Lose yourself in LiverpoolPosted on: 16 November 2009 by Mark O'haire
Steeped in history with a rich cultural heritage, Liverpool is a thriving, stylish, cosmopolitan and vibrant city break destination, boasting more theatres, museums and galleries than any other UK city outside London.
Renowned for its strong maritime history, and passion for music, the arts, culture and sport, it’s no wonder the city revelled in its status as European Capital of Culture 2008.
Where else would you find a dedicated Beatles museum and a Tate gallery next to each other? This diverse, vibrant and laid-back city has the ability to make anyone feel instantly at home with its extensive history, modern tourist attractions and youthful vibe – a visit to Liverpool is sure to satisfy every appetite.
Culture & Heritage
Liverpool has a captivating history that stretches back over 800 years. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is home to more listed buildings than any city outside of London.
The city also has a fascinating maritime history, and its history as one of the world’s great ports has left a remarkable legacy of art and architecture that gives it a distinctive look and unique atmosphere.
Liverpool’s attractions have something for everyone. The Albert Dock is one of Britain’s top tourist attractions, and is home to the Beatles Story Museum, Tate Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum. But the jewel in the crown of Liverpool’s museums and galleries is the amazing Walker Art Gallery - the National Gallery of the North
Food & Drink
Liverpool’s restaurant scene has blossomed over the past decade, and whatever your taste and budget, the choice is huge. The city is home to Europe’s oldest Chinese community, so you’ll find lots of Chinese restaurants in the city’s Chinatown. And in many places you can still indulge in excellent local delicacies like Scouse and local seafood.
When fashion bible Tatler re-branded the city ‘Livercool’ they were simply stating what everybody knew – Liverpool does style, and it does it better than anyone else! In the Cavern Walks Liverpool shopping centre you’ll find a whole host of designers including Vivienne Westwood, Cricket and Ted Baker. And for everything under one roof, head to Liverpool One, with 60 exciting shops, cafes and restaurants overlooking the stunning Chavasse Park.
Football, horse racing and golf – Liverpool provides some of the most exciting sporting venues and events in the world. Anfield and Goodison Park are the homes of the city’s 2 Premiership football teams – Liverpool FC and Everton FC; the thrills and spills of the Grand National, the world’s most famous steeplechase, focus on Aintree Racecourse every year; and England’s Golf Coast is home to 7 Championship venues.
Music & Nightlife
To mention Liverpool’s music scene without The Beatles is almost impossible. But the city is putting itself back on the map with a clutch of new bands taking over the British music scene. For live music, head to the Liverpool Academy, Bumper and Magnet. And for a great night out, the bars and clubs around Concert Square and Mathew Street have something for everyone.
Must See & Do
Top daytime things to do in Liverpool
- Take a Ferry ’Cross the Mersey.
- Visit the former homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
- Walk Hope Street and visit a Cathedral at either end.
- Enjoy a day at the races at Aintree Racecourse.
- Relax in the beautiful Sefton Park.
Top night time things to do in Liverpool
- Have a great night out under one roof at FACT.
- Try a spot of celebrity spotting in waterside surroundings at Albert Dock.
- See a musical or a concert at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.
- Watch a band in the world-famous Cavern Club.
- Be blown away by the music at the Liverpool Philharmonic.
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