Nomads first.

This post was proofread by Grammarly

 

Follow:

29 Comments

  1. December 14, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    I went to Liverpool a couple of years ago and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. I also did not realise that there was so much to do. Unfortunately, we were there for the weekend, so we were on limited time. We never got to visit the Museums but we do the Beatles tour and went to Penny Lane, which was a lot of fun. Great pictures by the way

    • December 14, 2016 / 3:50 pm

      Ah sadly I can’t take credit for the images! I didn’t have my camera and couldn’t get anything half decent on my iPhone so I had to get some stick images! So glad you enjoyed your trip ?

  2. December 14, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I have only been to London and have been wanting to go back to England and do more exploring. I think I would love Liverpool and I’m also a big fan of the Beatles! Also, your photos make the place look even more enticing!

    • December 14, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      You really should it’s such a vibrant and friendly city. The people are amazing! Sadly not my images although I wish they were. Rubbish weather and lack of decent camera prevented me getting anything I could use ?

  3. December 14, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    I’m listing all the places I can go to for a quick break from London and you’ve just reminded me of this place. Thanks! 🙂

  4. December 14, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Great place! How I wish to visit London.

  5. December 14, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    I could not agree more! I was born about an hour from Liverpool, and lived in the city for a year. It really bugs me when people say they’ve been to England but only to London – there is so much more to the UK than just London! So get on that train!!! 😀

  6. December 14, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    I love this. As someone who has traveled extensively in the U.K I agree it is so good to get out of London and see what else is out there. I had no idea Liverpool was the cultural center of Europe in 08 and would love to visit the planetarium and other museums! Thanks for sharing, all 10 are great reasons to go!

    • December 29, 2016 / 1:38 am

      Thanks Susan! Hope you had a great experience travelling the UK 🙂

  7. December 15, 2016 / 1:56 am

    I only spent a few hours in London on a layover so I would love to go back but you’ve convinced me to visit Liverpool as well. I only knew about Liverpool’s tie to The Beatles but didn’t realize there was so much more (free museums – yay!).

    • December 15, 2016 / 3:34 am

      Honestly it’s amazing. There is so much to do! And it’s super cheep

  8. December 15, 2016 / 8:25 am

    You had me a Beatles! haha

    I always thought London was a little overrated and didn’t really represent ALL of England. Looking forward to exploring more of the country when I come back next year – Liverpool on the list.

  9. December 15, 2016 / 8:29 am

    alright then – You had me a Beatles! haha

    I always thought London was a little overrated and didn’t really represent ALL of England. Looking forward to exploring more of the country when I come back next year – Liverpool on the list.

  10. December 15, 2016 / 8:59 am

    I totally agree with you. Even though I spent 1.5 months in England, I was mostly in the suburbs. Liverpool was on my list – esp to enjoy a soccer match but then I saw one at Arsenal instead. The yellow submarine sounds nice – would love to see that.

  11. December 15, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Well, you’ve totally convinced me. I’ve always wanted to travel to Liverpool because of the Beatles, but I had no idea there was so much more to see and do!

    • December 22, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Its a wonderful city you will have an amazing time if you do get to visit 🙂

  12. December 15, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I have visited Liverpool three years ago and absolutely loved it! Great reading about it again 🙂

    • December 22, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      So glad you had a great experience there. Happy travels!

  13. December 15, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I’ve only visited London in the UK and would love to check out other places there. You’re right, I did find it expensive as hell (!) so it’s nice to hear that there are other places in England that are more afforable! Will have to add Liverpool to the list; the Batman-themed barge sounds cool!

    • December 22, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      I know right! Wish I had of gone on it. I think it’s mostly used by larger parties who take over the whole barge for a night, not so much for solo travellers. Have fun if you ever get to visit!

  14. December 15, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Wow Liverpool is on my list.
    So gorgeous, hopefully one day I will be able to make my way to these places. Every photo makes it look like a photographers dream!

    • December 22, 2016 / 4:38 pm

      I know! I was gutted that I only had my iPhone to photograph so I had to use some stock images for this post. Planning a photo day when i head back next year though!

  15. December 26, 2016 / 12:30 am

    My stepdad and brother are both lifelong Man Utd fans and so I’ve always been warned away from Liverpool for obvious reasons, haha. For 2017, though, I really want to make an effort to get out and see more of my own country (both Wales and the UK as a whole) and I’ll admit that Liverpool is on the list! Other than the Beatles stuff I didn’t really have a clue what was on offer to be honest, so I’m glad I stumbled across this as it’ll definitely come in handy when I eventually make it there!

    • December 29, 2016 / 1:40 am

      Ah this makes me so happy! There isn’t so much rivalry these days…Just maybe leave your Man U scarf at home haha 😉

  16. January 7, 2017 / 6:55 am

    London is poo, the real UK charm is in Liverpool and I 100% agree with everything that you’ve said, and I’m not even from there! I’m from Newcastle (I’m totes biased and I think that this is the best city in the world) and I love going to Liverpool because the people are the type of friendly that I’m used to at home: funny, loud, and up for a laugh.

    Went for a weekend last year and dying to go back, fantastic shopping too!

  17. January 9, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Liverpool is included in the bucket list of Beatles fan like me! Would love to go there, sleep on the boat and drop by The Beatles Story! I don’t have to worry about the accommodation cost, I read from your other article I could only spend 14 euros! Thank you for sharing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *