Liverpool is a great city! Forget everything you’ve heard about it (except maybe the bit about the impossible-to-understand-accent!) and add it to your bucket list.
You’ll probably stumble upon two Liverpool’s emblems: a liver bird (which you’ll know about if you’re a football fan) and the Lambanana (mystical creature apparently inspired by the commercial past of Liverpool. The cargo’s you’d have found in the dock were transporting Lamb & Bananas).
1. Wander at Liverpool Waterfront and Albert Docks
Liverpool Waterfront is a great place to start your visit, especially if you’re lucky with the weather. The most famous Liverpool landmarks are the Three graces or Pier Head (UNESCO world Heritage site) build in the early 20s century.
Nearby you will find the Pump House (Grade II listed building) now a really nice pub with outdoors seating.
Carry on into Alberts Docks where you can find restaurants, museums & souvenirs shops. For the Beatles fans, that’s where the Beatles story museum is!
2. Shop vintage at Bold Street
If you like Vintage clothes, Bold Street is made for you! Cheaper than the Vintage shops in London, you can find everything from a good old Levis jean to a sparkly top for your 80s dress up party.
3. Listen to live music at The Cavern
Even if you’re not a Beatles fan, The Cavern is a must see in Liverpool. Careful, there is two Caverns: The Cavern club and The Cavern pub. The “real one” (ie the ones where the Beatles started playing) is the club one. There is usually an entry fee if you go in the evening, but you can go in the afternoon to take pictures, have a drink and buy some souvenirs. The Cavern pub is also a must see, there is live music every night and it’s free entry.
4. Get lost in the Central Library
This is one of my secret favourites in Liverpool! The Central Library located near Lime Street train station is huge and completely free. You can come in to read a book, study or like me take pictures! Note: the library closes at 5pm on the weekend.
You can’t miss the incredible stair case in the entrance which lead to a rooftop, but make sure you also check the Picton reading room & Hornby Library – worth the detour!
5. Visit the Beatles Story Museum
Unless you absolutely hate the Beatles, I would recommend a visit at the Beatles Story Museum. There is lots of old pictures, some famous places have been recreated and its a lot of fun especially with kids!
6. Eat in China Town
There is lots of good Chinese restaurants in China town, I have personally tried Mei Mei Chinese Restaurant and it was delicious! Don’t miss the beautiful Chinese Arch on Nelson Street, a gift from Shangai!
7. Visit Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral and the Old Bombed Church
Yes, you can do all in one go as they are pretty closed to one another.
8. Walk in Sefton Park
If the weather is good, enjoy a long walk in Sefton Park. If it starts raining you can always find shelter in the incredible glass house.
9. Enjoy a pub crawl!
That’s a must in Liverpool! A lot of people go out during the weekend: Hen-Do, Bachelor parties, students night out, every occasion is good enough for drinking. Funny fact: a lot of girls go out during the day with hair rollers on! Don’t worry, they haven’t forgotten they had them on, they’re just getting ready for the big evening party.
10. Visit Chester if you’re staying for a longer weekend
If you’re staying for a long weekend, I really recommend visiting Chester. You can reach it by train from Liverpool Lime Street in 43 minutes. The city has some incredible Victorian buildings and some romans remains.
Bye Bye Liverpool!