Fall in Love with Liverpool
There are so many reasons to fall in love with Liverpool. It’s a city that’s packed full of so much culture and history. It’s also home to some of the friendliest people in the world.
Whether you love music, art, architecture, sport or just a brilliant time, you will adore the city that’s quickly becoming one of the best destinations in the UK.
The Beatles Tour
Music lovers all over the world flock to Liverpool every year, as it is the birthplace of The Beatles. You therefore must take a Beatles tour when in the city, as you’ll have the chance to visit iconic locations that inspired some of their greatest hits, such as Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane.
There are plenty of Beatles tours to choose from, so do your homework to ensure you pick the right one to suit your needs. Most tours will visit the childhood homes of both John and Paul, and you will even have the opportunity to visit the place where it all began at The Cavern Club.
Liverpool was once the home to one of the greatest ports in the world, and therefore welcomed many migrants, sailors and ships into the city. It was also for this reason that the city was heavily bombed during World War II, as many troops arrived and departed from Liverpool.
The city was also the home of the White Star Line Headquarters, which was RMS Titanic’s port of registry and now serves as a new Titanic hotel in Liverpool, 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic, that commemorates the ill-fated liner and the shipping company.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum is also based in the Albert Dock, and proudly displays artefacts from the city’s seafaring heritage, including recovered items from RMS Titanic, RMS Olympic and many more ships.
Liverpool is the home of not one but two stunning cathedrals: the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Both are architectural treasures that have been proudly maintained and offer a Gothic Revival style. The two are undoubtedly the centrepieces of the city, and each offer a unique design that makes them two of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.
When it comes to museums, you can’t beat Liverpool, as the city provides one of the most impressive collections of museums in Europe. History lovers should make Liverpool their first port of call, as they’ll be spoilt for choice with the World Museum, the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, and the new Museum of Liverpool.
It’s not only history lovers that will love this great city, as art aficionados can pay a visit to the Tate Gallery – which is one of three in the UK. You can view collections from both British and international artists, and can attend a wide array of events and exhibitions.
The Walker Art Gallery also houses one of the biggest art collections in England, outside of London, with works from Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough, Poussin and Hogarth on display.
Ferry Across the Mersey
The Mersey Ferry is one of the biggest and best attractions in the city, and is the perfect way to travel from Liverpool to the Wirral Peninsula. The 50 minute river cruise is a must for any tourist visiting the city, as it offers spectacular views of the waterfront.
The Grand National is the biggest horse racing event on the sport’s calendar – and it has been held at Aintree Racecourse every year since 1839. People all over the world tune in to find out which horse and jockey will win the most valuable jump race in Europe, which now offers a prize fund of £1 million.
Aintree Racecourse is also host to a plethora of other horse racing, motor racing, music and golf events during the year. Don’t miss it!
Scousers are passionate about football, and there is a bitter rivalry between the two local clubs Liverpool FC and Everton FC. Whether you’re a fan of the teams or simply love football, you must visit Anfield stadium or Goodison Park to watch a match. The city loves football, so show the city some love and drop in on a game, but you’ll have to be quick to secure some tickets!
Crosby Beach offers more than just sand and water. The beach is now a piece of art, as Antony Gormely’s Another Place now permanently resides over the coastline. The 100 cast iron male statues are spread out across the beach, and are simply breathtaking come rain or shine.
The Capital of Culture 2008 accolade breathed new life into Liverpool, and the shopping and leisure outlet Liverpool One was opened to cater to the city’s new image. It is now offers some of the best high street stores, restaurants and leisure facilities in the country, with people from up and down the UK heading to Liverpool to check out the shops, hit the cinema or to dine at one of the many chic bars on offer.
There really is something for everyone in Liverpool – and if you can’t find it, those sociable scousers will most definitely point you in the right direction.