More than just the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool has a lot to offer its visitors. Here, Musement reveals 10 things to see and do in Liverpool.
Notable for its culture, heritage, architecture, sports and musical legends, Liverpool has something to suit everyone. Featuring one of the most iconic skylines in the UK, several areas of this northern English city are UNESCO World Heritage Sites worth exploring. From the largest church in the UK to football stadium tours and impressive museums, Liverpool has plenty of things to offer.
Read on to discover 10 things to see and do in Liverpool:
1. Explore the Royal Albert Dock
A network of dock buildings and warehouses, the Albert Dock opened its waters for ships carrying cargo from around the world in 1846. The docks played an important role in British history as they became the central hub for global trade in the 19th century. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the waterfront is home to the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in England. Today, the area has been redeveloped into a major entertainment hub. One of the most popular things to do in Liverpool, many bars, restaurants, museums and shops are found in the area.
2. Discover The Beatles Story
Synonymous with the city, discover this award-winning attraction dedicated to The Beatles. Find out everything there is to know about the idolised band, their history and the influence they had on the world. See exclusive memorabilia from their career, including original instruments, John Lennon’s round glasses and rare photographs. And don’t forget to pick up some unique merchandise at the gift store!
3. Go shopping at Liverpool One
Liverpool One is a shopping and leisure complex right in the heart of the city. The largest open-air shopping centre in the UK, it features five different districts and has over 170 stores, bars and restaurants. With both high-street brands and designer brands available, visitors can shop-till-you-drop at Liverpool One. And when you’re ready for a break, head to one of the many restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world.
4. Visit Liverpool Cathedral
Opened in 1978, the Liverpool Cathedral is the largest in the UK and the eighth largest church in the world. Open to the public every day of the year, see the world’s highest and widest Gothic arches, stunning stained-glass windows and the UK’s largest organ. Climb to the top of the tower and enjoy panoramic views of the city and beyond from 500ft above.
5. Watch a football game
Liverpool is home to two of the Premier League’s biggest football teams, Liverpool FC and Everton FC. If you’re a football fan, then head to a game whilst you’re in the city. Or why not take a tour of the Goodison (Everton FC) or Anfield (Liverpool FC) stadiums? Go behind the scenes and visit the dressing rooms, walk down the player’s tunnel, stand on one of the famous pitches and buy some exclusive souvenirs whilst you are there.
6. Admire modern art at Tate Liverpool
Known as the ‘Tate of the North’, see contemporary and modern art at the museum located on the historic Albert Dock. The collection displays a mix of traditional paintings, sculptures, photography, as well as videography and full multimedia exhibits. Opened in 1988, the museum has become well known for hosting major touring exhibitions. Entrance to the museum is free, apart from certain exhibitions.
7. Uncover history at the Merseyside Maritime Museum
Learn about the history of the world-famous port at the Merseyside Maritime Museum located at the Royal Albert Dock. Check out full sized vessels, model ships, paintings and posters, films and artefacts from history. Learn of the city’s links with the Titanic, the development of the British Navy and the city’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.
8. Cruise down the River Mersey
One of the best ways to appreciate the UNESCO World Heritage waterfront is from the water itself. One of the best things to do in Liverpool, hop onboard a cruise down the River Mersey! See Georgian architecture, listed buildings and some of the city’s major tourist attractions whilst learning about the city’s maritime past.
9. Enjoy a night out
A city renowned for its nightlife, hit the town and see what the fuss is about. From superclubs, to live music venues and cosy pubs, Liverpool has it all. Hit the famous Cavern Club and see where The Beatles made their debut in 1961. The LGBTQ+ quarter is based around Stanley Street, refurbished warehouses in the Baltic Triangle host electronic nights and the Matthew Street area tends to be the place to go for stag and hen parties.
10. Head to the beach
Liverpool is on the coast, so you won’t have to travel far to find some great beaches. Southport is only a short drive away and features miles of beaches and leisure attractions. Or head to nearby Crosby beach, home to the permanent art installation, Another Place, by Antony Gormley. See the 100 iron men staring out to sea, at various points and various depths along the beach. This is especially cool to see when the sun is setting, and their silhouettes create shadows up the beach.