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50 FREE things to do in Liverpool

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50 FREE things to do in Liverpool
free things to do in Liverpool

Sometimes a decent day out doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg!

There’s loads of free things to do in Liverpool – the beauty about our fantastic city is that there’s always so much going on, we are literally the epicentre of culture, music, and art… well… we think so anyway!

But let’s be honest now, with the state the country is in at the moment, with the cost of living crisis, expendable income just isn’t a luxury most of us have at the moment. 

So whether it’s fun activities to do with the kids, spending time with loved ones, or even just taking yourself on a solo date, Liverpool has so much to do.

So it’s that time again when The Guide Liverpool is here to help you out – check out these 50 free things to do about the city – why not try to tick them all off and complete the list… maybe not in one day… or do, if you’re up for the challenge.


Walk along Liverpool’s waterfront

LIVERPOOL WATERFRONT
LIVERPOOL WATERFRONT

This year Liverpool’s waterfront was home to the Eurovision Village, the official party hub for the biggest Song Contest in the WORLD. 

It’s home to The Three Graces… rain or shine, this is one of the most beautiful locations in the city.


Visit the Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool  Image Pete Carr
Museum of Liverpool Image Pete Carr

Also located on Liverpool’s Waterfront, Museum of Liverpool teaches us about all things SCOUSE! 

Make sure you check out Wondrous Place – you can even get up close with costumes worn by Jodie Comer in Killing Eve – or if you think you’re the next Cilla / Paul McCartney, get in the Karaoke Booth and belt out a classic or two. 


Explore Royal Albert Dock

Albert Dock - Pride - The Guide Liverpool
Picture – Pete Carr

A trip around the city just isn’t the same if you don’t visit the Albert Dock. It’s a great place to take a stroll, immerse yourself in its history, and grab some perfect photie ops. 


Sit in the sun at Chavasse Park

© Liverpool ONE - Chavasse Park
Credit: Liverpool ONE

Sometimes you might find the odd deck chair up on top of Liverpool ONE during Summer months… if not – just park yourself there anyway! Watch the world go by while you’re sunning it up and overlooking the Royal Albert Dock.


Visit Liverpool Cathedral

Cream Classical at Liverpool Cathedral
Credit: Gareth Jones

Check out Liverpool Cathedral for its awe-inspiring architecture, rich history, and stunning gothic interior.


Walk around Sefton Park 

Sefton Park Palm House

Experience a picturesque and tranquil urban oasis, with beautiful landscapes, you have to check out the Fairy Glenn. It’s a perfect escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.


Explore the World Museum 

Liverpool Heritage Sites
World Museum Liverpool

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey through history, culture, and the natural world all under one roof. Walk with Dinosaurs, take a trip 20,000 leagues under the sea at the aquarium, discover the ancient secrets of Egypt, or rocket into space at the planetarium. 


Take in the art at Walker Art Gallery 

National Museums Liverpool Wedding

200 paintings, sculpture, decorative art objects, prints and drawings from the Walker Art Gallery’s Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque collection go on display on 29 July 2023, this is not one to miss! 


Spot a cruise ship at the cruise terminal

Cruise Terminal
Credit: Stratus Imagery

There’s always huge cruise liners docking in Liverpool, and some are an absolutely incredible site… head on down and see for yourself.


Learn about Liverpool’s nautical history at Liverpool Maritime Museum 

Free things to do in Liverpool. Maritime Museum
Free things to do in Liverpool. Maritime Museum

Discover Liverpool’s rich maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum, offering an unforgettable voyage through seafaring stories and nautical wonders.


Head to a free gig

Jazz Saturdays - Ma Boyles - Music
Credit: Ma Boyles

There’s always free music taking place across bars in Liverpool, head down to Mathew Street where the likes of Sergeant Peppers will have live bands playing, or if jazz is more your style, head over to Ma Boyle’s for ParrJazz on a Saturday. 


Browse Red Brick Market 

Red Brick Market
Credit: Red Brick Market

Explore the vibrant and eclectic Red Brick Market in Liverpool, where local independent traders offer an array of unique treasures. It’s a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.


Visit the iconic Tate Liverpool art gallery 

Tate - Albert Dock - Eurovision
Credit: The Guide Liverpool

Embark on an enriching artistic journey at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, where you can immerse yourself in a diverse collection of contemporary and modern art, showcasing the creativity of both renowned and emerging artists.


Visit the International Slavery Museum 

International Slavery Museum

Gain a profound understanding of the global impact of slavery, engage with thought-provoking exhibits, and be inspired to create a more inclusive and compassionate future.


Learn about innovative art at FACT 

Ropewalks - FACT

Unleash your imagination and indulge in cutting-edge multimedia art, immersive exhibitions, and innovative cinematic experiences at FACT in Liverpool, a hub of creativity that pushes the boundaries of art and technology.


Check out the secret garden at The Bluecoat 

Bluecoat
Credit: Bluecoat

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and discover a tranquil oasis of beauty and serenity at the Secret Garden in Bluecoat, where nature’s charm and artistic creativity intertwine to offer a delightful sanctuary for visitors.


Walk around St Luke’s Bombed Out Church 

St Luke's Bombed Out Church
Credit: St Luke’s Bombed Out Church

Step into history and witness the poignant beauty of resilience at the Bombed Out Church. Keep an eye out for a hidden Liver Bird too! 


Get some pictures of the street art in the Baltic Triangle

Picture credit: baltictriangle.co.uk

There’s some brilliant pieces of street art all along Jamaica Street, with local artists such as Sean Webber and Paul Curtis… If you haven’t had a pic with the Liver Bird wings, where have you been? 


Find the Chinese Arch at Chinatown

Free things to do in Liverpool. Discover the Chinese Arch
Free things to do in Liverpool. Discover the Chinese Arch

Did you know Liverpool has one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe? 

Standing at an impressive height of 13.5 meters, the arch is an imposing sight that welcomes visitors into Chinatown and marks the entrance to one of the oldest and largest Chinese communities in Europe. 

The arch’s design is inspired by traditional Chinese architectural styles, with red pillars, golden dragons, and intricate detailing that exude a sense of authenticity and cultural pride.


Go for a walk at Calderstones Park 

The Allerton Oak in Calderstones Park
The Allerton Oak in Calderstones Park

If you’re looking for a bit of green space in Liverpool, and the ultimate blend of nature and history, Calderstones Park is where you need to be!

This picturesque gem, located in the heart of Liverpool, offers a delightful escape for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and families alike.


Head to the beach! 

Free things to do in Liverpool. Formby Beach
Free things to do in Liverpool. Formby Beach

Located just a few miles north of Liverpool, is Crosby beach, and further north again is Formby Beach – a sandy gem that attracts visitors from near and far.


Visit Sefton Park Palm House 

Sefton Park

The Grade II three-tier dome conservatory palm house was designed and built by Mackenzie and Moncur of Edinburgh, and opened in 1896. 

Liverpool millionaire Henry Yates Thompson gifted £10,000 to the city to fund it and it was designed in the tradition of Joseph Paxton’s glass houses and stocked with a rich collection of exotic plants. 


Everton Brow 

Free things to do in Liverpool. Everton Brow
Free things to do in Liverpool. Everton Brow

Visit Everton Brow to behold a breathtaking panoramic view of the city’s skyline. It is one of the highest points in the city, and is a great place to take some pics to share with your mates.


Explore Liverpool Central Library 

This place is absolutely beautiful inside and out! 

From the lettered walk way to the stunning, light-filled atrium, Liverpool Central Library is a gem in the heart of the St George’s Quarter. 

Surrounded by history, neoclassical architecture and greenery, this four storey building mixes the old and new effortlessly.


Wonder around the Georgian Quarter 

St. George’s Hall used for filming of The Batman. Picture – Al Stirling

The Georgian Quarter is known for its stunning architecture and rich history. Take a wonder, and discover gems such as the suitcases outside LIPA. 


Walk along the promenade at New Brighton

New Brighton Lighthouse

One of the best ways to see the Liverpool Skyline is to witness it in all its panoramic glory from the New Brighton prom over on The Wirral. 


Visit Hilbre Island 

The Hilbre Islands truly are one of the most beautiful locations for walking in Wirral, or spotting rare and endangered wildlife. 


Head to Festival Gardens 

Festival Gardens - Nature Walks

Festival Gardens is a beautiful tranquil space with oriental gardens, pagodas, lakes, waterways and waterfalls. 


Discover Birkenhead Park 

Credit: Philip Brookes / Shutterstock.com

As the world’s first publicly funded park, its lush greenery and Victorian design provide a captivating haven for relaxation and exploration. It is also said to be the inspiration for Central Park in New York City.


Get a picture with the Beatles!

No trip to the Pier head is complete without a pic with the boys!


Walk down Mathew Street 

Walking down Mathew Street in Liverpool is like strolling through a living tapestry of musical history, where the echoes of The Beatles and the vibrant energy of the city’s renowned nightlife intertwine harmoniously.


Experience Another Place at Crosby Beach 

“Another Place” by Antony Gormley, known locally as “The Iron Men” is an awe-inspiring art installation that graces the shores of Crosby Beach.

Consisting of 100 cast iron figures spread over two miles, these haunting sculptures stand against the backdrop of the sea, creating a powerful and thought-provoking sight that captivates visitors and reflects the relationship between humanity and nature.


Go for a sunset stroll along Otterspool promenade 

An evening stroll along Otterspool Promenade in Liverpool is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the River Mersey.


Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral 

Picture – Shutterstock

Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool to experience a breathtaking fusion of modernist architecture and spiritual serenity.


Enjoy the sun at St Nick’s garden

St. Nick’s Courtyard

Relax on the green in St Nick’s garden – it is a proper little sun trap… with a boss view of the Royal Liver Building too!


Walk around Princes Park 

Explore Princes Park in Liverpool for a rejuvenating retreat, where serene lakes, rolling hills, and vibrant flora offer a perfect setting to unwind and connect with nature.


Visit Croxteth Country Park 

Embark on a journey through history and natural beauty by visiting Croxteth Park in Liverpool, where a stately mansion, sprawling woodlands, and charming farm provide a delightful blend of heritage and outdoor exploration.


Explore St George’s Quarter

The Batman filming in Liverpool Pic – Al Stirling

Discover amazing architecture such as St George’s Hall, Walker Art Gallery, and world museum. The area has also been used numerous times for filming locations in movies like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Batman!


Attend one of the free festivals throughout the year

Boss thing about this city, we love a party, and we love our music – and most of the time, you can combine the two for free at one of the boss fezzie’s that take place throughout the year. 

Keep an eye on upcoming events on our calendar HERE.


Visit the Open Eye Gallery at Mann Island 

Visit the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool to immerse yourself in a captivating visual narrative of contemporary photography and art, showcasing diverse perspectives that inspire thought and dialogue.


See the street art at New Brighton

Street art in New Brighton

The art transforms ordinary walls into a dynamic canvas of creativity, reflecting the spirit and pulse of the community.


Discover Queen Avenue 

Queen Avenue

It’s surprising the amount of people who don’t know that this beautiful hidden gem exists in Liverpool. Tucked away just off Castle Street, in the city’s business district, lies Liverpool’s very own “Diagon Alley”. 

If you walk beneath the archway between Rudy’s Pizza and the Tune Hotel – you will think you have been transported back in time to the Victorian period. 

Find out more here.


Take a selfie with Cilla Black

She’s a statue ladies and gentlemen – get a lorra lorra snaps with our Cilla down on Mathew Street. 


Visit Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight 

Visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery for an enchanting journey through exquisite collections of fine art and decorative objects, offering a glimpse into the opulent elegance of the times gone by. 

Walk through Stanley park while seeing both of Liverpool’s football stadiums


Go statue hunting

There’s loads of boss statues throughout the city – check some of them out HERE.


Head to a free gig at Hot Water Comedy

There’s plenty of free gigs happening at Hot Water Comedy club – check out their website for more!


Walk the Wirral Way 

Summer Walks
Wirral Way

Lace up those walking shoes because the Wirral boasts some of the most breathtaking walks around. Experience the beauty of nature and history intertwining along this former railway route, offering breathtaking vistas and a tranquil escape.


Walk up Southport Prom 

Walking Southport Promenade offers a refreshing coastal experience, where sandy shores, lively entertainment, and charming Victorian architecture merge to create a delightful seaside escape.


See the Child of Hale 

Child of Hale. Credit: Wikipedia
Child of Hale. Credit: Wikipedia

Witness the intriguing statue of the Child of Hale to marvel at the legendary figure’s larger-than-life story, encapsulating the rich folklore and heritage of the quaint village of Hale.


For more free things to do in Liverpool keep checking The Guide Liverpool!

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