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Top 51 Things to Do in Liverpool
Explore These Must-See Attractions

Welcome to Liverpool! Are you looking for things to do in Liverpool? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Liverpool is a vibrant and diverse city that boasts a considerable abundance of activities capable of entertaining visitors of all tastes, particularly during the spring and summer months. The iconic M&S Bank 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 shortage of shopping or dining opportunities. With an endless amount of must-see attractions in Liverpool, are you taking advantage of everything that’s available?

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 for a wonderful Liverpool day out. With so many attractions to choose from, we will be updating this page regularly so keep checking back for more fabulous ideas!

Plan ahead for your next visit to the city with these ideas of things to do in Liverpool…

Please note that due to current Government regulations, as of Friday 2nd October, we have decided to suspend our current bus tours until further notice. We have taken this step to ensure the health and safety of our staff and customers and to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We hope that this is temporarily and look forward to welcoming old and new customers back on board in no time. Liverpool is still open and safety measures are in place, so where suitable, we encourage you to visit and help out local businesses. However, this is an ever-changing situation and the following things to do activities may become unavailable at any time - please check before planning your visit.

Entertainment

Home to the M&S Bank Arena and some of the country’s most famous theatres, Liverpool is, without doubt, the best place to catch a show!
M&S Bank Area Liverpool

1 Catch a Show at a Local Venue

If you wish to catch a show in Liverpool, whether you have a preference for live concerts or comedy performances, there are numerous venues you can choose from. The M&S Bank Arena Liverpool opened over 10 years ago to commemorate the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations and is one of the best venues in the city for discovering things to do. This venue was previously named the Echo Arena and plays host to a variety of concerts, sporting events and cultural programs. Whatever your fancy, you will find something you will like here. The arena is situated perfectly, offering incredible views of the Liverpool waterfront and within excellent reach of transport links. After the show, you can 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.

For other music show venues, the O2 Academy is another popular choice. Run by the Academy Music Group, the O2 Academy can be found tucked away on Hotham Street just next door to Lime Street Station. The O2 usually plays host to everything from pop and rock gigs to club nights. Next up, head to the Ropewalks area of the city centre and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to live entertainment. Seel Street is home to the Arts Club and the Zanzibar Club, both of which offer regular line-ups of vibrant acts. The Jacaranda on Slater Street is a historic venue that has played a significant part in the city’s musical heritage since opening in 1958, while Sound on Duke Street is the place to be for discovering new and upcoming talent in a cosy basement setting.

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FACT Cinema in Liverpool

2 Enjoy a Film at a Liverpool Cinema

If museums and live performances don’t quite live up to your entertainment desires, you can always head to one of the many cinemas based in the city. There are a plethora of places for you to enjoy the latest blockbusters or independent films. You may want to check out FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), a truly unique venue for film fanatics. This creative hub is home to a state-of-the-art Picturehouse cinema which showcases some of the best mainstream and art-house films. With several galleries to visit as well as a bar and a cafe area, there are loads of chances to make the most of your visit.

ODEON is one of the biggest names in the UK cinema universe and you’ll find many cinemas situated throughout the city. At the Liverpool One venue, you can experience The Gallery, a premium experience to watch the latest films in style. The Switch Island premises is certified as an ODEON Luxe theatre, meaning that you benefit from luxury reclining chairs, stunning iSense screens and more personal space than ever before.  Alternatively, if you’re looking to support independent venues, another potential option to consider is the Woolton Picture House. This is Liverpool’s oldest independent cinema where you can catch everying from the latest big hitters to classic titles.

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Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool

3 Watch a Production at a Traditional Theatre

If watching an entertaining production at a historic theatre is your perfect idea of things to do in Liverpool, then you’ve come to the right place. Liverpool has multiple venues throughout the city which combine the very best of modern and traditional theatre life. Why not make Liverpool’s Royal Court your first visit, dubbed as the ‘friendliest’ theatre in the city! The Royal Court is based in the heart of the city centre and all shows have a Liverpool theme. This year’s highlights at the Royal Court include the summer-themed Scouse Pacific and drama production Knee Deep in Promises. Not to mention there’s a load of exciting Christmas shows planned including The Scouse Snow White, Merry Christmas Carol and Adam Kay – Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas. Grab some pre-show food and drinks at the Courtyard Bar & Kitchen which overlooks the iconic St George’s Hall.

Head to Hope Street and you won’t be able to miss the the Everyman Theatre with its branded signage and creative exterior decor. The Everyman has a variety of shows including Grease Murder Mystery and Little Miss Sunshine (The Musical) – not to mention delicious food at the on-site bistro! We can’t forget to include Liverpool’s famous Empire Theatre of course which couldn’t be situated better right next to Lime Street Station and opposite St Georges Hall. The big shows happening at the Empire in 2019 include War Horse, Les Miserables, Motown the Musical and Peter Pan.

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4 Go for a Round of Crazy Indoor Golf

A round of crazy golf is, without doubt, one of the best things to do in Liverpool! Whether going on a first date, spending some time with family or bonding with colleagues on a work night out, crazy golf provides the perfect blend of fun and competitiveness. A fine example of an excellent indoor golf course that you can visit in Liverpool is the adults-only Ghetto Golf at Cains Brewery Village. This 18-hole venue offers a unique mini-golf experience surrounded by captivating graffiti artwork. There’s also a cocktail bar, where you grab an alcholic drink to take around the course, and live music from DJs. As for food, make sure you visit the on-site Apocalypse Cow restaurant for some delicious BBQ street cuisine!

For another indoor golf option, you can also visit the funky Junkyard Golf Club at Liverpool One. This arena features three mashed up 9-hole courses which have been created around ‘mad themes’ and ‘weird junk’ such as a UV garage and scrapyard slides. You can grab a snack at the bunker bar, such as fairground style hotdogs, as well as a range of old school booze and fancy cocktails.

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Liverpool Pier Head

5 Attend One of the Pier Head’s Seasonal Events

The Pier Head is arguably a must-see location in Liverpool and one of the city’s most iconic destinations. 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. There are always a number of seasonal events taking place here all year round, including the Pier Head Village Festival that takes place in the summer. Typically, this festival is open throughout July and September and features thrill rides, inflatable activities, an arts fair and various eating and shopping options.

At Christmas time, the Pier Head usually transforms into a winter wonderland with the Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival. Attendees are often able to demonstrate their ice skating skills on a spectacular ice rink – penguin skate aids are normally available to offer you gliding assistance! Other fun activities can include a three-lane Ice Slide, a Children’s Roller-Coaster, a Ski Jump and much more. If you don’t fancy an adrenaline-filled ride, you can stick to the warmth and comfort of the pop-up markets which offer an array of hot food and beverages.

These are seasonal events after all, so there’s no guarantee that they will take place each year or that what’s on offer will remain the same. Therefore, make sure that you check with the organisers beforehand to see what they have planned!

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Visit a Liverpool Comedy Club

6 Get a Barrel of Laughs at a Liverpool Comedy Club

Liverpool isn’t just known as the birthplace of legendary music acts! The city is also famous for its hilarious comedians. In fact, it’s well known that the locals possess their own witty and laid-back ‘scouse humour’ that you won’t find elsewhere. You have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a comedy club in Liverpool. The Hot Water Comedy Club can be found at two separate venues on Hardman Street & Seel Street. Hot Water Comedy Club was founded in 2010 by two brothers and it has since developed into one of the best city’s best clubs with regular shows taking place every night each week. Highlights have included individual performances from top British comedians, a Triple Headline Show featuring a diverse bunch of acts and a special show for new performers to take the spotlight. Travel to the other side of town and you’ll come across the Laughterhouse Comedy club which takes place in an intimate underground setting. Some of the UK’s biggest comedians have performed here including Alan Carr, Dara O’Briain, Sarah Millican and Liverpool’s very own John Bishop.

Star of The Royle Family Ricky Tomlinson co-owns The Greenroom cabaret lounge which hosts some of the best tribute acts and comedians around. The venue has been designed to provide an inmate Vegas-style lounge and features a waitress service – plus, a free glass of champagne! Shows that have happened here in recent times include tribute acts for Bruno Mars, Beyonce and Queen, a Royle Variety Show and a Cheesy Pop Night.

Situated in the basement of The Bentleya cabaret bar on Liverpool’s waterfront, is the Liverpool Comedy Club. This comedy club is a limited event that only takes place on the last Saturday of every month. Here you will be able to catch live performances from a variety of comedians. The Comedy Club’s organisers possess decades of experience working in the comedy universe and they have performed with household names such as Peter Kay, Michael McIntyre and Jason Manford.

Shiverpool Tour in Liverpool

7 Get Spooked with an Entertaining Ghost Tour

Halloween may come and go each October, but the spooks don’t stop at Shiverpool Ghost Tours! This award-winning tourist attraction delivers a unique experience like no other and offers something a little bit different in terms of the fun things you can do in Liverpool. Shiverpool is a street theatre production that allows you to embrace the spooky and mysterious history of the city in a engaging style that suits. Highlights include listening to famous ghost stories and visiting iconic locations in spooky folklore.

Shiverpool runs weekly tours throughout the year. Different tours are available including Hope Street Shivers, Auld City & The Dead House and the Ghost Bus Tour. Private tailored tours can be booked for groups and schools.

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VR Here in Liverpool

8 Experience Virtual Reality with VR Here

Virtual Reality is an ever-growing phenomenon. Whether it involves people looking to transport themselves into a video game world or businesses employing the technology to their professional advantage, VR provides a truly unique and immersive experience. In Liverpool, you can get a taste for what virtual reality is really like at VR Here. After just one session, we’re sure the experience will leave you wanting to come back for more. VR Here can be found on Paul Street, which is 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. There’s also a 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 £15 per person for 30 minutes but if that doesn’t give you enough time, you can book 60 minutes for £25. Exclusive 1-hour access to the entire centre for 6 people can be purchased for £150.

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Otterspool Adventure Play Centre

9 Indulge in 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 things to do in Liverpool. There’s a series of fantastic activities available at this play centre 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? We recommend considering an Adventure Pass so that you can benefit from great savings.

All guests at Otterspool Adventure Centre 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 and your kids 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 are even ‘luxury’ flavours available such as Pistachio and Peanut Choc Caramel – the choice is endless!

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Liverpool Watersports Centre

10 Partake in a Fun-Filled Water Activity

Who doesn’t love a water activity?! This type of activity is bound to get the adrenaline pumping and if you do manage to fall into the water, what better way to cool off! One of Liverpool’s finest water activities is the Adventure Dock based at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. The Adventure Dock is an adventure course suitable for anyone aged 6 years old or over.  The course comprises of several inflatable free-fall slides and obstacles. See if you can reach the top or if you consider yourself a menace, chase your friends and family into the water!

For more water activities, you can head to the Liverpool Watersports Centre located at the Queens Dock. Here you can find just about any activity to entertain people of all tastes and skills. You can rent a Swan Pedalo where you and up to four friends can experience the Liverpool waterfront in unique fashion. If you want something a bit more adventurous, you might wish to consider learning the ropes of how to navigate a kayak or canoe instead. The centre also features powerboating, open water swimming, windsurfing and much more.

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Grosvenor Casino Leo Liverpool

11 Try Your Luck at the Grosvenor Casino Leo

Do you have a lucky streak? Then you may want to contemplate visiting one of the casino’s in the city and try your luck at winning big. One of Liverpool’s biggest casinos is the Grosvenor Casino Leo which can be found near the Queens Dock. This things to do activity is just minutes away from City Explorer’s first and last stop at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.

The Leo Casino is open 24-hours a day and has everything for your gambling and live entertainment desires. There are electronic roulette and slot machines from just 10p, as well as Punto Banco, blackjack and roulette games. There’s even a large poker room with regular Texas Hold’em games. Live sports can be enjoyed day or night. There is an a la carte restaurant on-site at the casino, which offers a spectrum of palatable dishes, and two cocktail bars.

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NQ64 Arcade Bar in Liverpool

12 Re-Visit Classic Games at an Arcade Bar

This one is for all the old-school gamers out there! Long before the modern video game consoles such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, retro arcade games were all the rage in the 80s and 90s. An arcade bar called NQ64 has recently opened in Liverpool and can be found on Colquitt Street. This underground bar is the perfect place to play some classic titles in a relaxed environment for anyone over the age of 18.

NQ64 features some of the best classic consoles and retro arcade games such as Street Fighter II, Time Crisis, Teenage Mutan Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man, Crazy Taxi… and much more! As well as classic drink options and a range of beer beverages, your choice of cocktail refreshments are specially themed based on iconic video game lore. The bar is open 4pm-2am on Monday to Friday and midday-2am on Saturday and Sunday. There is no entry fee and 15 machine tokens can be purchased for £5.

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Lane7 Bowling in Liverpool

13 Challenge Your Friends to a Round of Bowling

Everyone loves a game of bowling, especially when it means that you earn bragging rights over friends and family! One of the finest venues for bowling in Liverpool is Lane7 at Clayton Square. The bowling lanes here are donned with UV lighting and graffiti-style art, providing a bowling environment that you’ve never experienced before. It’s not just bowling that can be enjoyed at Lane7 either. There’s an assortment of arcade games available including basketball machines, ping pong, shuffleboards and American pool. Adults can enjoy some classic rounds of beer pong and darts. There’s a wide variety of drinks available to help you get into the party spirit.

As for other Bowling options, a new venue has recently opened on Duke Street. PINS Social Club is home to 8 bowling lanes, live music, table games and delicious food & drink selections. Further outside the city centre is Hollywood Bowl, one of Liverpool’s longest running bowling arenas.

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14 Play a Tune With the Street Pianos in Liverpool One

Do you consider yourself a budding pianist? Then you’ll be happy to know that Tickle the Ivories has returned to Liverpool One! Tickle has visited Liverpool One for ten years now and isn’t going to let coronavirus spoil the anniversary. With pianos throughout the shopping complex, Tickle offers you the opportunity to test out your piano skills while shoppers pass you buy. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be smaller for the foreseeable future. You will be required to book a slot on one of two pianos, but you will be free to keep any busking proceeds that you make.

For a sample of what Tickle the Ivories involves, check out this clip from performer Andrew Fisher who recently played a rendition of This Thing Call Love for shoppers in Liverpool ONE!

 

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Food & Drink

There are far too many fantastic places to eat and drink in Liverpool for us to list, so let’s just say that the city is home to some of the finest and most diverse cuisines in the UK. We do independent really well, and there are always new food and drink ventures popping up. The only problem is, we’re spoilt for choice!
Bold Street Liverpool

15 The Best Hotspots in Liverpool for Food and Drink

If you consider yourself somewhat of a foodie then you are absolutely going to love Liverpool! There are many food hotspots situated right throughout the city. At the east of the city centre, you will find the Ropewalks district which is home to the lively and vibrant Bold Street and Wood Street. Here you will encounter a little something to please everyone. Have a craving for some Mexican food? Check out Lucha Libre. In the mood to get your tastebuds tingling? You’ll struggle to find anything better than Mowgli Street Food for Indian spices. If fast food is your preference, your choices are endless with excellent chains such as Subway, Wok & Go, Greggs and Taco Bell all within the area.

Further away from the centre is Lark Lane, a hidden gem that offers an array of traditional restaurants and cafes. With the lane connecting straight to Sefton Park, this is the ideal destination following a stroll in the park. Next up is the nearby Woolton Village which guarentees a quaint setting for enjoying some of the best cuisine Liverpool has to offer. As for takeaways, some of the best kebab and pizza restaurants can be found on Smithdown Road, one of Liverpool’s most historic and diverse locations.

If you favour 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 provides a dining adventure like no other. You will visit Liverpool’s eight docks onboard a cruise boat while enjoying a scrumptious three-course meal.

TIP: Make sure you don’t leave the city without trying the famous scouse stew!

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Visit a Cafe in Liverpool

16 Grab a Hot Beverage and a Bite to Eat at a Local Café

Whether you need to start the day with a dose of caffeine or fancy a delicious snack to keep you going, there are several quaint cafes located throughout the city. Bold Street is one of the best streets in Liverpool for independent businesses and one of the finest cafes that you can find here is Soul Cafe. Soul provides a relaxing and friendly environment while offering a selection of delicious food and drinks such as breakfasts, baguettes, soups and much more. When it comes to chains, Moose Coffee is one of the North West’s best brands with a number of cafes based in Liverpool and Manchester. Moose Coffee specialises in American dishes and can be found on Dale Street and Hope Street, as well as nearby Crosby.

LEAF on Bold Street is one of Liverpool’s most well-known cafes. At LEAF you can have everything from brunch favourites like Eggs Benedict to tasty burgers – not to mention freshly-made desserts! There are also regular events here which feature live musical performance as well as themed playlists. For another Bold Street choice, Cafe Tabac is a stylish Bohemian-inspired cafe that has been built on delivering delicious breakfast since 1974. On Duke Street, you can find The Brunch Club which has undergone a major re-launch consisting of a woodlands-inspired design. The cafe is now open until late every day and has introduced an all-new menu featuring a series of exotic cocktails.

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Afternoon Tea at Cuthberts Bakehouse

17 Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at a Delightful Venue

Afternoon tea is one of the best ways to catch up with mates or to celebrate a special occasion while enjoying a selection of tasty food and hot beverages. If you’re visiting Liverpool from another country, it’s also a great way of immersing yourself into British culture! One of the city’s best venues for afternoon tea is the delightful Cuthbert’s Bakehouse. This independent cake shop can be found on Mount Pleasant, just a short walk away from the Metropolitan Cathedral. It is a family-run bakery that prides itself in providing customers with an ever-evolving menu of creative cake ideas.

When it comes to afternoon tea, Cuthbert’s Bakehouse has created the perfect experience. The delicious range of food and drinks are served on vintage china and made daily in house. There are several packages for you to choose from, including the Classic, the New Yorker and the Rise & Shine Brunch. The menu offers a diverse range of mouthwatering treats such as miniature warm scones, sandwiches, cupcakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries and much more. Your drink options include loose leaf tea, house blend coffee or even a glass of bubbly!

To book an afternoon tea at Cuthbert’s Bakehouse, call the shop with 24 hours’ notice.

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Nightlife Scene in Liverpool

18 Make the Most of the Nightlife Action

If a lively nightlife is what you’ve come for then you’ve picked the right city! Scousers sure know how to party and Liverpool’s clubbing districts really come to life at night. Throughout the city is a wide range of clubs and bars that cater to people of all ages and music tastes, including Fusion Liverpool. Based in Concert Square, a pinnacle location when going on a night out, Fusion hosts some of the best DJs in the city. You can even book an exclusive booth which you will receive the all-star VIP treatment!

Are you a cocktail type of person? Then you won’t want to miss The Alchemist near Liverpool One. This is where the magic takes place under the roof of a Grade II listed building. You can watch on in amazement as the bartenders create some of the most incredible cocktails you will ever experience. Watching the cocktails being made is almost as good as getting your hands on the drink!

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My Cookie Dough in Liverpool

19 Treat Yourself to Indulgent Cookies

Do you have a sweet tooth? Then you’re going to absolutely love this store that opened in Liverpool city centre in 2019! My Cookie Dough started out as a small business in Cardiff, Wales and has since expanded to open several stores throughout the United Kingdom. Luckily for anyone living in Liverpool or simply passing through, My Cookie Dough now brings their range of indulgent cookies and other dessert offerings to our city.

These aren’t just any ordinary cookies, however! The dough is freshly baked in the store and with such a soft layer, you’re going need a spoon to consume the gooey goodness. The tasty collection of flavours include just about everything, from kinder and oreo to fudge, honeycomb, red velvet, and so much more. If that isn’t enough, there are even Stacks which include additional delightful flavours such as cookies & cream, banoffee pie, and biscella brownie. Many of the flavours can also be chosen for a Dough Shake as opposed to a cookie, should you prefer. If isolation is holding you back, you’ll be pleased to know that My Cookie Dough now offers DIY packs so that you can try your hand at creating your own cookies at home.

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Rudy's Pizza on Castle Street, Liverpool

20 Enjoy a Delicious Slice of Pizza at Rudy’s

Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? This tasty Italian cuisine is a fan-favourite for the whole family – even for those who are fussy eaters! Rudy’s Pizzeria has made its way to Liverpool following the success of their Manchester branch. Based on Castle Street, Rudy’s is superbly placed for tourists to take a break from the city with a pleasing bite to eat.

This independent restaurant prides itself on delivering traditional Pizza from the cuisine’s homeland of Naples and offers a relaxed environment for you to enjoy. Rudy’s has everything from classics like Margherita to special items such as Portobello, Calabrese and Romagnola. There’s also a range of sweet dessert dishes for afters.

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The Liverpool Gin Distillery

21 Make Your Own Bottle of Gin at a Stylish Gin Distillery

This adults-only experience is for all the gin lovers out there… The Liverpool Gin Distillery provides you with the opportunity to sample an extensive range of liquor, from local gin and spirits to popular brands such as Crabbie, The Pogues and Aber Falls. The distillery is a unique chance to get up close and personal with the brand-new 600ltr copper pot still. On the first floor, you will also find 32 mini copper pot stills where you can learn to distil your very own gin. The basement is home to the kitchen where visitors can taste an assortment of pizzas, small plates and sharing boards.

There are numerous experiences available to make your visit to this distillery extra worthwhile. Should you decide to choose the Gin Lab Experience, you will be able to learn the process of distilling gin from an experienced tutor. This activity also provides a lecture on the history of gin and gives you the option to create your own – complete with a name of your choosing! The Distillery Tour & Tasting experience includes a guided tour of the distillery and a 4 flight Gin tasting of the Liverpool Gin Range.

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Museums

Liverpool is a magnificent location when it comes to museums. Whether you’re a fan of maritime history, count yourself an art fanatic or wish to brush up on your Roman history, there’s a spectrum of decisions to choose.
The Museum of Liverpool

22 Liverpool Is Home to a Range of Unique Museums

To begin your museum adventure in Liverpool, what better way to start than with the World Museum by St. George’s Hall. The World Museum is home to a collection of historical artefacts, from the Egyptian times to Greek, Roman and the Anglo-Saxon eras. The museum is your one-stop for everything concerning world cultures, natural history, physical sciences, zoology, and much more. Best of all, admission is completely free except for special exhibitions, so it’s a great place to take the kids for some educational fun.

Perhaps you would also like to learn more about Liverpool’s incredible maritime history? If so, the Merseyside Maritime Museum, which can be found at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, is your best bet. This museum is also free and covers a range of topics about Liverpool’s seafaring past, including the role that the city played during World War II and a compelling exhibition of Liverpool’s connection with the famous Titanic story. The International Slavery Museum is based on the third floor of the Maritime Museum where visitors can explore the history of slavery and hear untold stories.

If you’re a bit of a creative type, then you may wish to head to the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) on Wood Street. This museum hosts regular galleries and exhibitions across the creative sector – and we talk a bit more about FACT in another section on this things to do in Liverpool guide!

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Visit an Art Gallery

23 Marvel at an Art Gallery’s Magnificent Collections

Do you have a vibrant love of all things art? Liverpool doesn’t shy away from exhibiting a range of art collections that cover a wide spectrum of topics. Tate Liverpool should be high on the list of things to do for anyone with an interest in art. This modern and contemporary art gallery can be found at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool where you can see a large selection of British and international styles. Entry is free except for special exhibitions. Just down the road is the Open Eye Gallery, the place to be for budding photographs. This independent gallery showcases unique photographs designed to connect and tell stories.

Bluecoat is the oldest contemporary arts centre in the UK and is situated in a landmark building at the heart of Liverpool City Centre. Here you can check out a host of year-round exhibitions, music performances, dance shows, live art and much more. If you are a fan of architecture, don’t miss the chance to visit RIBA North on the waterfront. This architecture centre only opened in the last few years and features exhibitions, talks and a cafe & shop. You can even go on a RIBA Tour where you can explore key buildings and public spaces that tell the story of Liverpool.

The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

24 Don’t Miss the Stunning Cathedrals of Liverpool

Whether you consider yourself religious or not, you simply can’t visit Liverpool without making a trip to one of the city’s stunning cathedrals. 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 it’s also a place full of history. It was designed by aspiring architect Giles Gilbert Scott in the early 1900s and only reached completion in 1978. As for the architecture, this is something you simply can’t afford to not witness in person. If you decide to visit then you can choose to worship, hire the venue or attend one of the regular services or events.

Closer to the centre of the city is Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the city’s modern cathedral. The Metropolitan Cathedral is a key appearance in Liverpool’s skyline and even boasts the nickname ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ thanks to the building’s 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 that it would be capable of finalising construction within five years. The Metropolitan Cathedral also features wonderful lighting and interior designs and has a wide range of facilities for visitors.

Liverpool FC's Anfield Stadium

25 You Can’t Forget to Visit These Famous 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 Anfield Stadium, and as history would tell you, they remarkably led to the creation of Liverpool FC. The city is defintely the place to be on derby day when it turns into a competitive cauldron – 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 LFC & EFC’s iconic stadiums, both of which demonstrate 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! Did you know we also offer a football-themed sightseeing bus? You can visit Anfield with our partner tour bus, LFC City Explorer.

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The Three Graces Buildings in Liverpool

26 View the City’s Striking and Historic Architecture

Liverpool’s striking buildings form a significant part of the city’s rich and varied heritage and where better to catch the 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 of these buildings were constructed in the early 1900s and have since forged an imposing figure as part of Liverpool’s famous skyline. The architecture of each and every one of these buildings is best admired up close – make sure you snap plenty of shots!

It isn’t just the waterfront that offers picturesque buildings, however. One of the most gorgeous residential areas that you can visit in the city is the Georgian Quarter which is just minutes away from the city centre and right next door to the Anglican Cathedral. Here you will find an assortment of beautiful terraced Georgian-style townhouses. The Georgian Quarter is certainly one of the most unique places in the city and a perfect location for a peaceful stroll no matter the season. With its incredible architecture and scenery, the Georgian Quarter has become a hotspot for film crews looking to capture an authentic setting.

Attractions

From family fun activities to phenomenal shopping, culture and dining opportunities, there’s something for everyone in Liverpool. Here are some of the best attractions that the city has to offer.
Mersey Ferries River Cruise in Liverpool

27 Take a Ferry Across the Famous River Mersey

You haven’t truly explored Liverpool until you’ve travelled across the famous river that is the River Mersey. A cruise on the River Mersey is a phenomenal idea for taking your Liverpool sightseeing tour from land to sea. Here you will be able to catch a unique glimpse at the city’s skyline while enjoying the breezy gust of wind and breathing in the refreshing air.

The daily River Mersey ferry cruise runs throughout the year and takes you from the Pier Head all the way to Merseyside’s other terminals at Seacombe and the Wirral. The journey lasts around 50 minutes and includes full commentary to guide you through the various landmarks that you will cruise past. Onboard you can purchase a selection of hot drinks and refreshments, plus you will have the choice of sitting inside or outside, making this a viable option no matter the weather.

Tip: Why not combine your river cruise with a City Explorer tour for one great price! Included with your ticket will be free access to the U-Boat Story museum. Get more details about our combined tour experiences.

Image by Mersey Ferries.

Cains Brewery Village

28 Brew an Idea at Cains Brewery Village

Still unsure about what to do during your visit to Liverpool or are you running out of ideas? Well, there are always new experiences available to try and a trip to Cains Brewery Village is well worth consideration. This creative area on the outskirts of town is quickly developing as a central hub for independent thinkers, makers and innovators.

At Cains Brewery Village 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! Just about everything you could want is right on your doorstep here and with further expansions planned, this Baltic Triangle District of Liverpool is going to get even better.

For all the television show fanatics out there, you will also be delighted to know that a Peaky Blinders bar has opened in the district. If you fancy taking your exploring to the next level, you can even visit nearby locations where various scenes from the show have been filmed over the years.

Image by Cains Brewery Village.

The British Music Experience Museum

29 Learn About the Story of British Music

Next up on our list of things to do in Liverpool is the British Music Experience, an interactive museum that is a must-visit for music lovers. It certainly makes sense that a city bursting with rich musical heritage has its own exhibition dedicated to telling the story of British music. The British Music Experience is based on the waterfront at the iconic Cunard Building where visitors can get up close and personal with artefacts previously owned by world-famous musicians. You can even practice your dance routines or try your hand at learning a few musical instruments.

The tour at this musician covers all sorts of British rock and pop artists right through the ages, from classics like the Beatles and Oasis to modern superstars such as Adele. General admission tickets for the British Music Experience start at £15 for adults and £9.50 for children aged 5 to 15, while children aged under 5 are allowed in at no cost. What better way to learn the full story of British music!

Image by the British Music Experience.

The U-Boat Story Museum

30 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, this despite the orders of Admiral Dönitz. The submarine was subsequently attacked by a Liberator aircraft and received 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 are even able to 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 onboard 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 £8 for adults. 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!

Image by Mersey Ferries.

The Velocity Widnes Inflatable Park

31 Bounce at the UK’s Largest Inflatable Park

The venue for our next idea isn’t in Liverpool but on the outskirts of the city in nearby Widnes, however, it can easily be reached by public transport. Velocity Widnes is home to the UK’s largest inflatable park which features an abundance of activities that will please people of all ages. This park is not only the perfect place for kids to enjoy 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 activity featuring giant bouncing balls as obstacles! For younger children, there is a dedicated slide and ball pool area, and toddlers are able to have their own exclusive sessions on weekdays during term time. A selection of 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 any occasion. 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.

Image by Velocity Widnes.

Overlooking the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

32 Wander Around the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

If you haven’t yet visited the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, then have you really paid a visit to the city? This famed location has recently been awarded a ‘Royal’ title to recognize the landmark’s significant role in Liverpool’s maritime history. The dock is right next door to the Echo Arena and just a short walk away from the bustling city centre.

All year round there are lots of events going on at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool such as pop-up football tournaments, live music and water shows. Shopping fanatics have access to a range of independent stores, many of which sell wonderful souvenirs and gifts. As for dining, we recommend trying out The Smugglers Cove for a themed experience or the Revolution bar for refreshing cocktails. But in truth, there really is a little something for everyone here when it comes to food and drink.

We can’t forget to mention that the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool occasionally gets visits from the magnificent fleet of Tall Ships. In 2018 there were a total of 17 ships that docked as part of a three-day event celebrating the tenth anniversary of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture status. Visitors had the chance to not only marvel at the ships from a distance but also to experience the fantastic opportunity of stepping on board. The fleet consisted of vessels from all over the world, including the Atyla, Belle PouleMorgenster and Lord Nelson.

The Williamson Tunnels in Liverpool

33 Go Underground with 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 but 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.

Image by Kyle J May on Wikipedia.

The Metquarter Shopping Complex in Liverpool

34 Indulge in Stylish Shopping at the Metquarter

Are you in need of some new clothes? Or perhaps you’re eager to get some Christmas shopping in 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 is 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 excellent places to treat your little ones to new clothing items.

You can even take a break from shopping with a quick pit stop to Caffetteria Dantonio, Costa or Patisserie Valerie for some much-needed food and drink refreshments. The shopping centre regularly hosts various events such as the Halloween Workshop which allows parents and their kids to embrace their crafting skills together. The Metquarter is based in Liverpool city centre with Queen Square Bus Station and the bustling district of Matthew Street just seconds away.

Image by Rodhullandemu on Wikipedia.

Liverpool's Chinatown Arch

35 Explore the Oldest Chinese Community in Europe

Liverpool’s famous Chinatown is home to one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe and it is the perfect place to immerse yourself into a multi-cultural environment. Liverpool’s Chinatown has a little bit of everything to provide visitors with a taste of Chinese culture. Thanks to its incredible architecture, such as the iconic arch, this is a superb destination for sightseeing exploration. 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 even do that too. Or maybe you want to discover a new hobby such as the art of calligraphy?

Shopping opportunities are also available in this district 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 always a lively area of the city for events filled with positive energy and this is definitely a destination we recommend for Chinese New Year celebrations.

A Cow at Farmer Teds

36 Take Your Kids to See the Animals at a Liverpool Farm

Farms always make for fun outings, especially for kids! This is the perfect opportunity for your young ones to get up close and personal with a diverse bunch of animals. In Liverpool, there are a number of farms where children can interact with farm animals in a safe manner, as well as engage with a range of fun activities. One of the most popular local farms is Farmer Teds Adventure Farm which can be found on the outskirts of the city. The indoor and outdoor activity options at Farmer Teds include meeting the animals, taking on the challenge of the Adventure Maze, watching birds of prey demonstrations, and play areas. The farm is open daily from 10am until 5:30pm.

Another farm to consider is Acorn Farm, an award-winning attraction in Kirby which is open all week from 10am until 4pm. Children have the chance to stroke and feed several of the animals at this farm, making it a really interactive experience. Other activities include a play area and horse riding. A range of delicious meals can be enjoyed at the on-site cafe and you can also grab yourself a souvenir at the Farm Shop.

In the north of Liverpool is Croxteth Park Farm set on the grounds of the incredible Croxteth Hall and Country Park. This Victorian farm is home to a number of different species and breeds and is recognised as a leading farm for conservation. Kids can meet a range of animals include cows, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. Bird of prey experiences are available from £20.

Image by Farmer Teds.

Liverpool's Famous Cavern Club

37 Listen to Live Music at the Renowned Cavern Club

The Cavern Club is one of Liverpool’s most famous venues and perhaps the world’s most famous club due to its connection with the Beatles. The club was founded all the way back in 1957 as a warehouse cellar venue on Mathew Street before the Beatles became a signature act here. In fact, it was a performance at the club that caught the eye of the band’s soon-to-be manager Brian Epstein. With their success travelling far and wide throughout the globe, the Cavern Club’s role in the band’s history has made it a popular tourist attraction.

The Cavern Club is open 7 days a week from 11am with live music starting at midday in the Live Lounge and 1pm on the Front Stage. A £5 entry fee is payable at the door – click here for up-to-date details on opening hours and pricing. A free tour is available on certain days, offering you a chance to receive a behind the scenes glimpse of the venue.

Image by the Cavern Club.

St George's Hall in Liverpool

38 Visit the World Famous St George’s Hall

St George’s Hall is perhaps one of Liverpool’s most famous landmarks and it is a prime example of neoclassical architecture. As soon as visitors exit the Lime Street train station or travel into the city centre via bus, they will be greeted by this magnificent venue.  St George’s Hall is one of Liverpool’s oldest buildings having opened during the Victorian Era in 1854.  The hall is smack bang in the heart of the city and encapsulates numerous beautiful design elements for you to admire. Every city has a location where memorable events happen and St George’s Hall is without a doubt Liverpool’s prime destination. Tributes and vigils have taken place here, thousands have lined the street to celebrate football success, and Ringo Starr performed on the roof in 2008 to open the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations.

As well as a wonderful building to see in itself, St George’s Hall is a popular venue for events, conferences, award ceremonies, dinner receptions, and much more. It is also the perfect backdrop to commentate a wedding and is home to the Liverpool Register Office. There’s even a stunning concert room where you can enjoy some of the greatest musical performances.

Did you know? St George’s Hall was the world’s first commercially air-conditioned building and when originally built, boasted the largest piped concert organ and  the largest barrel-vaulted ceiling.

Sightseeing

No doubt you’ve seen wonderful pictures of Liverpool from above capturing famous landmarks such as the Royal Liver Building and the Radio City Tower. But go the extra mile and experience it for yourself with a sightseeing tour.
Views Overlooking the Liverpool Skyline

39 View Stunning City Views of Liverpool from Above

View the city as you’ve never seen it before with a St Johns Beacon Tour. This tower tour offers amazing panoramic views of the Liverpool waterfront and even stretches as far as the Wirral and Wales. This is a truly incredible opportunity to witness the city’s ever-changing landscape.

Another possibility 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 where you can enjoy 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 & ferry tour for just one single price.

Sefton Park Liverpool

40 Take a Stroll in One of the City’s Parks

There are a number of great parks that you can visit in Liverpool so the choice really is yours to be made. If you want to spend a relaxing afternoon under the sun, then there’s 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 or alternatively, some of the city’s best restaurants are within eyesight. There are always events taking place here all year round, including summer events featuring sandy beaches and a sub-zero ice bar!

For a more traditional 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. You can take a walk around the park to breathe in delightful fresh air and admire the greenery and wildlife. There is a playground for kids, a cafe for grabbing refreshments and the dome-shaped Victorian Sefton Park Palm House. If you receive an angling permit, you can go fishing in the boating lake. Other parks to add to your list include Croxeth Country Park, Everton Park, Calderstones Park, and the Wavertree Botanic Gardens.

Liverpool's Strawberry Field

41 Journey Around Liverpool in a Beatles-Themed Taxi

Are you a fan of Liverpool’s most famous band? Then what better way to travel around the city than in a themed taxi! The Fab 4 Taxi Tours is the perfect tour for any massive fan of The Beatles. This tour is completely customisable by you and can range from as few as two hours to as many as seven hours long.

With the Fab 4 Taxi Tours, You have the opportunity to visit some of the most iconic locations within Beatles folklore, including the childhood homes of each band member, Strawberry Field and Penny Lane. You choose where you want to go – the journey is completely up to you!

Fab 4 Taxi Tours 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.

The Liverpool Freji Wheel

42 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!

Image by Marc A Gibbs (Wikipedia).

The Beatles Statue in Liverpool

43 Visit Some of Liverpool’s Iconic Statues

You won’t have trouble running into some of Liverpool’s most iconic statues, many of which represent various points in the timeline of the city’s history. In fact, our tour bus stops right outside one of the most famous statues at the Pier Head – the Beatles statue! This statue was unveiled in 2015 and with it being based on the waterfront, there’s no better place for a quick selfie.

If you’re coming into to the city via train, don’t miss the bronze statue dedicated to Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd at Lime Street Station. Speaking of famous local personalities, Cilla Black also has her own monument on Mathew Street!

Have you ever heard of the Superlambanana? The original sculpture for this famous masterpiece can be found on Tithebarn Street. As for football fans, you won’t want to attend Anfield or Goodison Park and miss the chance to see the statues of two legendary figures – Bill Shankly and Dixie Dean. If you fancy travelling a bit further, the unique cast-iron figures at Crosby Beach are a piece of modern art definitely worth adding to your list.

We’ve only scratched the surface of some of the iconic statues and monuments that you can check out in Liverpool.

Image by Loz Flowers (Flickr).

The Liverpool River Mersey

44 Charter a Boat down the River Mersey

Give yourself the ultimate river experience with a private boat trip down the River Mersey. With the Liverpool Boat Charter you can do exactly that. Chartering a private boat will offer a luxury journey across Liverpool’s beautiful waterfront for yourself and your little group. This option is especially extravagant for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, parties, and much more.

With the Liverpool Boat Charter, you will be boarding the 45ft Cruiser, Iantha. You will embark at the Pier Head and the boat will head to your chosen destination – even as far as Ireland and the Isle of Man should you wish! The cruise takes around 90 minutes and while onboard, you will have access to a full-size galley, toilets & showers, a bottle of bubbly and a large screen TV.

Image by Rept0n1x (Wikipedia).

Liverpool Council Citybike Scheme

45 Go on a Cycling Trip With a Citybike

We do of course highly recommend our sightseeing bus tour as the best way to take in Liverpool, but if you have the energy for a self-driving mode of transport, then you may want to consider the council-run 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 and 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. What better way of ticking off items on your list of things to do in Liverpool!

As of August 2020, Citybike has now gone electric! In addition to the rental pedal bikes, you now have more options for cycling around the city with these all-new e-bikes. The electric-assist that these bikes provide will make cycling much easier and accessible, especially when going up against tough hills. To get started, download the Freebike app and follow the instructions to unlock the bike from the docking station.

Image by Boris Pfaffenzeller (Wikipedia).

Hippie Chic Liverpool Bar

46 Visit the Exciting and Ever-Growing Baltic Triangle

The Baltic Triangle is a unique part of Liverpool that has grown significantly in the last few years and continues to do so. It’s an area we highly recommend if you fancy something a little bit different to the city centre. As well as being home to the Cains Brewery Village, there are several places to relax and hang out with friends, as well as delicious food that you must try at restaurants like Camp and Furnace and Constellations. The Baltic Triangle is at the very heart of Liverpool’s creative industry, where art, music, food and more all come to life.

When it comes to unique and creative places for late-night drinks and partying, you can head to the Hippie Chic Liverpool bar at Cain’s Brewery Village or the themed bars of Black Pearl Liverpool and Yellow Sub Liverpool. Hippie Chic is a unique venue that guarantees 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. As you might be able to tell from the name, the Yellow Sub is a Beatles-themed bar where you can enjoy groovy vibes from the sixties.

Image by Hippe Chic Liverpool.

Filming Locations in Liverpool

47 Discover Where Classic Films and Shows Have Been Shot

In the last decade or so there has been a significant increase in interest in filming in Liverpool. From action-packed blockbusters like Fast and Furious 6 to television dramas such as Good Cop and Peaky Blinders, the city has become a popular backdrop for some of the most popular films and TV shows. Many location scouts have chosen Liverpool for their productions due to its historical buildings and stunning architecture. If you’re visiting, then you have the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the best filming spots in the country.

If you start by visting Powis Street in Toxteth, you’ll recognise the Birmingham-set streets of Peaky Blinders. Liverpool’s Stanley Dock was featured in a scene for 2011’s Capitan America: The First Avenger where Chris Evans’ titular character finds himself involved in a high octane chase.

Are you a huge fan of the Harry Potter series? You’ll be delighted to know that the iconic St. George’s Hall is featured in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films. The Liverpool Town Hall can be spotted in movies such as Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Tolkien.

There are even plenty more locations you will recognise from your favourite films and shows!

Image by Jakob Owens (Unsplash).

Hotels

Find the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of exploring the city. Liverpool boasts a large collection of luxury boutique hotels.
Travelodge Liverpool Central The Strand

48 Choose a Travelodge Hotel for Excellent Value

With simply so many things to do in Liverpool, it’s certainly impossible to fit everything into your diary in just one day. So why not make it an even more worthwhile visit by spreading your activities across several days or maybe even weeks? If that sounds like something you would like to do, we highly recommend booking a stay at a local accommodation provider. That way you get to experience our city’s wonderful hospitality sector as well as the excellent range of leisure and tourism activities.

When it comes to great value accommodation, you can’t go wrong with the Travelodge. This huge national chain has several hotels in Liverpool for you to choose from. Whether you fancy staying close to the hustle and bustle of the city centre or if you prefer a more remote location out of town, there are options to please all tastes.

Would you like to receive 5% off your next Travelodge booking? Of course you would! Just click here to sign up and receive your exclusive voucher.

Image by Travelodge.

Bedroom at the Richmond Hotel Liverpool

49 Stay at a Luxury Hotel in Liverpool

There really isn’t enough time in the day to check everything off your list. To make the most of your ever-growing list of things to do in Liverpool, we think it would be a great decision to book a stay at one of the city’s luxury hotels, of which there are many! In doing that, you can then put together a thorough itinerary that spreads your activities evenly throughout a period of days.

One of the finest hotels you can stay at is the OYO Grand Central. This hotel opened in 2018 and is based in an iconic Grade II listed building which has been redeveloped to host boutique bars, live music and event spaces, a wedding hall, and a food bazaar.

Another hotel that you absoutely can’t go wrong with is the Richmond Apart Hotel. This hotel provides a prestige level of service as well as a collection of luxury rooms, some of which are serviced apartments that create a more homely experience. The hotel is perfectly located in the business district of Hatton Garden where all your key destinations are within walking distance. If you’re interested in unique accommodation, then there’s the Aloft hotel which features loft-like rooms and is found close to the waterfront.

Image by The Richmond Hotel Liverpool.

Events

An array of exciting must-see events and festivals take place in Liverpool all year round. This section will be updated regularly with the latest events as they come and go.
Liverpool Christmas Graphic 2020

50 How Liverpool Is Celebrating Christmas 2020

Christmas is going to look very different this year, but that doesn’t mean that we have to go all Scrooge! There won’t be a Christmas market this year but the city will still be decorated in the usual glorious decorations and fabulous lights, including the iconic Liverpool One Christmas tree. So why not hop on down to the city centre and see them for yourself – all while keeping a safe social distance!

Bar Hütte is set to return to Liverpool for another year in early December. Perfectly situated underneath the Liverpool One tree, this alpine bar has become a favourite in recent years for getting into the festival spirit, having a right laugh on karaoke, and enjoying some refreshing hot beverages. To keep everyone safe, this year’s Bar Hütte will be a little bit different. Bookings are required and currently allow a maximum of six people per group. The timing of bookings will be staggered to manage the number of people entering and exiting. Floor markings will designate safe distances in queuing areas and customers will be required to wear a face-covering except when seated. Each private hütte will be cleaned and sanitised before every new arrival, and hand sanitiser will be provided. Food and drink orders should be made via the mobile app to ensure a contactless-free experience. Karaoke will still be available but it’s recommended that face-coverings are worn. Under the current rules, Bar Hütte will be closed at 10pm and customers are expected to have left by 9:45pm at the latest.

While the situation may change, the M&S Bank Arena is currently scheduled to host a few Christmas-themed shows during the course of December. A range of Covid-Secure measures will be in place and the arena is ensuring that customers are relaxed in securing their tickets with a Book with Confidence scheme. Should the events need to be postponed or cancelled due to a change in government guidance, customers who book their tickets via Ticket Quarter will be entitled to a full refund, or they will automatically be able to attend a rescheduled date. There’s no Christmas without a pantomime which is why the arena will be hosting a Jack and The Beanstalk performance with a cast including X Factor star Jack Quickenden and Radio City host Leanne Campbell. Then on December 18th is The Classic Rock Show, a lively one-off Christmas special with tribute performances for classic rock legends such as Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, and much more.

 

Events in Liverpool

51 The Best Events That Are Coming to Liverpool

While our society continues to deal with the ever-changing lockdown restrictions and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there are plenty of reasons to remain hopeful and positive about the future. Life will eventually return to full normality, but until then, events are still ongoing and they have been adapted to follow current government guidance. We’ve rounded up some of the best events that are still planned for the next few months.

The Good Business Festival champions the movement of using the power of business to create positive change. Act 1 has already taken place in October and is now available on-demand. Act 1 focussed on Covid-19 and featured thought-provoking programming on whether businesses can return back to normal once the pandemic is over, or if it is an opportunity to reset and emerge into a new purposeful world order. Act 2 is set to kick off in 2021 where some of the smartest individuals across the globe will offer their ambitious ideas on how positive change can be achieved in the post-Covid era.

Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, plans for events in Liverpool may change suddenly depending on current health guidelines. We will aim to update this post regularly but we would recommend that you check with the event organiser directly to confirm up-to-date details.

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