17 Amazing things to do in liverpool
Liverpool is a great city because it has a long and rich history, vibrant cultural scene, and great shopping and dining options. It is also home to two of the world’s most famous football clubs, Liverpool and Everton.
Liverpool is also known for its famous music scene, with bands like The Beatles and The Stone Roses having emerged from the city. With countless things to do, here are my favourite 17.
1. The Beatles Story Exhibition
The award winning-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ is not to be missed and is one of the largest dedicated exhibitions dedicated to the rise of the famous Beatles.
Transport yourself back to the cavern club days at the start of The Beatles careers and see the iconic props such as the yellow submarine and John Lennons piano from imagine.
Take yourself through each stage of The Beatles journey with audio commentary. Its a great interactive experience, even those out there who are not big fans of The Beatles will enjoy it.
2. Sefton Park
Sefton park is a beautiful space. The park is clean and well kept, you can expect a very friendly welcoming atmosphere. Great place to take your dogs for a walk or even go with your family.
There is plenty of free parking. While your there check out the beautiful palm house and surrounding gardens, also there is a cafe and ice cream parlour if you fancy a treat.
3. St John Beacon
St Johns Beacon, or more commonly known as the Radio City Tower is one easily Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks. When you enter the City you will be hit by the Beacons amazing architecture.
An adult ticket will cost you £7.50 for the opportunity to go up over 400 feet above the centre of the city and view the superb Merseyside skyline at 360 degrees.
4. Shakespeare North Playhouse
The Shakespeare North Playhouse is the country’s only purpose-built Elizabethan theatre and is dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare.
The theatre has a unique design and is modelled on the original Globe Theatre in London, and it also hosts other classic plays and performances from theatre companies, schools and universities. It also has a bar, Café and gift shop.
The live shows are excellent, with 10 out of 10 acting. You can go on the website and pre book tickets and choose your seats, if you are visiting at peak times I would also recommend pre booking a table at the restaurant otherwise you might struggle to get in.
5. The Royal Liver Building 360 Clocktower Tour
The Royal Liver Building 360 Clocktower Tour is a guided tour of the iconic Liver Building in Liverpool.
The tour gives visitors a chance to explore the clock tower, learn about its history, and see the stunning views of the city from the top. Tickets for the tour must be booked in advance and can be purchased online or in person at the Liver Building itself.
The guides are very informative, enthusiastic and knowledgeable which makes the experience more satisfying. The tour is a bit of a hike with lots of walking but don’t worry it is not fast paced.
6. The M&S Bank Arena
The M&S Bank Arena is located on the former King’s Dock site at the Albert Dock. The Arena has a capacity of 11,000 and hosts a variety of events such as concerts, conferences, exhibitions, and sporting events.
It has hosted some of the biggest names in music, including Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, and Take That. The staff are friendly and the security team are thorough. Inside is spacious with great acoustics.
7. The Baltic Triangle
The Baltic Triangle is known as a vibrant area of independent bars, restaurants, music venues, galleries, and creative businesses. There are also several historical buildings, such as the Cains Brewery, the Grade II listed Liverpool Sailors’ Home and the Grade II listed Albert Dock.
The Baltic district was starting to become a run down area with lots of abandoned buildings but has now had a revamp with lots of small businesses moving in and creating a trendy new party destination.
Cains Brewery, which closed down, has been restored as Cains Brewery Village, providing plenty of pubs, bars, and restaurants. Everywhere you look, there are artisan cafes, bars, and restaurants. Stunning architecture and beautiful wall art surrounding the area.
8. The Cavern Club
The Cavern Club is a famous music venue located in Mathew Street. It is most famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles and for being one of the earliest venues for rock music in the UK.
The club has been open since 1957, and has hosted a variety of acts over the years including The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin.
The Cavern Club offers live music seven days a week, and also offers a variety of special events such as Beatles tribute nights and special performances. The club has an excellent atmosphere and the beers are reasonably priced, it is a must-visit if you are in Liverpool.
9. Wander around the Albert Dock and take in the waterfront views
Albert Dock is a historic complex of dock buildings located in Liverpool, England. It was opened in 1846 and is now a major tourist attraction, containing many restaurants, shops, hotels, galleries, and museums.
Home to the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum.
All around the docks there are statues to see with information plinths, you can also take a walk around the small port loaded with boats and barges. The Albert docks is a essential part of any visit to Liverpool.
10. Walker Art Gallery.
The Walker Art Gallery is located in the heart of Liverpool and is the city’s premier art gallery. It holds an impressive range of art from the Renaissance to the present day, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Renoir, Monet, and more.
The gallery also hosts a range of special exhibitions and events throughout the year. Additionally, the Walker Art Gallery is free to visit, making it a great option for those looking to explore
Liverpool’s art scene. If you’re looking for something similar, the Tate Liverpool is a great option, located just a few minutes’ walk away. There is a small shop and café if your looking for a bite to eat.
11. The Grapes pub
The Grapes Pub in Liverpool is a classic pub that dates back to the 16th century. The pub is known for its traditional English pub food, real ales and an extensive wine list. There is a brilliant range of reasonably priced drinks, even the Beatles used to drink there.
The iconic pub is also known for hosting live music events and welcoming local artists, you can visit at any time of the day and still find a lively atmosphere. Staff and locals are friendly and welcoming.
12. Watch a football game at Anfield Stadium.
Anfield Stadium is the home of Liverpool Football Club. It is located in the Anfield and has a seating capacity of 54,074. Anfield has been the home of Liverpool since their formation in 1892.
The stadium is the sixth largest in the Premier League and the second largest in the UK. It has seen many iconic moments, including five European Cup wins and numerous league titles. It also features the iconic “This Is Anfield” sign in its entrance tunnel.
Anfield stadium is famous for its brilliant atmosphere, however getting tickets for the games can prove difficult with waiting lists over 20 years for season tickets. You can pay for a tour around the stadium separately, they even offer tickets for abseiling down the main stand which comes with free entry into the Liverpool FC museum.
13. Take a trip to Speke Hall.
Speke Hall is a historic manor house located in the south of Liverpool. It was built in the late 16th century and has been a Grade I listed building since 1951.
The house has a great history, as it was once home to the Norris family in the 16th century and underwent a major restoration in the 19th century. Speke Hall also has a beautiful garden with a range of different plants and trees.
The house is open to the public, and visitors can explore the grand interior and gain an insight into the history of the house.
Nearby attractions include the Speke Hall Workshops, a museum dedicated to the industrial heritage of the area, and the Speke Hall Nature Reserve, a nature reserve with a variety of wildlife.
13. Go shopping in Liverpool One.
Liverpool One is a shopping, leisure, and residential complex. It is located in the city centre, and is the largest open-air shopping center in the UK.
The complex consists of over 170 stores, including major high street retailers, restaurants, bars, and cafes so there is plenty of shopping to be done. It is also home to one of the largest multi-screen cinemas in the UK if you fancy watching a movie while your there.
14. Catch a show at the Royal Court Theatre.
The Royal Court theatre has been an integral part of the city for over 140 years and has presented some of the greatest theatrical productions ever seen in the North West.
The theatre is home to some of the biggest west end productions and is one of the most popular theatres in the country.
Notable productions include ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Shrek The Musical’. Plenty of shows to choose from with great staff and food.
15. Get some fresh air at Croxteth Hall
Croxteth Hall is a historic country house located in West Derby. It was the ancestral home of the Earls of Sefton and is now owned by Liverpool City Council.
It is a Grade II listed building and is open to the public. It is surrounded by 500 acres of parkland which includes Croxteth Park, an extensive area of woodland. Beautiful place for a walk or a picnic with the family.
16. Tour the Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum is located in the Albert Dock. It houses a large collection of maritime artefacts and memorabilia, including the original figurehead from the Titanic.
The museum offers interactive displays, special exhibitions, and a range of activities. The museum is well thought out and easy to get around. There is a section about slavery which is excellent to learn about but deeply disturbing at the same time.
The rest is dedicated to Liverpool shipping history. Visitors can explore the history of the port of Liverpool, its ships, and its connections with the world. The museum also has a café, shop, and regular events.
17. St Georges Hall
St George’s Hall is a Grade I listed building completed in 1854. It is one of the city’s most iconic buildings and includes a Great Hall, Concert Room, Law Courts, and the Small Concert Room.
It is located in the city centre, on Lime Street, and is a popular tourist attraction, hosting various events and exhibitions throughout the year. The guided tour was definitely worth the money spent.
The building itself was awe-inspiring, and it was even more impressive after hearing stories of its history. I was particularly fascinated by the tales our guide shared – it was like being taken back in time, and ultimately made the tour experience that much more memorable. I’d highly recommend it to anyone.
Sorry i nearly forgot to mention Liverpool Cathedral. It is the largest cathedral in the UK and the fifth-largest in Europe and is the seat if the Bishop of Liverpool.
The cathedral is renowned for its architecture, having been designed in the Gothic Revival style in the late 19th century by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. It was consecrated in 1924 and is a Grade I listed building.
The cathedral is open to visitors and features a range of attractions, including a magnificent organ (which is one of the largest in the UK with over 10,000 pipes), a museum, a café, and an observation tower.
Staff are friendly and approachable, the cathedral has stunning art, stain glass windows and unique architecture. You can also get a 360 view of the city from the top. You can attend a service during your visit and experience the full spiritual atmosphere.