Liverpool is one of England’s most famous cities for music. From the Beatles to Frankie Goes To Hollywood, the list is long! Not only that, it has some of the best things to do in Liverpool that are dotted all across the city. You’ll be spoilt for choice when visiting Liverpool.
Over the years, we’ve visited Liverpool heaps of times; and love it. Not only is the city totally fun, it’s also a great place to start a trip around the wider places in Yorkshire that are stunning. That being said, you can even head over to Wales or the Peak District National Park, too.
Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that Liverpool is only around 2 hours by train from London. This makes Liverpool a really easy city to visit for a day trip or a long weekend.
So, to help you maximise your time on the ground, I’m sharing my top places in Liverpool to visit once you arrive. Have the most amazing time in Liverpool!
1.) The Beatles Story Museum
Now, one place you have to visit in Liverpool is The Beatles Story Museum. After all, Liverpool is the city where the Beatles came from; and played loads of their early gigs.
Nestled on the Albert Docks shoreline, The whole museum is dedicated to telling The Beatles’ story and their rise to world domination. It is the largest permanent Beatles exhibition in the world and it’s just so good to see.
Throughout the museum, you’ll get to learn all about the Beatles’ rise to fame and the immense journey that was their music career. The whole exhibition takes you on a step-by-step journey of The Beatles including The Cavern Club, Abbey Road Studios, and other global venues.
Now, I’m not the biggest Beatles music fan, to be honest. But, hear me out, I really enjoyed The Beatles Museum. Just be sure to book these Beatles Story Museum tickets before you arrive. This way, you won’t miss a slot when visiting.
2.) Ferry across the Mersey
Sound familiar? Well, there’s a song exactly about riding the ferry across the Mersey! Now, although a ride on the Mersey Ferry is, pretty short, it’s well worth the trip.
If you’re in Liverpool, head to the Dock that’s right next to the British Music Experience (another great spot if you’re into your music) and takes you right over to Seacombe in a matter of minutes.
The ticket for the Ferry is pretty cheap and once onboard you’ll be treated to some of the best views of Liverpool. After arriving at the Seacombe docking area, head over to the Eureka! Science and Discovery Centre that’s totally fun for the whole family.
For a short visit, you can take the Mersey Ferry and visit Eureka! in around two hours.
3.) Baltic Triangle
The Baltic Triangle is an area, not too far from the Albert Docks, that is filled with independent music venues, bars and fun nights out in the old industrial area of Liverpool.
If you’re into your music, then you’ll want to book tickets to upcoming live music or themed nights at Camp and Furnace. Situated on Greenland Street, Camp and Furnace is one of my favourite, and more alternative venues which is situated in a disused warehouse.
Just be sure to book venue tickets in advance; tickets can sell out for popular music nights.
Oh, and don’t forget about the Baltic Market, too. It’s a foodie market spot that’s great for dinner and drinks in one of the old industrial units. Plus, you’ll find something to suit every taste; from fluffy pancakes to freshly made sushi. The atmosphere is fantastic, and you’ll leave stuffed.
Also, don’t forget about these other venues dotted all around the Baltic Triangle, you’ve got some cool little bars like; Arts Bar Baltic, the Botanical Garden and another music venue, District close by. Plus, you’ve got Bongo’s Bingo (so much fun) and so many tap houses for some local brews, too.
4.) Museum of Liverpool
The Museum of Liverpool is the world’s first museum wholely dedicated to the vibrant city of Liverpool. Perched on the harbour area of Mann Island, not too far from the British Museum Experience, the Museum of Liverpool is amazing to visit.
It celebrates the unique arts and culture of the city relating to the food, culture and people as a whole. It’s so important to see, especially in a city like Liverpool There are so many collections which include archaeological history, period fashions, medieval artefacts and so much more.
Not only that, it’s free to enter.
To make it easy to get around Liverpool, book this hop-on-hop-off bus tour that will take you around the main sights of the city. This way, you can focus all your energy on exploring, without any of the faff of finding all the places in Liverpool to visit.
5.) Tate Liverpool
Right on the banks of the Albert Docks, visiting the Tate Liverpool is one of the best things to do in Liverpool when on the harbourfront area.
Fun fact, Tate Liverpool is even the most visited art gallery and visual art centre outside of London; which says a lot about how good it is.
Once here, you’ll get to explore all forms of art, from contemporary, period and modern art over the centuries. The best part about the Tate Liverpool is the fact that their exhibits are often changing each year. This all means that there’s always something new to see during every visit.
Plus, it’s free to enter.
6.) Maritime Museum
If you’re totally into your museums and want to learn more about the maritime history of Liverpool, then this is the place for you.
The Maritime Museum has four floors of exhibits detailing maritime history, whilst being totally engaging and easy to follow.
This museum is filled with so much rich history and remembrance of the people that once resided in Liverpool. There are several gallery floors in this building; World Gateway, Lusitania and Empress of Ireland gallery, the Battle of the Atlantic and heaps more.
It’s the perfect place to visit around lunchtime as you can take a stroll around the Albert Dock and stop off at one of the restaurants or bars for food.
7.) Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Probably one of the UK’s most famous modern cathedrals, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is a place you can’t miss. It took five years to complete when it opened its doors in 1967 and well worth a gander inside.
Following the architects, Gibberd’s design, it’s stood proudly overlooking Liverpool for decades.
Once inside, be sure to look around the main nave and sanctuary of the cathedral.
It’s unique and the whole building is pretty impressive. Oh, and don’t forget to spot the famous organ, which has over 4000 pipes!
8.) The Royal Liver Building
Right on the shorefront, The Royal Liver Building is one of Liverpool’s most famous buildings. Not only that, visiting this area is one of the best things to do in Liverpool as you wander the waterfront area.
Now, you won’t be able to go inside but you can spot the city’s most famous birds; Bertie and Bella that stand proudly overlooking Liverpool. These two sculptured birds are said to protect Liverpool, whilst the other greets incoming sailors (a nod to its maritime past). Also, you might notice that both concrete birds are chained.
Well, local legend states that if the birds disappear from Liverpool, then the city will crumble. Who knows if that’s true?
9.) The Cavern Pub
Easily one of the best things to do in Liverpool, the Cavern Pub is one of the country’s most famous music venues. Yeah, it’s small but it’s where The Beatles and so many others cut their teeth.
If you want to see some live music, just be sure to book tickets before arriving in Liverpool. You don’t want to travel and find out all the gigs have sold out.
If it’s more of a tour you’re after, book this Liverpool walking tour that takes in the Cavern Club, The Beatles Statue and more. It’s such a great way to explore Liverpool.
10.) Liverpool Football Club
Into your football? Then head over to the Liverpool Football Club for this stadium tour. It’s an incredible way to explore Anfield (the stadium) and learn so much more about the club’s history within Liverpool and its rise to international domination.
Tours and the visit to the museum take around 90 minutes and it’s well worth booking these tickets before arriving. At peak times, tickets do sell out.
11.) Liverpool Cathedral
Not to be confused with the much newer Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral is the largest cathedral in all of the UK.
Nearby the Univeristy of Liverpool buildings, the Liverpool Cathedral is massive and towers over the surrounding areas. Built-in the early 1900s, visiting is one of the best things to do in Liverpool as you explore the city’s long history.
Once inside, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Lady Chapel and the vaulted ceilings that are just so impressive. Plus, from the outside, you can see the cathedral’s bell tower, which is still one of the tallest in the whole world.
For some tasty pan-Asian cuisine, head over to Chinatown that’s west of the Baltic Triangle. Now, although small if you compare it to Chinatowns in places like Vancouver or New York, it’s got a fair few little restaurants to grab a bite.
13.) Sefton Park
Although a little way from the shorefront areas of Liverpool, a visit to Sefton Park is lovely if you want a more relaxed day in the city.
Once here, make sure to stroll from the Sefton Park Obelisk and make your way to the Sefton Park Palm House which is so impressive to see. The latter is a huge Victorian glass house that is beautiful to explore. It’s totally free to enter and epic to see.
14.) Formby Beach
If you’re fancying a short trip out of Liverpool, head over to nearby Formby Beach. It’s around 14 miles away from Liverpool city centre and the sandy beach is so lovely.
Once here, and parked up at this spot (on Google Maps), head out on foot and explore the dunes and shoreline. You can walk this coastline for hours – it stretches so long.
Just be sure to take some snacks and be prepared for blustery days if the wind is coming from the west.
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