|| 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
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
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
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
So what are you waiting for? Check out our guides to the
best Liverpool has to offer and get on your way to Merseyside.
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