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
The Liverbirds, The Yellow Submarine, Super Lamb Banana, St Georges hall, The Radio City Tower and the Bombed out Church. Liverpool is brimming over with history, every street tells a story.
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
Erica M Poyauan
Monday 9th of January 2017
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!
Saturday 7th of January 2017
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!
Monday 26th of December 2016
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!
Thursday 29th of December 2016
Ah this makes me so happy! There isn't so much rivalry these days...Just maybe leave your Man U scarf at home haha ;)
Thursday 22nd of December 2016
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!
Thursday 15th of December 2016
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!
Thursday 22nd of December 2016
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!