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It may be best known as the home of the Beatles, but this port city has maintained its reputation as one of the UK’s most creative thanks its proliferation of art galleries, listed buildings and national museums – in fact, it has the second-highest number of these, after only London.
An immersive walk-through journey into Liverpool’s most famous quarter – unmissable for fans and non-fans alike.This award-winning homage to the Fab Four isn’t just for fans. Not only will you find out more than you’ll ever need to know about the band, you’ll get a taste of the swinging ’60s too, with recreations of The Casbah, Mathew Street and The Cavern, plus exclusive memorabilia and interactive areas. There’s also the largest selection of official Beatles merchandise in the world, should you fancy splashing out on a memento.
Liverpool Football Club’s home stadium.
Anfield has been home to the Reds since 1892, but that’s not to say other sports personalities haven’t graced its hallowed turf. Boxing, tennis and rugby have all been played here since the ground first opened in 1884. A stadium tour will reveal everything there is to know about the club’s history – plus you’ll get to peek inside the changing rooms, walk up the tunnel (slapping the famous sign, of course) and stand on the pitch itself.
A hop-on-hop-off ride along the Mersey.
If Gerry And The Pacemakers thought it was worth singing about, it’s probably worth a ride. At the very least you’ll get good views of the city. Choose from a standard hop-on-hop-off cruise or a combination ticket that includes entrance to other Liverpool attractions, including the family-friendly interactive Spaceport attraction and the U-Boat Story, where you get to mooch around a genuine German submarine. In 2018 one of the riverboats was ‘dazzle painted’ by pop artist Sir Peter Blake to commemorate the centenary of the First World War Armistice.
A green haven in the south of the city.
Spread over almost 250 acres, this Grade I-listed park offers an abundance of luxuriant green space. Kids will love the huge playground, while those with a hankering for horticulture can explore the Victorian Palm House, home to Liverpool’s fab botanical gardens. Caves, waterfalls... it’s like being on another continent altogether.
A Gothic behemoth at the heart of the city.
Liverpool Cathedral is the largest religious building in Britain and the fifth-largest cathedral in the world. Constructed between 1904 and 1978, it’s now open to the public every day of the year. Here you can admire the world’s highest and widest Gothic arches, the UK’s largest organ, and an array of stunning stained-glass windows. The cathedral also plays host to art exhibitions and charity dinners throughout the year, so it’s worth checking the website before your visit.
Bold Street is Liverpool’s thriving independent shopping quarter.
Few places embody the creative spirit of Liverpool like Bold Street. This haven of independent businesses has long been held by locals and tourists alike as one of the city’s coolest areas. At once bougie and innovative, Bold Street is the place to head for one-off vintage pieces, second-hand books, vinyl or quirky homeware by local designers.
An exhibition that tells the story of British pop music.
In this sprawling, vibrant and interactive exhibition, visitors can find out just about everything there is to know about pop music in the UK. Highlights? Genuine outfits worn by stars such as David Bowie, as well as instruments that once belonged to Noel Gallagher and the Sex Pistols. You can also have a go at rock stardom yourself by picking up one of various guitars, drum kits and keyboards, or belting out a tune or two in a vocal booth.
An office block, but not any old office block.
Built between 1908 and 1911, the Grade I-listed Royal Liver Building (that’s ‘liver’ to rhyme with ‘diver’) is one of the sights that earned Liverpool its Unesco World Heritage status. It was designed by Walter Aubrey Thomas for an insurance company and was one of the first constructions in the world to be built using reinforced concrete. Its most notable features are its two clock towers, atop which perch two mythical, cormorant-like liver birds. It’s the city’s most famous landmark.
Top Anfield, mid left Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, mid right the Cavern Quarter and bottom image Liverpool Skyline