Liverpool has an impressive maritime, football and music history. But the city isn’t living in the past – it’s growing to be a modern mecca for those looking for a fun weekend away. If you’re thinking about a short break, and Liverpool’s on your bucket list, book a room in one of our Liverpool hotels and get planning. Here are some of the things you shouldn’t miss:
The Museum of Liverpool was the first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, which tells you how important Liverpool’s history really is. But the museum isn’t only informative; it’s also very well designed, lots of fun for all the family and free! The Tate Liverpool is a great gallery for anyone interested in seeing a bit of art, and The Beatles Story exhibition will thrill any Beatles fan.
Liverpool was once all about shipping, so it’s no surprise that the city revolves around a river, and that the best way to see it is from the water. Yellow Duckmarine tour buses will drive you around the city, seeing everything from the cathedrals to The Pier Head, before driving right into the famous Albert Dock, and giving you a boat ride as well.
You can’t visit Liverpool without thinking about football, so any trip should include a stop off at Anfield Stadium. If you can get tickets to a game, you’re bound to please the family, but if there isn’t one going on while you’re there, try a guided tour. When the stadium’s not in use, enthusiastic guides will show you the ins and outs of the home of one of the most famous football clubs in the world.
You can’t mention Liverpool without someone bringing up the Beatles. But the city’s history of incredible live music lives on in bars and clubs like The Cavern Club, which is a must visit. In more recent years, bars like Panoramic 34, on top of the West Tower, have popped up and attracted the glamorous jet-set. But for the real Liverpool night out, head to one of the pubs on almost every street corner, for a pint of hearty real ale.
Liverpool is on the rise as one of the chicest cities in the UK. That means that the city is filling up with luxury shops, glitzy entertainment venues, and, best of all, some great restaurants, too. Here are a few of them:
Breakfast: Moose Coffee might just provide the best breakfast in Liverpool, and there’s likely to be a queue outside to prove it. Think American style pancakes, great coffee and huge portions.
Lunch: The Side Door Bistro serves real wholesome English food, in a relaxed, but stylish atmosphere. Also, they have a £5 lunch menu, which includes the choice of a burger, or fish and chips, so value-wise this place is about as good as you’ll get.
Tea: Leaf on Bold Street is an example of the best of modern Liverpool. Taking the classic English tradition of afternoon tea and giving it a refreshing twist, this place is all about quirky infusions, gooey cakes and a cool atmosphere.
Dinner: Liverpool is a famous “big night out” destination, and if you’re with a bunch of friends, Sapporo Tepanyaki is the ideal place to begin the night. The Japanese restaurant is practically a show as well, with chefs cooking and performing tricks with the food right in front of you.