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 an endless amount of must-see attractions, 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 City 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.
View the city like you’ve never seen it before with a St Johns Beacon Tour. This tower tour offers amazing panoramic views of the waterfront and even stretches as far as the Wirral and Wales. A truly incredible opportunity to witness the city’s ever-changing landscape.
Another option for a spectacular tour from above is the Tower Experience at Liverpool Cathedral – assuming you’re not afraid of heights! 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 while the Annual Pass grants 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) Take a Stroll in One of the City’s Parks
There are a number of great parks that you can visit in Liverpool. Why not spend a relaxing afternoon at Chavasse Park? Situated at Liverpool One, this park offers fantastic waterfront views and is the perfect place to stop off when taking a break from shopping. In the summer months you can pick a spot on the fresh green turf and indulge in a picnic. Alternatively, some of the city’s best restaurants are within sight at The Terrace. Events take place here all year round – this summer they created a sandy beach and sub-zero ice bar!
For a more authentic park, you will definitely want to check out Sefton Park which is open 24/7. This Grade 1 historic park offers 235 acres of wonderful scenery and famous monuments. Take a walk around the park, breathe in the fresh air and admire the greenery. There is a playground for kids, a cafe for grabbing refreshments and the Palm House.If you receive an angling permit, you can go fishing in the boating lake.
11) Visit the Remarkable Williamson Tunnels
The Williamson Tunnels not only look incredible but provide incredible insight into an important part of Liverpool’s history. Based in Edge Hill, the majority of the tunnels comprise of brick or stone vaulting over excavations in the sandstone. The forming of the Joseph Williamson Society and subsequent opening of the tunnels to the public was done to promote Williamson’s philanthropic efforts. The guided tour takes you through the south and double tunnels where you can view various artefacts discovered from the excavations.
The Williamson Tunnels were created by Joseph Williamson in the early 19th century. The purpose of the tunnels are not fully known and have been widely debated. The most common theory is that Williamson formed the tunnels as part of his philanthropic endeavours. It’s believed that he wished to employ the poor and paid them all a weekly wage. Some of these employees are said to have later used their newly-found skills to find work in railway construction.
12) Enjoy an Afternoon Tea with Incredible Views
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.
13) Journey Around Liverpool in a Beatles-Themed Taxi
Are you a fan of Liverpool’s most famous band? What better way to travel around the city than in a themed taxi! The Fab Four Taxi Tour is the perfect tour for any massive fans of The Beatles. This tour is completely customisable by you and can range from 2 to as many as 7 hours long.
You have the opportunity to visit some of the most iconic locations within Beatles folklore, including the childhood homes of each band members, Strawberry Field and Penny Lane. You choose where you want to go.
This tour has earned an accolade of awards including Tourism Experience of the Year. Prices start from £55 per cab and can accommodate up to five people in one vehicle.
14) Attend One of the Pier Head’s Seasonal Events
The Pier Head is one of the best places to visit in Liverpool. Whether you’re visiting day or night, summer or winter, there’s plenty to see and do here. Not only can you catch the incredible views of Liverpool’s waterfront but most of the city’s key attractions are within walking distance. Seasonal events are regularly based here all year round including the Pier Head Village Festival which took place this past summer. From July through to September, the Pier Head hosted four thrill rides, inflatable activities, an arts fair and various eating and shopping choices.
Looking ahead to the future, the Pier Head is set to transform into a winter wonderland this holiday season with the Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival. So what can you experience at this event? Show off your ice skating skills on a spectacular ice rink – there will even be penguin skate aids available should you need help gliding! Other fun activities will be available including a three-lane Ice Slide, Children’s Roller-Coaster, Ski Jump and much more. If you don’t fancy an adrenaline-filled ride, explore the pop-up markets which will offer an array of hot food and beverages. The place to be to get you in the Christmas spirit.
15) Don’t Miss the Stunning Cathedrals of Liverpool
Whether you consider yourself religious or not, you simply can’t visit Liverpool without paying a visit to one of Liverpool’s stunning cathedrals. As we mentioned earlier on, the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the UK and the fifth-largest in the world. The Liverpool Cathedral isn’t just about catching fantastic views of the city but a place full of history. It was designed by aspiring architect Giles Gilbert Scott in the early 1900s and only reached completion in 1978! Guests are able to worship, hire the venue or attend one of the regular services or events. The architecture is something you simply can’t afford to not witness.
Closer to the centre of the city is Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the city’s modern cathedral. The Metropolitan Cathedral is a key figure in Liverpool’s skyline and even boasts the nickname ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ thanks to its’ unusual appearance! This cathedral opened in 1967 and was designed by Frederick Gibberd having won a competition. The rules of the competition ensured that the design would cost no more than £1,000,00 and be capable of finalising construction within five years. The Metropolitan Cathedral features wonderful lighting and interior designs and has a wide range of facilities for visitors.
16) Get Spooked with an Entertaining Ghost Tour
Halloween has been and gone but the spooks don’t stop at Shiverpool Ghost Tours. This award-winning tourist attraction delivers a unique experience and offers something a little bit different in terms of the fun things you can do in Liverpool. This street theatre production allows you to embrace the spooky and mysterious history of the city in a style that suits. Highlights include listening to famous ghost stories and visiting icon locations in spooky folklore.
Shiverpool runs weekly tours throughout the year with prices starting at £15.50 for adults and £12.50 for children and students. Different tours are available including Hope Street Shivers, Auld City and the Dead House and the Ghost Bus Tour, while private tailored tours can be booked for groups and schools.
17) 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.
TIP: Make sure you don’t leave the city without trying the famous scouse stew!
18) 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 best hotels you could possibly stay in is the Hope Street Hotel, a boutique hotel providing chic, individually designed rooms. This hotel is situated in the heart of the stunning Georgian district with the city’s two cathedrals just a short walk away.
Another hotel you may 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.
19) Enjoy River Views from a High Vantage Point
Earlier we mentioned a fantastic way of seeing views of the city from above, but what about the beautiful waterfront? Liverpool has its very own Ferris wheel. The Liverpool Freji Wheel offers fantastic views and is based right outside the Echo Arena near the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. This wheel allows you see to see panoramic views from a staggering 196ft high!
Tickets for the Liverpool Freji Wheel start at £10 for adults and £6.50 for kids, while senior citizens and students benefit from a £7.50 fee. Should you want more from your experience, you can indulge in a VIP Capsule. This VIP experience features a glass floor, leather interior and DVD player. Go the extra mile with a Luxury VIP Capsule to receive champagne and chocolates!
20) Don’t Forget to Visit the Home of Two Football Clubs
Liverpool is home to not one but two of the country’s biggest football teams, both of which are competing at the highest level in the Premier League. Liverpool Football Club is one of England’s most successful football teams, boasting a trophy haul that can only be rivalled by their Red Devil neighbours in Manchester. As for Everton Football Club, they are based at Goodison Park just around the corner from Liverpool FC. The city turns into a competitive cauldron when derby day arrives – even among family households!
Whether you are a fan of either of these teams or just enjoy football in general, you can’t visit Liverpool without checking out these iconic stadiums, both of which are bursting with their own unique history and heritage. In fact, as both stadiums are within walking distance, you can even add the two stadiums tours to one trip! You can visit Anfield with our partner tour bus, the LFC City Explorer.
21) Check out the City’s Historic Architecture
Liverpool’s buildings form a signifiant part of the city’s rich and varied heritage and where better to catch incredible architecture than on the waterfront. The Three Graces consists of the city’s most famous buildings; the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. All three were constructed in the early 1900s and form an imposing figure as part of Liverpool’s famous skyline. The architecture of these buildings are best admired up close.
One of the best residential areas to visit in the city is the Georgian Quarter which is just minutes from the city centre and next door to the Anglican Cathedral. Here you will find a range of beautiful terraced Georgian-style town houses and is one of the most unique places in the city, a perfect location for a peaceful stroll. With its incredible architecture and scenery, the Georgian Quarter has become a hotspot for film crews looking to capture an authentic setting.
22) Experience Virtual Reality with VR Here
Virtual Reality is an ever-growing phenomenon. Whether people are looking to transport themselves into an immersive video game world or businesses utilizing the technology to their advantage, VR provides an experience like no other. Get a taste for what virtual reality is truly like at VR Here where your experience will want you coming back for more. VR Here is based on Paul Street which is found on the outskirts of the city centre in the Vauxhall area.
This dedicated VR arcade can accommodate up to four players at once on a selection of games designed with a complete virtual reality experience in mind. You and your friends can fight back against the undead, immerse yourselves in the Batman world of Arkham or even shoot some hoops. Not to mention the mixed reality experience where a green room is used to mix real-life footage of yourself with the gameplay experience. Sessions at VR Here start at £5 for 15 minutes but if that doesn’t give you enough time, you can book as many as 60 minutes for £20.
Get 15% off with the exclusive City Explorer discount! When booking your session online or over the phone, comment with City15.
23) Indulge in Stylish Shopping at the Metquarter
Are you in need of some new clothes? Or perhaps you’re looking to get some Christmas shopping done before the mad rush begins? The Metquarter shopping centre is home to some of the best brands in fashion. Women can glamour up at Francesca Couture, fill their life with scent at Jo Malone London, or treat themselves to new Mococo jewellery. There are a range of designer menswear brands such as Hugo Boss, Gieves & Hawkes and Harland Collier. As for kids, Daniel Footwear and Smudge Boutique are two fantastic places to shop.
You can even take a break from shopping with a quick pit stop to Caffetteria Dantonio, Costa or Patisserie Valerie for some refreshments. The shopping centre also hosts various events such as an upcoming Halloween Workshop which will unleash you and your kid’s crafting skills. The Metquarter Liverpool is based in the city centre with Queen Square Bus Station and the bustling district of Matthew Street just seconds away.
24) Wander Around the Oldest Chinese Community in Europe
Liverpool’s famous Chinatown is home to one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe and the perfect place to immerse yourself into a multi-cultural environment. The Liverpool Chinatown has a little bit of everything to provide you with a taste of Chinese culture. Thanks to its incredible architecture, such as the iconic arch, this is a superb destination to explore. Community is at the very heart of the Chinatown experience with various organized activities on offer including Badminton, Tai Chi and the Photographic Society. If you’re looking to improve your grasp of Mandarin, you can do that too. Or maybe you want to discover a new hobby such as the art of calligraphy?
Shopping opportunities are available including the Chung Wah Supermarket where you can purchase the very best Asian products. If you don’t fancy whipping up an authentic oriental dish yourself, you won’t be short of options when it comes to choosing a Chinese restaurant. Chinatown is a lively area for events bursting with energy and a destination we definitely recommend for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations.
25) Get Some Outdoor Fun at an Activity Park
Get yourself and the kids out of the house for a day and experience hours of adventure-filled fun at a local activity park! The Otterspool Adventure Centre is just 15 minutes away from the city centre via car and a prime candidate for outdoor fun in Liverpool. Entry to the park is completely free for all visitors as is the use of the centre’s wooden play equipment. A range of fantastic paid activities are available including a Mini Quad Bike Race Course, an inflatable Bouncing Pillow and a Maze. Kids can even try their hand at construction with a Volvo Digger! Planning on regular visits? You will want to consider an Adventure Pass to benefit from great savings.
All guests can take a break from their adventures by visiting the on-site cafe which provides a large selection of freshly prepared beverages and homemade food. Fancy something colder? Treat yourself with Cheshire Farm ice cream at the Ice Cream Barn. There are so many different flavours to choose from including classics like Vanilla and Strawberry to more unusual tastes such as Blackcurrant Cheesecake and Cherry Cola. There’s even more ‘luxury’ flavours like Pistachio and Peanut Choc Caramel – the choice is endless!
26) Make the Most of the Nightlife Action
If a lively nightlife is what you’ve come for then you’ve picked the right city! Liverpool sure knows how to party and the clubbing districts really come to life at night. There are a range of clubs and bars that cater to people of all ages and music tastes, including Fusion Liverpool. Based in Concert Square, one of the best locations for a night out, Fusion hosts some of the best DJs in the city. You can even book an exclusive booth to receive the all-star VIP treatment! For something a little bit different, head to the all-new Hippie Chic Liverpool bar at Cain’s Brewery Village or the nearby Black Pearl Liverpool and Yellow Sub Liverpool themed bars. This unique venue comes with a great atmosphere, a varied drinks menu and an artistic style!
You don’t have to walk far from Hippie Chic until you stumble across the Black Pearl. Another unique club to choose from, the Black Pearl is based inside a huge Bedouin tent featuring lavish silks, party booths, live music and DJs. Are you a cocktail person? You don’t want to miss The Alchemist near Liverpool One! Magic takes place here under the roof of a Grade II listed building. Watch on in amazement at the creation of some incredible cocktails.
27) Take a Stroll on a Citybike
We do of course highly recommend our sightseeing bus tour as the best way to take in the city, but if you have the energy for a self-driving mode of transport you may want to consider the citybike scheme. This cycling initiative takes inspiration from London’s bike hire system and is the largest of its kind outside of the capital. Citybike was introduced by Liverpool City Council in 2014 to help encourage more people to cycle around the city without having to buy their own pedal bike.
There are a large number of Citybike stations situated right throughout the city from as far as Anfield to Allerton. The cost of hiring a bike starts as low as £1 per hour and can be kept for as many as 10 hours. To get started, all you have to do is register your account and purchase the appropriate credit for your intended journey. You will be sent a PIN code which can then be used at a citybike station to unlock a bike. Enjoy your ride and remember to return the bike when you’re done!
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. With so many attractions to choose from we will be updating this post regularly so keep checking back for more ideas!
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