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Visitor's Guide to Liverpool

Visitor's Guide to Liverpool Famous for the Beatles, football and the Albert Dock, Liverpool is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant and creative cities in the UK. And with its newfound status as European Capital of Culture 2008, the city is emerging as one of leading centres for learning, culture, entertainment and sport.

For tourists there is a wealth of attractions to visit, as Merseyside has more museums, theatres and galleries than any other region outside London.

World-class exhibitions at the Tate Gallery [map], the renowned Merseyside Maritime Museum [map], the Open Eye Gallery [map] and the Bluecoat Centre [map] are just a few of the venues to visit.

These are enhanced superbly by Liverpool’s array of theatres, with the Empire [map] hosting major West End productions and the innovative Everyman [map] and Playhouse [map] theatres showing off local talent.

Architecture is also key to Liverpool’s status as Britain’s best city for culture, with the Town Hall [map], Anglican Cathedral [map] and the Liver Building [map] just a few of the wonders for you to see.

But Liverpool is not only famous for its architecture, museums and art galleries, the city was recently acknowledged in the Guinness Book of Hit Singles as the ‘World Capital of Pop’.

As the birthplace of the Beatles, the city offers guided tours of the Fab Four’s childhood haunts on the Magical Mystery Tour, while the world famous Mathew Street is a mecca to fans around the world.

Liverpool is also a serious sporting city, as it is home to Liverpool and Everton football clubs the world's most famous horse race, the Grand National, at Aintree [map].

Shopping ranges from high street stores, such as Next and River Island, to designer boutiques, with the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana and Guess all available here.

New restaurants are always opening in Liverpool, and there is definitely something for everyone's taste – Chinese, Indian, Italian, French, Japanese, Thai, Mexican and Greek are just a few of the cuisines on offer.

Liverpool’s nightlife attracts partygoers from around the UK, as it offers a wonderful mix of traditional pubs, chic wine bars and cool nightclubs. In the city centre there are a wealth of venues such as Baa Bar [map] and The Living Room [map], while down at the Albert Dock there are more exclusive bars, such as Baby Cream [map], where local footballers and soap stars sometimes hang out.

The city also has a lot to offer live music fans from big names playing big venues, like The Darkness, Coldplay and Gene, to up-and-coming acts playing at smaller venues, such as Academy 2 [map].

If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, then there are plenty of parks around Liverpool to spend lazy days. There are also nature reserves up the coast at Formby [map], a safari park at Knowsley [map], stately homes in Speke and Croxteth, and the seaside town of Southport is only 20 minutes away.

As you would expect with a major tourist city there is plenty of accommodation to choose from that will make your stay in Liverpool very pleasant indeed. From homely B&Bs and friendly hostels, to posh waterfront hotels and stylish self-catering apartments, there is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget.

So what are you waiting for? Check out our guides to the best Liverpool has to offer and get on your way to Merseyside. And don't forget, if you want to comment on our choices or recommend somewhere, why not use our What You Recommend form to let us know.

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