A large city on a great river, Liverpool was once a thriving hotbed for industry and commerce before postwar decline set in. Now, with a rejuvenated waterfront and a soundtrack from the biggest group of all, the city’s friendly character lends added warmth to its wealth of unique attractions.
From the splendor of Pier Head and Sefton Park to the passion of its two famous football teams and the rhythm of the Cavern Club, Liverpool is a bustling and cheerful city that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Here are some ways to get the most out of a trip to Liverpool.
Cross the Mersey in the best way possible
You’ve probably heard the song (and yes, it’s briefly played on board), but if you want to see Liverpool’s famous skyline in all its glory, there’s no better introduction than taking the ferry. to cross the Mersey. Choose the River Explorer Cruise and, in addition to the great views, you’ll also hear expert commentary throughout the 50-minute trip highlighting less advertised landmarks such as the multi-dial Victoria Tower and the towering City Hall of Wallasey.
Enjoy 360 ° views from Liverpool’s most famous building
Topped with its two legendary Liver Birds and featuring clock faces larger than Big Ben, the majestic Royal Liver Building on Pier Head is perhaps Liverpool’s most iconic sight.
Built in 1911, the Edwardian building rises to a height of 100 meters and it is now possible to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the city from its windswept summit by doing the RLB360 circuit. Remember to keep your hats on, as the strong gusts from the Mersey take no prisoners.
Learn more about Liverpool’s past
Despite its centuries-old and continuing impact on humanity, there aren’t many museums that tell the story of the transatlantic slave trade. The Liverpool International Slavery Museum, however, portrays the horrors of the slave trade and recognizes Liverpool’s important role as a port city during this era.
Spread across three large rooms inside the Merseyside Maritime Museum, there’s also a dedicated exhibit exploring the stories of the heart-wrenching transatlantic crossings. You won’t fully appreciate the history of Liverpool (or Great Britain) without a visit.
Visit two very different cathedrals
Words like yawn and cavernous don’t really do justice to the scale of Liverpool Cathedral, Britain’s largest religious building. Built between 1904 and 1978 in a Gothic Revival style, it must be visited for its grandeur to be appreciated. Also, don’t miss the magnificent Lady Chapel in the southeast corner of the main building
Just a 10-minute walk north is Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, built for the city’s large Catholic community in the 1960s and one of Liverpool’s most distinctive buildings. The exterior can be eye-catching due to its conical shape, but there is also a lot to see inside. The colorful interior is striking, while below, the mysterious Lutyens Crypt tells the fascinating story of how this cathedral almost became the second largest cathedral in the world.
See an iconic stadium up close
Stadium tours can often be a routine affair, but Anfield is home to a plethora of fascinating stories, iconic scenes, and original artifacts that go beyond most tours of the genre.
Home of the Liverpool Football Club since 1892, its passionate guides (in particular the local Terry, holder of season tickets) will take you around the famous Kop End and the team changing rooms. You’ll also hear why there’s an SS Great Eastern mast in a corner of the stadium and how the split with fierce rival Everton came about, splitting the city in two.
Discover the best local creatives in Liverpool
Set inside an elegant, red-brick Victorian building on the edge of the sprawling 17-hectare Liverpool ONE shopping complex, MerseyMade is the charming antithesis of those familiar global brands.
This friendly space is full of works by local artists and designers, often proudly using Liverpool’s distinct iconography. They even have resident artists upstairs exhibiting their work; many are happy to chat and show you their studio. The Gordon Smith Cafe downstairs is a lovely place for coffee and cake too.
Embrace the Fab Four
No matter what your musical tastes are, you can’t come to Liverpool and pretend the Beatles never existed. Embrace the city’s most famous sons and learn about the sites and places that shaped and inspired the Fab Four.
Escape the buzz of the city at Sefton Park
Sandwiched between the neighborhoods of Toxteth and Aigburth, Sefton Park is a vast 235-acre green space (one of many in Liverpool) that’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.
Flat like a cricket pitch in some parts, while ascending and descending around charming lakes and wooded areas in others, it is perfect for a morning or late afternoon stroll. And don’t forget to visit the impressive Grade II listed Palm House and the bronze and marble statues of natural world explorers such as Charles Darwin and Carl Linnaeus.
Eat at Lark Lane
If you are strolling through the verdant climates of Sefton Park, there is no better way to enjoy a refreshment after the walk than to end up among the bright pubs, cafes and restaurants of Lark Lane.
In fact, you really don’t need any excuse to head to this busy Aigburth street. Whether eating a Turkish barbecue at Elif or just relaxing with a pint at the traditional corner pub The Albert, Lark Lane is one of Liverpool’s liveliest areas.
Visit the historic pubs of the Georgian Quarter
Speaking of neighborhoods, the city’s Georgian Quarter is a well-preserved window into the past which is now one of Liverpool’s nicest areas. With its beautiful townhouses evoking the richness of its status as a booming port city, these charming streets invite you to stroll.
Stop by a few of its historic pubs, such as the richly decorated Peter Kavanagh’s or The Grapes on Roscoe Street. Located just off Hope Street, Ye Cracke was a favorite of John Lennon during his art school years.
Be smart in the Baltic triangle
While being the proud owner of some of the UK’s most decorated Victorian pubs, Liverpool has not been afraid to change with the times, offering a number of superb craft beer bars today.
In the heart of industrial chic of the Baltic Triangle, Love Lane Brewery and Black Lodge Brewing are home to cool, airy spaces and fine craft beer. Although the group’s choice is the weird and wonderful Hobo Kiosk on Jamaica Street. With its quirky decor and gregarious owners, this downstairs hideaway guarantees good times.
Bring out your radical side on News from Nowhere
With shelf genres like “anti-capitalism,” “future radicals,” and “gender issues,” you know News from Nowhere isn’t your average Waterstone. Offering the best of alternative literature since 1974, this non-profit community bookstore fits perfectly with the independent stores and businesses of Bold Street.
In addition to books, they also sell equally radical t-shirts, postcards, and mugs if you want to flaunt your beliefs and read about them.
Feel the wind at Crosby Beach
If you want to escape the city for the day, perhaps head to the soft sands of Crosby Beach for some of the UK’s most interesting scenery. Looking towards the Irish Sea, it is particularly stunning at sunset, although the beach is most famous for another reason.
Marked by Antony Gormley’s 100 cast iron figurines as part of his Another Place sculptures, Gormley’s work makes the view of Crosby Beach both striking and magnificent.
Explore the blue coat
Not only is Liverpool’s oldest building one of the most beautiful, but The Bluecoat is also a quirky contemporary art center that houses several independent shops, a lively café and a peaceful garden to the rear.
Located on School Lane in Liverpool’s bustling commercial heart and dating back to 1716, it’s a good place to escape the hustle and bustle and check out quirky finds like Kernaghan Books. A rustic bookstore in the pleasant courtyard, its enticing old shelves are full of out-of-print and second-hand books.
To look for
Just behind London for having the most listed buildings in the UK, one of the most striking things about a walk through Liverpool is the grandeur of its architecture. With the city’s well-documented economic struggles during the 1970s and 1980s, it’s easy to forget how powerful Liverpool once was.