Liverpool has some fantastic places to visit and we have put a list together of the best things to see and do when visiting the city. We hope you find this list useful and that it convinces you to choose Liverpool for your next city break!
The best things to do and see on a visit to Liverpool (in alphabetical order) are as follows:
Liverpool – The home of The Beatles
Liverpool is full of Beatles memorabilia and most of it is on your doorstep. Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney had their childhood homes in the Allerton area of Liverpool and this was the inspiration for some of their most famous songs including Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. The National Trust have acquired the houses and offer very popular tours that provide a great insight into the background of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. More information about the Beatles Tours can be found at National Trust Beatles
The Beatles Tourist Attractions in Liverpool and their distance from the holiday home are as follows:
- Mendips, 251 Menlove Avenue
- The home of John Lennon from 1946-1963
- 1.7 miles (2.7 km)
- 20 Forthlin Road
- The childhood home of Paul McCartney
- 1.6 miles (2.6 km)
- Penny Lane
- The street from the song
- 0.7 miles (1.1 km)
- Strawberry Fields
- The site of the childrens home immortalised in the song
- 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
- Quarry Bank (now Calderstones School)
- The school after which John Lennon named the Quarrymen
- 1 mile (1.6km)
- Mathew Street (City Centre)
- Site of the famous Cavern Club
- 5.1 miles (8.2 km)
- The Beatles Story (Albert Dock)
- A museum charting the story of the Fab Four
- 4.2 miles (6.8 km)
Visit Liverpool’s latest Beatles Story attraction. Fab4D combines the latest computer generated animation used in Hollywood blockbusters with the music of the Beatles, to give an amazing a four dimensional experience for all the family.
It is located within a new state of the art theatre at the second Beatles Story location at the Pier Head Ferries Terminal. Admission to Fab4D is included in the general Beatles story admission charge.
More information about Fab4D and the Beatles Story can be found at The Beatles Story
for a map of the Beatles landmarks in close proximity to the holiday home.
Liverpool City Sightseeing Tour Bus
One of the great ways to see the city of Liverpool is to take the Liverpool City Sightseeing Tour bus. With 12 stops on it’s route and the ability to hop on and off with the same ticket, its a great way to get around the city’s main tourist sites. Many of the great attractions detailed on this page are included in the route taken by the bus.
Weather permitting, be sure to sit upstairs and you will come face to face with the city’s amazing architecture. Liverpool has more listed buildings than any other city outside of London and the top of the tour bus is a great way to view them.
The start of the bus route is at the Pier Head in front of the ‘Three Graces’. A bus leaves every 30 minutes and it takes 60 minutes to complete the whole journey. It runs all year round with the exception of 25, 26 December and 1, 2, 3 January. A ticket is valid for 24 hours and you can jump on and off at any of the 12 stops as often as you like. There is also pre-recorded English commentary to accompany the journey.
For more information about the Liverpool City Sightseeing Tour Bus and links to the official website go to our bus tour review.
Liverpool – A City with Two Cathedrals
Liverpool is famous for having two Cathedrals. They are both a ‘must-see’ attraction for anyone visiting the city and are both only 3.3 miles (5.3 km) from the holiday home.
- Liverpool Cathedral
- Liverpool Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral (left in the picture) took over 74 years to complete. The sheer scale of it can only be appreciated upon visiting. It is open daily from 08:00 to 18:00 and entrance is free of charge. The ‘Great Space’ tour (which is chargeable) is an audio/visual history of the Cathedral. While the Tower Experience (for those not afraid of heights!) gives you an awesome view of the city and surrounding area from the rooftop of the Cathedral’s Tower. More information about the Cathedral can be found at Liverpool Cathedral Tours
Work began on building Liverpool Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral in October 1962 and it was completed in May 1967 but plans to build it had been going on for many years before that. In fact in 1930, Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to design the Cathedral and in 1933 the foundation stone was laid. Building of the crypt continued to completion but with a realisation that the cost to complete the Lutyens design was prohibitive, plans were eventually recreated to complete the building in style it has today. The original Lutyens crypt still forms part of the site. The Cathedral is open from 08:00 until 18:00 (17:00 on Sundays in the Winter) and entrance is free of charge. More information about the Cathedral can be found at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Tours
Religious or not, these historic sites are essential viewing for anyone visiting Liverpool.
Football – Liverpool’s Other Religion
Liverpool has two Premiership football teams, Liverpool and Everton. Their stadiums are situated at either end of Stanley Park.
Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club is just 4.8 miles (7.7 km) from the holiday home. There is a Museum and a Club Shop at the ground and it is possible to book a tour of the stadium. The tour has recently been upgraded taking in areas of the stadium never seen before and availability has been improved with the frequency at peak periods increased to every 15 minutes.
More information about booking a stadium tour can be found at Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tours
For anybody wishing to watch a match at Anfield, we offer special Liverpool Football Packages.
Goodision Park is the home of Everton Football Club and is 6.4 miles (10.3 km) from the holiday home. There is a purpose built shop located across the road from the ground and stadium tours are available. More information on booking a stadium tour can be found at Everton Football Club Stadium Tours
The Mersey Tunnel Tour
Construction of the Queensway Mersey Tunnel began in 1925 and was opened by King George in 1934. This amazing tour provides a behind the scenes look at this fantastic feat of engineering and how it has evolved over the years to ensure the safety of everyone that uses it.
The tour begins in one of the ventilation stations. The decorative detail inside this beautiful art deco building is a big surprise considering it was designed to be a working building not meant for public use. After putting on a hard hat and high visibility jacket, you are initially taken by the guides to witness the Control Room in action. It is here where traffic flow and air quality are monitored 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
It is then on to witness one of the exhaust fans being switched on. Like something out of a science fiction movie this is a sight to be seen. Following this there are then demonstrations on how clean air gets into the tunnel, a surprising look at the foundations of the Port of Liverpool building, a view out at road level and then a walk under the road underneath the Mersey to one of the Emergency Escape Refuges. This is 2 – 3 hours that you won’t forget!
Tours cost £5 but must be booked in advance. For more information about the tour go to The Mersey Tunnel Tour
Liverpool’s Museums and Galleries
Liverpool has more galleries and museums than any other city outside of London and the best bit is that entry to most of them is FREE! With exhibitions changing all of the time, no two visits are likely to be the same. Rain or shine, young or old, it is definitely worth visiting one of Liverpool’s museums. Below is some information regarding the main museums:
Museum of Liverpool is the exciting new museum built on Liverpool’s waterfront at the Pier Head (adjacent to the ‘Three Graces’). Aptly named the ‘Museum of Liverpool’, it demonstrates Liverpool’s contribution to the world and has already attracted thousands of visitors since opening in July 2011. It is open daily from 10:00 – 17:00 and entry is FREE. It is 4.2 miles (6.8 km) from the holiday home. For information on the latest exhibitions at the Museum Of Liverpool go to Museum of Liverpool
World Museum Liverpool is open daily from 10:00 – 17:00 and entry is FREE. This museum is full of historic treasures from throughout the world and is an ideal family day out. It is 4.4 miles (7.1 km) from the holiday home. For information on the latest exhibitions at the World Museum Liverpool go to World Museum Liverpool
Walker Art Gallery Liverpool is open daily from 10:00 – 17:00 and entry is FREE. This gallery holds one of the finest collections of fine and decorative art in Europe. It is 4.4 miles (7.1 km) from the holiday home. For information on the latest exhibitions at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool go to Walker Art Gallery Liverpool
Merseyside Maritime Museum is open daily from 10:00 – 17:00 and entry is FREE. This museum charts Liverpool’s history with the sea and it’s importance as a gateway to the New World. It is 4.2 miles (6.8 km) from the holiday home. For information on the latest exhibitions at the Merseyside Maritime Museum go to Merseyside Maritime Museum Liverpool
International Slavery Museum Liverpool is open daily from 10:00 – 17:00 and entry is FREE. This museum tells the history of the Slave Trade and Liverpool’s role in it. It is 4.2 miles (6.8 km) from the holiday home. For information on the latest exhibitions at the International Slavery Museum Liverpool go to International Slavery Museum Liverpool
Lady Lever Art Gallery Port Sunlight Village is open daily from 10:00 – 17:00 and entry is FREE. This gallery contains a beautiful collection of fine and decorative art, including 18th and 19th century furniture and paintings, wedgewood and Chinese porcelain. Although it is located on the Wirral peninsula across the Mersey, it is worth the trip to also see Port Sunlight Village. It was originally created by the Lever Brothers to house their factory workers and is very picturesque. It is 10 miles (16.1 km) from the holiday home. For more information on the latest exhibitions at the Lady Lever Art Gallery Port Sunlight Village go to Lady Lever Art Gallery Liverpool
Sudley House Liverpool is open daily from 10:00 – 17:00 and entry is FREE. This Victorian Merchants residence provides the unique opportunity to view his art collection in it’s original setting. As well as this it regularly holds other art exhibitions. It is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the holiday home. For more information on the latest exhibitions at Sudley House Liverpool go to Sudley House Liverpool
Tate Liverpool is open 10:00-17:50 but is closed on Mondays between start October and the end of March. Entrance is FREE, however there is a charge for certain major exhibitions. It is also open until 21:00 on the last Thursday of every month for Late at Tate Liverpool and again until 21:00 every Tuesday to Saturday in August. This gallery is home to one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the UK outside London and is the National Collection of Modern Art in the North of England. It is 4.2 miles (6.8 km) from the holiday home. For information on the latest exhibitions at the Tate Liverpool go to Tate Liverpool
Victoria Gallery and Museum Liverpool is open 10:00-17:00 Tuesday to Saturday. This museum is home to Liverpool University’s rich and varied fine art, ceramics, and heritage collections. It is 3.3 miles (5.3 km) from the holiday home. For more information on the latest exhibitions at the Victoria Gallery and Museums go to Victoria Gallery and Museum Liverpool
FACT Galleries and Media Lounge Liverpool is open Monday to Friday 10:00-18:00 and Saturday and Sunday 11:00-18:00. Entrance to the galleries and media lounge is FREE. FACT’ stands for the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. It is the UK’s leading organisation for commissioning, exhibiting, promoting and supporting artists in the fields of film, video, and new media. There are two exhibition galleries and an interactive media lounge. It is 4.2 miles (6.8 km) from the holiday home. For the latest ‘What’s On’ at FACT Liverpool go to What’s On at FACT Liverpool
Liverpool’s Beautiful Parks
Liverpool boasts acres of beautiful parkland and some of the best are within close proximity of the holiday house. Below is a list of our favorites and their distance from the holiday home.
- Calderstones Park – very short walk
- A fantastic park for all ages right on the doorstep of the house.
- Park Features: Mansion House, Children’s Playground, The Allerton Oak, The Pineatum, Ornamental Gardens, Glasshouse, The Neolithic Calderstones, Lake
- Greenbank Park – 1.1 miles (1.8 km)
- A small park ideal for children’s games or just sitting in the sun by the lake.
- Park Features: Lake, Children’s Playground
- Sefton Park – 1.4 miles (2.3 km)
- Possibly Liverpool’s most famous and prestigious Victorian park. It is currently going through a massive regeneration programme with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
- Park Features: Palm House, Boating Lake, Peter Pan Statue, 2.3 mile perimeter walkway.
- Reynolds Park – 1.4 miles (2.3 km)
- 14 hectare park, notorious for it’s listed walled garden.
- Park Features: Walled Garden, Listed Lodge Building.
As you can see from the beautiful images below, Liverpool’s parks are great places to enjoy yourself with all of the family.
Shopping in Liverpool
Shopping in Liverpool City Centre was transformed in 2008 with the opening of Liverpool One, one of the largest open air shopping complexes in Europe. With over 160 high street stores it is a shopaholic’s paradise.
Nominated for the RIBA architecture prize, the partially covered walkways provide a sense of being outdoors on the high street without getting wet. The sense of space and fresh air feel gives it a massive advantage over stale air-conditioned shopping malls.
Set over three levels it is bordered at either end by the large department stores of John Lewis and Debenhams. Level 3 consists of a large terrace lined with restaurants and bars and there is a multiscreen Odeon cinema for entertainment.
Parking is easy too with a safe and secure underground car park providing lift access to all levels.
It is located 4.2 miles / 6.8 km from the holiday home.
St George’s Hall, Liverpool
St George’s Hall is one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world. Set in the heart of the city of Liverpool it had a £23m refurbishment in 2007. In the 1800′s, designer Harvey Lonsdale Elmes won two separate competitions to design a Concert Hall and a Law Courts building for Liverpool. Both designs were incorporated in a single building opened in 1855 called St Georges Hall.
The St George’s Hall Heritage Centre is now open to the general public and is free of charge. On the unaccompanied walking tour of the building, you get to see the original prison cells with genuine prisoner graffiti on the walls; a court room with an opportunity to enter the courtroom from the judge’s chamber as the judge would have done; the Great Hall with it’s famous Willis Organ and Minton tiled floor (the amazing tiled floor is usually covered to protect it and periodically there are special viewings of the uncovered floor).
For the latest information of opening times and events go to St Georges Hall Liverpool
Speke Hall, Garden and Estate
Speke Hall near Liverpool is a superb National Trust managed Tudor manor house. It has beautiful lanscaped gardens and a rich period interior. Discover the ‘Thunderbox Toilet’ and the ‘Priests Secret Hole’. There are often special events taking place. It is open from 15th March through to 14th December and is closed on Mondays. Admission times to the House and Gardens vary. Entrance is free to National Trust members.
For the latest information, opening times and prices go to Speke Hall Liverpool. Speke Hall is just 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from the holiday home.
Swimming at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre
If you enjoy swimming, then a visit to the Liverpool Aquatics Centre is a must. This £17 million state of the art swimming complex opened in 2008 and consists of a 20m and a 50m pool. The 50m pool is two pools in one; at certain times of the day it is sectioned into lanes for the more serious swimmers, then at other times it is split into two 25m pools, one of which has a movable floor where the depth can be varied depending upon the activity taking place. As you would expect, it is being used as a training facility for the top local swimmers, so opening times for the public vary. With the exception of Wednesdays, there is an Early Bird swim between 7:30 and 9:00am where admission is FREE!
To check the latest opening times and admission charges go to Liverpool Aquatics Centre
The Liverpool Waterfront and a Ferry Across the Mersey
Liverpool’s seafaring heritage is known the world over. You need to take a ‘Ferry Across the Mersey’ to see this amazing waterfront at its best. From the river, if you look toward Liverpool you will see the instantly recognisable Pier Head, home to three of Liverpool’s most famous buildings, the ‘Three Graces’:
- the Liver Building (left)
- the Cunard Building (centre)
- the Port of Liverpool Building (right)
The Pier Head area forms part of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.
The ticket office for the ferry is located on Canada Boulevard right in front of the Cunard Building. The latest prices and timetable information can be found at Mersey Ferries
The Echo Wheel of Liverpool
Following on from the success of the big wheel at Liverpool One’s Chavasse Park in 2009, a 60-metre high wheel is located outside the Echo Arena in the Kings Dock. The 42 capsules provide amazing views of the city of Liverpool, it’s historic waterfront and the Welsh Hills beyond.
Further information about booking the wheel can be found at The Wheel Of Liverpool
The Williamson Tunnels
The Williamson Tunnels are a fascinating maze of tunnels and passageways built beneath Edge Hill at the top end of Liverpool city centre. They were the brainchild of a retired tobacco merchant called Joseph Williamson, however his motivation for constructing them remains a mystery to this day.
Built in the early 1800′s, one theory claims Williamson to be a philanthropist, who created work for the local unemployed by getting them to dig the tunnels. Another thoery is that they were built as an escape from the impending doom predicted by religious extremists.
Whatever the reason for their construction, they are an interesting place to visit. A voluntary group called the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels has excavated a section of the maze and this is open to the public to tour. Tours take place from the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, The Old Stableyard, Smithdown Lane, Liverpool, L7 3EE.
Further information about taking a tour of the Williamson Tunnels can be found at The Williamson Tunnels Liverpool
Another Place by Antony Gormley
Located on Crosby beach to the north of Liverpool city centre, is Antony Gormley’s modern sculpture Another Place. It consists of 100 cast iron models of the artist’s own body, spread across almost 2 miles of beach between Waterloo and Blundellsands.
Depending upon the height of the tide, the figures become submerged in the water providing a spectacular if not somewhat eerie view. There is also marina with a cafe and children’s play area.
More information on how to get to this amazing example of modern art can be found at Another Place Antony Gormley Liverpool
So now you know the best things to see and do in Liverpool, make your trip extra special by staying in our luxury holiday home.