Liverpool is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most storied cities, yet it’s also one of the most fun and exciting to visit. If you find yourself on the Mersey and don’t have a plan, the good news is there is an almost unlimited variety of options. The real challenge is choosing what to do first. Here are ten amazing things to do on your next trip abroad to Liverpool.
The Beatles Story
This award-winning permanent exhibition is dedicated to showcasing the lives and the history of Liverpool’s most famous band: The Beatles. The attraction features a range of exhibits including everything from George Harrison’s first guitar to a pair of John Lennon’s iconic round spectacles, and there are also replicas of famous Beatles locations, including The Casbah Club and Abbey Road Studios.
See the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Did you know that Liverpool officially has six World Heritage sites? Known collectively as the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, the site holds six locations in the city center that include much of Liverpool’s most impressive architecture, like the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool Town Hall, and Bluecoat Chambers. Make sure you take in all you can as you explore this historic area.
Become a Red or a Blue
You’ll need to get used to two colors when you visit – the red of the Liverpool kit and the blue of the Everton kit. The city is home to two of the UK’s most prestigious football teams, and if you’re visiting over a weekend and a game is on at either of the grounds, it’s really worth going; the atmosphere is incredible at both Anfield and Goodison Park. Even if you can’t get to a game, you can enjoy a stadium tour of either locations – if you’ve got friends in Liverpool, they’ll probably have a firm opinion on which is best.
Need a little retail therapy? Liverpool ONE is a huge shopping center with everything from department stores and high street labels to quirky shops and tiny fashion boutiques. It is the largest open-air shopping center in the UK and contains hotels, a cinema complex, a food court, and more. There is even an indoor adventure golf center.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has a year-round program of everything from rock, blues, and jazz music to stand-up comedy and, of course, the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Find out what’s on and book your tickets early.
Take a Boat Down the Mersey
A boat trip down the Mersey gives you the chance to see many of the city’s iconic buildings from the water. It’s a unique experience that is a lot of fun and a great way to get some stunning photos of the Liverpool skyline.
This interactive space and science museum has plenty of attractions to keep children and adults entertained. It houses an impressive planetarium as well as a range of exhibits. As the museum sits on the bank of the Mersey, it can be a great idea to combine it with a boat trip on the river.
Museum of Liverpool
Dedicated to showcasing the history of the city, the Museum of Liverpool opened in 2011. If you’re interested in learning more about this historic place, this will be a fantastic experience for you. It’s a part of a group of museums in Liverpool including the Walker Art Gallery, the International Slavery Museum, and the Mersey Maritime Museum, all of which are definitely worth visiting if you get the chance.
Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
This two-hour bus tour is a must for Beatles fans, taking you to famous locations from Beatles lore, including childhood homes, schools, and places that inspired famous songs. The tour finishes at the Cavern Club where you can enjoy some live music.
Liverpool is home to two cathedrals, both completely separate from one another and both worth a visit in their own right. Liverpool Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral Church of Christ in Liverpool) is the longest cathedral in the world and the largest cathedral in the UK. On the other hand, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is an impressive piece of architecture as well.
When traveling abroad to the UK, there are so many fantastic locations to choose from. Hopefully now you’ve added Liverpool to the top of your list.