discover the treasures of 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.
Following the Fab Four’s footsteps
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
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
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
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.
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.
This apartment-style hotel offers 16 rooms and apartments just a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool ONE shopping complex.
Bright and bold, this 110-room Beatles-themed hotel is minutes from The Cavern Club in Mathew Street.
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.