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 some fun Liverpool facts to know before you visit.
Why you NEED to 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. If you want to see what England is really about, then you need to head north!
Yes, us Northerners may speak a bit funny, but we are very friendly and have some of the most incredible cities in the UK. Cities like Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, and of course York where there are so many things to do you would need a week. But if you only have time for London plus one, make it Liverpool!
So I decided to create this post with some Liverpool facts to make you want to plan your trip right now.
Fun Liverpool facts
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 some fun things to do in Liverpool.
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.
Entry to all the Museums in Liverpool who are under the National Museums Liverpool banner is one of the free things to do in Liverpool. 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.
The Liverpool Nightlife is Amazing
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.
You can 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.
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).
Liverpool is full of themed hotels
If you are after more than one day in Liverpool 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.
You can explore the historic Alber Dock
The Albert Dock is the largest group of grade I listed buildings in Britain. It is also home to Tate Liverpool, several of the city’s (FREE) museums and some of the best places to shop, eat and drink.
Liverpool has a lot of Monuments you can visit
Liverpool has 2 really special cathedrals
In Liverpool we have two cathedrals 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 outside of London. 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. Here are some cheap restaurants in Liverpool to check out! 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.
Liverpool has 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.
If you are looking for an itinerary for one day in Liverpool then check out this fab Weekend guide of things to do in Liverpool from Probe around the Globe.
This post was proofread by Grammarly
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.