Liverpool destination guide
discover the treasures of Liverpool
Why visit Liverpool?
Full of culture and bursting with nightlife, Liverpool, on the banks of the River Mersey, offers a fantastic city break. Liverpool boasts the largest number of museums and galleries outside of London and many are free! The city has strong sporting links; footie fans can tour Liverpool FC’s Stadium at Anfield, while racegoers can visit Aintree which has been home to the Grand National since 1839. It gets better as the birthplace of the Beatles, with plenty of attractions for Fab Four fans.
Best things to do in Liverpool
- explore its maritime history at Albert Dock, a World Heritage Site
- relax over a coffee among the colonnades
- pop into one of the museums such as the Merseyside Maritime Museum or Tate Liverpool - both are free
- home to the award winning Beatles Story, the dock is starting point for the Magical Mystery Tour which takes visitors to Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. if you’re really love the Beatles, there’s also the world-famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street. Admittedly, it’s not the original building but it still has loads of atmosphere
- alternatively, admire the architecture (Liverpool has more Georgian buildings than Bath) or hop on a Mersey ferry to take in the sights from the water. you can wander round Liverpool Cathedral, the largest in Britain, or enjoy a play at the legendary Everyman or Playhouse theatres, which launched the careers of Bill Nighy and Julie Walters
- the city also has great food and drink with fine dining, bohemian bistros and plenty in between. Regional produce includes Wirral and Formby asparagus, Knowsley lamb and Liverpool beer and gin
- and don’t forget to try the local dish, scouse - meat and vegetable stew served with crusty bread and beetroot or red cabbage. This tasty dish is how locals got their nickname, Scousers!
Liverpool walking guide
Following the Fab Four’s footsteps
A Beatles-inspired walk from Liverpool Lime Street
The Beatles lure many visitors to Liverpool and there are plenty of shops, bars and tours for those wishing to follow in the legendary band’s footsteps. This walk traces the city’s association with the Fab Four, taking in both lesser-known haunts and the famous Cavern Quarter. Allow about 45 minutes do this 3km walk; longer if you plan to stop off at one of the bars or The Beatles Story museum.
Link to location walk on Google maps: http://bit.ly/2kdqQnL
Places to eat, drink and shop
Where to eat
The Monro, 92 Duke Street
The city’s foodie quarter is Hope Street but there are great restaurants everywhere. The Monro in Duke Street is Liverpool’s leading gastropub which recently won Best Gastropub of the Year at the National Food Awards. Its produce is ethically sourced and dishes are cooked from fresh.
Hot tip: The pub claims to have a sailor ghost, who uses the Ladies. A customer once reported him to staff. Little did she know that the pub had swapped the toilets round a few years before!
Cost of food: 2 courses £14.95
Cost of drink: cocktails from £6.95
Where to drink
Carpathia Champagne Bar, 30 James Street
Situated on the 8th floor of the luxury 30 James Street hotel, the bar has two outdoor terraces overlooking Albert Dock and the Three Graces. The hotel itself was the former headquarters of the White Star Line shipping company which built the Titanic.
Hot tip: The bar is named after the Liverpool liner RMS Carpathia, which rescued all 710 survivors of the Titanic disaster in 1912.
Cost of food: Mains around £17
Cost of drink: Champagne and cocktails from £8
Where to shop
Liverpool ONE is the UK’s largest open-air shopping centre, in the heart of the city. For fashion favourites try Paradise and South John Street; for designer stores head to Peter’s Lane.
Hot tip: If your kids don’t share your stamina for shopping, there’s an 18-screen cinema on site. Tickets for Odeon Kids screenings cost from £2.50 every weekend.
Liverpool hotels guide: top hotel picks
Close to the Cavern Quarter and the Liverpool ONE shopping complex, this 87-room spa hotel combines 19th century grandeur with contemporary style. Originally built as the city’s Conservative Club, it has sweeping staircases, Corinthian columns, stained glass windows and mosaic floors. The Koukash Restaurant serves fresh, seasonal dishes, and you can have afternoon tea (£20 per head) in the beautifully restored Library Lounge. The eforea spa has a heated pool, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms.
- The cigar room has an original fireplace with the motto ‘Fear God. Honour the King’
- Dominic Grundy, Head Chef at Koukash, caused a few raised eyebrows when he won Best Scouse for his stew (a traditional Liverpudlian dish) – despite hailing from Manchester, Liverpool’s friendly rival!
- Doubles from £119 including breakfast
This apartment-style hotel offers 16 rooms and apartments just a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool ONE shopping complex.
- One-bedroom apartments have kitchens, dining and lounge areas, and can sleep up to five people
- The mezzanine studio apartment has a 47" TV and a furnished courtyard garden
- Doubles from £59 per night; apartments from £173 per night
Best for…Beatles fans
Bright and bold, this 110-room Beatles-themed hotel is minutes from The Cavern Club in Mathew Street.
- Bar Four has original, Beatles-inspired artwork by Paul Ygartua, who went to Liverpool Art College with John Lennon
- The Lennon suite has a white baby grand and a complimentary minibar
- Doubles from £95 per night; from £106 with breakfast
This chic eight-bedroom hotel not far from Prince’s Dock was once a gentleman’s club. Guests have use of gym facilities and squash courts.
- Rooms are individually decorated with local artwork and antique furnishings Some have roll-top baths
- The kitchen uses fresh meat and organic produce from the family’s farm
- Doubles from £110 with breakfast