Liverpool is a city like no other. From world famous architecture, magnificent museums, to music legends revolutionising popular culture, Liverpool is a city with culture and creativity in its DNA.
Through spectacular festivals, dramatic sporting attractions and unique art it continues to be a gateway for UK culture, attracting millions of visitors every year.
People come for the hospitality, too: We were recently voted the friendliest city by readers of Conde Nast’s Traveller magazine. And our hospitality knows no bounds – we welcome 50 foot giants, football fans drawn to Anfield and Goodison, artists from around the world in the UK’s largest Biennial, and race enthusiasts to the thrill of the Grand National.
Culture, of course, is our strong suit. Our Capital of Culture year merely confirmed what every visitor to the city knows: we’ve got more than our fair share of old masters, vibrant theatres and cutting-edge galleries. The Tate Liverpool is home to the national collection of modern art in the north, while National Museums Liverpool comprises seven wonder-filled collections.
Half a century after The Beatles exploded on to the world stage, Liverpool is still making all the right noises. You’ll discover a music scene unrivalled in the UK. Blockbuster gigs at the Echo Arena; pitch-perfect classical performances at the Philharmonic Hall; The Beatles inspired Mathew Street scene or the understated cool of Camp and Furnace, Kazimier and Cream.
Liverpool is famous for its love of shopping, our unique sense of style has attracted hip fashion brands, cool independent boutiques and swanky cafés and restaurants to the lifestyle Meccas of Liverpool ONE, Metquarter and Bold Street.
After a hard day’s shopping, the lights come on and we’re ready to entertain. With cuisine from every corner of the world, bars and pubs that buzz with life and entertainment. Liverpool’s cultural scene is thriving all year round with a wonderful mix of theatres, The Everyman and Playhouse, Empire and Royal Court raise the roof with home-grown and national productions.
Liverpool has a sporting reputation to rival any city in the world. Sport – along with music – is the beating heart of this city. The success of our football teams has made the name ‘Liverpool’ famous around the world. It is also home the world’s greatest horse race and some of the best golf courses in Britain.
Architecturally, few cities match Liverpool’s for sheer wow factor – whether it’s taking in the panorama of our world-famous waterfront from the deck of a Mersey Ferry, or scaling the heights of Britain’s largest cathedral, and surveying the perfect geometry of the Georgian streets below. Liverpool is a UNESCO World Heritage City, placing the city alongside historical treasures such as the Taj Mahal, Pyramids and the Great Wall of China
Liverpool has not only made a unique contribution to world commerce and culture – it has one of the world’s great waterfronts. The magnificent Three Graces and Albert Dock, a former 19th century dock now converted to one of Britain’s top heritage attractions, are the jewels in the crown.
Liverpool is one of the best connected cities in the UK, with global transport connections by land, air and sea. The city is well served by direct rail services to Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and others – and by motorway to the central belt of Scotland, Newcastle, and Bristol, all within 4 hours drive time. Liverpool also has two international airports on its doorstep and is only a two-hour train journey from central London, so it’s never been easier to get a ticket to ride to Liverpool city region.
With beaches, parkland, seafront and skyscrapers, we’re proud of our beautiful city – and the ease in which you can arrive (via one of Europe’s fastest growing airports, John Lennon Airport, or the hub of road and rail connections linking us to London in just 2 hours).
The city’s life and style is rooted in the warmth of its people and an unmistakable personality. And we’d love to show you around.
To help you make the most of your stay in Liverpool we’ve put together three tailored itineraries:
- Mersey Ferries: The best way to view the Liverpool Waterfront is from the water and there’s lots of fun to be had along the way with stop offs at Spaceport and the U-Boat Story – which are well worth a visit. merseyferries.co.uk
- Spaceport: Experience life beyond the stars with a planetarium, observatory, interactive zones and a cosmic coaster ride. spaceport.org.uk
- Mattel Play!: Inspire your child’s imagination with over 13,000 square feet of interactive adventure play across three themed zones. Featuring Bob the Builder, Postman Pat and Thomas the Tank Engine. mattelplayliverpool.com
- LUNCH: Tate Liverpool: The Café at Tate Liverpool has received a ‘dazzling’ makeover from the godfather of British pop art Sir Peter Blake. There is range of food and drink on offer, seasonal and children’s menus to choose from. tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool/eat-drink-shop/cafe
- Knowsley Safari: 700 exotic animals, an amusement park and a sea life show all add up to a magical and wild day out. The park also now includes a Ariel Extreme high ropes course. knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk
- STAY: 2 Blackburne Terrace: Winner – The Sunday Times Ultimate 100 Best British Hotel 2015. This is an exceptionally luxurious yet understated residence in the heart of the Georgian quarter of Liverpool. 2blackburneterrace.com
- Metquarter: Designer retail therapy awaits with well-known brands galore at this city centre shopping destination. metquarter.co.uk
- Cavern Walks: Located just off the historic Mathew Street, Cavern Walks is home to some amazing shops including the famous Cricket and Vivienne Westwood. cavern-walks.co.uk
- LUNCH: Panoramic 34: Dine high in the sky with stunning views of Liverpool and the Welsh hills beyond. panoramic34.com
- Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols, Liverpool ONE: The ultimate beauty destination! Get a massage, manicure or makeover and stock up on your favourite products. Afterwards head into Liverpool ONE for more famous brands. harveynichols.com
- DINNER: The London Carriage Works: In the middle of Hope Street, The London Carriage Works restaurant is perfectly placed for both cathedrals, Everyman Theatre, Philharmonic Hall and Unity Theatre. thelondoncarriageworks.co.uk
- Beatles Story: How four young lads from Liverpool became the best band in the world. A fascinating journey through the world of The Beatles, not to be missed. beatlesstory.com
- Museum of Liverpool: More than 6,000 objects bring Liverpool’s incredible heritage to life, celebrating thousands of years of the city’s achievements. liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol
- FACT (Foundation For Art & Creative Technology): FACT has two galleries – plus an interactive space, three state-of-the-art cinemas, The Box, a shop, a cool bar and a friendly café. fact.co.uk
- Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village: The beautiful village of Port Sunlight was created by William Hesketh Lever for his Sunlight soap factory workers in 1888. Also home to the Lady Lever Art Gallery and a Port Sunlight Museum. portsunlightvillage.com
- The Cavern Club: No trip to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the most famous nightclub in the world, plus there is live music on every day from mid-afternoon until late evening. cavernclub.org
For more information, telephone Tourist information on 0151 233 2008 or visit visitliverpool.com