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Days Out in Liverpool

To help you with ideas for exploring such a diverse city, we have created an example itinerary of the ultimate day out in Liverpool.

Day Out on Liverpool's River Mersey

The city of Liverpool is home to an incredibly diverse range of activities and iconic attractions that will entertain tourists of all ages, from kids and teenagers to retired pensioners looking for places to explore. Even for long-time city residents, days out in Liverpool are aplenty with new entertainment popping up frequently. You will discover historical sights, world-class shopping and dining experiences, and a constant flow of lively festivals and events in this city.

But how can you make the most of a day out in Liverpool? One of the best features of our City Explorer tour bus is the hop-on, hop-off service. With this service, you pay a single price for a ticket and embark and disembark at designated stops throughout the day. The bus stops at some of the best locations in Liverpool and is a fantastic transport choice when exploring the city.

To help you with ideas for exploring such a diverse city, we have created an example itinerary of the ultimate day out in Liverpool, based on destinations where our sightseeing bus stops.

Breakfast in Liverpool

Start the Day With Breakfast at the Docks

9 AM

What better way to start your day out in Liverpool than breakfast at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. With the first City Explorer bus not set to leave until an hour, this gives us plenty of time to enjoy a delicious breakfast and make sure we have enough energy for the rest of the day.

One of the great options that you can choose is Gusto, a lovely Italian restaurant with views of the famous dock. On the menu is your tried and tested breakfast dishes such as a full English and Eggs Benedict, as well as mouthwatering pancakes topped with tasty goodness such as Nutella and Ginger Sauce. You should also give the Avocado Burger a try; it tastes as incredible as it looks! For drinks, you can’t go wrong with a Cappuccino to warm yourself up. On days when the sun is scorching, the restaurant's juice options are incredibly refreshing. If you’re a bit of an adventurous person, then perhaps 9 am isn’t a bad time to try a Torino Bloody Mary - plus, cocktails are 2 for 1 when purchasing a main breakfast dish!

For a classic coffee house experience, head straight to Ruben's Coffee Shop. This independent venue fresh roasted Columbian and Honduran sourced coffee. You can also order a range of delicious snacks, soups and cakes. How about another option? After all, the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool is full of wonderful choices! Peaberry Coffee House & Kitchen is an independent artisan venue that serves everyone's breakfast favourites, including French toast, smoothie bowls, pancakes, burgers, and much more. Peaberry also offers a good choice of vegan and vegetarian options. No matter what, you're spoilt for choice at the docks. After replenishing your morning energy, wherever you decide to go, you can take a nice peaceful stroll around the docks before hopping on our bus at 10 pm.

Shopping at Liverpool One

Board the Bus to Liverpool One

10 AM

So with breakfast taken care of, it's time to catch the first bus of the day just a few seconds away from the dock. An enthusiastic guide will be happy to welcome you onboard, offering some entertaining commentary as the bus begins its journey from the Albert Dock towards the Pier Head. Take a seat on the top floor to catch a lovely breeze as you go! What’s a good remedy for burning calories and settling a full stomach? Shopping, of course!

The first major stop on our tour is the Liverpool One complex, the best place to shop in the city. The biggest dilemma here is where do you begin without taking up too much time. Liverpool One has everything from fashion outlets to jewellery shops and electronic stores. Here are some of the options that you can consider depending on what it is you require...

Clothing

Liverpool One truly shines in fashion with an abundance of shops selling men's, women's and children's clothing. The Adidas store sells the brand's high-end range of sportswear, including training gear and classy trainers. Reiss is another well-known brand based here where you can treat yourself to stylish outfits. Looking for new shoes? You can check out the dedicated Dr Martens shop. Other honorary mentions include Flannels, Jack Wolfskin and New Look.

Electronic

Is there a better feeling than opening up a shiny new tech product? For phones, Samsung and Apple both have large stores where you can try out the latest devices before committing to a deal. EE, Three and O2 are a few of the networks with their stops - hop between the three to find yourself the perfect phone deal. Are you a gamer? GAME sells all the latest blockbuster games and next-gen hardware. Finally, CEX and HMV have fantastic offers on the best electronic and entertainment products.

Home & Garden

If you need to decorate the house or garden, you can't go wrong with visiting the huge John Lewis & Partners superstore. Across several stories, you'll find departments for home and kitchenware, lighting, gardens, and much more. ARKET is another homeware store that sells a range of carefully curated products within a unique and Nordic-inspired environment. Make sure all your home caffeine needs are sorted at the Nespresso store!

Health & Beauty

Take time out of your day to satisfy all of your self-care needs. There are several shops in Liverpool One dedicated to health, beauty and jewellery. Holland & Barrett and Superdrug sell everything from vitamins and dietary supplements to skincare products. To smell that bit nicer, you can pay a visit to The Body Shop and The Perfume Shop. Lads can enjoy a haircut like no other at Barber Barber, where they will be treated like kings. Last of all, to treat yourself or a loved one with some new luxury jewellery, you can consider Goldsmiths, H. Samuel and Pandora.

Liverpool Museums District

Time to Explore the Museum District

11:00 AM

With some light shopping done, it's a good time as any to head to the museum district for a bit of a history lesson. Museums and art galleries are always an excellent place to chill out for a few hours or to help further your child's education. As Liverpool is a city that shines when it comes to culture, it should be no surprise that there are endless amounts of choices for enjoying exciting exhibitions and viewing magnificent collections.

You will find venues right across the city, but for this Liverpool day out section, we will focus on one area in particular. Our tour bus stops on William Brown Street with several museums and galleries on the doorstep. As soon as you step off the bus, you'll be left in awe at the incredible architecture on offer. This part of the city is known for its iconic buildings and has become a popular filming location for blockbusters like The Batman and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

There are several places to check out here, including the World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Central Library and St George's Hall. Best of all, each one is completely free to access!

Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery may be somewhat of an unknown to a lot of visitors compared to the other buildings, so it's a good decision to make this the first priority. The gallery has a range of collections and world-class art. The incredible paintings include everything from European Renaissance art to Impressionist pieces by Monet and work from Dante Gabriel Rossetti. As well as paintings, you can expect to see sculptures made across generations, from the 18th century to the First World War. Most recently, the gallery has embraced the digital era with video and animation art.

World Museum

You only have to take a few steps outside and you'll find yourself in the lobby of the World Museum. This museum is always worth a visit and seems to have something new each time you go. There are live insects and fish, dinosaur skeletons, planetarium events, and much more - it has it all! The museum is a must if you and the kids want a day out discovering treasures from around the world, exploring outer space or meeting live creatures. It guarantees a fun-filled day for no cost whatsoever (except for paid special exhibitions).

Liverpool Central Library

The Liverpool Central Library was established in 1860 and re-opened in 2013 following significant redevelopment, making it one of the country's largest public libraries. The library is open all year round (except for bank holidays) and entry is free. You can see a range of rare book collections, admire the gorgeous Picton Reading Room, and study unique archives dating back to the 13th century. The library also has Wi-Fi access, a games area and 150 computers.

St George's Hall

St George's Hall truly is a historical building. Just opposite Lime Street Station, you won't miss the venue's gigantic appearance and neoclassical style. St George's Hall is widely considered to be one of the finest neoclassical buildings in the world. It is a Grade I listed building that currently hosts a range of events, live performances, weddings, exhibitions, and immersive experiences. It is free to enter the Visitor Centre and you can also book tickets for a tour where you will learn fascinating stories and view the building's catacombs, cells and stunning rooms.

The Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool

Checking Out the Metropolitan Cathedral

12:20 PM

We intend to check out Liverpool’s two cathedral’s during the day’s activities, but first up is the Metropolitan Cathedral. Built in 1967, the Metropolitan is still described as the city’s ‘new’ cathedral and is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool. The cathedral has earned nicknames from locals such as the ‘Catholic Cathedral’, ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ and ‘The Pope’s Launching Pad’.

The cathedral is recognised by its unusual shape, a feature which helps it form a unique section of the Liverpool skyline, and the building is quite a sight to behold. As soon as you walk through the doors you’ll be surprised at the interior of the cathedral. The large, circular environment combines stunning architecture, immersive lighting and iconic art to deliver a historic and authentic yet modern place of worship.

Enjoy Lunch in Liverpool

Grab Some Lunch in Liverpool City Centre

1:05 PM

With the morning's breakfast well and truly digested, it's time to head back on the bus and make the short journey to a nearby pub or restaurant for a bite to eat and some delightful refreshments! Our next stop is just down the road from the Metropolitan Cathedral and outside the iconic Philharmonic Pub. Neighbouring Liverpool's famous concert hall of the same name, the Philharmonic Dining Rooms isn't your typical public house. Instead, this pub combines traditional character and hospitality with a lavish style to deliver a high-quality experience. Here, you can quash your appetite for the rest of the day with some of the most classic British dishes. For starters, you can enjoy the soup of the day or even a smoked salmon. When you're ready for the main course, this pub serves traditional fish & chips, steak pie, mixed grill and a range of classic burgers. If you fancy sharing, you can order a platter. Do you have what it takes to handle a dessert? The lemon tart and sticky toffee pudding are two of our favourites!

While the City Explorer bus stops right outside this pub, making it a convenient place to visit, your options aren't limited here! We're currently situated smack bang in the middle of the city's Knowledge Quarter. Within walking distance are the stylish Buyers Club and The Art School venues. The Buyers Club is a bar and restaurant combination where you can enjoy Italian food, live music and a relaxed atmosphere. As for The Art School, this stunning restaurant guarantees fine dining with freshly made products. If another pub is what you want, then you won't have to travel far! The Caledonian is a traditional corner pub that offers everything from pub meals and cask ales to live music nights. If you’re not already spoilt for choice, Bold Street is just a short walk away. This lively street has everything from quaint cafes to popular fast food and multi-cultural restaurants. You can even pick up a takeaway on the way from Nabzy’s, without a doubt Liverpool’s favourite chicken takeaway!

Now that you've had some tasty grub, are you ready to hop back on board and continue one of the best Liverpool days out?

The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral is Next on Our List

2:08 PM

Re-energised, it’s time to check out the next place on our must-see list, the ‘old’ cathedral. The Anglican Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Liverpool and is the largest cathedral and religious building in Britain. In fact, it is also the third tallest building in Liverpool which makes it a great place to catch sightseeing views. If you manage to book a tower experience, you’ll be able to see some of the best panoramic views of the city.

The exterior of this building portrays an imposing figure and features as a prominent sight in Liverpool’s skyline. Compared to the modern architecture of the Metropolitan, the Anglican Cathedral is much more in line with the appearance of a traditional religious building. The interior of this cathedral is truly stunning. With its incredible architecture, stained glass windows and inspired art, this is a location you should definitely be visiting.

The Bombed Out Church Liverpool

Let’s See the Famous Bombed Out Church

2:58 PM

Our next destination is St Luke’s Church, or as it is more commonly known as by locals, the Bombed Out Church. This iconic landmark is on the edge of the Ropewalks district and comes with quite the history. The church was bombed in 1941 during the Liverpool Blitz when an incendiary device caused a blaze which left just a burnt-out shell of the building. Since the bombing, the church has been left in its current state to act as a memorial for those who died during the war.

From 2007, St Luke’s Church has become a site for entertainment as much as a historical landmark. As a visitor there’s a constant flow of exhibitions and events to check out all year round, both inside and outside the grounds. The church is at the very top of Liverpool’s vibrant Bold Street so there’s plenty of opportunities to do some shopping or dining at some smaller and more cultural venues when compared to Liverpool One.

Cains Brewery Village

Penultimate Stop at the Cains Brewery Village

3:33 PM

Before time runs out on our fantastic day out in Liverpool, we have some time to head to the Cains Brewery Village in the south part of town. As far as unique areas bustling with creativity and artistic vision is concerned, this stop completely ticked all our boxes. This location is perhaps more out the way than the other destinations we’ve visited but you can tell that the village benefits. The Cains Brewery Village is where independent thinkers and innovators come together to make use of workspaces and venues in order to bring their ideas to life.

There are so many different bars to choose from here, each of which feature their own quirky atmosphere and themed environments. If you’re a television fanatic, we definitely recommend the Peaky Blinders bar! After a quick drink, we decide to have a walk around some of the vintage shops which sell everything from antique furniture to clothing. Just before hopping on the bus towards our last stop, we grab a quick bite at the Baltic Food Market which hosts traders from some of the best businesses around the city such as Death Row Diner, The Midnight Delivery and Little Furnace.

The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

Time to Head Back to the Albert Dock

4:22 PM

And so our ultimate day out in Liverpool is about to come to an end. The bus makes the short journey from the Cains Brewery Village towards the Echo Arena where we take in the last few sights onboard. The day isn’t quite ready to end yet, however.

With the sun still high in the sky and the fresh wind giving us a cool breeze, now is the perfect time to enjoy a brisk walk around the Albert Dock to watch water activities in full swing and enjoy the moment. A meal at the Smuggler’s Cove restaurant gives us the best farewell as we cap off a wonderful day and head home.

Book Your Day Out Tour in Liverpool

Does this ultimate day out idea sound like it suits your sightseeing agenda? Or maybe there are some other destinations you fancy checking out on our stops? The City Explorer tour bus visits 14 locations across Liverpool city centre with tickets starting at £11 for adults and £6 for children; we also offer a family pass for £30. We run all week long, with the first tour leaving the Albert Dock at 10 am and the last tour leaving at 4:30 pm.

Click here to book a ticket for City Explorer and start putting your plans in motion for a super Liverpool day out!

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