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The Best Things To Do In Liverpool UK

Are you planning a visit to the UK? If Liverpool isn’t on your list then keep reading as in this post I’m going to share with you the very best things to do in Liverpool. If I haven’t convinced you by the end of this article then there is no hope!

Liverpool is amazing, and yes, I was born here so I am biased. But I stand by my statement. Although I spent most of my adult life traveling there really is nothing quite like coming home to Liverpool.

In this post, you will find everything you need to know to help you discover what to do in Liverpool Including how to get here and the best hotels in Liverpool to stay in.

The Best Things To Do In Liverpool UK

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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, we 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.

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How to get to Liverpool?

Fly to Liverpool Airport – Liverpool has an airport and although it isn’t huge there are flights to over 60 destinations and it isn’t far from the city center. If you can find a good flight deal flying to Liverpool could end up being cheaper and faster than by train, bus, or car. From John Lennon Airport you can take an airport taxi, or hop on the public bus into the city center.

Taking the train to Liverpool – Liverpool Lime Street Station is a major train station so getting here by train is really easy. Lime Street is in the heart of Liverpool City center so it’s easy to walk from the station into town or if you have the budget head towards the taxi rank. 

Traveling by train is expensive in the UK, the only way to save money is to book online. The plus side is you save a lot of money. The downside is you have to book your train in advance and you have to get on that train, it’s non-refundable and if you get caught on a train other than the one you are booked on they will either kick you off or charge you a lot of money to keep your seat!

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Traveling to Liverpool by Bus – The National Express station has now moved to Liverpool 1 so you can hop off the coach straight into the shopping center… winning! You can get some really cheap seats if you book in advance with either National Express or Mega Bus.

Traveling to Liverpool by car– If you are going to be traveling around the UK or aren’t sure what dates you will be traveling then renting a car can be a good option. Do a search through Skyscanner for the best deals. Be warned you will need a credit card and the cheaper ones will pre-authorise up to £1000 as a deposit! Some of the bigger companies like Hertz will only pre-authorise £300. Make sure you check the deposit before you book.

Liverpool Tips – Using Public Transport in Liverpool

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Most places in Liverpool you can get to on foot, if you don’t want to walk then the biggest taxi firm in Liverpool is Delta and they are always really quick, failing that get I’d suggest an Uber or hail a black cab. Liverpool has a great bus network but it is HUGE and confusing. If you want to take public transport somewhere the best thing to do is to visit the bus station by St Johns and ask in the information office. They will help you to plan out your route. 

Liverpool Hotels

Unless you are traveling by car you want to find Liverpool hotels that are close to the City Centre so you can easily walk to all of the activities in Liverpool. There are plenty of incredible cheap hotels in Liverpool City Centre so you won’t struggle. Do be conscious that Liverpool does have 2 premier league football teams and a huge stadium that has big concerts and events.

If you search for Liverpool accommodation and it’s booked up it could be due to a big match or event so it’s best to check your dates with the local calendar before planning your trip.

I actually manage an Airbnb apartment in Liverpool which you can check out on Airbnb here.

Where to stay in Liverpool – My Top Hotels Liverpool:

Budget Liverpool hotels

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Kabannas Liverpool is right in the heart of the City Centre just off Matthew Street it has excellent reviews and free Wifi. For a dorm bed, it’s around £14.

Mid Range Liverpool hotels

Hard Days Night

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Hard Days Night This one is a little bit out of the City Centre but if you have a car there is free parking and Wifi. The city center is 2 miles away which is fine if you are sightseeing, If you are planning on sampling the nightlife you will need to get a taxi back as it’s too far to walk late at night. The cost is about £35 including breakfast.

The Resident Liverpool

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The Resident Liverpool If it’s nightlife you are after then this is the hotel you want! It’s on Seel Street in the RopeWalks district where some of the best bars in Liverpool are. It has great reviews and you can pay from £35 for a double/ twin room.

Luxury Hotels Liverpool

The Liner at Liverpool

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The Liner at Liverpool This is one of my favorites! You can get a double room with breakfast for about £70 and I’d say it’s worth every penny! It’s central and it looks like a cruise ship…what more could you want?

Titanic Hotel Liverpool

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Titanic Hotel If you like large rooms, rum and relaxing in a spa then this is the hotel for you! Rooms are around £80 per night

Posh Pads

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Posh Pads there are a lot of fantastic apartments in Liverpool and if you are coming with a group that this is the best and most cost-effective way to go. For 4 adults you are looking at around £140 per night.

I think Liverpool has to be one of the best places for themed hotels/ places to sleep. Here are my favorite ones.

Yellow Sub

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Yellow  Sub has to be the best place to stay in Liverpool (in my opinion). You have three options: Yellow Submarine, The Joker Boat, or Titanic Boat. The boats sleep 8 people and one-night midweek will cost around £200. The hardest part would be deciding which one to pick!

Rent My Stylish Central Liverpool Apartment

As I already mentioned I actually manage an apartment right in the heart of Liverpool City Center that you can book on Airbnb. It has super fast Wi-Fi and its in an amazing location if you want to enjoy the nightlife in Liverpool. Pretty much everything is within walking distance.

The apartment is one bedroom and sleeps 4 people. It has a large living, dining, and kitchen area. With a fully kitted-out kitchen.

Map of accommodation in Liverpool

Other things you need to know before visiting Liverpool

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You should try to learn some Scouse 

If you think watching episodes of Downton Abbey has prepared you for your trip to England think again. Scousers (a term for people from Liverpool) have a very distinct accent and so many colloquial terms that no matter how good you think your English is you may need to invest in a good scouse dictionary.

That said Scousers are some of the friendliest people in England and if you don’t understand something just ask. Here is a great article from the Liverpool Echo 27 things only scousers say, it’s a good place to start!

Scousers like tipping

Having lived both in the north and the south I have to say there is a bit of a tip divide. In Liverpool, we tip food and drink. It’s not as much as in the US as all our hospitality staff are paid a minimum wage so tips are extra and completely at your own discretion.

The usual is 10% for food and every few rounds tell the bar staff to “take your own” they will then take a nominal amount as a tip (this is normally 50p or £1) if you tell them to “take one for yourself” or “get yourself one” then they will either ring through a drink for themselves to have at the end of the shift or take the actual cost of the drink as a tip.

Partys in the restroom 

Scousers are friendly. If you are female and in the toilet don’t be surprised if people start talking to you. On a weekend evening sometimes the best parties are happening in the toilets with everyone sharing life stories and lipstick.

Rollers and Pajamas

Don’t be shocked if you see girls walking around town on a Friday or Saturday with their hair in rollers possibly also in full make-up and possibly in their PJs. This is socially acceptable in Liverpool. The girls like to look good (and they do), they spend a lot of money on looking their best and don’t care what anyone might think of their rollers on a Saturday afternoon because in a few hours, they are going to look amazing.

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.

Here’s a list of 15 Liverpool attractions you must visit:

(see below for more details on each of the Liverpool attractions)

  1. The Beatles Story – A museum dedicated to Liverpool’s most famous sons.
  2. Albert Dock – A historic dock area filled with museums, shops, and restaurants.
  3. Liverpool Cathedral – One of the largest cathedrals in the world, offering stunning views from the tower.
  4. Anfield Stadium – A must-visit for football fans, home to Liverpool F.C.
  5. Tate Liverpool – For the art enthusiasts, located at Albert Dock.
  6. Liverpool ONE – A large shopping, residential, and leisure complex, perfect for some retail therapy.
  7. Museum of Liverpool – A great place to learn about the city’s rich history.
  8. Walker Art Gallery – Another spot for art lovers, featuring collections from the 13th century to the present day.
  9. Merseyside Maritime Museum – Located in Albert Dock, it covers Liverpool’s importance as a gateway to the world.
  10. Sefton Park – A beautiful, historic park that’s great for a leisurely stroll.
  11. Ferry Across the Mersey – A lovely way to see the city from the water.
  12. Cavern Club – Iconic club where The Beatles played some of their early gigs.
  13. Chinatown Arch – The largest Chinese arch outside of China, marking the entrance to Liverpool’s Chinatown.
  14. St. George’s Hall – A neoclassical building used for concerts, exhibitions, and even as a film set.
  15. Speke Hall – A Tudor manor house located a bit outside the city, offering a glimpse into history.

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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 continues to thrive in Liverpool. If you love art then you will have plenty to see and do here.

Visit Anfield

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Even if you’re not big into football, stepping into this iconic stadium is like entering a temple of sports history. I wasn’t too sure what to expect during the tour. But it’s ended up being one of my all-time favorite things to do in Liverpool. Here’s what you can expect:

Stadium Tour

You’ve got to do the stadium tour. It’s not just a walk around a football field; it’s a journey through Liverpool FC’s storied history. You’ll go behind the scenes, visit the locker rooms, walk through the player’s tunnel, and even sit in the manager’s seat in the dugout. Hearing the stories, the victories, and the heartbreaks brings the place alive. I’m not a hardcore football fan, but even I was moved by it all.

The Museum and Exhibition

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The Liverpool FC Story is the museum within Anfield, and it’s worth a visit. The exhibits take you through the club’s timeline, showcasing memorabilia, trophies, and interactive displays. There’s a dedicated section for Steven Gerrard, one of the club’s most iconic players, and you can see his personal collection of awards and jerseys. Even if you’re not a fan, you’ll come away with an appreciation for the sport and its impact on culture.

Match Day Experience

Now, if you happen to be in town when there’s a home game, do everything you can to get tickets. The atmosphere on match day is electric. The singing of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with 50,000+ other fans is a goosebumps-inducing experience. From the food stalls selling local favorites to the fans decked out in red, it’s a carnival of sights, sounds, and emotions.

Anfield Forever Stones

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On your way in or out, look for the Anfield Forever Stones. These are personalized granite stones set into the walkways around the stadium, bearing messages from fans around the world. It’s a touching tribute and a permanent way fans have made their mark on this hallowed ground.

Even if you don’t know the offside rule or who scored in the 1977 European Cup, you’ll leave with a sense of newfound respect for the beautiful game. I guarantee it.

Take A Ferry Across The Mersey

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If you are wondering what to do in Liverpool then you can’t go to Liverpool and not hop on the iconic Ferry Across the Mersey! I mean, it’s practically a rite of passage for anyone visiting the city.

First off, the views are spectacular. As you cruise along the river, you’ll get a panoramic look at Liverpool’s skyline, from the historic waterfront to the modern skyscrapers. The Royal Liver Building, with its famous Liverbirds, stands tall and proud—a perfect photo opportunity.

And of course the famous Gerry and the Pacemakers song “Ferry Cross the Mersey.” The tune will most likely play during your journey, and you’ll probably find yourself humming along.

River Explorer Cruise

If you want to make an afternoon of it, opt for the River Explorer Cruise. It’s an extended version that makes a few stops, including at the Spaceport and U-Boat Story attractions. These are great things to do in Liverpool if you’re traveling with curious minds who love anything to do with space or submarines.

Sunset Cruises

For a more romantic what to do in Liverpool experience, consider one of the sunset or evening cruises. The city lights reflecting off the water create a magical atmosphere. It’s perfect for couples, but honestly, anyone would enjoy it. And if you’re lucky, they might even have live music on board.

Visit The Liverpool Museums and Art Galleries

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Probably on of the most popular things to do Liverpool is to go museum hopping. Liverpool boasts an array of museums and galleries that can captivate you for hours if not days. The best bit is that entry to all the Museums in Liverpool that are under the National Museums Liverpool banner is one of the free things to do in Liverpool. Yep, that’s right FREE... You won’t get that in London!

Here’s a rundown of some of my personal favorites:

World Museum

First off, let’s talk about the World Museum. It’s such a diverse place! I particularly love the planetarium and the Natural World exhibit. For families, this is a top pick because it’s super interactive and educational.

Museum of Liverpool

If you want to delve deep into the city’s history, you’ve got to check out the Museum of Liverpool. It’s relatively new but does a fantastic job of recounting Liverpool’s social history. I love how the museum also talks about Liverpool’s impact on the world—it gives you a broader perspective.

Walker Art Gallery

This place is a paradise for art lovers. The Walker Art Gallery hosts a mix of contemporary and classical pieces, with works dating back to the 13th century. If you’re into Renaissance art, you’ll be in heaven here. Plus, they often have child-friendly exhibits and activities, so it’s another family-friendly Liverpool option.

Tate Liverpool

If you’re looking for Liverpool things to do and you are into contemporary art, Tate Liverpool is the place for you. While not as big as its London counterpart, it packs a punch with some truly thought-provoking exhibits. The rotating exhibitions are often edgy and thought-provoking. Even if you’re not typically into contemporary art, I say give it a try—you might find something that resonates with you.

Merseyside Maritime Museum

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Considering that Liverpool has a rich maritime history, a visit to the Merseyside Maritime Museum is practically obligatory. The exhibitions cover everything from the city’s role in WWII to its importance in transatlantic trade.

Sudley House

This one’s a bit off the beaten path Liverpool things to do but so worth it, especially if you’re into 19th-century British art. Sudley House is both an art gallery and a historical home, giving you a sense of how the Victorian elite lived. The Pre-Raphaelite collection is a personal highlight for me.

The Bluecoat

If you’re in the mood for something avant-garde, The Bluecoat will not disappoint. It’s the oldest building in central Liverpool and hosts an eclectic mix of visual art, music, dance, and live art.

Victoria Gallery & Museum

Housed in a stunning redbrick building, this gallery and museum combo is part of the University of Liverpool. It has a unique range of displays, from scientific instruments to fine art. It’s smaller compared to the other places, but it has a unique, intimate vibe that I really appreciate.

Catch A Show At One Of The Cities Theatres

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Liverpool is a city that comes alive in its theatres. From musicals to dramas to comedy shows, there’s always something going on to tickle your artistic fancy. Given how much I enjoy a good live performance, catching a show in Liverpool was a definite highlight for us. So, let me share some of the best spots to soak up some theatre magic:

It’s always a good idea to check out what’s on during your visit. Tickets can sell out quickly, especially for the popular shows at Liverpool Empire or the Royal Court. Most theatres often have matinee shows that are perfect for families or if you prefer a daytime outing.

Liverpool Empire Theatre

Let’s kick things off with the granddaddy of Liverpool theatres—the Liverpool Empire. This theatre is a true spectacle, from its classic architecture to the big-name West End shows that grace its stage. If you’re into musicals like me, you’ll be in absolute heaven here.

Royal Court Liverpool

If you’re looking for something a little more local, the Royal Court Liverpool specializes in homegrown talent and plays that speak to the Liverpool experience. The atmosphere is relaxed, and I love how they offer a variety of shows, from comedy to drama. It’s a great way to get a sense of the city’s culture.

Everyman Theatre

This is the place for cutting-edge theatre. The Everyman Theatre often showcases experimental and contemporary works that make you think. I adore its intimate setting; it’s as if you’re part of the performance rather than just a spectator. Fun Fact, in my youth I was part of the Everyman Youth Theatre Company.

Unity Theatre

For those who love indie and alternative productions, Unity Theatre is your spot. It’s smaller than the other theatres and focuses on edgy, thought-provoking pieces. I found it to be a wonderful place to discover up-and-coming talent. They often have student performances and local acts, so you never know—you might catch the next big thing before they become mainstream.

Liverpool Playhouse

One of the oldest theatres in the city, the Liverpool Playhouse is where you can enjoy some classical drama. Think Shakespeare and classic British plays. The building itself is a beautiful piece of Georgian architecture. I appreciate the elegance and historical charm of this theatre; it adds an extra layer to the whole experience.

Epstein Theatre

Last but definitely not least, the Epstein Theatre is another gem worth exploring. Named after Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager, this theatre offers a varied program, from comedy nights to tribute bands and even some children’s shows.

Enjoy Some Live Music

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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 M&S Arena or the Philharmonic Hall are good places to start.

Cavern Club

First off, you can’t visit Liverpool without going to the iconic Cavern Club on Mathew Street. This is where The Beatles got their start, and the atmosphere is electrifying. Whether you’re a Beatles fan or not, the place is steeped in musical history that’s palpable as soon as you walk in.

Sound Food and Drink

This is a lovely little spot that offers live music almost every night. Located in the Duke Street area, Sound Food and Drink caters to a wide range of musical tastes. Plus, they have an excellent selection of drinks and nibbles.

Leaf on Bold Street

If you’re into a more relaxed vibe, Leaf is your go-to spot. This place combines a café and bar setting with live music, often featuring acoustic and solo acts. We enjoyed some lovely tea (yes, they have an impressive tea menu!) while listening to a soulful acoustic set. It’s perfect if you have a toddler in tow, as the atmosphere is pretty chill.

Heebie Jeebies

Now, if you’re up for a late-night experience, Heebie Jeebies offers live music and DJs across three different levels. They cover a range of genres, from rock and indie to dance music. We left Charlie with a sitter for this one and enjoyed a proper night out. It was exhilarating to be part of a crowd all vibing to the same beats!

Baltic Triangle

This area is like the creative hub of Liverpool, filled with independent venues, art installations, and, of course, live music. We stumbled upon a pop-up event with local bands, and it was just awesome. There’s a lot of young talent in Liverpool, and this area is where they come to shine.

The Jacaranda

Another historic venue, The Jacaranda was actually started by The Beatles’ first manager, Allan Williams. This venue has a vinyl lounge where you can listen to records, but the real gem is the live music in the basement. The acts are usually local or up-and-coming artists, giving you a taste of the city’s emerging talent.

Philharmonic Hall

If you’re into classical music or want to catch something a bit more formal, the Philharmonic Hall is the place to be. They offer a diverse program, from orchestral pieces to jazz nights. The hall itself is stunning, and the acoustics are sublime.

Soak Up The Liverpool Nightlife

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.

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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.

Most of these attractions you will have to pay for, however, 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).

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The Beatles Story

Starting off with the obvious one, The Beatles Story at Albert Dock is an essential pilgrimage. This museum is the world’s largest exhibition solely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles.

Magical Mystery Tour – Beatles tour Liverpool

This Beatles tour Liverpool bus tour takes you to key locations like Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, and the childhood homes of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. It’s a fabulous way to see the parts of Liverpool that inspired some of the greatest songs in history.

Cavern Club

Okay, I mentioned this before, but it’s too iconic to skip when talking strictly about Beatles things to do. The Cavern Club is where the Fab Four honed their craft and gained initial fame. You can still catch live music there, including some pretty good Beatles tribute acts. And let me tell you, the atmosphere is electric!

Fun Fact: I was an extra in a film about John Lennon and one of my absolute favorite memories of all time was shooting the scenes in the Cavern Club and pretending to be a screaming Beatles fan!

Casbah Coffee Club

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Now, this place is a hidden gem! Owned by Pete Best’s (the original Beatles drummer) family, the Casbah Coffee Club is where the Beatles played some of their earliest gigs. It’s a bit off the beaten path but well worth the visit. It’s like stepping back in time, and you can almost feel the young energy of the Beatles still lingering in the air.

20 Forthlin Road

This is the childhood home of Paul McCartney and it’s managed by the National Trust. The interior has been preserved to look just like it did in the 1950s when Paul and John would compose songs here. You have to book in advance, but if you’re a Beatles fan, it’s a touching experience that really brings their early years to life. The tour also included a trip to John Lenon’s childhood home too.

The Beatles Shop

You’ll find this right near the Cavern Club, and it’s a mecca for Beatles memorabilia. From rare records to unique souvenirs, this shop has it all.

Beatles Museum Liverpool

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Situated on Mathew Street, the Beatles Museum Liverpool is filled with authentic memorabilia and tells the story of The Beatles in a timeline format. It’s not as big as The Beatles Story, but it houses some truly unique pieces that make it worth the visit. I was especially impressed by some handwritten lyrics on display.

Strawberry Field

The inspiration behind the song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” this place is more than just an Instagram spot. It’s now a visitor attraction with an exhibition, café, and gardens. I found the “Imagine More” exhibit particularly touching, as it delves into John Lennon’s early life and his connection to Strawberry Field.

Have Some Kitch Fun At One Of Liverpool’s Themed Hotels

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Liverpool is a city that doesn’t shy away from character, and the themed hotels are proof of that. Whether you’re a Beatles enthusiast or a history buff, Liverpool has the perfect themed hotel for you. Here’s the lowdown on some of my favorite themed hotels:

Beatles Themed Hotel: Hard Days Night Hotel

A Beatles fan’s dream come true! Located in the bustling Cavern Quarter, Hard Days Night Hotel is all about celebrating the Fab Four. The rooms feature Beatles-inspired artwork, and there are even suites dedicated to John and Paul. You’re also a stone’s throw away from the Cavern Club, which makes it perfect for a Beatles-centric trip.

Titanic Hotel Liverpool

This one’s for the history lovers. Set in the historic Stanley Dock area, the Titanic Hotel pays tribute to Liverpool’s maritime history, including its connection to the ill-fated Titanic. The interiors are elegant with a rustic touch, and they’ve done an incredible job preserving the original architecture. The Rum Bar is a must-visit, even if you’re not staying overnight. A great place to soak up some local history while sipping on a cocktail!

30 James Street Hotel

Another maritime-themed gem, this hotel focuses on the White Star Line, the company that owned the Titanic. Each room is themed after a different White Star Line ship, and the attention to detail is remarkable. I was particularly drawn to the Carpathia Champagne Bar, named after the ship that rescued Titanic survivors. It’s a classy spot to enjoy some bubbly.

The Shankly Hotel

Football fans, this one’s for you. Named after the legendary Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly, this hotel is a tribute to both the man and the sport. We checked out the Shankly Experience, an interactive museum within the hotel that’s a treat for any football enthusiast. The rooms are spacious and filled with memorabilia and quotes from Shankly himself. Even if you’re not a football fan, the vibe is so uplifting that you’ll get caught up in the excitement.

The Dixie Dean Hotel

Situated right across from The Shankly Hotel, The Dixie Dean Hotel pays homage to Everton FC legend Dixie Dean. Yes, Liverpool has a hotel for both its major football clubs! The rooms are elegant, and the No. 9 bar is a great spot to grab a drink.

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.

Check Out Liverpool’s Many Monuments and Historic Buildings

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Liverpool is a city where history comes alive on every corner, and the monuments and historic buildings are like open-air chapters in a living book.

The Liverbirds

Perched atop the Royal Liver Building, these iconic bird statues are more than just a symbol of the city—they’re part of its soul. No trip to Liverpool is complete without a gaze up at these legendary birds. The building itself is an architectural wonder and one of the so-called “Three Graces” along the waterfront. We took a tour that led us up to the clock tower for a panoramic view of the city—totally worth it!

The Yellow Submarine

Nestled in the quirky Baltic Triangle area, this cheerful yellow sculpture is another nod to The Beatles and their famous song. It’s a playful photo-op spot.

Super Lamb Banana

This one’s a head-turner, and you’ll either love it or scratch your head in wonder. The Super Lamb Banana is a fusion of a lamb and a banana, created by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo. It’s quirky, it’s fun, and it’s a symbol of Liverpool’s unique charm.

St George’s Hall

This Neoclassical building is a feast for the eyes. With its stunning architecture, St George’s Hall is often considered one of the finest examples of Neoclassicism in the world. You can take a guided tour and learn about its history as a concert hall and a courthouse. The interior is just as grand, featuring beautiful tiles and a pipe organ that steals the show. Although the tiles are only on show once per year the rest of the time they are covered over for protection.

Carlos and I have been there to watch a candlelight concert and I highly recommend it!

The Radio City Tower (St John’s Beacon)

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For an epic view of Liverpool, the Radio City Tower is a must-visit. Standing 452 feet tall, this observation tower offers a 360-degree view of the city. Be sure to try and visit at sunset, and the sight of the sun dipping below the horizon while Liverpool’s landmarks lit is nothing short of magical.

The Bombed Out Church (St Luke’s)

This church was bombed during the Liverpool Blitz in 1941, and its ruins have been preserved as a memorial and public space. The shell of the church is hauntingly beautiful, and it serves as a poignant reminder of the city’s resilience. They often host art installations and events, turning a site of historical tragedy into a space for communal gatherings.

Visit The Two Liverpool Cathedrals 

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These two architectural marvels stand at opposite ends of Hope Street, almost like sentinels guarding the city’s spiritual and historic landscape.

Liverpool Cathedral (Anglican Cathedral)

This cathedral is massive—I mean, it’s the largest cathedral in Britain and the fifth-largest in the world. You can’t help but be struck by the sheer size and grandeur of it. Its Gothic Revival architecture is absolutely breathtaking. The inside is just as majestic, with intricate details and stunning stained glass windows.

They have a “Great Space” tour that gives you insights into the cathedral’s history, and I highly recommend it.

Even if you’re not religious, the place has an undeniable spiritual power. It’s also a great place to introduce kiddos to history and architecture.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral)

Now, this is a complete contrast to its Anglican counterpart.

The Metropolitan Cathedral is a modernist wonder that looks like it’s straight out of a sci-fi movie. Locally, it’s affectionately known as “Paddy’s Wigwam” due to its unique, conical shape. The circular interior allows natural light to flood in, illuminating the modern art and vibrant mosaics that adorn the space.

What I love about this cathedral is its commitment to inclusivity and community. It often hosts events, art exhibits, and even concerts.

Both cathedrals are strikingly different, yet they share a sense of grandeur and serenity that’s hard to put into words.

Go Shopping

The Best Things To Do In Liverpool UK

Hands down the best shopping outside of London. Shopping in Liverpool is not just a pastime; it’s a vibe haha. This city has something for everyone, from high-end boutiques to quirky local shops.

Liverpool ONE

Let’s start with the obvious: Liverpool ONE is a shopper’s paradise. With over 170 shops, bars, and restaurants, it’s a sprawling complex where you can easily spend an entire day. Whether you’re after big-name brands or looking for something special at John Lewis or Debenhams, this is your spot.

Bold Street

For a more indie vibe, head straight to Bold Street. This area is teeming with unique boutiques, vintage shops, and international bazaars. If you’re into unique finds and local characters, you’ll adore Bold Street.

The Bluecoat

Nestled within Liverpool’s oldest building, The Bluecoat is an arts center with an adorable courtyard and a selection of artisan boutiques. It’s the perfect spot to find handcrafted jewelry, art prints, and other unique souvenirs. It’s a peaceful oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, and a fantastic spot for gifts.


The Best Things To Do In Liverpool UK

If you’re in the mood for luxury, Metquarter is where you want to be. This shopping center focuses on high-end brands and designer labels. It’s more intimate than Liverpool ONE and has a posh atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re on a VIP shopping spree.

St. John’s Market

For a traditional market experience, check out St. John’s. It’s one of the oldest operational markets in Liverpool and you’ll find a wide range of goods here—from fresh produce to fabrics, and from electronics to antiques. It’s not as polished as some other spots, but it’s full of character and local flavor.

Albert Dock

Last but not least, don’t overlook the shops at Albert Dock. Besides its historical and cultural offerings, you’ll find some charming boutiques and souvenir shops here. It’s a great place to shop for nautical-themed gifts and Beatles memorabilia.

Enjoy a Culinary Experience

The Best Things To Do In Liverpool UK

Ah, the Liverpool food scene! Trust me, it’s a delightful hodgepodge of cultures, flavors, and experiences. If you’re a foodie like Carlos and me, you’ll want to add an extra notch to your belt before exploring Liverpool’s culinary offerings. Here’s the delicious scoop on where we indulged our taste buds:

Baltic Market

Let’s start with something casual but oh-so-flavorful. The Baltic Market is a food hall tucked away in the Baltic Triangle, offering an array of food stalls that will take you on a global gastronomic journey. From loaded halloumi fries to Korean BBQ, it’s a feast for the senses.

The Art School

For something on the finer side, we booked a table at The Art School. This upscale restaurant focuses on seasonal, local produce, and each dish is a work of art—literally. Whether you go for the tasting menu or a la carte, you’re in for a treat. A must-visit if you’re in the mood for fine dining.

Mowgli Street Food

Oh my goodness, if you love Indian food, you can’t miss Mowgli! It’s not your traditional curry house; it’s all about Indian street food with a modern twist. The Yoghurt Chat Bombs and the Himalayan Cheese Toast were to die for. It’s casual, and vibrant, and the flavors pack a punch.


For a culinary adventure, Maray offers dishes inspired by the Middle East but made with local ingredients. The small plates are perfect for sharing, and the cocktails are ingenious.

Moose Coffee

Breakfast or brunch, anyone? Moose Coffee is a Liverpool staple for American and Canadian breakfasts. Think fluffy pancakes, hearty eggs benedict, and robust coffee. It’s the perfect place to fuel up before a day of sightseeing or, in our case, chasing after Charlie.

The Egg Café

Lastly, for the vegetarians and vegans out there, The Egg Café is an institution. It’s located in a loft space and has an artsy, relaxed vibe. The menu is plant-based and hearty—I swear, their vegan full English breakfast would please even the most ardent carnivore.

Quick Tip: View my full UK packing guide here including a downloadable checklist. And check out my UK Essentials shopping list here.

Liverpool Travel Guide Planning

🧳 Any recommendations on what I should pack for Liverpool?

Yes! I have created a whole packing guide to Liverpool which you can read here and you can also check out my packing list for Liverpool on Amazon here.

🚗 Where can I book bus or private transportation while I’m in Liverpool?

I strongly recommend using Bookaway. You can book almost all transport in the major tourist destinations through them online. They don’t just cover buses they also cover shuttles, ferries, and private drivers.

🎫 Where can I buy tickets for museums, attractions, and tours in UK?

I recommend either Viator or GetYour Guide. They have a lot of options!

👩‍⚕️ What is the best insurance to have while traveling?

I recommend using Heymondo for a great value policy. The app also offers you 24/7 Dr Chat. For Digital Nomads check out SafetyWing digital nomad insurance.

I have also written a blog post covering all my recommended travel insurance here

✈️ Any flight recommendations?

WayAWay offers you cheap flights with cashback. You can use this code CLAIRE22 to get 10% off. Otherwise Skyscanner or Expedia are my go-to flight searching platforms.

📱What do you use for internet connection while traveling?

I’m a big fan of personal WiFi devices and they have saved my ass so many times when traveling. I wrote a full review of the top travel WiFi devices you can read here. I personally use GlocalMe as I can either pop in a physical sim card or use their local carrier.

With regards to my phone connection, I use e-sims while traveling, so rather than having to swap out my regular sim card I can download the app and buy a virtual sim card. I recommend using eitherAirhub or Alosim. Both have great coverage of multiple countries and are very easy to use.

🛏️ What is the best platform to use for booking accommodation?

The 3 best platforms that I normally use are,, and Expedia They offer great deals and multiple options. I always check all three to be sure of the best deals.

🛅 Do you have any luggage recommendations for traveling?

I do have a complete list of the best packing and luggage products that I recommend, you can check the list here. I’m currently traveling with this suitcase and this backpack. 

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!

Claire Summers

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 ;)

Claire Summers

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!

Sridhar @InterludJourney

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!

Claire Summers

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!