Liverpool is a diverse city with a large number of activities to entertain each and every visitor, particularly during the spring and summer months. The iconic Echo Arena hosts star-studded events all year round, the city houses some of the best museums in the country, and you don’t have to worry about a lack of shopping or dining opportunities. With so many possibilities, are you taking advantage of everything that’s available?
Plan ahead for your next visit with these ideas of things to do in Liverpool…
1) Catch a show at the Echo Arena
Opened 10 years ago to commemorate the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations, the Echo Arena is the pinnacle venue for discovering things to do in Liverpool. The arena plays host to a variety of concerts, sporting events and cultural shows. Whatever you’re fancy, you will find something you like here. The arena is situated perfectly, offering incredible views of the Liverpool waterfront and within excellent reach of transport links. After your show, grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant or explore the rest of what the city centre has to offer just a short walk away.
There’s plenty of events happening at the Echo Arena in 2018 with this year’s highlights including WWE Live, Roy Orbison and Disney on Ice. If you’re an old school fan, then the StepBack concert featuring some of the 90s’ greatest artists is a must!
2) Liverpool is home to a range of unique museums
Liverpool is an magnificent location when it comes to museums. Whether you’re a fan of maritime history, consider yourself an art fanatic or wish to brush up on your Roman history, there’s a range of options to choose.
To begin with, why not check out the World Museum by St. George’s Hall? This building is home to a collection of historical artefacts and admission is completely free. Or if you’re interested in learning about the city’s maritime history, the Merseyside Maritime Museum can be found on the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. Perhaps you are a bit of a creative type? You’ll want to head to the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) on Wood Street.
TIP: The must-see Terracotta Warriors are currently on show at the World Museum near Lime Street. You have until October to catch these impressive artefacts!
3) Take a ferry across the famous River Mersey
You haven’t truly explored Liverpool until you’ve travelled across this famous river. The daily River Mersey ferry cruise runs throughout the year and will take you from the Pier Head to Merseyside’s other terminals at Seacombe and the Wirral. The journey last 50 minutes and includes full commentary guiding you through various landmarks.
A cruise on the River Mersey is a fantastic way to take your sightseeing from land to sea. Get a unique glimpse at the city’s skyline while breathing in the refreshing air. On board you can purchase a selection of hot drinks and refreshments and you have the choice to sit inside or outside.
TIP: Combine a river cruise with a City Explorer tour for one great price! Included with your ticket is free access to the U-boat Story museum. Get more details about our combined tour experiences.
4) Brew an idea at Cains Brewery Village
Still unsure about what to do during your visit to Liverpool? A trip to Cains Brewery Village is well worth a consideration. The village is quickly developing as a central hub for independent thinkers, makers and innovators.
Here you will find an array of unique food vendors, vintage clothing stores and space for budding artists. There’s even a ghetto-style crazy golf course!
For television lovers, you will also be delighted to know that a Peaky Blinders bar has recently opened in the district. Fancy taking your exploring to the next level? Various scenes from the show have been filmed nearby over the years and make for a good tourist attraction!
5) Check out stunning views of Liverpool from above
No doubt you’ve seen wonderful pictures of Liverpool from above capturing famous landmarks such as the Liver Building and Radio City Tower. But go the extra mile and experience it for yourself.
Not afraid of heights? Opt for the Tower Experience at Liverpool Cathedral to view the city like you’ve never seen it before. The cathedral is the tallest of its kind in the UK and the only place to take in an open-air 360˚ rooftop view of Liverpool.
The Cathedral Tower Experience is part of our complete package offering where you can also indulge in a city and ferry tour for one single price.
6) Learn about the story of British music
Next up on our list of things to do in Liverpool is the British Music Experience. It makes sense that a city rich with musical heritage has its own exhibition dedicated to telling the story of British music.
Based on the waterfront at the iconic Cunard Building, guests can view artefacts previously owned by world-famous musicians, practice their dance routines or even learn a few instruments. This tour covers artists through all the ages, from the Beatles right to Oasis and Adele.
General admission tickets start at £14 for adults and £9 for children. Should you plan on a second visit, we recommend the Annual Pass which grants you access all year round. If you book in advance then you will be able to benefit from a free audio-guide, so what better way to learn the full story of British music?
7) Bounce at the UK’s largest inflatable park
The venue for our next idea isn’t quite in Liverpool but rather on the outskirts of the city in nearby Widnes which can easily be reached by public transport. Velocity Widnes is home to the UK’s largest inflatable park and features an abundance of activities that will please anyone. This is not only the perfect place for kids to have hours of fun but is even appropriate for corporate outings and fitness events.
There’s a lot that you can do here no matter your age or ability. Within the main inflatable zone you will find two extreme drop slides, the UK’s largest ball pool, a gladiator arena with podiums, and a high climbing wall. There’s even a Total Wipeout inspired design featuring giant bouncing balls as obstacles! For younger children, there is a dedicated slide and ball pool area and toddlers can have their own exclusive sessions on weekdays during term time. Drinks and food can be purchased on site and for those who just want to watch, there is a spectator area with free Wi-Fi.
Whether you are looking for a quick bounce, planning a birthday party, or setting up a team building event, there are packages available to suit. Velocity has become incredibly popular since it launched a few years ago so if you want to secure a session, it’s recommended that you make a booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
8) Explore the historic Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
If you haven’t visited the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, have you truly paid a visit to the city? This famed location has recently been awarded a ‘Royal’ title to recognize the landmark’s significant role in the city’s maritime history. The dock is next door to the Echo Arena and just a short walk away from the bustling city centre.
All year round there’s plenty of events going on at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool such as pop-up football tournaments, live music and water shows such as the upcoming Pirates on The Dock. Shopping fanatics have access to a range of stores, many of which provide wonderful souvenirs and gifts. As for dining, we recommend you try out The Smugglers Cove for a themed experience or how about a few cocktails at the Revolution bar?
9) Hear all about the fascinating U-Boat Story
Did you know? In Kattegat, Denmark on May 5th, 1945 the German submarine U-534 refused to surrender along with other U-boats despite the orders of Admiral Dönitz. The submarine was subsequently attacked by a Liberator aircraft and took heavy damage. Only three of the fifty-two crew members failed to make it out alive and the boat remained on the sea bed until 1993. It remains a mystery as to why the submarine refused to surrender.
This interesting story can now be heard at the U-Boat Story in Birkenhead where guests will be able look inside the historic vessel. The submarine has been split into four sections, each with glass viewing partitions offering incredible views of its interior and well preserved artefacts. Visitors will be able to experience a unique insight into life on board a wartime submarine through the exhibition’s use of interactive and audio-visual storytelling.
Tickets for the U-Boat Story start as low as £5 for children and £7.50 for adults; there is also a family ticket for £21. Better yet, we have partnered with the organisers to deliver a wonderful combined tour featuring the U-Boat Story as well as City Explorer and River Explorer for a fantastic one-off price!
10) Enjoy an afternoon tea with incredible views of Liverpool
You’ve heard of afternoon tea before, but how about one with a bit of a twist? Introducing Panoramic 34, the highest fine dining restaurant in Liverpool. If you want a truly unique dining experience then this is the place to be. The restaurant is set on the 34th floor of West Tower, the tallest building in Liverpool, and features breathtaking 360° views of the city.
The stunning views are only matched by the restaurants offerings for afternoon tea with three different packages available. The standard choice is available for £22 and includes a wide range selection of sandwiches and pastries such as coronation chicken, roast beef sirloin, apricot frangipane tart and the mouthwatering blueberry, vanilla & digestive cheesecake. An afternoon tea of course wouldn’t be complete without your choice of tea and coffee.
If you want the luxury option, you and your dining friends will be pampered with the above as well as sparking wine or champagne and mushroom & tarragon quiche lorraine. There’s even one for the little ones where kids can enjoy a selection of child-friendly sandwiches and some of their favourite afters; marble cake, chocolate chip biscuits, apricot frangipane and strawberry Eton mess.
11) Looking for a bite to eat?
If you are a foodie then you are going to love Liverpool! There are numerous food hotspots situated right throughout the city. East of the city centre is the Ropewalks district which is home to Bold Street and Wood Street where you will find something to please everyone. After some Mexican food? Check out Lucha Libre. Craving Indian spices? You’ll struggle to find something better than Mowgli Street Food. If fast food is your priority, Subway, Wok & Go and Greggs are all along the same path.
Further away from the centre is Lark Lane, a hidden gem offering an array of traditional restaurants and cafes. Head to Woolton Village to check out your options within a quaint setting. As for takeaways, some of the best kebab and pizza places can be found on Smithdown Road.
If you fancy an even more extraordinary experience, then perhaps you should add the Floating Grace to your list. This unique venue is Liverpool’s first floating restaurant and offers dining like no other. You will visit the city’s 8 docks while enjoying a scrumptious three-course meal.
P.S. Make sure you don’t leave the city without trying the famous scouse stew!
12) Stay at a luxury hotel in Liverpool
With so many things to do in the city, there simply isn’t enough time in the day to check everything off your list. To truly immerse yourself into each idea, we recommend booking a stay in Liverpool at one of the city’s many luxury hotels. That way you can put together an itinerary and spread out your activities evenly throughout a period of days!
One of the luxury hotels you could consider is the Richmond Hotel which offers a prestige level of service and even features 52 apartments for a more homely stay. If you’re interested in unique accommodation, the Aloft hotel features loft-like rooms and is close to the waterfront. A bit further away from the city’s lively district but still ideally located is the Hope Street Hotel, a boutique hotel providing chic, individually designed rooms.
The ideas for things to do in Liverpool doesn’t stop there…
In this post we’ve just scratched the surface of the things you can do in Liverpool. Whether you love heritage, consider yourself a music guru or have a family to keep entertained, this cultural city has the lot and much more.
Now that you have an idea of the things to do in Liverpool, why not book a tour of the city? To arrange one of our tour packages, book your tickets online. Be the first to hear future updates by bookmarking our blog, following us on Twitter and liking our Facebook page.