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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 many activities capable of entertaining visitors of all tastes, particularly during spring and summer. 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 endless must-see tourist attractions in Liverpool, are you taking advantage of everything available?

Whether you love heritage, consider yourself a music guru, or have a family to keep entertained, this cultural city has a lot and much more for a beautiful Liverpool day out. With so many attractions, we update this page regularly, so keep checking back for fabulous ideas!

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

Attractions

From family-fun activities to phenomenal shopping, culture and dining opportunities, there are attractions in Liverpool suitable for everyone. Here are some of the best attractions that the city has to offer.
Overlooking the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

1 Wander Around the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

What better way to start our Liverpool attractions section? The Royal Albert Dock is a famed location that has been awarded a ‘Royal’ title to recognize the landmark’s significant role in Liverpool’s maritime history. The dock is next door to the M&S Bank Arena and just a short walk from the bustling city centre.

There are many events at the Royal Albert Dock all year round, such as pop-up tournaments, live music, and water shows. Shopping fanatics can access various independent stores that sell beautiful souvenirs and gifts. As for dining, we recommend trying out Gusto for an Italian experience, Porters Cafe for freshly baked cakes and pastries, or the Revolution bar for refreshing cocktails. But in truth, there is something for everyone here when seeking delicious food and drink.

We can’t forget that the magnificent Tall Ships fleet occasionally visits the Royal Albert Dock. In 2018, there were a total of 17 ships 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 marvel at the ships from a distance and experience the fantastic opportunity to step onboard. The fleet consisted of vessels worldwide, including the Atyla, Belle PouleMorgenster and Lord Nelson. Suppose you’re looking for what to do in Liverpool, the Royal Albert Dock certainly needs to be at the top of your list!

Gravity Max at Liverpool ONE

2 Experience Tons of Fun at Liverpool ONE’s Ultimate Leisure Complex

Gravity Max is an incredible leisure complex at Liverpool ONE that has transformed the old Debenhams store into the ultimate place to enjoy hours of fun. Gravity operates some of the best entertainment and fitness leisure centres nationwide, and Gravity Max Liverpool is one of their largest operations, with more things to do under one roof than ever. Set across two floors, this leisure venue has space for up to 2,5000 people to indulge in adrenaline-pumping competitive socialising, live music and sports screenings, immersive entertainment, and tasty dining.

Gravity Max offers more than 12 fun activities! Customers can go E-Karting in high-powered E-Karts, try next-generation bowling with AR Bowling, or book a session of Immersive Gamebox, a private experience where you will fully immerse in game universes. There’s also FunBox Arcade, guaranteeing the classic arcade experience with a reimagining twist, Urban Street Golf featuring famous New York City streets, and Hologate VR. We’re not done yet, as other activities include AR Digital Darts, an Esports Arena for competitive gaming, and the ultimate pub game, Shuffleboard. Last but certainly not least, Hologate Blitz is a VR motion simulator with dragons, space battles and much more, plus Batting Cages where you can test your cricket, baseball and tennis skills.

Along with the above Liverpool activities, there are multiple stages for live music acts and DJs every night of the week, plus frequent events such as themed shows, Bottomless Brunch and Student Night. There are various bars to grab a refreshing beverage, including the largest rooftop terrace in the city, complete with automated, self-service beer taps and a retractable roof. For food, you will be spoilt for choice! You can chow down on burgers from Wendy’s, gyros from Street Greek or desserts from Creams Cafe.

Gravity Max is a unique venue whether you want a fun day out with the family, a lively night with friends or a teambuilding activity with colleagues. You don’t need to pay an admission fee – only pay for the activities, food, and drink you want!

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The British Music Experience Museum Attraction in Liverpool

3 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 an 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. What better way to learn the full story of British music?

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Jump Inc Liverpool

4 Book a Fun Activity at Jump Inc Liverpool

For the best heart-pumping fun for you and the kids, head to the outstanding Jump Inc Liverpool. This huge indoor playground offers many fun activities in Liverpool to please just about anyone. Described as the city’s biggest urban playground, you will find a massive centre with interconnecting trampolines, an inflatable wonderland and a neon laser tag arena. The 40,000 square feet facility also boasts a cutting-edge robotic goalkeeper, letting guests test their shooting skills against something almost as good as Alisson Becker or Jordan Pickford. But that’s not all! You will see an epic ninja obstacle course, a state-of-the-art travelator, a cage for five-a-side football, and much more.

You can find Jump Inc Liverpool at Hunts Cross Shopping Centre in Speke. Choose from various options to find a session that suits you best, from unlimited bouncing to toddler sessions and party packages.

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Axe Throwing at Boom Battle Bar

5 Enter the Battleground at the World’s Only Battle Bar

Enter the battleground and enjoy hours of fun at the most competitive bar in Liverpool! Boom Battle Bar is located in St Johns Shopping Centre, near Lime Street train station, and it offers many exciting games designed to unleash the inner competitiveness in you and your friends. The venue’s premier game is perhaps Axe Throwing, where the aim is simple: throw an axe at the target and see who has the best shot! Then there’s Crazier Golf, offering a twist on the beloved Crazy Golf activity. Expect to encounter catapults, loops, conveyors and much more. Other games of note include Shuffleboard, Augmented Reality Darts, American Pool and Beer Pong.

We know what you’re thinking. It’s a bar, so let’s cut to the chase! The above activities are a bit more exciting when you combine them with your favourite alcoholic drink — except for Axe Throwing, of course, which is safer when sober. The drinks menu includes classic cocktails like Strawberry Daiquiri to signature options such as the Boom Punch. Not to mention, there are plenty of other choices in the form of shots, pitchers, beer, cider and soft drinks. You can accompany your beverage with street food like parmesan & truffle mac & cheese bites, chicken wings, fully loaded tater tots, chicken burgers, and much more!

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St George's Hall in Liverpool

6 Visit the World Famous St George’s Hall

St George’s Hall is perhaps one of the most famous Liverpool tourist attractions and is a prime example of neoclassical architecture. 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, opening during the Victorian Era in 1854.  The hall is smack bang in the city’s heart 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 undoubtedly 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 beautiful 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 to enjoy some of the most incredible musical performances.

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

The Williamson Tunnels in Liverpool

7 Go Underground with the Remarkable Williamson Tunnels

The Williamson Tunnels look incredible and provide incredible insight into an essential part of Liverpool’s history. Most of the tunnels comprise brick or stone vaulting over excavations in the sandstone. The Joseph Williamson Society’s formation and the tunnels’ subsequent opening to the public promoted Williamson’s philanthropic efforts. The Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, based on Smithdown Lane, offers a guided tour through the south and double tunnels, where you can view various artefacts discovered from the excavations.

Joseph Williamson created the Williamson Tunnels in the early 19th century, but their purpose is not fully known and has 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 later used their newly found skills to find work in railway construction.

Another useful organisation is the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels, a charity dedicated to preserving and understanding these incredible tunnels. FoWT has thousands of members and is based on Mason Street in Edge Hill. The above image is from the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels.

Image by Kyle J May on Wikipedia.

Liverpool's Chinatown Arch

8 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 in a multicultural environment. Liverpool’s Chinatown has a little bit of everything to give visitors a taste of Chinese culture. This is a superb destination for sightseeing exploration thanks to its incredible architecture, such as the iconic arch. 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 best Asian products. If you don’t fancy whipping up an authentic oriental dish, you won’t be short of options for 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.

Shop in Liverpool City Centre

9 Shop Till You Drop in Liverpool City Centre

Near enough, everyone loves a day of shopping. You’ll be delighted to know that Liverpool is a shopping haven! The city centre is the place to be for all your shopping needs. There are several attractions throughout the city centre where you can shop till you drop. First, the lively Bold Street is home to a beautiful range of independent and boutique shops that sell everything from books and collector items to unique gifts and music records. On a lovely sunny day, this stretch of the road is something you won’t find elsewhere.

Bang in the heart of Liverpool is Church Street, one of the city’s oldest and most vibrant high streets. Surrounded by historic buildings with gorgeous architecture, Church Street is home to big-name brands such as Primark, River Island, Next, and many more! With regular entertainment and live street performers at all hours, the atmosphere here is truly electric and will please the whole family. Of course, we cannot forget the vast Liverpool ONE shopping district! The district hosts just about every kind of shopping experience that you could hope for, whether treating yourself to new clothes or buying the kids some new toys.

Mersey Ferries River Cruise in Liverpool

10 Take a Ferry Across the Famous River Mersey

You haven’t truly explored Liverpool until you’ve travelled across the famous River Mersey. A cruise on the River Mersey is a phenomenal idea for taking your Liverpool sightseeing tour from land to sea. Here, you can 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 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 you will see. 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.

We offer combined tours with Mersey Ferries, helping you experience Liverpool to the fullest while saving money.

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Flip Out Adventure Park in Clayton Square, Liverpool

11 Enjoy Thrills and Flips at the Flip Out Adventure Park

Flip Out has opened a new family adventure park in Liverpool city centre after tremendous success in nearby Aintree. This exhilarating leisure facility promises an unforgettable experience for customers of all ages. Visitors can expect adrenaline-pumping activities and fun entertainment with a vibrant atmosphere. The Clayton Square venue offers over ten exciting attractions and describes itself as Liverpool’s ‘biggest and best indoor adventure park’.

Customers can target opponents in a futuristic Laser Quest area, battle against others in a Battle Cannon Arena, take on a multi-level Ninja Playground assault course or jump in the UK’s largest ball pit. The Floor is Fire activity pits visitors against one another in an obstacle course where players must avoid the floor to win. There’s also an Interactive Football experience and everyone’s classic fairground ride, Bumper Cars! Not to mention a Roller Rink attraction and a Soft Play area for toddlers to explore and play. Customers can replenish their energy at The Diner with several tasty options on the menu.

Flip Out is packed with fun-filled attractions across three floors, and all you need to pay is a single entry fee for access to all activities within your session duration. The venue also offers party rooms and packages to help kids have the best birthday!

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Unwind at a Liverpool Spa

12 Unwind at a World Class Spa & Wellness Centre

We all need to unwind every once in a while. There’s no better place to relax and relieve stress than at a spa & wellness centre. Spa treatments can include everything from massages and pedicures to facials, body scrubs, scalp massages, and more. You can even enjoy a Turkish Bath in some places. Treatment will help you de-stress, relieve aches and pains, enjoy a better sleeping pattern, and improve cardiovascular health. Thankfully, there are a few great places to visit in Liverpool for the perfect self-care day.

The Hope Street Hotel Spa is the first place to consider. The Hope Street Hotel is already an outstanding place to stay if you’re visiting the city, but your time here will be even better if you book a treatment at the spa. The spa has even made it into The Times Travel’s 30 spectacular spa breaks list. The premium full-day spa package includes a 90-minute treatment of your choice, four hours in the thermal journey and lunch. What more could you possibly want for a relaxing break?

You can also take a spa break at the magnificent Titanic Hotel. Tucked away at the historic Stanley Dock, this luxury hotel is ideally situated for a relaxing and peaceful getaway. The Titanic Hotel’s Maya Blue Wellness wellness centre can be found beneath the hotel, and it promises to leave you feeling rejuvenated. There are ten treatment rooms, a thermal suite, luxury foot baths, a tea garden, and a bean bag area. There’s also a hydrotherapy pool surrounded by the hotel’s historic red brick arches.

You can try out Liverpool’s first-ever floatation therapy centre for something unique. FloatPlanet is home to several float tanks where you can relax, recharge and rejuvenate. A floatation tank is also often called an isolation or sensory deprivation tank. You will usually be placed in a light, soundless tank filled with saltwater. Floating has several benefits, including increasing mental and physical well-being, improving sleep, and leaving people relaxed and happy in just one hour.

Vintage Playroom in Liverpool

13 Take the Kids to a Vintage Play Centre

If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids for a few hours, why not try a vintage play centre? The Vintage Playroom is a unique play centre that focuses on providing ‘creative workshops’. Based at the Liverpool Antique Centre on Great Howard Street, the Vintage Playroom provides several opportunities for children to learn while enjoying traditional games and entertainment. With the rise of technology and saturated forms of party entertainment, the play centre was formed from a vision to create an alternative children’s play activity. The centre offers children the chance to see toys, games and inventions from years gone by, many of which they won’t have seen before.

According to owner Elzbieta Siwinska, she wanted to make the Vintage Playroom a place where children could play together more with a collection of social games and party games. Toys include flipbooks, kaleidoscopes, zoetropes and homemade pop-up books. As for games, there are classic board games, wooden marble mazes and space lines. There are also opportunities for performing arts, including learning musical soundtracks, practising acting, and arts and crafts activities. Vintage Playroom has four themed rooms based on the ocean, fire, earth and air, and the venue can be booked for kids’ birthday parties.

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Liverpool's Famous Cavern Club

14 Listen to Live Music at the Renowned Cavern Club

The Cavern Club is one of Liverpool’s most famous attractions and perhaps the world’s most well-known venue due to its connection with the Beatles. The club was founded in 1957 as a warehouse cellar venue on Mathew Street before the Beatles became a signature act here. 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 Liverpool tourist attraction.

The Cavern Club is open seven days a week from 11am and a £5 entry fee is payable at the door. A free tour is available on certain days, allowing you to receive a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the venue.

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The Metquarter Shopping Complex in Liverpool

15 Indulge in Stylish Shopping at the Metquarter

Are you in need of some new clothes? Or perhaps you’re eager to buy someone a gift for their birthday or Christmas? Shopping is undoubtedly one of the best Liverpool things to do! The Metquarter shopping centre is home to some of the best brands in fashion. Women can glamour up at Fairytale Ending or treat themselves to new jewellery from Say it With Diamonds. There are various designer menswear brands, such as Transalpino and Tribal Society. As for your little ones, Kids Cavern is an excellent place for children’s clothing.

You can even take a break from shopping with a quick pit stop at 200 Degrees or Antonio’s for some much-needed food and drink refreshments. The shopping centre regularly hosts events such as the Halloween Workshop, allowing parents and their kids to embrace their crafting skills. The Metquarter is based in Liverpool city centre, with Queen Square Bus Station and the bustling district of Matthew Street seconds away.

The MetQuarter also has a food court called GPO, which stands for General Post Office, recognising the building’s previous use as Liverpool’s main Post Office. The court offers a range of international dishes from vendors such as Little India, Greek Mythos and many more. What better way to grab a quick break following a hard day’s shopping? You can order from your seat or while shopping using the centre’s multi-ordering platform.

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The Velocity Widnes Inflatable Park Attractions Liverpool

16 Bounce at the UK’s Largest Inflatable Park

This attraction venue isn’t in Liverpool but on the city’s outskirts 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 abundant 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.

You can do a lot here, no matter your age or ability. You will find two extreme drop slides within the inflatable zone, a 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! There is a dedicated slide and ball pool area for younger children, and toddlers can have exclusive sessions on weekdays during term time. A selection of drinks and food can be purchased on-site, and for those who 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, packages are available to suit any occasion. Velocity has become incredibly popular since it launched. If you want to secure a session, it’s recommended that you make a booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

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The U-Boat Story Museum

17 Hear All About the Fascinating U-Boat Story

The U-Boat Story is currently closed until further notice while refurbishment work takes place. In a partnership with Big Heritage, the attraction will be refreshed with an extended display narrative featuring the efforts made to mitigate the U-boat threat. The updated attraction will feature large object displays, interactive and interpretive exhibits, and a cafe event space. It’s hoped that an official opening event will be ready for May 2025.

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 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.

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Enjoy a Turkish Bath Attraction in Liverpool

18 Enjoy a Holiday Away From Home With a Turkish Bath

Turkey has surfaced as a top-rated destination for British holidaymakers in recent years, and one of the first activities people engage in is a Turkish Bath. A traditional Turkish bath, a hammam, is a relaxing spa experience. There are several benefits to enjoying a Turkish bath, including relieving stress, cleansing the skin and eliminating toxins. To make the most of your holiday, Turkish baths are best recommended within days of your arrival, allowing you to feel relaxed and tranquil for the remainder of your stay. The traditional experience usually involves a professional attendant washing and massaging you for several minutes while lying on a marble slab called a gobek tasi.

Did you know Liverpool has a Turkish bath venue? This is an incredible opportunity for you to enjoy your holiday away from home and sample a bit of the Turkish culture right here in England. Adam and Eve Turkish Bath on Smithdown Road in Wavertree promises to deliver an experience that will make you feel clean and relaxed. To begin with, you will take a quick shower and hop into a sauna for around 10 to 15 minutes. This is followed by the hammam process, which involves getting your body rinsed, scrubbed and then washed with a rich lather made from olive oil and honey soap. Visitors can then enjoy a relaxing massage before heading to the lounge, where they will be treated to a delightful Turkish apple tea and delights. Other beauty services are also available at this venue.

Cains Brewery Village

19 Brew an Idea at Cains Brewery Village

Are you still unsure about what to do during your visit to Liverpool, or are you running out of ideas? New experiences are always available to try, and a trip to Cains Brewery Village is well worth considering. 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 various unique food vendors, vintage clothing stores and space for budding artists. There’s even a crazy golf course! Everything you could want is right on your doorstep here, and with further expansions planned, this Baltic Triangle district of Liverpool will get even better.

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20 Shop at One of Liverpool’s Many Quirky Stores

Liverpool isn’t just about the popular mainstream brands you can find on any high street in the United Kingdom. This city thrives on independent culture, providing the perfect place for small businesses to call home. Liverpool has plenty of independent shops scattered across the city, where you can find lots of unusual clothing and quirky gifts. Not to mention a friendly and eccentric atmosphere. We highly recommend visiting one of these quirky stores to support local businesses and receive an experience you won’t find at a mainstream supplier.

Bold Street, in particular, is bursting with quirky venues you can visit. One example is the News from Nowhere, a not-for-profit bookshop supplying the people of Liverpool with exciting stories since 1974. Music lovers can visit Curly Music on Renshaw Street to browse everything from new and second-hand musical equipment or to take advantage of a repair service. If you fancy cooking the perfect international meal, stop by the SIDA Chinese Supermarket and Matta’s International Food to stock up on ingredients. MerseyMade on Paradise Street is a fantastic place to see gorgeous gin, jewellery, artwork, and more products made by local sellers. Other places to visit in Liverpool are the Shared Earth ethical shop, 69A vintage store and the well-known local firm Utility, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

We also want to mention some of Liverpool’s best quirky cafes. These venues are ideal for a break between shopping, guaranteeing a lovely atmosphere and a stunning selection of homemade dishes, sweet treats and refreshing beverages. Lucy In The Sky is a cute cafe with delicious specials and stylish decor. Paolo & Donato’s Deli is a long-running Italian cafe in Williamson Square, promising traditional pastries and freshly made dishes. The Egg Cafe is a much-loved venue perfect for vegans and vegetations to enjoy food in beautiful surroundings.

A Cow at Farmer Teds

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

For attractions in Liverpool, farms always make for an enjoyable outing, especially for the kids! This is the perfect opportunity for your young ones to get up close and personal with diverse animals. There are many farms where children can safely interact with farm animals and engage in various fun things in Liverpool. Farmer Teds Adventure Farm is one of the most popular local farms on the city’s outskirts. 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 more.

Another farm to consider is Acorn Farm, an award-winning attraction in Kirby, open all week. Children can stroke and feed several animals at this farm, making it an interactive experience. Other activities include a play area and horse riding. You can enjoy delicious meals at the on-site cafe and pick up a souvenir at the Farm Shop.

In the north of Liverpool is Croxteth Park Farm, set on the incredible Croxteth Hall and Country Park grounds. This Victorian farm is home to several species and breeds and is recognised as a leading farm for conservation. Kids can meet various animals, including cows, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.

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Sightseeing

You’ve undoubtedly seen beautiful 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 discover the best things to see in Liverpool with a sightseeing tour.
The City Explorer Liverpool Bus Tour

22 Hop on Board the City Explorer Liverpool Tour Bus

Not to toot our own horn, but of course, we would love to start this sightseeing section by talking about ourselves! We offer one of the best ways to explore Liverpool with a comprehensive bus tour. Our bus tours visit some of the best destinations in the city, and with a live tour guide on board, you will learn everything you need to know about the best Liverpool tourist attractions.

Our core tour is the hop-on, hop-off service, which visits iconic locations across the city centre, from the outstanding Royal Albert Dock to the famous Bombed Out Church. Your ticket is valid for two days, and you can jump on and off at any of our stops. We also now provide a Beatles Explorer Tour, allowing you to visit some of the historic locations made famous by the Fab Four. The Beatles Explorer Tour lasts around 90 minutes and takes you to Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.

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Liverpool City Sign

23 Check Out the Giant Liverpool Sign in Liverpool ONE

You’ve heard about the famous Hollywood sign, but our city has its own sign! Liverpool has welcomed the installation of a massive sign at Liverpool ONE, just seconds from the waterfront. The sign, which spells out ‘LIVERPOOL’, is 14.5 metres long and has been commissioned to symbolise the city’s tourism appeal.

Local artist Liz Harry designed the initial Liverpool sign, which is expected to change regularly with different designs from other artists. The artwork is an excellent opportunity to snap a gorgeous photograph, especially at night when it is lit up. For the best angle, look out for stickers on the floor!

The Liverpool Freij Wheel

24 Enjoy River Views from the Wheel of Liverpool

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 Wheel of Liverpool, operated by Freij World Attractions, offers incredible panoramic views from a staggering 196ft high! Based outside the M&S Bank Arena, the wheel has been significantly refurbished with new lighting and cosmetics.

Tickets for the Liverpool Freij Wheel start at £13 for adults and £10 for kids, while senior citizens and students gain admission for just £11 (ID required). Families with two adults and two children can save money with a family pass. You can also opt for the Luxury VIP package if you want more from your experience. This VIP experience features a glass floor, leather seats, a DVD player, champagne and chocolates.

Special Discount: City Explorer customers get 20% off – show your bus ticket!

Image by Marc A Gibbs (Wikipedia).

Design for Everton FC's Proposed New Stadium

25 Get Ready for Everton FC’s New Stadium

The city of Liverpool continues to be the centrepiece for investments in significant redevelopment projects, and none is perhaps bigger than the proposed new stadium for Everton Football Club. While this is something you can visit in the future instead of now, it’s never too early to plan! The new development will spearhead several massive changes across the city. Goodison Park has been the faithful home for Everton FC for decades, and while fans may be sad to see it go, it’s been pretty obvious for some time now that a new stadium is needed for the People’s Club. After several years of stalled progress, the new stadium is closer to reality than ever.

The breathtaking plans for the new stadium show that EFC’s new home will be one of the country’s best-looking and most modern football grounds. The new stadium will be in the Bramley-Moore Dock area of Liverpool, a city-centre location alongside the waterfront that has required regeneration for several years. The ground will host up to 52,888 fans, increasing 13,316 from Goodison’s current capacity. As well as thousands of new visitors on matchdays, Everton’s new stadium will be a key attraction for anyone wanting to get up close and personal with a stunning new spot on Liverpool’s waterfront. The changes won’t stop there, however. As part of the plans for a new stadium, the club intends to significantly redevelop the area around their current home at Goodison Park. The current stadium would be demolished, and work would begin developing a multi-purpose health centre, high-quality housing, community-led retail spaces, office and business facilities, and much more, all while delivering on the club’s commitment to helping the community.

Whether you’re a Red or a Blue, these plans are exciting and will bolster the city in many ways!

Image by The People’s Project.

Sefton Park Liverpool

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

There are several great parks that you can visit in Liverpool, so the choice is yours to make. If you want to spend a relaxing afternoon under the sun, 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, you can pick a spot on the fresh green turf and indulge in a picnic, or some of the city’s best restaurants are within eyesight. There are always events happening here all year round, including summer events featuring sandy beaches and a sub-zero ice bar!

You will want to check out Sefton Park for a more traditional park open 24/7. This Grade 1 historic park offers 235 acres of incredible scenery and famous monuments. You can walk around the park to breathe in the delightful fresh air and admire the greenery and wildlife. There is a playground for kids, a cafe for 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 Croxteth Country Park, Everton Park, Calderstones Park, and the Wavertree Botanic Gardens.

A brand new park is coming to Liverpool in the next few years. Currently named ‘Central Park’, the proposed park will deliver a new public green space at the city’s north docks. Central Park will form part of the Liverpool Waters project, which intends to regenerate the city’s docks over several decades. The area is undergoing significant redevelopment with projects like the ambitious Bramley Moore Dock stadium. The plans will see the park measure 4.7 acres with over 1,000 trees planted alongside accessible footpaths and seating.

Did you know? You may encounter a few wild animals at Sefton Park that you usually wouldn’t expect to see at a Liverpool park. In recent years, visitors have spotted flocks of parakeets. More specifically, the birds spotted are of the ring-necked species. Ring-necked parakeets are believed to be the country’s only naturalised parrot. With their large and bright green appearance, they certainly bring a colourful sight to Sefton Park – not to mention a noisy presence! As well as parakeets, park visitors have noticed vibrant and tropical mandarin ducks waddling around the area.

Some people believed they spotted two turtles living in Sefton Park’s lake a few years ago. Considering turtles are more likely to be found in open water than in a park, this was a surprise—which is why they were later revealed to be terrapins, not turtles! Terrapins can be raised as home pets, but owners struggle to look after them and often rehome them in a nearby lake when they grow into their largest size.

Views Overlooking the Liverpool Skyline

27 View Stunning City Views of Liverpool from Above

Sightseeing from above is an excellent idea if you’re looking for what to do in Liverpool. View the city as you’ve never seen it before with a St Johns Beacon Tour. This tower tour offers impressive panoramic views of the Liverpool waterfront, stretching 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 largest in the UK and the only place to enjoy an open-air 360˚ rooftop view of Liverpool.

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Liverpool FC's Anfield Stadium

28 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, 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 their Red Devil neighbours in Manchester can only rival. 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 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 enjoy football, you can’t visit Liverpool without checking out LFC & EFC’s iconic stadiums, which demonstrate their unique history and heritage. As both stadiums are within walking distance, you can add two stadium tours to one trip!

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Squirrel Eating a Nut at Formby Squirrel Reserve

29 Catch a Sight of Local Wildlife at the Squirrel Reserve

Okay, this isn’t quite one of the things to see in Liverpool, but everyone loves these cute creatures – and it’s not too far away! Squirrels can be extremely friendly, they’re good for planting seeds, and watching their acrobatic skills in action is amazing. For most people, seeing a squirrel in your back garden can be a rare yet adorable moment. There is one place near Liverpool where you’re guaranteed to catch a glimpse of these furry animals for yourself, and that’s at Formby Red Squirrel Reserve. Just a few miles from the city, the squirrel reserve is home to the gorgeous red squirrel species.

Based at the National Trust Formby, this is a one-hour walking route surrounded by stunning woodlands. During the walk, you’ll be able to enjoy the relaxing sounds and soothing sights of Formby’s woodlands – plus, you’re guaranteed to see a squirrel here and there on your travels! The ever-popular Formby Beach sits alongside the reserve, making this a perfect activity on hot sunny days. The path throughout the National Trust site is marked, and other than a few steep slopes, it’s a relatively easy trek. If you have a dog, they are welcome to attend as long as they are kept on a leash.

Bicycles Next to Wall Street Art

30 The Art Installations You May Spot Around Liverpool

Liverpool didn’t bag the European Capital of Culture award for nothing! This city is no stranger to embracing unique and magnificent art. As well as the diverse portfolio of art galleries and museums you can find here, wherever you go, you will likely see incredible street art, quirky sculptures and iconic statues – some of which we’ve already covered in this things to do guide. As well as permanent art, organisers regularly hold themed outdoor exhibitions, such as the River of Light Festival, which saw a range of illuminated art galleries and breathtaking showpieces.

As for another art installation, we can’t ignore the Liverpool Biennial! Every two years since 1999, Liverpool has hosted the United Kingdom’s largest international contemporary art festival. The festival has always existed to showcase artwork and projects from leading and upcoming artists. One of the most interesting and unique art pieces of the Liverpool Biennial is the Liverpool Mountain by artist Ugo Rondinone. After first appearing in 2018, this piece has since attracted the attention of many visitors to the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, making it one of the best things to see in Liverpool. The Liverpool Mountain is a 20-metre-high sculpture comprising five brightly coloured rocks standing on top of each other vertically. The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, visited the sculpture in 2019 when he visited the dock to celebrate its new Royal status.

Liverpool's Strawberry Field

31 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. Several tours are on offer, including the Beatles Childhood Home and the Classic Beatles Tour, with tours available from just one hour to as many as seven hours.

With the Fab 4 Taxi Tours, You can visit some of the most iconic locations within Beatles folklore, including the childhood homes of each band member, Strawberry Field and Penny Lane. You can even choose a customised tour based on your interests, so the journey is entirely up to you!

Filming Locations in Liverpool

32 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 the city, so there are many places to go in Liverpool to see these famous backdrops. 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 destination 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, 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 visiting Powis Street in Toxteth, you’ll recognise the Birmingham-set streets of Peaky Blinders. A scene for 2011’s Capitan America: The First Avenger featured Liverpool’s Stanley Dock, where Chris Evans’ titular character is involved in a high-octane chase.

Are you a massive fan of the Harry Potter series? You’ll be delighted 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 like Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Tolkien.

You will recognise plenty more locations from your favourite films and shows!

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The Liverpool River Mersey

33 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 precisely that. Chartering a private boat will offer a luxury journey across Liverpool’s beautiful waterfront for yourself and your little group. This option is incredibly extravagant for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, parties

You will board the 45ft Cruiser, Iantha, at the Pier Head. 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.

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The Beatles Statue in Liverpool

34 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. Our Liverpool sightseeing bus stops right outside one of the most famous statues at the Pier Head – the Beatles statue! This statue was unveiled in 2015, and based on the waterfront, there’s no better place for a quick selfie.

If you’re coming into 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 a monument on Mathew Street.

Have you ever heard of the Superlambanana? One of the best tourist attractions in Liverpool is undoubtedly this famous and unique bright yellow sculpture that resembles a cross between a lamb and a banana. You can find the original sculpture for this famous masterpiece 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 worth adding to your list.

We’ve only scratched the surface of some of the iconic statues and monuments in Liverpool.

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Blurry Backdrop of an Art Gallery Wall

35 See the Return Of the Wondrous Place Gallery

For all the art and culture fanatics out there, make sure that you put this activity in your diary! The Wonderous Place gallery has returned to Liverpool. The much-loved gallery re-opened in November 2021 at the Museum of Liverpool on the Pier Head after initially closing in 2018.

The Wondrous Place gallery celebrates Liverpool’s widely recognised creative expression and influence. It features several of the city’s famous writers, poets, performers, entertainers, musicians, comedians and sportspeople. The gallery showcases around 650 objects, interactive displays and immersive experiences. New additions include a costume from the Killing Eve television show, iconic Beatles suits, and Merseybeat memorabilia. The gallery also highlights some of the city’s recent sporting successes, such as Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Rachael Blackmore and Natasha Jonas. Gaming is also in the spotlight with insight into the city’s impact on the industry, including development studio Psygnosis and opportunities to play iconic games.

Return of the Liverpool Umbrella Project

36 Witness the Return of the Liverpool Umbrella Project

Next up on our Liverpool things to do list is the return of an iconic art installation: the famous Liverpool Umbrella Project! The project consists of 200 multi-coloured umbrellas that you can find on Church Alley, right in front of the Bluecoat Arts Centre and nestled between the Primark and LUSH buildings. With their bright colours and verticality, you can’t miss them! The umbrellas first appeared in 2017 and return for an unspecified duration each year.

The suspended umbrellas are incredible to visit and look at, but there lies a more profound meaning away from their vibrant and uplifting appearance. The umbrellas are part of a scheme by the Liverpool-based ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity to raise awareness and celebrate ADHD, autism and neurodiversity. Local businesses and individuals can sponsor an umbrella with the money helping to fund family support programmes and therapy sessions for affected children. Visit the ADHD Foundation website to learn more about how you can help.

Man Riding an Electrical Scooter

37 Get Around the City on an Electric Scooter

While our bus tour is the best way for groups to discover the best Liverpool tourist attractions, if you’re travelling alone, you may be interested in using an electric scooter to get around the city. Electric scooters have been all the rage recently, with more and more people using this form of transport in the last few years. E-scooters are fun and offer a cheap and convenient way to get from one place to another. That said, society is only now just getting used to them. Privately owned electric scooters are currently illegal to use on public roads in England. However, the UK government runs a trial that approves rented e-scooters.

Liverpool is one of several cities in the UK that is part of the government’s e-scooter trial. People in the city can rent an electric scooter from the Swedish company Voi. Riders can travel throughout the city centre, including the Knowledge Quarter, Georgian Quarter and Vauxhall. The scooters are limited to a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour, and a 5mph restriction is automatically applied in areas with high footfall. To rent an electric scooter in Liverpool, download the Voi app, where you will see booking details such as pickup location, prices, passes, and essential information. Remember to follow the rules, stay safe and have fun!

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!
Smoke & Dough Liverpool

38 Tuck Into All You Can Eat Barbecued Meat

Food always has the answer if you’re stuck on what to do in Liverpool! Do you have a fancy for all-you-can-eat barbeque? You cannot go wrong with Smoke & Dough. This restaurant provides a unique culinary experience from when your first course arrives. With the fixed set menu, you will be treated to assorted breads like focaccia and garlic bread for starters, alongside various dips, including hummus, salsa, minty yoghurt, and homemade coleslaw. Your servers will then come over with a wide selection of meat dishes, such as brisket of beef, sirloin steak, chicken skewers, and smoked pork sausage. The food is served on a grill in the middle of the table so that you and your group can help yourselves. If you run out of anything, just let your servers know, and they will happily replenish the grill!

The restaurant also offers tasty side dishes, refreshing cocktails and sweet desserts, an ala carte menu and vegetarian/vegan options. You can find Smoke & Dough at The Terrace in Liverpool ONE, making it the perfect pit stop after shopping.

Gaucho Steakhouse Liverpool

39 Experience a Gorgeous Argentinian-Style Steakhouse

Gaucho is an Argentinian-inspired restaurant that opened in London in 1994, bringing some of the best steaks you can taste to our shores. Gaucho has since opened restaurants across the United Kingdom, from Manchester to Edinburgh and now, Liverpool. The restaurant is the chain’s largest branch outside the capital and has created 100 new jobs. The building has undergone a significant seven-figure investment to transform into a stunning venue with up to 200 visitors. With elegant architectural features, grand high ceilings and Argentinean details, the interior is just as spectacular as the food.

If you plan to visit Gaucho, you can expect carbon-neutral Argentinian steaks, mouthwatering roast dinners, signature cocktails, satisfying desserts, and much more! It’s not just delicious food you can look forward to, though. Gaucho also hosts regular party nights with entertainment, live music and DJs to capture the essence of Argentine culture. There is a 90-cover bar area, a Beef Bar offering a beef and wine masterclass, and two private dining rooms.

Gaucho Liverpool is on Water Street in the business district in a historic Grade II-listed building once home to the Bank of Liverpool. Look out for the two tigers mounted on the doors, and you’ll know you’re at Gaucho! The restaurant has chosen Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as its charity, and the company aims to fund new equipment for the hospital’s surgical neonatal unit.

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Visit a Cafe in Liverpool

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

Whether you need to start the day with caffeine or fancy a delicious snack to keep you going, several quaint cafes are located throughout the city. Bold Street is one of the best streets in Liverpool for independent businesses and has several fantastic cafes. Starting with LEAF, this well-known cafe has everything from brunch favourites like eggs benedict to tasty burgers—not to mention freshly made desserts! There are also regular events here that feature live musical performances and themed playlists.

For another Bold Street choice, Cafe Tabac is a stylish Bohemian-inspired cafe built to deliver delicious breakfast since 1974. On Duke Street, you can find The Brunch & Cocktail Club, which is open daily with exotic cocktails and traditional brunch dishes.

Moose Coffee is one of the North West’s best brands, with several cafes in Liverpool, Manchester, and Leeds. It specialises in American dishes and can be found on Dale Street and Hope Street.

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Rudy's Pizza on Castle Street, Liverpool

41 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 fussy eaters! Rudy’s Pizzeria has made its way to Liverpool following the success of its Manchester branch. Rudy’s initially launched on Castle Street in 2018, making it superbly placed for tourists seeking a break from touring the city to have a nice bite. Because of its popularity, the brand has two more restaurants on Bold Street and at the Royal Albert Dock.

This independent restaurant prides itself on delivering traditional pizza from Naples, the cuisine’s homeland, and offers a relaxed environment to enjoy. Rudy’s has everything from classics like Margherita to unique items like Portobello, Calabrese, and Romagnola. There’s also a range of sweet dessert dishes for afters. And, of course, we can’t ignore their outstanding cocktail menu!

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Inside the Renshaw St. Market

42 Head to an Exciting Asian Food Market

Food markets are one of our favourites because they spoil us for choice! Markets are the perfect opportunity to order a dish from one restaurant while others in the group can order from another. With multiple vendors to choose from, it’s great for picky eaters. An Asian-inspired food market is in the city centre on Renshaw Street within eyesight of Bold Street, St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, and one of the stops for our hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Therefore, it’s the perfect place to get some fuel after a long day of taking in the best Liverpool activities.

Renshaw St. Market has been brought to life by the team behind Jidong Bubble Tea. The food court promises a ‘casual yet cosmopolitan’ experience with good vibes, a relaxed atmosphere and marvellous food from a dozen countries, including authentic Chinese, Thai, Mexican, and Turkish cuisine. Visitors can order food from several mini restaurants, with brands like Dagu Rice Noodle serving a range of fresh bowls of noodle soup and NDUO SUSHI catering to sushi lovers. Other stalls include Baja Mexican, Antonietta Dolce & Gelato, and JiDONG.

The food market features a cyberpunk aesthetic, incorporating Chinese elements like dragons, tigers, and neon lights with futuristic technologies. The market’s creators aimed to bring the bustling and lively atmosphere of Asian streets and nightlife to the heart of Liverpool.

Image by Renshawt ST. Market.

Wendy's Coming to Liverpool

43 Try Out Several Famous American Restaurants

Several famous American restaurants have landed in England in recent years, providing the perfect opportunity to sample iconic menu items, unique atmospheres and large portions.

Firstly, the hugely popular Wendy’s fast food restaurant has finally come to Liverpool! The American chain already has more than 30 restaurants in the country, and now you can see why so many love this fast-food venue. Wendy’s is well-known for its high-quality food and eccentric social media usage. The chain’s website promises ‘hot, fresh, juicy burgers served FRESH off the grill.’ The Wendy’s menu also boats spicy chicken nuggets, breakfast sandwiches, and frosty desserts. You can find Wendy’s delivery kitchen at the Gravity Max leisure centre, with a permanent restaurant due to open in Kirby sometime in 2024.

Popeyes is another iconic American chain that first opened in Louisiana in 1972 and has been serving Americans mouthwatering fried chicken for many decades. Now it’s our turn! The fast-food restaurant opened its doors to its Lord Street venue in November 2022, with huge crowds stepping on the orange carpet for the big day. Try their famous Louisiana fried chicken or the American classic biscuits and gravy.

The Hooters chain has arrived in Liverpool with the brand’s biggest worldwide venue. The Water Street restaurant promises a lively atmosphere with waitresses donning the famous Hooters outfits. As for food, you can expect everything from tasty wings to ribs, sliders, burgers, and much more. City Explorer customers can get 20% off their food and drinks by showing their bus tickets.

TGI Fridays has become a household name in America since it opened in 1965 in New York City, and the chain has been on our shores for over 30 years. You can visit two restaurants at Liverpool ONE and the New Mersey Shopping Park in Speke. Expect a casual dining experience, delivering everything from steaks and pasta to burgers and sandwiches.

If you like burgers, try Five Guys! This fast-food restaurant has become one of the best venues for tasty burgers, fries and hot dogs. While it can be a bit on the expensive side, it’s genuinely worth it. You can have your fries in the Five Guys or Cajun styles, but trust us when we say even the small sizes are enormous. We highly recommend going all out on a Five Guys Shake – you can choose various mix-ins, ranging from Lotus Biscoff to salted caramel, peanut butter, and even bacon! You can find Five Guys at Liverpool ONE or Queen Square.

But what about Mexican food? Say hello to Taco Bell! One of the best fast-food restaurants for satisfying your Mexican cravings, Taco Bell opened a store on Bold Street in 2018. Customers can expect scrumptious tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Get the most out of your order with one of the restaurant’s many combo deals.

If you’ve got room for dessert (who doesn’t!), there’s also Krispy Kreme and Cinnabon. The first brand people consider is Krispy Kreme when discussing gorgeous doughnuts. This store sells various flavours, including Cookies and Kreme, Fudge Brownie Bluss, Nutty Chocolatta, Strawberries and Kreme, and many more! Order a box of dozen, and you’ll have plenty to go around for yourself and your friends. You will find a Krispy Kreme store at Liverpool ONE, plus boxes in local supermarkets. Cinnabon is a widely recognised baked goods chain that sells, you guessed it, glazed cinnamon rolls! Liverpool’s venue is next door to the Central Train Station, providing the perfect opportunity for enjoying a snack after a journey.

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Tempest Rooftop Bar in Liverpool

44 Experience a New York Style Rooftop Bar at Tempest

What better way to enjoy a few refreshing cocktails than with a rooftop view at Tempest, one of the best things to do in Liverpool? Run by the owners of Ma Boyle’s, a popular local eatery, the Tempest bar is based in the Tempest Building on Tiethebarn Street. New York’s meatpacking district eateries have inspired the bar, and it offers a rooftop space with views of the city centre from 10 storeys high. The rooftop can hold up to 100 people and is excellent for events and special occasions. On days when the weather isn’t great, you can always retreat inside to the bar’s gorgeous indoor spaces. There’s a library where you can enjoy a quiet read or work in peace. The Kol Box Bar is the place for live music, club nights and DJ sessions.

The cocktails & wine menu includes house specials, classics like Mojito and Long Island Iced Tea, and pitchers perfect for sharing with your pals. You can indulge in a Bottomless Cocktail Brunch, which features 90 minutes of unlimited cocktails and your choice of brunch dish. Tempest on Tithebarn serves a wide range of delicious food throughout the day. You can enjoy pancakes, sandwiches, and the bar’s signature breakfast dishes in the morning. From noon, you can order lunch bites like traditional Scouse, and in the evening, you have some small plates to choose from or something a bit bigger like salt and pepper chicken fries. Of course, you must finish a good meal by treating yourself to delicious desserts! The dessert menu includes the Cheesecake Special, Signature Brownie and Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Image by Tempest on Tithebarn.

The Liverpool Gin Distillery

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

This adults-only experience is for all the gin lovers out there wondering what to do in Liverpool… The Liverpool Gin Distillery allows you 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 600ltr copper pot still. You will also find 32 mini copper pot stills on the first floor, where you can learn to distil your gin. The basement is home to the kitchen, where visitors can taste various pizzas, small plates and sharing boards.

Numerous experiences are available to make your visit to this distillery extra worthwhile. Should you choose the Gin Lab Experience, you will learn the process of distilling gin from an experienced tutor. This activity also provides a lecture on the history of gin and allows you 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 four-flight Gin tasting of the Liverpool Gin Range.

Special Discount: City Explorer customers get 20% off – show your bus ticket!

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My Cookie Dough in Liverpool

46 Treat Yourself to Indulgent Cookies

Do you have a sweet tooth? Then you’ll love this store that opened in Liverpool city centre in 2019! My Cookie Dough started 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 will need a spoon to consume the gooey goodness. The tasty collection of flavours includes 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 that include additional delightful flavours such as cookies & cream, banoffee pie, and biscella brownie. You can also choose any flavour for a Dough Shake instead of a cookie, should you prefer. My Cookie Dough even offers DIY packs to create your cookies at home.

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Visit The Florist Bar & Restaurant in Liverpool

47 Order Cocktails at One of the UK’s Most Instagrammable Places

There perhaps isn’t a more charming and fashionable bar and restaurant in Liverpool than the Florist. A report by Uswitch declared this venue the second most Instagrammable place in the country! Based on Hardman Street, The Florist is known for its bright neon signs, foliage walls and decorated trees. With its fabulous decor and delightful atmosphere, it’s no surprise that diners are flocking to social media to check in and share their photoshoot-worthy snaps.

However, the Florist is not just known for being a prime hotspot for online influencers. If you’re looking for the perfect floral-inspired cocktails, look no further! The options include light and fruity cocktails like Rhubarb in Bloom to favourites with a summer twist, like Electric Daiquiri and Flojito. When it comes to food, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The main menu includes a wide range of starters, main dishes and sweet desserts. Let’s not forget about a Sunday Lunch offering multiple courses and bottomless bubbles.

Nightlife Scene in Liverpool

48 Make the Most of Liverpool’s Nightlife Action

If lively nightlife is what you’ve come for, then you’ve picked the correct city! Scousers know how to party, and Liverpool’s clubbing districts come to life at night. The city has many clubs and bars catering 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 to 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 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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Bold Street Liverpool

49 The Best Hotspots in Liverpool for Food and Drink

If you consider yourself somewhat of a foodie like us, perhaps you will find the city’s food outlets one of Liverpool’s best attractions! There are many food hotspots situated right throughout the city.

You will find the Ropewalks district east of the city centre, home to the lively and vibrant Bold Street and Wood Street. Here you will encounter a little something to please everyone. In the mood to get your tastebuds tingling? You’ll struggle to find anything better than Mowgli Street Food for Indian cuisine. 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. Akasya promises a bustling and vibrant atmosphere featuring live performances from belly dancers, a traditional Turkish grill, sweet baklava for dessert, and laid-back cocktails.

Lark Lane is further away from the centre, a hidden gem that offers many traditional restaurants and cafes. The lane connects straight to Sefton Park, making this the ideal destination following a stroll in the park. Next is the nearby Woolton Village, which guarantees a quaint setting for enjoying some of Liverpool’s best cuisines. As for takeaways, you can find some of the best kebab and pizza restaurants on Smithdown Road, one of Liverpool’s most historic and diverse locations.

If you favour an even more extraordinary experience, perhaps consider the Floating Grace. This unique venue is Liverpool’s first floating restaurant and provides an outstanding dining adventure you won’t find anywhere else. On a cruise boat, you will visit Liverpool’s eight docks while enjoying a tasty three-course meal.

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

Image by Sam Walton on Wikipedia.

Alcatraz Prison

50 Get an Alcatraz-Themed Prison Drinking Experience

The famous Alcatraz prison might be thousands of miles away in San Francisco, but you can still taste the penitentiary experience here in Liverpool. A cocktail bar has opened on Seel Street, and we think you will agree that it provides a truly unique experience! Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Six is an immersive prison-themed venue with ten cells, offering a capacity for up to 50 people. This isn’t like any bar that you know of. Alcotraz is an immersive experience that lasts around 1 hour and 45 minutes, featuring talented actors, unique storylines and impressive set design.

Your adventure begins as soon as you book your tickets. You can create a Criminal Record and be advised to bring your liquor, such as Gin, Vodka and Rum. When you arrive at the venue, you will be tasked with smuggling your chosen liquor past the warden. You will receive a unique inmate number and an orange jumpsuit to wear. Using your smuggled goods, you and your fellow inmates will receive personalised cocktails delivered by expert mixologists. To avoid raising suspicion, the cocktails will be served in discrete containers.

Gordon Ramsay Restaurant in Liverpool

51 Gordon Ramsay Has Arrived in Liverpool

Gordon Ramsay is now in town! The British chef, known for his explosive mouth and mouthwatering food, has launched a restaurant in Liverpool. Bread Street Kitchen & Bar began to welcome customers in early 2022, marking the first time Ramsay opened a restaurant outside England’s capital.

You can find Bread Street Kitchen & Bar on Paradise Street in the Liverpool ONE district, replacing the former home of Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant. The venue offers over 6,000 sq ft of space across two floors with a capacity for up to 195 people, including outdoor seating and an extensive bar area. Customers can expect to have the opportunity to order Ramasy’s succulent range of signature dishes, including his famous Beef Wellington, Butter Chicken Curry and Hell’s Kitchen Burger.

52 Visit BOXPARK’s First Venue Outside of London

The award-winning BOXPARK arrived in Liverpool in April 2024, marking the first time the dining and leisure operator has opened a site outside London. It is located at the historic Canning Hall in the Baltic Triangle, adding an exciting venue to the impressive offerings already available at the Cains Brewery Village.

BOXPARK delivers a food hall and events destination capable of holding 400 people inside and 200 outside. Visitors can expect an exciting social destination with excellent live experiences for sports and music fans. There are many tasty food vendors, including Crazy Pedro’s, Shake?, Pukht and Madre Burrito, alongside multiple internal and external bars. The terrace will offer al fresco dining and intimate events. The CEO revealed they had sought a site in Liverpool since 2016 before finding the ‘perfect’ location in the Cains Brewery Village.

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53 Enjoy Bavarian Food and Entertainment at Albert’s Schloss

Do you love Bavarian culture? Then this bar and restaurant is one to add to your list! Multi-concept operator Mission Mars already has two sites in Liverpool with Rudy’s and Albert’s Schenke, but they have added another. Albert’s Schloss launched in 2022, replacing a former food market at Bold Street’s Radian House, which has been left empty for several years. The Liverpool launch follows the brand’s success in Manchester and Birmingham.

The £3m venue features two floors with an Anglo-Bavarian design. The bottom has a stage, two bars, a fresh tank bier system, and a ‘Cook Haus’ dining area. The upper level has ‘Ludwig’s Tavern’ where guests can enjoy artisan Schnapps, a vermouth bar, shuffleboard, and other tavern games. The menu is served all day, featuring dishes inspired by Prince Albert’s journeys across alpine Europe to countries like Switzerland and Germany. You can order classics such as coquille pretzel pie and schnitzel, to breakfast items like pancakes. and avocado with eggs. At night, there is live music and cabaret performances.

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Italian Bakeries in Liverpool

54 Visit One of the Many Italian Bakeries Popping up in Liverpool

Are you feeling peckish while looking for what to do in Liverpool? You can grab a quick bite at one of the many Italian bakeries in the city. Italian bakeries are known for their delightful experiences, guaranteeing authentic cuisine, quality ingredients, coffee to die for, and a range of classic parties, bread, desserts, and more. Nowadays, this type of food venue is surging in Liverpool, giving you plenty of options.

Firstly, you can consider the Italian Club Bakery. Following a hiatus, the business relaunched in November 2023 by opening a new venue on Duke Street. The location was previously home to the Duke Street Bazaar and has since undergone significant redevelopment. The Italian Club Bakery is led by wife and husband Rosaria Crolla and Maurizio Pellegrini, who operate two other Italian Club sites on Bold Street. Customers can expect a traditional coffee house with freshly baked bread, pastries, desserts and more.

Next, you have P&D Grand Caffe from the ever-growing Italian Quarter, a business run by brothers Paolo & Donato Cillo. This popular bakery originated in Williamson Square and has opened a new venue, which also happens to be on Duke Street. Foodies can expect to enjoy the same delicious bespoke cakes, paninis and focaccia the brand has become famous for. But it doesn’t end there, as the brothers have also opened an all-day eatery in the beautiful Woolton Village. This venue promises a stunning interior with freshly made dishes and desserts, including brunch, bistro meals and afternoon tea.

Last but certainly not least is the award-winning Fritto. Found on the historical Smithdown Road, Fritto prides itself on serving Italian street food. The venue opened in 2018 and, not long after, won the award for “Best Newcomer” at the English Italian Awards. The menu includes everything from panzerotti (fried calzone), focaccia sandwiches, parmesan truffle fries, cannoli, and so much more. Our mouths are watering just from thinking about what awaits us!

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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! Discover the best entertainment options you can come across in Liverpool.
Bongo's Bingo in Liverpool

55 Experience a Night Like No Other at Bongo’s Bingo

When we say this is bingo like you’ve never experienced it, we mean it! Bongo’s Bingo is an unforgettable night out that has emerged as one of the best activities for Liverpool’s young and old community. Bingo may have a reputation for older people, but we promise this event suits anyone aged 18 and over. Bongo’s Bingo provides a unique twist on the classic game by adding dance-offs, cheesy singalongs, rave intervals, audience participation, and much more. Prizes include giant pink unicorns, scooters, karaoke machines and cash!

Bongo’s Bingo is at CONTENT, a state-of-the-art venue in the heart of the Baltic Triangle. Tickets sell out quickly, so we recommend booking well in advance. Shows usually take place every Friday and Saturday night. Expect a fun and lively night with several chances to win great prizes.

Golf Fang in Liverpool

56 Go for a Round of Crazy Indoor Golf

A round of crazy golf is undoubtedly one of the best fun 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 Golf Fang 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 can grab an alcoholic drink to take around the course, and live music from DJs. You can book a private futuristic-themed room where you and your group can sing loud and proud on karaoke. As for food, visit the on-site Nothing Cheezy restaurant for pizzas, loaded fries and more.

You can also visit the funky Junkyard Golf Club at Liverpool ONE for another indoor golf option. This arena features three mashed-up 9-hole courses, 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 and a range of old-school booze and fancy cocktails.

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Lane7 Bowling Attraction in Liverpool

57 Challenge Your Friends to a Round of Bowling

Everyone loves a bowling game, especially when 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 you’ve never experienced before. It’s not just bowling that you can enjoy 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. Various drinks are available to help you get into the party spirit.

Other bowling options include the PINS Social Club on Duke Street, which offers 12 full-sized bowling lanes, live music, table games, and a private bar & food service. Further outside the city centre is Hollywood Bowl, one of Liverpool’s longest-running bowling arenas.

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Funny Boyz Events in Liverpool

58 Visit One of the Funny Boyz’s Hilarious Drag Shows

Visit one of the Funny Boyz’s drag events for one of the most hilarious and fun places to go in Liverpool. The Funny Boyz is a unique concept in drag cabaret, with hundreds of shows and events throughout the year across the United Kingdom. Funny Boyz hosts various events in Liverpool at several venues in the city centre, including Blundells Supper Club, Liverpool’s oldest cabaret lounge.

Some of the biggest names in the drag scene, including RuPaul Drag Race’s famous queens, host shows like comedy bingo, themed nights, cocktail masterclasses, tribute acts, karaoke, bottomless brunch, and much more. You can even book a private hen party or a bar crawl, with bespoke packages for large groups featuring shots, bottomless food and drink, photoshoots, meet and greets, and VIP treatment.

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Breakout Liverpool

59 See if You and Your Pals Can Escape a Breakout Room

Escape rooms have become a popular leisure attraction in recent years, with new facilities opening up all the time across the globe. There are several reasons why escape rooms have become an exciting idea for small groups. This activity combines fun and excitement with a unique challenge and a healthy dose of competition. The aim of the game is relatively simple. You’re locked in a themed room with others and must use teamwork and clues to find a way out. The faster you escape, the more you can boast to others who’ve taken on the challenge!

One of the best escape rooms in this city is Breakout Liverpool. Breakout offers an exciting range of escape rooms, each with a different theme and difficulty level, catering to beginners and experienced players. For example, you could find yourself on a famous shipwreck or locked in a Wild West-themed room. For those feeling brave, you should check out the horror-themed rooms, including a zombie apocalypse outbreak. During your trial, you must solve puzzles, search for clues, and complete challenges. You and up to four others must escape the room within 60 minutes to be declared victorious.

You can learn more about Breakout Liverpool by visiting their website or contacting them at 0151 227 1765 or hello@breakoutliverpool.com.

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Point Blank Shooting Liverpool

60 Embrace Your Competitive Side at a Simulation Shooting Range

It’s time to embrace your competitive nature at a simulation shooting range in Liverpool! Point Blank Shooting is a state-of-the-art simulation range that promises to provide the ‘ultimate, competitive socialising experience’. Based on Castle Street, the shooting range launched in 2021 following massive success in other cities. The idea is believed to be the first of its kind and was devised after the co-owner visited Florida, leaving him with the idea of combining shooting sports with virtual reality.

Point Blank Shooting allows you to test two pistols across several scenarios – all within the safety and comfort of a virtual experience! Customers will handle airsoft guns that utilise laser technology for exceptional realism, and no projectiles are fired. It’s the perfect activity for getting together with friends and seeing who can score the highest. Of course, the experience is best when paired with cold beers, refreshing cocktails and tasty bites. Bottomless Brunch is available every Sunday between 12pm and 4pm, featuring bottomless drinks, pizza and shooting.

Visit a Liverpool Comedy Club

61 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. 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 choosing a comedy club in Liverpool. You can visit the Hot Water Comedy Club at a vast new venue in the Blackstock Market on the edge of the city centre. Hot Water Comedy Club was founded in 2010 by two brothers, and it has since developed into one of the city’s best clubs, with regular shows occurring every night each week. Highlights have included individual performances from top British comedians, a Triple Headline Show featuring various acts, and a special show for new performers to take the spotlight. It is most well-known as the origin of much-loved local comedian Paul Smith. Alongside live comedy, the new venue is an excellent place for live music, live sports and street food & drink from various vendors.

Travel to another part of town, and you’ll come across the Laughterhouse Comedy Club, which takes place in an intimate underground setting on Fenwick Street. Some of the UK’s most prominent comedians have performed here, including Alan Carr, Dara O’Briain, Sarah Millican and Liverpool’s very own John Bishop.

Have a Game of Bubble Football

62 Have a Game of the Hilariously Fun Bubble Football

Nothing sounds more fun than trying to play everyone’s favourite sport while trapped inside an inflated bubble. Thankfully, there is an activity just for this! Bubble football is exactly what it says on the tin. Combining the zorbing experience with football, participants’ upper bodies are encased inside an inflated torus bubble. This adds the challenge of maintaining balance while kicking a ball and tackling the opposition players. Bubble football is one of the most enjoyable attractions in Liverpool that will guarantee plenty of laughs. Whether indoors or outdoors, bubble football is an excellent choice for birthday parties, stag parties and team-building events.

Now that we’ve introduced the activity, where can you play bubble football in Liverpool? You have several choices, and none is too far to get to.  First up is Bubble Footie which teams up with various venues. You can hire Bubble Footie for all sorts of occasions. The activity usually includes 10 Zorbs, dedicated organisers, all necessary equipment, and pictures and videos to remember every laugh. There are multiple game formats, including Royal Rumble – a solo match with the ultimate objective of knocking down everyone in sight!

Another option that you can consider is Spartacus Bubble Soccer. Spartacus welcomes people of all ages and covers locations throughout the UK, including Liverpool. Packages can last 90-120 minutes and come with event coordinators, pitch hire and the Zorb Olympics, featuring games like Take Me Out and the Zorb General. You can even add additional activities such as archery and dodgeball.

Splash Art in Liverpool

63 Let Your Creativity Run Wild at Splash Art

Discover your inner artist at Splash Art, an immersive and interactive art studio in the heart of Liverpool’s Ropewalks district. This Liverpool activity lets you shoot, splash, throw, and fire paint to create a unique work of art. Located on Duke Street, Splash Art’s studio can accommodate up to 60 people. Visitors can choose to paint as part of a large group or book one of the venue’s rooms for a private gathering tailored to their needs.

Splash Art is perfect for everything from corporate team-building days to hen and stag parties. Here, you’ll create memorable experiences together and leave with your very own canvas. Experiences start from £30 and are available to book via https://splash-art.co.uk/.

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Shiverpool Tour in Liverpool

64 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 Liverpool tourist attraction delivers a unique experience, guaranteeing one of the best 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 an engaging style. Highlights include listening to famous ghost stories and visiting iconic locations in spooky folklore.

Shiverpool runs weekly tours throughout the year. Several options are available, including Hope Street Shivers. The Hope Street tour guides you through some of Liverpool’s most historic and haunted streets around the Cathedral Quarter. The Auld City & The Dead House tour explores the city’s seven oldest streets, including a trip inside a former morgue visited by the American novelist Herman Melville. The Secret Garden tour will take you to St James’ Cemetery, where you can gaze into the lives of the other side.

Special Discount: City Explorer customers get discounted tickets – show your bus ticket to redeem!

Click the below links to book a tour with Shiverpool.

Hope Street Shivers

Auld City and the Dead House

Hidden Histories – The Seven Original Streets Tour

Sunday Special Hope Street Shivers

Secret Garden & Cemetery Shivers Tour

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VR Here in Liverpool

65 Experience Virtual Reality with VR Here

Virtual Reality is one of the most fascinating ever-growing activities in Liverpool. 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. If you’re asking what to do in Liverpool, you can get a taste of what virtual reality is like at VR Here. After just one session, we’re sure the experience will leave you wanting to return for more. VR Here can be found on Paul Street, on the city centre’s outskirts in the Vauxhall area.

This dedicated VR arcade offers up to 40 VR games that can be experienced solo or with a group of friends. You and your friends can fight back against the undead, immerse yourselves in the Batman world of Arkham, or even shoot some hoops.

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FACT Cinema in Liverpool

66 Enjoy a Film at a Liverpool Cinema

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

ODEON is one of the biggest names in the UK cinema universe, and there are many cinemas 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 are certified as an ODEON Luxe theatre, meaning you benefit from luxury reclining chairs, stunning iSense screens, and more personal space than ever.

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NQ64 Arcade Bar Attraction in Liverpool

67 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 Xbox and PlayStation, retro arcade games were all the rage in the 80s and 90s. An arcade bar called NQ64 has opened in Liverpool and can be found on Colquitt Street. This underground bar is the perfect place to play classic titles in a relaxed environment for anyone over 18.

NQ64 features some of the best classic consoles and retro arcade games, such as Street Fighter II, Time Crisis, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man, Crazy Taxi, and much more! In addition to classic drink options and a range of beer beverages, your choice of cocktail refreshments is specially themed based on iconic video game lore.

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Pool & Snooker Venues in Liverpool

68 Compete Against Friends in Pool & Snooker

Who doesn’t love a good game of pool or snooker? Whether you plan on playing for fun or earning bragging rights over a group of friends, this activity guarantees a few hours of fun – especially when paired with some refreshing alcoholic beverages! If this tickles your fancy, luckily, there are many outstanding venues across Liverpool. So let’s jump in and talk about some of the best places to go in Liverpool to play pool and snooker!

Let’s start with the Boston Pool Loft, where the clue is in the name. This sports bar is based in Concert Square and offers some of the best tables for British Pool, American Pool and Snooker. With many tables available, you won’t have to wait long for a game. If you fancy a break, you can always move on to ping pong, pinball or shuffleboard. A robust drinks menu offers everything from draught beers to everyone’s favourite spirits.

Another fantastic choice is the Roxy Ball Room, located at two venues on Hanover Street and Rainford Square. Some may consider Roxy the ultimate destination for ball games in Liverpool. The Hanover Street venue even has a Crazy Pool option, which combines mini golf and pool! Rileys Sports Bar on Bolton Street has 4 snooker tables, 12 English Pool tables, and 11 American Pool tables. With multiple screens and a 75″ TV, it’s also the perfect place to watch the latest sporting action.

Playing Pianos Attractions in Liverpool

69 Play a Tune With the Street Pianos in Liverpool ONE

Do you consider yourself a budding pianist? You may come across these publically available pianos to play when walking around the city for things to see in Liverpool. With pianos throughout the Liverpool ONE shopping complex, Tickle the Ivories allows you to test your piano skills while shoppers pass you by.

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

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M&S Bank Area Liverpool

70 Catch a Show at a Local Venue

If you wish to catch a show in Liverpool, whether you prefer live concerts or comedy performances, there are numerous venues you pay a visit to. The M&S Bank Arena opened over 15 years ago to commemorate the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations and is one of the best venues for discovering things to do. Previously named the Echo Arena, this venue hosts various concerts, sporting events and cultural programs. Whatever your fancy, you will find something you will like here. The arena is situated ideally, 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 offers 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, next to Lime Street Station. The O2 usually hosts 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 regarding live entertainment. Seel Street is home to the Zanzibar Club, which offers regular line-ups of vibrant acts. The Jacaranda on Slater Street is a historical venue that has played a significant part in the city’s musical heritage since its opening in 1958.

Image by Phil Nash from Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.

Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool

71 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, you’ve come to the right place. Liverpool has multiple venues throughout the city, combining the best of modern and traditional theatre life. Why not make Liverpool’s Royal Court your first visit, dubbed as the city’s ‘friendliest’ theatre! The Royal Court is based in the heart of the city centre, and all shows have a Liverpool theme. Grab some pre-show food and drinks at the Courtyard Bar & Kitchen (20% off for City Explorer customers!), overlooking the iconic St George’s Hall.

Head to Hope Street, and you won’t be able to miss the Everyman Theatre with its branded signage and creative exterior decor. The Everyman has various shows and delicious food at the on-site bistro (10% off for City Explorer customers). We can’t forget to include Liverpool’s famous Empire Theatre, which couldn’t be better placed next to Lime Street Station and opposite St Georges Hall.

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Otterspool Adventure Play Centre

72 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 things to do in Liverpool at a local activity park! The Otterspool Adventure Centre is just 15 minutes away from the city centre via car and is a prime candidate for outdoor Liverpool activities. A series of great activities are 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! We recommend considering an Adventure Pass to benefit from significant savings if you plan on returning multiple times.

All guests at Otterspool Adventure Centre can 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 to Cheshire Farm ice cream at the Ice Cream Barn. There are many different flavours, including classics like vanilla and strawberry and more unusual tastes such as blackcurrant cheesecake and cherry cola. There are even ‘luxury’ flavours, such as Pistachio and Peanut Choc Caramel – endless choices!

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Liverpool Watersports Centre

73 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 fall into the water, there’s no better way to cool off. One of Liverpool’s finest water activities is the Adventure Dock, based at the Royal Albert Dock. The Adventure Dock is an adventure course for anyone aged six or over. The course comprises several inflatable free-fall slides and obstacles. See if you can reach the top or chase your friends and family into the water if you consider yourself a menace!

You can head to the Liverpool Watersports Centre at the Queens Dock for more water-based Liverpool activities. Here, you can find any activity to entertain people of all tastes and skills. You can rent a Swan Pedalo, where you and up to four friends can uniquely experience the Liverpool waterfront. If you want something more adventurous, you might consider learning 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

74 Try Your Luck at the Grosvenor Casino Leo

Do you have a lucky streak? Then, you may consider visiting one of the city’s casinos and trying to win 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.

The Leo Casino is open 24 hours daily and has everything you need for your gambling and entertainment desires. There are electronic roulette and slot machines from just 10p and Punto Banco, as well as blackjack and roulette games. There’s even a large poker room with regular Texas Hold’em games. You can enjoy live sports 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.

Image by the Grosvenor Casino Leo.

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

75 Liverpool Is Home to a Range of Unique Museums

Most tourists visiting the city tend to put museums at the top of their list when planning what to do in Liverpool. 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 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 free except for special exhibitions, so it’s a great place to take the kids for educational fun.

Would you also like to learn more about Liverpool’s incredible maritime history? If so, the Merseyside Maritime Museum at the Royal Albert Dock is your best bet. This free museum covers various topics about Liverpool’s maritime past, including the city’s role 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 creative, 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.

Image by Atanas Paskalev (Pixabay).

The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

76 Don’t Miss the Stunning Cathedrals of Liverpool

The city’s stunning cathedrals are among the best things to see in Liverpool. The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the UK and the fifth-largest worldwide. The Liverpool Cathedral lets you catch fantastic city views and discover a place full of history. Aspiring architect Giles Gilbert Scott designed it in the early 1900s and only reached completion in 1978. As for the architecture, you can’t afford to miss this in person. If you decide to visit, you can choose to worship, hire the venue or attend one of the regular services or events.

Closer to the city’s centre is Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the city’s modern cathedral. The Metropolitan Cathedral is a crucial 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 competition rules ensured that the design would cost no more than £1,000,00 and it would be capable of finalising construction within five years. The Metropolitan Cathedral also features incredible lighting and interior designs and has many visitor facilities.

Visit an Art Gallery

77 Marvel at an Art Gallery’s Magnificent Collections

Do you have a vibrant love of all things art? Then this is one of the best attractions in Liverpool for you. The city doesn’t shy away from exhibiting a range of art collections covering a broad spectrum of topics. Tate Liverpool should be high on the list of things to do for anyone interested in art. You can find this modern and contemporary art gallery at the Royal Albert Dock, 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 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 to explore critical buildings and public spaces that tell the story of Liverpool.

The Three Graces Buildings in Liverpool

78 View the City’s Striking and Historic Architecture

Liverpool’s striking buildings form a significant part of the city’s rich and varied heritage. 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. These three buildings were constructed in the early 1900s and have since forged an imposing figure as part of Liverpool’s famous skyline. The architecture 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 gorgeous residential areas you can visit in the city is the Georgian Quarter, just minutes 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 undoubtedly one of the unique places to visit in Liverpool 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.

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79 Explore a WWII Underground Bunker at the Western Approaches

Have you got time for a small history lesson? During World War II, the Royal Navy established a major operational command centre called the Western Approaches at Derby House in Liverpool. The underground command centre was vital during the war for protecting the safety of British shipping in the Western Approaches area of the Atlantic Ocean against attacks by German U-boats and aircraft. The Western Approaches Tactical Unit was also formed here, developing tactics to counter submarine attacks on shipping convoys. Ultimately, the Western Approaches was one of Liverpool’s most important roles in shaping the country’s strategic position during the war. After the war, the bunker was disused until it reopened as a museum in 1993.

The Western Approaches Museum has now been restored to look how it was in the 1940s. The museum is open to visitors every day from 10am to 6pm, offering a unique glimpse into a secret underground war bunker. The 1.5-hour self-guided tour lets you thoroughly explore the offices and corridors where wartime staff used to work. You can see unique exhibits and secret documents recovered from the war.

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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.
The Liverpool Boat

80 Spend a Unique Night Onboard a Spacious Canal Boat

Should the typical hotel accommodation not tick all your boxes, how about this idea for a unique sleepover in Liverpool? The Liverpool Boat is an excellent choice for people who want to stay in the city for a few nights without settling on a standard room. This spacious canal boat was built in 2019 by hosts Jenn and Peter Boyles, who have years of experience in short-term holiday lets. The boat has two bedrooms and provides outstanding accommodation for a family of four. If you need more sleeping space, there is also a deluxe pull-out bed in the living area, provided you seek prior agreement for additional guests. The boat has a fully equipped kitchen allowing you to cook and dine at your leisure. There’s also a bathroom on board and an open-plan living area. The boat enjoys plenty of light via the windows on both sides of the boat and the skylight.

The Liverpool Boat is ideally situated at the peaceful Liverpool Yacht Club and Marina, just minutes from the lively city centre. Free parking is available for up to one vehicle. Amenities include all the essentials, tea & coffee facilities, hair dryers, and WiFi. If you have a pet, they are welcome to stay onboard. The Liverpool Boat is a unique way to spend a night in this fabulous city.

iStay Apartments in Liverpool

81 Book a Room at the Best Party Apartments in Liverpool

If you’re planning a party getaway in Liverpool, you cannot go wrong with iStay Liverpool! iStay undoubtedly offers some of the best party apartments in Liverpool. They pride themselves on crafting unforgettable experiences for people looking to visit Liverpool. Serviced apartments are ideal for large groups with plenty of space and luxury facilities. iStay promotes itself as the perfect Liverpool venue for a birthday party, hen weekend, stag night, and more!

iStay has several luxury properties, giving you plenty of choices when wondering which part of the city to stay. For example, you have the gorgeous Maison Townhouse (the city’s largest party pad!) on Rodney Street and spacious, multi-room apartments on Water Street at the other end of town.

iStay’s range of party apartments can hold up to an incredible 40 people. Each property is fully equipped, offering spacious living areas, flatscreen TVs, comfortable furniture, and housekeeping services. If you celebrate a special occasion, iStay’s event planners can help you find the ideal party package. Packages can include accommodation, cocktail classes, balloons & banners, and a VIP reservation at their sister bar. Can you think of a better way to spend your weekend in Liverpool?

Travelodge Liverpool Central The Strand

82 Choose a Travelodge Hotel for Excellent Value

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

When it comes to excellent value accommodation, you can’t go wrong with Travelodge. This vast 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 prefer a more remote location, there are options to please all tastes.

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Luxury Hotels in Liverpool

83 Stay at a Luxury Hotel in Liverpool

There 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! You can create a thorough itinerary that spreads your activities evenly throughout several days.

One of the finest hotels you can stay at is the Titanic Hotel Liverpool. This hotel opened in 2014 as part of a redevelopment of one of Liverpool’s historic docks. Based at Stanley Dock, the Titanic offers a peaceful location with convenient access to and from the city centre in minutes. The rooms incorporate a modern and contemporary design while maintaining the old warehouse’s Victorian architecture. Enjoy food and drink at Stanley’s Bar & Grill or Rum Bar, or relax at the stunning spa.

Another hotel that you can’t go wrong with is Hope Street Hotel. This hotel provides a prestigious level of service and a collection of luxury rooms in Liverpool’s gorgeous Georgian Quarter. At this independent hotel, guests can expect spacious accommodations with breathtaking views. There’s also the Hilton Liverpool which couldn’t be better placed along the famous waterfront. The Hilton offers a range of excellent amenities, including pet-friendly rooms, business facilities and an on-site restaurant. For travellers interested in unique accommodation, the Aloft hotel features loft-like rooms and is close to the waterfront.

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.
Events in Liverpool

84 The Best Festivals & Events Coming to Liverpool

Liverpool is one of the best cities in the world for live events, with high-profile shows scheduled regularly. From star-studded festivals to theatrical productions and comedy shows, the city is a superb destination for all kinds of live events attended by thousands of people.

We’ve rounded up some of the best festivals and events coming to Liverpool over the next few months:

  • The Scouse Dick Whittington – 10 November – 20 January
  • Sleeping Beauty – 16-30 December
  • The Wizard of Oz – 13 December – 7 January
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – 21 December
  • Bring Me The Horizon – 17 January
  • Strictly Come Dancing Live – 30-31 January
  • The Harlem Globetrotters – 21 February
  • Rick Astley – 7 March
  • Disney On Ice – 21-24 March
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – 25 March
  • The Randox Grand National – 11-13 April
  • Comic Con Liverpool – 4-5 May
  • Adam Row – 18 May
  • Taylor Swift – 13-15 June
  • On The Waterfront – 20-23 June
  • P!nk – 24-35 June

Find out more about what’s on in Liverpool.

 

Liverpool Tattoo Convention

85 Get Tattooed at the Liverpool Tattoo Convention

Whether you have a growing tattoo collection, are considering your first ink or prefer to watch from a distance and avoid the pain, the Liverpool Tattoo Convention is a great place to witness world-class tattooists at their best. This annual convention is one of the best around for tattoo enthusiasts. More than 250 tattoo artists will attend, offering visitors the opportunity to receive a unique and stunning tattoo design. You can still attend and watch a live tattooing session if you don’t fancy going under the needle. Thousands attend the event yearly at Liverpool’s famous Britannia Adelphi Hotel, just seconds from one of our bus stops.

The Liverpool Tattoo Convention isn’t just about watching live tattooing take place. There will be live music and entertainment, competitions, cheap food and drink, market stalls, and much more. The convention will also hand out awards to artists, with categories often including Artist of the Day, Best Realism, Best Blackwork, and Best of Show. Advance tickets are usually around £18 for the day or £45 if you want to experience the entire event. Supervised children are welcome to attend, and anyone under 15 will be granted free entry if they’re with a paying adult.

Cosplay at a Comic Con

86 Don Your Perfect Cosplay for Comic Con Liverpool

Comic book conventions are all the rage nowadays, providing the ideal chance for fans to meet their heroes from films, television shows, video games and other forms of pop culture. The San Diego Comic-Con is perhaps the most famous convention, with over 130,000 attendees and a host of panels and big reveals. But you don’t have to go to the United States to get your comic con experience! Since 2018, Comic Con Liverpool has come to the city, attracting thousands of attendees. Because of increasing popularity, the annual event occurs twice yearly. The convention transforms the waterfront’s Exhibition Centre into every fan’s dream venue.

Comic Con Liverpool lets you meet your pop culture heroes up close and personal, where you can chat, get autographs and take pictures. Past line-ups have featured the Doctor himself, Matt Smith, Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder, Stranger Things stars David Harbour and Jamie Cambell, Superbad actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and voice actors from video games, such as Steven Ogg, who plays Trevor in Grand Theft Auto V, and Roger Clark, the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption 2. You can also expect to see recreations of famous sets like the Rainbow Room from Stranger Things and props such as the Tardis.

Other activities at Comic Con Liverpool include board games, esports tournaments, retro gaming, funfair rides, and Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying. Of course, it wouldn’t be a comic book convention without a bit of cosplay! So, make sure you come dressed up as your favourite character. There will also be an after-party at Cains Brewery featuring a Cosplay Catwalk, guest appearances and more late-night fun.

Various tickets are available for the convention, from standard single-day and weekend tickets to early bird entry. Superfans can buy a limited Diamond Pass, which grants priority entry and separate queues for photographs and autographs.

Christmas Markets

87 Get into the Christmas Spirit

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to visit Liverpool during the festive season? Liverpool always comes alive during Christmas when the city is decorated with stunning lighting and festive decorations. The town has many yearly activities to help you get in the mood. Firstly, there is the Christmas Market, one of the best places to go in Liverpool during this time of the year. The market usually occurs at St George’s Plateau throughout November and December. Visitors can enjoy festive treats, Bavarian food, mulled wine and the hugely popular Yorkshire Pudding Wrap across several exciting stalls. Plenty of gifts and souvenirs are available to purchase while the kids can have fun in the fairground area with rides like the big wheel and snow slides.

Many panto performances and other shows occur at theatres throughout the city, plus live musicals based on fan-favourite classics like Elf and Cinderella. Liverpool ONE’s Bar Hütte is a recurring pop-up venue with a gorgeous tree, delicious food and huts that provide the perfect private space for a sing-song with your friends. You can visit the Royal Albert Dock to enjoy a popular light trail of millions of twinkling lights. And of course, we can’t forget Christmas shopping! Just hop on board our City Explorer bus to check out several of the world-class shopping opportunities available in the city.

These are just a few of Liverpool’s incredible Christmas activities every year! Always check closer to the time to see what is planned for the year.

88 Watch One of the UK’s Largest Horse Racing Events

If you’re visiting Liverpool in spring, you may be lucky enough to secure tickets for one of the country’s largest horse racing events. The Grand National is an annual race hosted at Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse since 1839. The event is usually spread across several days, with smaller races and events occurring before the main activity, including Ladies Day. Whether you want to watch live horse racing at an iconic venue, fancy your chances at winning a bet or need an excuse to don your best stylish outfit, the Grand National is an unmissable event. The Grand National typically runs every April with standard tickets from as low as £28 and hospitality tickets as high as £655.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until the Grand National for your horse racing fix. Aintree Racecourse regularly hosts racing events, including family fun days, to keep your entourage happy and entertained, regardless of age. The racecourse also hosts several other events, including live concerts and driving sessions for young people.

Pride in Liverpool

89 Show Your Support at Pride in Liverpool

Liverpool is a friendly and welcoming city for people from all walks of life, no matter your nationality, gender or sexuality. The LCR Pride Foundation is Liverpool’s charity for championing the rights of LGBT+ people living in or visiting the city and highlighting the community’s daily barriers. Since 2010, Liverpool has hosted an annual festival celebrating the best of LGBT+ culture.  Pride in Liverpool, previously known as Liverpool Pride, is an unmissable event whether you’re part of the LGBT+ community or consider yourself an ally. The weekend festival usually occurs every year at the end of July or the beginning of August, when around 75,000 people flock to the streets of Liverpool to show solidarity.

Pride in Liverpool often commences with March with Pride on Saturday morning. A colourful crowd will march across the city centre to celebrate the LGBT+ community and protest the need for equal rights. The march typically begins at St George’s Plateau, where several speeches will be made. Throughout the rest of the weekend, the city’s Gay Quarter and waterfront will host various cultural activities, including live music, unmissable entertainment and great food and drink options.

Transport

If you've decided to visit Liverpool, then it's time to consider your transport options! This section will provide some information on how you can get to the city and how to move around the city.
Getting To and Around Liverpool

90 Getting Here and Moving Around

You’ll be delighted to know this city is well and truly connected with the world. Several options are available, whether by plane, train or bus. Liverpool is well equipped to welcome people across the county and international locations.

Here are some ways to get to Liverpool and move around the city.

  • Plane: Liverpool John Lennon Airport welcomes millions of tourists across over 70 destinations each year. When you land, you will have almost every transport connection available to take you to your next stop. Manchester Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports, serving an incredible 199 destinations. While it is not like landing in Liverpool, the airport is just an hour’s drive down the M62 and is an excellent alternative. If landing anywhere else in the UK, you should have no problem finding a connection flight to Liverpool or Manchester.
  • Train: There are several train stations based in and around Liverpool. Liverpool Lime Street is the largest and most central, dropping passengers off in the city centre opposite the iconic St George’s Hall. Lime Street connects to other Merseyside destinations, Manchester, Newcastle, London, Crewe, and many more. As soon as you step off the plane and have collected your luggage, you can board the shuttle bus to Liverpool South Parkway, which will take you into the city. Merseyrail is your #1 source for travelling around Merseyside via local routes. One of the largest national railway providers is Avanti West Coast, taking people from cities like London and Nuneaton to Liverpool in 2 hours, offering the perfect opportunity for a day trip to Liverpool.
  • Boat: If you’re lucky enough to be on a cruise, Liverpool’s cruise terminal could be a destination! The city is famous for its maritime heritage; ships always stop here. Stena Line, P&O and Steam Packet run ferries from Belfast, Dublin and the Isle of Man.
  • Bus: Several bus and coach companies can pick you up throughout the UK and drop you off in Liverpool. The National Express is one potential option with departure locations including London, Leeds and Birmingham. Not to mention our parent company, Maghull Coaches! Arriva and Stagecoach are two of Liverpool’s most popular local bus operators. You won’t have trouble finding a frequent bus service anywhere in the city. Visit Merseytravel to find out more about planning your journey. When you’re here, book a tour on our Liverpool sightseeing tour to see the very best of the city!
  • Car: If you are travelling to Liverpool by car, rest assured that the route into the city is pretty straightforward. The UK has an extensive network of motorways connecting the entire country. The motorways surrounding Liverpool include the M57, M62, M58 and M6. The A580, known by locals as the East Lancs Road, is a significant connection to other Northern cities such as Manchester. While driving around Liverpool, you shouldn’t expect difficulties finding your destination. Look out for signs showing attractions and famous landmarks. The city centre can be busy during peak hours, especially with ongoing roadworks, and parking is regulated.

We hope you enjoy your stay and cannot wait to welcome you!

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