12 things to see and do in Liverpool

12 things to see and do in Liverpool

Stepping into the limelight as the host of Eurovision 2023, Liverpool is more than just the birthplace of The Beatles. It’s an understated city with plenty to offer. Check out 12 of the best things to do in Liverpool.

Known for its culture, history, architecture, sports and musical heritage, Liverpool has something to suit everyone. Boasting one of the most iconic skylines in the UK, it’s also home to landmark attractions, such as the largest church in the UK, along with its famous stadium and prestigious museums. As if that weren’t enough, the city will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest this year. If you’re in town for the event, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do during your visit.

Read on to discover 12 things to see and do in Liverpool:

1. Explore the Royal Albert Dock

Albert Dock, a network of dock buildings and warehouses, became a docking point for cargo ships 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. Today, the area has been redeveloped into a major entertainment hub, home to bars, restaurants, shops and museums, making it one of Liverpool’s top attractions.

2. Trace the footsteps of The Beatles

The city is synonymous with this legendary group and touring the many places that inspired or are dedicated to them is simply a must. Start at the Beatles Story, a permanent exhibition that details their history and the immense impact they had on the music world. Next on the list is Strawberry Fields, the place that inspired the hit Strawberry Fields Forever, which has since been transformed into an exhibition dedicated to the band. There are also several tours with local guides that take you to iconic locations, including Penny Lane, the pubs the musicians frequented, and the streets where they grew up.


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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 center in the UK, it features five different districts and has over 170 stores, bars and restaurants. With both street and designer brands available, shoppers will have plenty to choose from. And when you’re ready for a break, head to one of the many restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world.


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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. You can also climb to the top of the tower and enjoy panoramic views of the city and beyond from 500ft above. While you’ll have to take two lifts followed by 108 steps to get there, it’s definitely worth it.


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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, you won’t want to miss out on seeing a game while you’re in the city. And why not take a tour of the Goodison (Everton FC) or Anfield (Liverpool FC) stadiums as well? 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. Complete the experience with a Q&A session with former Liverpool players.

6. Admire modern art at Tate Liverpool

Known as the ‘Tate of the North’, see contemporary and modern art at this 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 exhibitions. Entrance to the museum is free, apart from certain exhibitions.


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7. Uncover the city’s maritime history

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, posters, films and historic artefacts. Discover the city’s links with the Titanic, the development of the British Navy and the role Liverpool played in the transatlantic slave trade.


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8. Take a boat ride on the River Mersey

One of the best ways to enjoy Liverpool’s waterfront is via a cruise along the River Mersey. You’ll learn about the maritime history of the city, plus fun curiosities, while admiring the Georgian architecture, historic buildings and main tourist attractions, all from the scenic vantage point of the waters of the bay.


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9. Enjoy a night out

A city renowned for its nightlife, we suggest you hit the town and see what all the fuss is about. From mega clubs to live music venues and cozy pubs, Liverpool has it all. Drop by 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.


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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. Otherwise, you can 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 depths along the beach. The most atmospheric time to visit is when the sun is setting, and their silhouettes create dramatic shadows along the beach.

11. Discover Liverpool’s legendary music scene

Liverpool has long been known for its music scene, where internationally renowned bands first took to the stage. And we’re not just talking about the Beatles, but also Elvis Costello, The Farm, The Christians and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, all of whom started their careers here. And what better way to discover the city’s legendary musical history than from the very musicians who made it famous? Let Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Brian Nash guide you through the studios, pubs and stages that played an important part in his professional life. Or let Keith Mullin or Pete Hooton of The Farm share their rock anecdotes with you as they take you to some of the city’s lesser-known haunts.

If you’re more interested in discovering gems from the current music scene, Liverpool is still the right place to be. With many festivals and concerts all year round, the city is a paradise for music lovers.


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12. Enjoy the best views of the city

Finally, a holiday to Liverpool isn’t complete without taking in the city’s iconic skyline. One of the best places to do this is the Royal Liver Building. On a tour of this famed building you’ll learn about its history and also enjoy 360° views from the 15th floor. Another place with an unforgettable view is the Panoramic 34. As the name suggests, this restaurant is located on the 34th floor and has a fantastic panoramic view of the city. Instead for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, Everton Park is a great option. From Everton Brow you can admire the skyline with the river and hills in the background.

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