Liverpool Travel Guide

Introduction to Liverpool

The well-loved city of Liverpool sits on the Mersey River. Its magnificent waterfront, Pier Head was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Now a city of culture, Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinatown in Europe, boasts the highest number of national museums outside London and has produced some of the finest musical talent, including the Beatles, Echo and the Bunnymen and many more, to emerge from any one city. With historic architecture, a first-class arts scene, green spaces galore and nightlife to rival any in the world, it’s no wonder Liverpool draws visitors in their thousands every year.

St. George's Hall - Liverpool

St George’s Hall – One of the finest neo-classical buildings in Europe, St George’s Hall was built by wealthy merchants for the people of Liverpool.

Tate Liverpool - Liverpool

Tate Liverpool – Tate Liverpool, in its stunning Grade 1 Listed warehouse conversion, contains the very latest in modern art.

The Cavern Club - Liverpool

The Cavern Club – The famed venue that sky-rocketed the Beatles to international stardom, and iconic status as the best pop band in the world.

Other things to do in Liverpool

Oozing art from every pore, some of the must see collections can be found in the national gallery of the north, the Walker Art Gallery, closely followed by the stunning Tate Liverpool in its Grade 1 Listed converted warehouse and also the wonderful World Museum Liverpool. A Beatles tour of the city is a fun way to spend an afternoon. Whether it’s the Fab Four Tour or the Magical Mystery Tour, you’ll visit childhood hangouts and famous landmarks throughout the Beatle’s career.  Relax with the family in lush Sefton Park, visit the spooky Williamson Tunnels that lie beneath the city streets, visit the beautiful UNESCO waterfront where you can take a ferry across the Mersey, see the symbolic Liver Building and enjoy an impressive array of cafes and restaurants. Shopaholics are spoilt for choice in Liverpool with everything from the fashion epicentre of the Cavern Quarter, the Met Quarter’s designer labels to Bohemian Bold Street with its quirky independent boutiques. Music is almost the lifeblood of Liverpool culture. From The Cavern Club where the Fab Four began their career, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and fantastic music festivals like Summer Pops and the Matthew Street Festival. Whatever your musical taste, you’ll find a venue that plays it. 

Eating and drinking in Liverpool

Dining out in Liverpool is a mouth-watering experience. From fine dining and French Bistros to African cafes and fast food, Liverpool caters for every palate. If you love your surroundings Bohemian then ‘Pushka’ on Rodney Street is one of the city’s hidden foodie gems. If you like things a little more modern, Panoramic on the 34th floor of the West Tower boasts breath-taking 360 degree views across the city and the river beyond. When it comes to watering holes, cosy pubs serve up real ale while swanky wine bars serve the city’s best cocktails. Seel Street has been named the ‘hippest street in the UK’ and is the nucleus of nightlife in Liverpool. 

Liverpool climate

As with the rest of the UK, Liverpool has a temperate climate. It has often mild, wet winters and cool to warm summers. Due to its proximity to the coast, temperatures can feel lower than they are and the area can be fairly windy at times too.

When to go to Liverpool

There is always something going on in Liverpool making it a great destination all year round. However, if weather is a deciding factor then spring through to the summer months are the best times to visit. With more chance of sunshine and higher temperatures, you should be able to enjoy Liverpool’s café lifestyle. The autumn and winter months may bring more rain but they also mean fewer crowds – ideal if you like a quite weekend break.

Flying to Liverpool

Liverpool is served by just one airport, John Lennon Airport. Over 160 flights to Liverpool arrive at the airport daily from the UK and Europe. Just twelve kilometres from the city centre, airport buses will get from the airport to the city centre within half an hour. There are plenty of hotels in Liverpool to choose from to suit all budgets.  Manchester Airport is an alternative route to Liverpool, and only forty five minutes away by car.

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Hotels in Liverpool

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