Top 10 Things To Do In Liverpool
Tom (@topcatravels) has given us some local insights into his home town. Traveller, tour guide and proud Scouser here he shares with us his top ten things to do in Liverpool. Check out his Instagram for more inspiration.
1. The Royal Albert Dock
Considered by many to be one of Liverpool’s premier tourist attractions, this series of 19th century docks and warehouses played an instrumental part in the trans-Atlantic trade in goods and slaves that made the city so wealthy. After the city fell on hard times in the 1980’s the docks were transformed into a cultural hub. These days they feature countless bars, restaurants and quirky shops. Notable museums include TATE Liverpool, The Beatles Story and the Merseyside Maritime Museum which tell the story of the city and includes the heart-rendering International Slavery Museum.
2. The Three Graces from the Mersey Ferries
One of the most iconic sights in Liverpool is of the mythical Liver Birds atop the Liver buildings – together with The Cunard Building and The Port of Liverpool building they make up the Three Graces of the city. However, the best view of the Three Graces isn’t in Liverpool at all, it is actually from the River Mersey on board the Mersey Ferries. Located on the Pier Head, grab a commuter service towards the Wirral for £3.50 during commuting times (approx. 7am – 10am, and 5pm to 7pm, journey time approx. ten min), or grab a River Explorer Cruise for £10 or £9 online which lasts approximately an hour and includes entry to the U-Boat story in Woodside.
3. Museums of Liverpool
As former European Capital of Culture 2008, Liverpool has a strong and rich cultural heritage. It also has a strong focus on education and equality, and as such many of Liverpool’s top sights are free to visitors. The Liverpool Museum Group is a group of 7 museums that are all completely free to enter. From the aforementioned International Slavery Museum, to the Museum of Liverpool that includes the stage that Beatles Legends John Lennon and Paul McCartney met on, and the fantastic World Museum and Walker Art Gallery there is plenty to keep visitors old and young entertained.
4. Great eats
Scousers love to eat – our nickname even comes from food (Lobscouse – a Norwegian stew that was popular with the inhabitants of the city). And whilst trying a beautiful bowl of our local dish is a must (Try Ma Boyle’s for meaty and vegetarian Scouse) – Scousers aren’t limited to loving just local delicacies! We have arguably the most diverse food scene in the north of England. Just take a stroll up Bold Street to find cuisine from every corner of the globe – including, but not limited to: Indian, Turkish, Lebanese, Italian, Greek, American, Thai, Moroccan, Mexican, Korean, Vietnamese and Peruvian. Not to mention that Liverpool is host to Europe’s Oldest Chinatown! However, there is one place that is exceptional when it comes to food in Liverpool (see below).
5. The Baltic Market & Cain’s Brewery Village
The heart of Independent Liverpool can be found a short walk from the city centre. Located in the old Cain’s Brewery building, The Baltic Market has been completely renovated to be a family (and dog) friendly food hall open Thursdays ‘til Sunday. However, it doesn’t just stop at local eats, they also have cocktail bars, boutique markets, Ghetto Golf, and even a Peaky Blinders themed bar. It is also a haven for street art and so there are definitely worse things that you could do than go and have a peak and support some Independent Businesses.
6. The Clichés of Liverpool
As a tour guide, even one that doesn’t live in Liverpool, I have people ask me about the city a lot, and I say that we’re famous for two things: Football and The Beatles! International superstars Liverpool Football Club (LFC) call the city home, as do the Toffee’s, Everton Football Club (EFC). And whilst the two ground of Anfield and Goodison Park are only separated by Stanley Park, the two teams have a friendly rivalry. This can best be seen on a Derby Day, when the two teams play off. Even if you don’t have tickets, the atmosphere in the city centre pubs is electric.
The other Cliché, the Beatles is not hidden at all in Liverpool. From statues of the Fab Four at the Pier Head, to the Beatles Story Museum or the Magical Mystery Tour, the Beatles are visible 8 Days a Week. For enthusiasts, the Magical Mystery Tour is a great way to spend two hours where you can see the likes of Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane – however there is no location more iconic on the Beatles Pilgrimage than the next stop.
7. Matthew Street and the Cavern
High on the list of peoples to do lists in Liverpool is to visit Matthew Street – once home to the iconic Cavern Club where the Beatles used to play to huge crowds and sweat would drip down the walls. These days the original Cavern Club has long gone, but you can visit the new Cabin Club which has had the likes of Arctic Monkey’s and Oasis grace it’s stage. Check the bricks near the statue of John Lennon to see some of the bands that have played there or get caught up in one of the other bars in the area that proves to be a hot spot for fun loving out-of-town Stag and Hen parties.
8. Nights Out
And if a few drinks in Matthew Street in the day happens to turn into a big night then Liverpool is definitely the right place for you. Rated the third Safest City in the UK, the second Friendliest City in the UK, and the Kindest City in the UK, you let all of the stereotypes wash away. With a huge range of nightlife to suit all ages you can easily move between the likes of Beatles themed Matthew Street, the Albert Dock, and the city’s Rope Walks district (Bold St, Fleet St, Wood St and Seel St) home to spots like Concert Square, the Kazimier Gardens, and legendary local bars Heebie Jeebies and Lago. For those of you fancying something a little different, try and find Liverpool’s Premier Speak-Easy – Berry and Rye, located somewhere on Berry Street, but good luck getting in.
9. Georgian Quarter and the Cathedrals
If architecture or stepping back in time is your thing, then the Georgian Quarter is for you. A district of 19th century merchants houses that are in incredible condition – they are regularly used in the filming of the hit TV show Peaky Blinders. However, there is more to the district than just wandering around and taking photos, it is also home to the two cathedrals of Liverpool – the Anglican and Catholic cathedrals (locally known as The Big One, and Paddy’s Wigwam respectively), and in a city with strong Irish links, the two Cathedrals are linked by the poignantly named Hope Street. The view from the top of the Anglican Cathedral is well worth checking out. The area is also home to the Liverpool Philharmonic pub, which is one of the quirkiest and most beautiful pubs in the city. It is also reportedly the most haunted part of the city, and so there are plenty of ghost stories to be heard about the area.
10. Walking Tour
The best way to see the city of Liverpool is on foot! It is a small city centre and there is a fairly awkward one-way system in place. So the best way to see all the sights in central Liverpool is by taking a walking tour. It’s the most time effective way to learn a little bit whilst grabbing your bearings. From the sights mentioned in this post to other lesser known places like St George’s Hall, Liverpool One, the Bluecoat, the Adelphi Hotel as well as award winning pubs and restaurants. Exploring Liverpool on foot is still the best way to see the city.