Liverpool is a northern UK city which will probably be connected for all eternity with those loveable mop tops, the Beatles. Music pilgrims descend on the city in their droves intent on frequenting the places their idols once performed in, like the Cavern Club, or visiting the places where they grew up – John Lennon lived at Mendips and Paul McCartney at 20 Forthlin Road.
Once all the Beatles sites have been exhausted, there’s plenty of reasons to stay in Liverpool. It’s a city knee deep in cultural and historical attractions, and was nominated City of Culture in 2008, so wade through them in your own time. Albert Dock is home to Britain’s second Tate Gallery, Tate Liverpool where you can’t help bumping into a Klimt, Salvador Dali or Picasso – plus it’s an easy stroll from the centre. On the way you could take a gander at Liverpool’s most well known buildings, the Port of Liverpool Building or the Royal Liver Building – the most iconic in the city, with its fabled liver birds nestling on top. Or, hop on a boat at the Pierhead and take a ferry cross the Mersey...altogether now!
Liverpool’s Top 10
10. The Walker Art Gallery has art dating back as far as the 13th Century. Bet you jump in the Talking Heads Gallery where pictures come to life.
5. Put on your sea legs and head for The Merseyside Maritime Museum to find out all about Liverpool’s past as an important Port.
9. Liverpool Cathedral is a fine example of gothic art and offers great views over the Mersey and the city.
4. The Liverpool World Museum houses an incredible number of artefacts some dating back to prehistoric times.
8. Fancy a flutter? Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse is the most famous in the UK and home to the John Smith Grand National.
3. Sports fans cannot afford to miss the ’Anfield Experience’. A tour around Liverpool Football Clubs Stadium.
7. The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is an idea for a high brow night out.
2. Speke Hall dates back to 1530. Its Victorian kitchen offers a fascinating dip into the past.
6. You’ll be back for more after a trip to Liverpool One. A shopping mall with over 150 stores.
1. Beatles Story Experience is located in Albert Dock, a journey from the early days in Hamburg to full throttle Beatlemania.
- Royal Liver Building – Located on the riverside, this iconic symbol dominates the Liverpool skyline.
- St George’s Hall – A large, Greco-Roman-style building featuring one of Europe’s best church organs.
- The Bluecoat – Liverpool’s oldest Grade 1-listed building.
- Speke Hall – A half-timbered Tudor house dating back to the 1520s.
- Williamson’s Tunnels Heritage Centre – A centre dedicated to the work of Joseph Williamson.
Liverpool Art & Culture
- World Museum Liverpool – A fine building containing a stunning collection of world exhibits.
- Walker Art Gallery – Located near St George’s Hall, the impressive gallery features a broad array of artwork.
- Tate Liverpool – A fine modern art gallery, which must be visited by art enthusiasts.
- The Beatles Story – Situated on the Albert Dock, this museum is the only one in the world to be solely dedicated to The Beatles.
- Merseyside Maritime Museum – Dedicated to the history of maritime in Liverpool.
- Grand Central – An “alternative” shopping centre home to 40 small stores selling unique goods.
- Liverpool One – A huge shopping centre offering three levels of high-street and boutique stores and plenty of options to keep you entertained.
- MetQuarter – Home to all the designer goods you want.
- The Bluecoat – Housing a variety of specialist, independent retailers, this shopping centre is located in the heart of the city’s shopping district.
- Cavern Designer Shopping Centre – Enjoy browsing for designer clothes on Matthews Street.
Gay & Lesbian Liverpool
- Smells Like Queer Spirit – Enjoy punk, indie and metal music at Foundation on Victoria Street.
- Karaoke – Warm up your vocal cords and catch someone’s eyes on Thursdays at The Lisbon on Victoria Street.
- Disco Dolly – Dance the night away at this funky G-bar on Eberle Street.
- Liverpool Pride – Held in August of each year, the festival attracts an audience of thousands and lets you show your pride.
- Superstar Boudoir – A fun and vibrant gay bar full of glamour and excitement.
- Matthew Street Festival – This large, outdoor music festival takes place in the streets of Liverpool at the end of August each year.
- Mersey Ferry – Take the ferry to see Liverpool from afar.
- Yellow Duck Marine – Enjoy a water tour of the city in a yellow World War II landing craft.
- Shiverpool – Take the Hope Street Shivers Tour that starts at the slaughterhouse pub on Fenwick Street.
- Albert Dock – One of the most sophisticated venues Liverpool has to offer.
- Goodison Park – Catch Everton FC play at home at one of the oldest football grounds in England.
- Anfield – Support Liverpool FC, the second most successful club in English football history.
- Liverpool Half Marathon – Cheer the runners on if visiting in late March.
- Liverpool Triathlon – Support the participants if visiting in June.
- Calderstones Park – Catch a tennis match at the International Tennis Tournament if visiting in June.
The Matthew Street Festival features live music and takes place on the August Bank Holiday. Get here early though since you’ll be joining 300,000 other revellers.
International Beatles Week is a huge deal with fans from all over the world flocking to Liverpool to pay homage to their idols, during July.
Liverpool Sound City is a hugely popular event which takes place during May at Sefton Park, with an array of acts playing world music.
The Brouhaha Carnival arrives in July attracting performers from far and wide with some hailing from the Middle East and Caribbean.
Laugh your socks off at Liverpool Comedy Festival held in July at various venues across the city. More than 200 performers want you to find them amusing.
Liverpool Show at Wavertree Park is three days of hectic activity from dog shows, falconry displays, show jumping as well as music, stalls and much. In summer.
Mersey River Festival at Albert Dock is the place to go during June for a host of nautical events and hot air balloons.
Liverpool Philharmonic Summer Pops takes place in July over three weeks with performances from international artists. The waterfront is the venue.
Merseyside International Street Festival is a July event which takes over central Liverpool where you will find variety of performers showing you how talented they are.
Southport is Liverpool’s seaside resort and the place to head during July for the Outdoor Proms Weekend.
When To Go
Liverpool, like the rest of Great Britain, has a moderate climate and four seasons with no major extremes in temperature.
Summers are not usually too hot with average temperatures of around 20°C o so during July and August. Past years have seen some days with temperatures of over 30°C, but this is the exception to the rule. Winters can get a little cold due to Liverpool’s northerly aspect but generally temperatures of around 4 or 5°C can be expected.
Liverpool’s location on the coast and the fact that it is quite high above the sea level mean that the city gets quite a bit of rainfall – meaning – always be prepared with waterproof clothing and an umbrella whatever the time of year.
How To Get There
John Lennon Airport (tagline – ‘Above us Only Sky’) is just 10km from the city centre and operates flights to over 60 worldwide destinations. Airlink buses run frequently between the airport and the centre as does Mersey Travel.
National Express run from Liverpool Lime Street Station to and from most of the UKs main cities – London is a five or six hour journey, and highly competitive fares are usually available.
Lime Street Station connects Liverpool to just about everywhere – London is a three hour journey and Manchester around 45 minutes.
As the birthplace of The Beatles and the Merseybeat sound, Liverpool's place in popular culture is eternal. The gem on the River Mersey packs a fairly diminutive package. After all, with under 500,000 people, the port city is no Manchester or Birmingham. However, with World Heritage landmarks galore, a wonderful sports and music scene and of course, the invariable presence of John, Paul, George and Ringo, Liverpool is a giant.
It starts with the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City. Six distinct locations comprise the site: William Brown Street, Castle Street, Duke Street, Stanley Docks, Albert Dock and Pier Head. Terrific inherent attractions include The Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool, World Museum Liverpool and Walker Art Gallery, among many others. A stroll about historic Liverpool is a treat to savor and clear-cut evidence beyond a doubt that the former European Capital of Culture is a premier tourist destination.
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Liverpool's weather is typical of northwest England, with mild conditions throughout the year and a steady mix of precipitation, fog and overcast skies.
- Winter (December to February) 2-8°C
- Spring (March to May) 4-15°C
- Summer (June to September) 10-20°C
- Fall (October to November) 5-13°C
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