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There’s something in the way Liverpool grooves. A melody always finds you: from Liverpool Cathedral’s clanging bells to Anfield’s lusty, footy chorus. Oh, and those four fab Scousers who revolutionised music – see, hear and feel The Beatles’ legacy here, there and everywhere.
This grand Victorian venue promises the Earth and delivers even more. Start your voyage of discovery in the age of the dinosaurs. Examine everything from fossilised amphibians to a full-size Megalosaurus skeleton. In the Space Gallery, view real Martian meteorites and moon rocks. For a “big bang” finish, see how our Universe began with a show at the planetarium.Accommodations near World Museum Liverpool
Frankie says relax: head here the morning after the night before! This café quarter cures what “ales” you. Choose from a greasy fry-up, continental coffee or classic English “cuppa” at trendy café Leaf. Feeling refreshed? Skip up to St Luke’s bombed-out ruins for an arty afternoon. It’s an intimate venue that hosts acoustic concerts, craft fairs and an outdoor cinema.Accommodations near Bold Street
Eyesore or eye-catching? Sure, the concrete cone façade of the “Mersey Funnel” divides local opinion, but everything comes together inside. It has a circular design, which affords a 2,000-strong Catholic congregation optimal eye lines to the central altar. The crown of stained glass above it acts as a kaleidoscopic filter that bathes worshippers in warm, embracing light.Accommodations near Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
These docks were once Liverpool’s global gateway. From 1846, it stocked exotic cargo in the world’s first fireproof warehouse. Today, it’s a museum half-mile charting the city’s seafaring past. Scour the Maritime Museum for Titanic artefacts or take a contraband quiz at its “Seized!” exhibition. The Slavery Museum traces a most sordid history – and Liverpool’s part in it.Accommodations near Albert Dock
Great Scott! What’s a red phone box doing inside the UK’s largest cathedral? It’s actually a nod to Giles Gilbert Scott, who designed both of these British icons. Although not a direct line to God, the neo-Gothic cathedral’s calling card is its giant bell tower. Take the two lifts and 108 stairs for a little slice of heaven: unrivalled panoramic views of Liverpool.Accommodations near Anglican Cathedral
Scousers love a good story. Learn more about theirs via this treasure trove of urban artefacts. Meander down the spiral staircase to explore the city’s socio-cultural history: from the 19th-century mercantile boom to the birth of Beatlemania. Nail your colours to the mast – Red or Blue – after watching a film about football rivals, Liverpool FC and Everton FC.Accommodations near Museum of Liverpool
Buy a ticket to ride on the Fab Four’s journey from mop-tops to rock gurus. Relive their sweaty first gig in the mock Cavern Club. Imagine a day in the life of John and Paul at work in Abbey Road. See George’s rickety first guitar and gently weep (price tag: £500,000!). Learn to drum with a little help from Ringo via video. Eight days a week is not enough here!Accommodations near Beatles Story
The painter Edgar Degas said art was “what you make others see”. Draw your own conclusions at the Tate. This rolling revue of modern art showcases work from its sister gallery in London. See the best of Britain plus the international masters: from a slice of Bacon to a glimpse of Klimt. Take the Peter Blake-painted ‘Snowdrop’ ferry here and be dazzled by its Pop Art camouflage.Accommodations near Tate Liverpool
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Welcome to the pleasure dome! Powered by the Mersey’s turbines, this clam-shaped arena shines like a pearly beacon of fun. It’s hosted everything from the “MTV Awards” to “Ultimate Fighting Championship” dust ups. Join post-show revellers for a ferris wheel whirl and widescreen waterfront views. Or pay homage to a local music legend at the John Lennon Peace Monument.Accommodations near Echo Arena
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“This is Anfield”. Three simple words welcome nervous visiting teams to the home of Liverpool FC, England’s most decorated football club. Touch the famous tunnel sign as you enter this revered arena on a stadium tour. However, you can’t beat real match-day euphoria. Join the red sea of scarves in the Kop stand for a spine-tingling chorus of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.Accommodations near Anfield Stadium
A shopper’s delight – all you need is cash! Bold Street’s top of the pops for used vinyl and vintage clothes. If you dig designer threads at designer prices, hit the Metquarter Mall. Liverpool One’s unbeatable for big brands like Debenhams or Zara. Next door is breezy Chavasse Park, perfect for a timeout from the retail rush.Accommodations in Liverpool Shopping District
Liverpool is home to Europe’s oldest Chinese community. So, it’s no surprise that you’ll find the best noodles in town here. Duke Street’s glut of affordable pan-Asian eateries draws a young, studenty crowd. The area’s hard to miss – two bronze lions and a multi-coloured, 15-metre high Imperial Arch welcome you to the neighbourhood.Accommodations in Chinatown
“How boss is this place, la’? Eh, how long’s a piece of rope?!” This is a bar-hopper’s heaven, and Scousers swear by Seel Street. Try the Shipping Forecast for gourmet burgers and hip craft beers. Then wiggle the wee hours away at Alma de Cuba’s church turned Carnival club. Its Sunday brunch with live gospel choir soothes any sore heads.Accommodations in RopeWalks
Follow the Mersey’s flow to feel the city’s pulse. Once home to heavy industry, today this waterfront district blends cultural heritage with exciting nightlife. Delve into its shipping past at the Maritime Museum or join the big sing-along at the Beatles Story. Rock ‘n’ stroll around Albert Dock – it’s got pubs and clubs to beat the band.Accommodations in The Docks
This upscale area pops to life like a period TV show, all cobbled alleys and grand Georgian houses. Visit 60 Hope Street, a listed-townhouse turned swanky bistro that’s popular among theatre luvvies. Get in on the act and see a play at the Everyman Theatre. It’s been a bohemian breeding ground for politically-charged drama since 1964.Accommodations in Hope Street Quarter
Centred on Mathew Street, this is the boisterous birthplace of the Merseybeat. Join the jamboree of Beatlemaniacs and ’60s nostalgists at the Cavern Club. A replica of the bulldozed original, it still delivers a hard day’s night of music and merriment. If DJs and cocktail bars are more your scene, Victoria Street’s the place to be seen.Accommodations in Cavern Quarter
Creative bright sparks reignited this old shipping district. Its once crumbling warehouses now host everything from digital startups to underground clubs. Check out The Gallery or Arena Studios for up-and-coming regional artists. Then pitch up at Camp and Furnace for the night: its street food parties and psychedelic music fests are ice-cold cool.Accommodations in Baltic Triangle
This old Victorian hub seems stiff at first. Its numerous Neoclassical buildings are hard to tell apart. Yet the stoic columns of St George’s Hall stand out like Liverpool’s answer to the Parthenon. Here, passionate locals gather to celebrate famous football victories or show their political colours. Don’t be shy, the more the merrier!Accommodations in St George's Quarter
Lauren loves The Beatles (naturally!) and uncovering new hangouts when she’s back home visiting.
The quaint suburb of Woolton is worth the 30-minute bus ride from the city centre. Packed with cute cafés and restaurants, it’s the home of Woolton Picture House, Liverpool’s oldest cinema. Spot Eleanor Rigby’s grave in the grounds of St. Peter's Parish Church.Accommodations nearby
Whilst living in the city, Aimee loved checking out its bars and Bold Street’s vintage shopping.
This walking ghost tour is led by a creepy crew of guides determined to scare up some screams. Historic tales and horror stories show you the spooky side of the city. The tour even ends in the Anglican Cathedral graveyard to add to the scare factor!Accommodations nearby
Born and bred Scouser Nicola now lives in Manchester.
Mossley Hill is a suburb located about 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Close to the leafy Sefton Park, keep your eyes peeled for a couple of Beatles-related landmarks, including Penny Lane and Allerton Road, as well as a couple of popular restaurants.Accommodations nearby
Hailing from The Wirral, just across the Mersey, Rebecca’s knows Liverpool buzzing centre well.
Hop aboard a “Ferry cross the Mersey” from Pier Head Terminal and see Liverpool’s sights from the water. You can opt to take a river cruise stopping at Seacombe and Woodside, and your ticket will also include access to the U-Boat Story Exhibition at Woodside.Accommodations nearby
Derin loves returning to Liverpool with its famously friendly locals and passion for football.
One of the country’s most famous theatrical venues, the iconic Everyman Theatre is set in one of Liverpool’s creative districts. A former chapel, it features stunning, award-winning architecture. Check out a performance here and relax in the bar, which looks onto Hope Street.Accommodations nearby
Jodie has got to know the city well after spending a lot of time here for work.
Leading up to Sefton Park, this road is lined with independent cafés, restaurants, bars, shops and even art galleries. It’s one of my favourite parts of Liverpool and offers a great bohemian vibe, all set off the beaten track.Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...What makes the people from Liverpool so friendly? Tell us your story.
After listening to folk session in White Star pub, was given loads of advice on places to visit and other good ale pubs to try. Told loads about history of Liverpool. Really glad they told us about the library - well worth a visit, great contrast of modern and old in one building.See all 50 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in Liverpool while avoiding the crowds?
Call into The Cavern in the morning for a cup of coffee if you want a unhurried look around and a chance to soak up the ambience of the place. Then go back later when there is some live music on.See all 39 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Liverpool?
Get a good street map, plan sights to visit, start with open-top bus ride, wear comfortable shoes, and walk - everything in Central Liverpool is within walking distance.See all 33 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What can we expect to get our feet tapping in Liverpool?
Mathew street fab, felt very safe there, loved the live music and the friendly people can't wait to go again xSee all 33 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What did you discover about the museums in Liverpool that wasn't in the guidebooks?
Very interesting learning snippets from ordinary peopleSee all 35 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?
Business district for great restaurants.See all 36 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Liverpool.
lots of places for a cuppa and sit downSee all 89 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Is there more to shopping in Liverpool than just brand-name stores?
Lots of little interesting shopsSee all 54 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What is it in Liverpool that makes history come to life?
The Cavern ClubSee all 34 answers
Running between 04.40 and 19.50, the Arriva 500 express bus connects Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Lime Street or Liverpool One bus stations in 25 minutes. Saveaway tickets cost GBP 3.90, offering a day’s off-peak travel. Rail services to Lime Street and Central stations run from Liverpool South Parkway, connected to the terminal by bus. They run between 06.00 and 23.00 Monday to Saturday, and around 08.30 until 22.00 on Sundays. A taxi will cost around GBP 18.
Taxis in Liverpool resemble London’s black “Hackney” cabs with a “Taxi” sign on their roof and a badge displaying the driver’s information. Taxis can be hailed around the city centre, for example around the Albert Docks and the main shopping areas like Bold Street and Great Charlotte Street. You can now pay using your credit or debit card and Hackney-style cabs will display a “Chip, Pin and Go” sign if they offer this service.
Arriva and Stagecoach operate buses around the city centre. As there is no standard bus fare, the city’s Saveaway ticket is the most economical and costs GBP 3.90 for a day’s off-peak travel. It can be used at all times apart from between 06.30 and 09.30 Monday to Friday, and can be used on buses and trains. A weekly Trio ticket costs GBP 17.50 and can be used on buses, trains and ferries. Buses generally run between 06.00 and 23.00.
The city centre has 4 main stations: Lime Street, Central, Moorfields and James Street, which is the closest to the docks. Trains run from around 06.00 until midnight. They are generally used to travel out of the city and to Liverpool South Parkway, in order to reach the airport. If you are taking the train within the city, a single ticket costs GBP 1.75 and a day return will cost GBP 3.70.
These green and white bikes can be found at over 130 stations across the city centre. Bike hire costs GBP 3 per day and GBP 9 for a week. You’ll need to register online first and pay by credit or debit card, and you will then receive a log-in and pin number, which you enter into the screen at the bike station. The citybike website will show you how many bikes are currently available at each station.
When travelling around the city centre, it’s best to stay on foot, or to catch the bus or train. If you park on the street, you pay at a meter, so prices vary depending on the time of day. Multi-storey car parks can be found around the centre but they can be expensive, costing approximately GBP 2.50 an hour. Make sure you don’t drive in the bus lanes, as you could get a fine.
Liverpool’s famous ferry across the Mersey departs from Pier Head Ferry Terminal, which is next to the Royal Liver Building and just north of the Albert Docks. There are direct 10-minute services to Seacombe, or River Explorer cruises which also stop at Woodside, taking about 50 minutes. Tickets cost GBP 10 for adults and GBP 6.50 for children.
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