Popular for sports and music, England’s Liverpool in the Merseyside city is a town of cultural heritage due to which it recently became the European Capital of Culture (2008). Some more honors of this city include – the home of the largest national museum out of London, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, oldest Chinatown, and famous musicians such as Gerry & the Pacemakers and The Beatles. Not only this, even architectural treats abound the city, which make a unique appeal to the construction fans. In short, one is ensured about the diverse Liverpool attractions for all kind of fun and thrills.
The best time to come here is during the March, September, and December months. Getting around is not a problem at all. As it is a small town, one can explore the Liverpool attractions simply by walking around or can choose from the black cabs, reliable trains, and regular buses. If you are staying for a longer time, consider Trio (ferry, bus, and train) at £14.70 for a single zone only.
Start your exciting sojourn from the heritage-listed site of Pier Head at the harbor, which has made a great contribution to the city’s modern history. Nestled over the Mersey River, the wharf features a strange ambiance of antiquity due to the interesting contrast of the traditional as well as modern buildings. One more landmark although not a Heritage site is School Lane’s Bluecoat in the downtown as the most ancient Grade 1 building built in 1717. Re-opened in 2008 as a vital attraction reflecting the contemporary culture, this one is where you get to explore the state-of-the-art Performance Space and new wing of galleries showcasing the intelligence in the domain of literature, music, dance, visual arts, and live art. And that all this is offered for free.
Pay homage to The Beatles by visiting The Beatles Story museum at the Albert Dock – the world’s sole museum to be Beatles-themed. For £12.25 per adult, your main highlights here are special instruments, the homes of The Beatles, commemorative statues, Penny Lane, and Strawberry Fields. One more similar cultural attraction is The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Hall where the world’s some of the great orchestras play to win your hearts.
If you are in Liverpool, you definitely cannot miss the Liverpool Cathedral that is quite impressive due to the talent of Lord Derby – the architect. It is among the superb instances of the Gothic revival pattern in the world. The main highlights here are the architect’s tomb with the mouse design under Lord Derby’s pillow and the tower that on a clear day facilitates magnificent vistas of the city, Merseyside, and still far away for free.
One of the vital heritage sites as well as one of the most visited Liverpool attractions is the Croxteth Hall and Country Park – North West’s superb functioning estate as well as the champ of the 2008 European Capital of Culture. In the olden days, this was the site of the Molyneux family home, who were the Earls of Sefton. However, today, the tourists love the four main highlights: Croxteth Home Farm, The Historic Hall, country park containing the new Nature Reserve, and the Victorian Walled Garden along with the latest inclusion of the West Derby Courthouse (among the oldest buildings in the city).
One of the exciting things to do in this city to catch the Mersey Ferry that has been already commemorated by the Ferry Cross the Mersey – a famous song by Gerry & the Pacemakers. Spend one day in fun and enjoy the vistas of the city from afar. Lastly, if you are with your kids or teens, then do explore the interactive science museum called the Spaceport Liverpool that is specially made for them, but without any boring moment for the adults. As this one is nestled in the Seacombe ferry terminal across the Mersey River, combine this visit with the Mersey ferry tour.
Eating is good in the downtown and expect £10-£15 for a two-people meal. Try out Espresso on the School Lane and Everyman Bistro on the Hope Street. For a budget traveler, stay in the Belvedere Hotel is just fine.