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Visiting Liverpool has never been more exciting. As 2019 gets into full swing we’re lining up days at the beach, in the parks, riding the tour buses, tucking in world cuisine, stepping back in time, learning about scouse history and preparing for some epic nights out.
Whether you’re here for a day, a weekend or a little longer, to fully immerse yourself in all things scouse, we’ve compiled a list of the top must-do attractions to make some memories on Merseyside. With lots of free to attend museums, galleries and workshops, there’s something for everyone, (especially the Beatles fans). The only question is, what will you do first?
The Royal Liver Building is an internationally recognised landmark and now you can find out all about its history and take in the breath-taking views at RLB360. From both the 10th and 15th floors you can get unparalleled views of the city and leave spellbound by the light projection show that charts this iconic building and its standing in the city. An absolute must for all visitors and locals alike. Find out more here.
The Magical Mystery Tour charts the meteoric rise of Liverpool’s most famous sons The Beatles, by taking visitors to the homes, schools and venues that shaped their legendary careers. Jump on the rainbow MMT bus for a two hour journey back in time with the most incredible soundtrack and see the likes of Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Book your spot here.
It’s got to be done! We were delighted to hear that Snowdrop, our stunning Dazzle Ferry remains with the Mersey Ferry fleet and what better way to get a perfect photo of the Liverpool skyline than from out on the Mersey itself? Book your next Ferry Cross the Mersey here.
While Scouse is our city’s treasured dish, absolutely anything on the menu at Mowgli is a close second. Liverpool is on love with Mowgli. Indian street food made with traditional recipes by chef Nisha Katona MBE has revolutionised how and what we eat. Prepare to taste the rainbow at Mowgli – order the Bunny Chow, chat bombs and Mowgli chip butty, you wont regret it. Mowgli menus here.
A city with two Cathedrals – the crowning jewels of the Georgian Quarter boasting cobbled streets, poignant public art, legendary theatres and the most famous pub toilets in the UK (The Philharmonic Pub). Hope Street is a melting pot of some of the city’s best indie bars and restaurants. Climb to the Anglican Cathedral bell tower roof and see the sun stream through the stained glass of the Metropolitan Cathedral for instant Instagram envy. More here.
The most visited museum outside of London, Liverpool Museum charts the myriad of exhibitions and artefacts that have made this city what it is. The free to enter, waterfront museum has made learning about our history, identity and legacy fun and accessible to all. Double Fantasy – John & Yoko an exhibition that details the union of two icons is a must-see. Take the kids on the LiverBird trail, take a seat on the overhead railway and check out Lily Savage’s costumes and rarely seen photos of the city over the decades. Opening times and more here.
Sticking with the waterfront, why not choose one of the many Royal Albert Dock restaurants and cafes for a bite to eat, whatever you fancy. Latest additions to the beautiful dock area includes Rosa’s Thai Café – bringing traditional Thai dishes and cooking to the city (try the handmade spring rolls). Peaberry Coffee House serves up chunky sandwiches, brunch dishes and rich tasting coffee, while The Smugglers Cove offers hearty burgers, hanging kebabs and all the rum, with a stunning view! Full dining listings here.
The world’s largest permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and times of The Beatles, this Albert Dock museum is a must for all fans. Find out how the Fab Four met, see original clothing, instruments and song lyrics, plus travel to Hamburg, The Cavern, Abbey Road and other key locations that were instrumental in the making of one incredible story. Pre book your ticket to ride here.
Renowned chef and restaurateur Gary Usher and his team turned a derelict building on Seel Street into Wreckfish Bistro and threw open the doors to simple bistro food using the best quality ingredients. And everyone raves about it. Whether you book in for lunch, dinner, Sunday dinner or a private dining event, expect a taste sensation. We recommend feather blade beef, halibut loin and most definitely the Tonka bean crem brulee! Menus and more here.
You can see the city from over 400ft with a trip up to the viewing gallery of St John’s Beacon or the Radio City Tower as its known. Home to our local Radio City stations, this alien spaceship looking structure towers over the city and gives stunning views right across the Mersey, to Wirral and beyond. Tickets here.
This is Anfield and for any LFC fan, an official tour of the reds beloved stadium is a real bucket list item. Go behind the scenes and view the state-of-the-art Home Team dressing room, Away Team dressing room, Press Room, Player’s tunnel and This is Anfield Sign, as well as seeing the pitch and city beyond from the main stand. Check out all the tour options here.
One for the history and drama lovers, a Shiverpool tour takes you to parts of the city that guarantees goosebumps. Street theatre doesn’t get more thrilling than this. Book in for a 90 minute walking tour and learn more about the Liverpool streets and its shadowy figures than you ever imagined. From Hope St to the Auld City and Dead house, packed with strange but true facts, experience Liverpool down the ages and into the next life. Book here.
Take a City Sights bus tour of the city to check out our incredible architecture, landmarks and sense of humour. City sights tour guides are easily some of the most knowledgeable, friendly and funny scousers who love nothing more than showcasing the very best of our city. With two routes, multilingual tours bursting with facts and more about our beloved Beatles, this is the perfect way to see the city while someone else does the driving. Book here.
Liverpool has provided the perfect backdrop for adverts, tv shows and Hollywood blockbusters for many years. On any given day you’ll find a film crew utilising our buildings, streets, tunnels and skyline as their own and now you can take a walking tour to all the most famous spots. Fantastic Beasts, 51st State, Peaky Blinders and many more have made Liverpool their home. Check them out on a Reel Tour here.
Did you know Liverpool is the home of The British Music Experience? Housed at Cunard on the Pier Head this huge exhibition of British Music boasts some amazing artefacts including Brit Award Spice Girls costumes! There’s loads of interactive exhibits, instruments to try out and dedicated dance studio, all under one roof. Walk back through musical history from the 40’s to now. Tickets here.
Deep beneath the Liverpool streets lies a war time command centre that has been lovingly restored. Western Approaches was instrumental in winning the battle of the Atlantic and allows visitors to step back in time to view items such as the red war phone (linking to the Churchill war rooms in London), amazing technology of the day, uniforms, the breath-taking map room and lots more. Booking here.
Cain’s Brewery Village has undergone a huge transformation and now boasts some of the best city bars, vintage shops and eateries. Wander the antique stalls, pick up a bargain or two, stop in for a pint at Punch Tarmey’s Irish Bar or cocktails at Birdies and head across the Baltic Market to fall in love with scouse street food. Halloumi fries are a must! More here.
Tate Liverpool is at the forefront of British and international contemporary art and a real gem in the city’s cultural offering. Alongside permanent collections such as Constellations – highlights from the national collection of modern art, Tate Liverpool has a busy 2019 lined up playing host to Op Art and artist and activist Keith Haring in the coming months. See what’s on here.
From high street to high end, Liverpool ONE invites you to shop at more than 170 stores across its huge city centre site. From John Lewis to Disney, Apple to Footlocker, Flannels, Michael Korrs, Accesorise and Waterstones. There’s something for everyone, plus plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes to pit stop and refuel too. Check out the full list of stores here.
This Victorian masterpiece has hosted grand celebrations, vigils, spontaneous yet monumental gatherings and even sleeping giants in its 165 year history. If it’s stone pillars could speak they would tell you that Liverpool’s history has played out on the steps, plateau, Great hall, the Minton tiles and concert rooms at St George’s Hall. The emotional heart of the region, the first thing you see from Lime St Station steps, St George’s Hall has to be seen and felt to be believed. More info here.
Sefton Park is a joy all year round. Snowy pictures across the frozen lake, the pathways trees coming into blossom, a million autumn leaves changing colour and the fields of daffodils signalling a new beginning. Playparks packed with kids, the Palm House alive with the sound of music or peacefully quiet for yoga, music festivals, mass sporting events and hundreds of benches for a little bit of r&r, Sefton Park has got it all. More here.
A trip out to Crosby Beach to get a selfie with an Antony Gormley statue is a definite must-do on any visit to the region. Easily accessible with Merseyrail, grab a return ticket to Waterloo and wander around the marine lake until you hit the sand dunes and the site of 100 cast iron men, gazing out to sea. ‘Another Place’ the name for this collection of art, should be on your Instagram in 2019. More here.
Miles of beautiful coastline, war time history, its very own observatory, mysterious Hilbre Island, marine life, beautiful parks, a shipping legacy, farms, the phenomenal Port Sunlight village and the best ice-cream in the north west! Visit Wirral in 2019 and learn something about this north west peninsula you never knew. Walk or cycle the Wirral Way, enjoy an ice-cream on New Brighton prom and get the best views of the Liverpool skyline from Seacombe. More here.
Love music? Love exploring new cities? Love accidentally burning calories while dancing round with your mates? Then get yourselves booked onto the brilliant Silent Disco Adventure Tour with Alan Cross. Simply don your headphones and set off on a course around the city centre dancing like no one is watching! Find out more here.
William Brown Street is home to Liverpool’s World Museum and Walker Art Gallery. Both free to enter, prepare to get lost in ancient, under water worlds and galaxies. Let your mind wander as you take in priceless art from the greats, Monet, Manet, Da Vinci, Rennie Mackintosh and more. Travel back to ancient Egypt with a state of the art exhibition showcasing 11 mummies, live bugs and replica spaceshuttles. Something for everyone. More here.
We mentioned the most famous pub toilets in the UK earlier and any visit to Hope Street should definitely involve a drink at the ornate and unique, Philharmonic Dining Rooms. This Grade II listed building – known as The Phil has hosted impromptu gigs by Sir Paul McCartney, seen many a famous actor and musician stop by for a pint and offers a comfy and quirky place to grab a bite. Find out more here.
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Royal Albert Dock invites you to learn more about Liverpool’s central role in the Titanic story. 107 years since her ill-fated voyage to New York, Titanic, registered in Liverpool, has a new exhibition which details the local stories and connections with free talks, events and craft sessions. There’s even a chance to walk the Titanic cabins with VR sessions. Find out more here.
The multi-award winning Fab 4 Taxi Ride finishes off the ultimate visit to Liverpool for all Beatles fans. Tour the band members homes, see the Eleanor Rigby tombstone, visit Strawberry Fields and take in the Penny Lane experience all in your very own black cab. There’s nothing like a Liverpool cabbie. Book your personalised tour here.
Bar views don’t get much higher or spectacular than this. For an unrivalled view of the magnificent Three Graces, it has to be drinks at Oh Me Oh My. Based on The Strand, its rooftop bar, Goodness Gracious is open from March to October and is the perfect city oasis to relax and unwind after an amazing day sight seeing. Look at that view! More here.
Liverpool is famous for its nightlife and you’ll find the like of Mathew St, Concert Square and the Baltic, busy on any night of the week. If you’re only here for a short time though we recommend one very particular club event that you wont forget. A night at Bongo’s Bingo at Camp & Furnace has to be seen, covered in Coco Pops and ridden home on a giant unicorn – to be believed. Bingo, pop and club anthems, dance offs, cash prizes, karaoke, special guests, up on the tables madness and we can’t get enough. Latest dates here.
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