Liverpool is the one of the largest cities in the UK. Its name conjures up images of a glorious maritime heritage, two of the biggest football teams in the Premier League, friendly locals, and the Beatles.
Revitalised by a successful year as the European Capital of Culture it boasts a brilliant new shopping centre, fabulous hotels, more museums and galleries than any other city outside London, and a waterfront with UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Hotels and places to stay in and around Liverpool include:
- Hanover Hotel & McCartney's Bar
- Hard Days Night Hotel
- Central Station Hotel Liverpool
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool
- Staycity Aparthotels Liverpool Waterfront
- Holiday Inn Express Liverpool - Royal Albert Dock
- The Royal Hotel
- The Dolby Hotel
- Jurys Inn Liverpool
Things To Do
Liverpool offers a huge choice of museums and art galleries. Albert Dock is the city’s biggest attraction and is home to the Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool. Just north of the dock is Pier Head, best known for its magnificent trio of Edwardian buildings, but now also the site of the new Museum of Liverpool. Both the Albert Dock and Pier Head are part of Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, one of the few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the north of England.
The Walker Art Gallery is another must see. The ‘National Gallery of the North’ boasts a wide variety of works ranging from Rembrandt to Hockney. It’s situated on William Brown Street in the city centre, home to many other public buildings including St George’s Hall, the World Museum, and Liverpool Central Library.
The Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the country’s more unusual cathedrals. The modernist conical structure, affectionately known by locals as ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ or the ‘Mersey Funnel’, lies half a mile to the north of the more traditional, but equally impressive, Liverpool Cathedral.
Mention Liverpool and people immediately think of the Beatles. Each year thousands of tourists are drawn to the city by the legacy of the Fab Four. Fans can explore the history of the band at the Beatles Story museum at Albert Dock, tour the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, or watch live music at the Cavern Club on Mathew Street.
Liverpool also has a strong footballing tradition and boasts two of the most famous Premier League football teams. Liverpool FC won their fifth Champions League title in 2005 while Everton have played more top-flight league games than any other team in the country. Both clubs offer stadium and museum tours.
The city’s waterfront Echo Arena hosts concerts from the biggest names in music while the Philharmonic Hall hosts a variety of events including classical music concerts by its resident orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Liverpool Empire is the place to see West End musicals, opera, ballet, pantomimes and more, while the Liverpool Playhouse offers great theatre from local and touring companies.
The Odeon at Liverpool One is a multiplex cinema with 14 screens. The IMAX theatre is one of just a handful in North West England. Another cinema in the city centre is the Picturehouse at FACT, an independent cinema that shows art house and foreign language films.
Liverpool boasts excellent transport links and infrastructure. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is just a short drive from the city centre and offers flights to around 80 destinations. Manchester Airport is also easily reached from the city.
Lime Street is the main train station and enjoys a great location in the heart of the city. There are direct trains to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, and Sheffield. Destinations in Merseyside and beyond are served by the city’s own Merseyrail network.