From cultural sights to historic attractions, the city of Liverpool is quickly becoming a cosmopolitan capital in Britain. Blending the traditional with the modern, in recent years Liverpool has undergone a complete gentrification, polishing up its waterfront and transforming it from an industrial centre to a hub of culture and entertainment.
From a luxury long weekend to short budget holiday, a city break in Liverpool is an excellent way to explore and get a feel for what a city is all about. Whether its an action-packed adventure or a cultural getaway you seek, Liverpool has plenty of decadent restaurants, designer shopping, world-class museums, stunning architecture and unique points of interest. With so much to discover, the only thing you’ll have to decide is what to visit first.
Things to see and do
Once famous for its docks and shipyards, Liverpool is home to some of the most impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture in all of Britain. In 2008 it was named a European Capital of Culture and in the last ten years areas like Albert Dock have been polished up and are more popular than ever with tourists.
If you’re planning a week or a weekend away to rediscover Liverpool, start your search online at Visit Liverpool – here you’ll find a wealth of useful information on what to see and do, as well as the opportunity to book tickets to some of the most popular local attractions. For further inspiration, The Guardian has put together a quick travel guide of all the best attractions, restaurants, and places to stay in Liverpool. While you’re there don’t miss:
Liverpool One – This is your ultimate destination for a spot of shopping. The massive open-air shopping centre opened in 2008, and with a prime location in the heart of the city minutes away from the attractions along the water. Expect to find all the high street stores along with a few local favourites.
The Beatles Story – Beatles fans can see how it all began where it all began at this interactive museum and Beatles experience. Learn about the band’s early influences, see memorabilia and go behind the scenes at the famous Abbey Road. It’s a worthwhile for any music fan Beatles lover.
Albert Dock – The beautiful Albert Dock is a focal point for tourism in the city; two of the area’s most famous museums are here, along with a host of shops and restaurants to enjoy. It’s a great place for a wander and on a nice day also offers views across the water into Merseyside.
Tate Liverpool – One of London’s most famous museums made its debut in Liverpool in 1988, and since then has been attracting visitors from around the world. Here you’ll find British and international modern and contemporary art on display, as well as a host of other special exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Museum of Liverpool – The stunning museum of Liverpool is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. Admission is free of charge and inside you can learn about everything from the early locomotive train to Liverpool’s marine history and slave trade.
Booking your adventure
Liverpool has no shortage of great attractions to capture your imagination, but is also home to a host of decadent restaurants, boutique hotels and luxury rooms. Websites like lasminute.com and Expedia both offer city guides that make it easy to book your accommodation online before you go, while travel sites like Great Little Breaks have package holidays that take care of dinner and accommodation so you can plan a getaway without hassle.