These are our favourite peaceful spots in Liverpool City Centre
5 years ago
Forget ringtones, headphones and 24hr notifications, these peaceful urban oases can help us all switch off.
With Spring and Summer days comes the inevitable need to spend more time outside and if you live or work in Liverpool city centre we’ve got some suggestions for escaping the daily grind. It’s probably unthinkable to leave your phone on silent, or on your desk while you take your lunch to any one of these parks, waterfront benches or quiet spaces for half an hour ‘off’, but the benefits are huge. In a big, bustling city, these are the places we can all sit for a minute and chill.
According to research, 73% of us believe that using mobile phones and tablets has contributed to stress and anxiety in our lives and 81% admitted interrupting conversations and meal times to check their social media. Maybe its time to prioritise recharging ourselves instead of our phones?
Here’s 8 places you can switch off and recharge yourself in Liverpool city centre…..
1 – St Nick’s Churchyard
If there’s a place in the city that has offered sanctuary, reflection and a stunning view in which to lose your thoughts, it’s St Nick’s Churchyard. Overlooking the Three Graces and River Mersey, St Nick’s is littered with beautiful tributes that give us all reason to pause and breathe.
2 – The Picton Reading Rooms, Central Library
Liverpool’s incredible Central Library is a hive of activity 7 days a week, but there remains one place within its vast, book covered walls that demands peace, quiet and contemplation. The Picton Reading Rooms is the place to go if you’re looking for comfortable silence.
3 – Chavasse Park
The huge grassy park at Liverpool ONE offers plenty of space to stick a blanket down or even just your jacket and lay down for a bit of cloud watching. The grassy steps have returned to Liverpool ONE for the summer now too. Head towards John Lewis and pick a spot in the sun for a coffee or lunch break away from your screen.
4 – St John’s Gardens
St John’s Gardens is in bloom all year round and surrounded with distant traffic noise and chatter from tourists heading to our museums and galleries. Just 5 – 10 minutes on a bench here, time to kickback with a book, newspaper, podcast or just your thoughts, can be enough to put a spring back in your step.
5 – Pier Head
Blow the cobwebs away with a wander along the Pier Head on your next lunch break. Looking out across the River Mersey – just like a Liver Bird, wind in your hair and that big expanse of sea and sky could put some wind back in your sails for an afternoon back at the office.
6 – St James’ Gardens
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral opens its doors to everyone in search of peace. Its surrounding gardens are equally inviting and calming. With dotted benches and green spaces to pitch up with your lunch or a book, this 10 minute walk from the city centre is well worth it for the peace and quiet.
7 – The Bombed Out Church
The steps at the Bombed Out Church, Berry Street has long been a meeting place and unofficial taxi rank on nights out. During the day its a great place to elevate yourself from the hustle and bustle of the street and watch the world go by. Or nab a space on the grass and forget you’re even in the city.
8 – Metropolitan Cathedral
Sticking with steps but adding a little more height, head to the Georgian Quarter and the steps of Paddy’s Wigwam to look down the length of Hope St. On a sunny day you can feel like king of the world sitting up high watching students, tourists and workers hurrying about their day while you take 5.