What to visit in Liverpool?
Liverpool is a city located in the north-west of England and is one of the most famous and culturally rich cities in the United Kingdom. Founded as a port in the 13th century, Liverpool grew to become a major trading center during the era of the British Empire. Today it is known throughout the world for being the birthplace of the Beatles, one of the most influential and beloved musical bands of all time.
The city is also famous for its waterfront along the River Mersey, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers spectacular architectural views.
Liverpool is a cultural hub with numerous art galleries, museums, theaters and a vibrant music scene, come and discover it!
Discover with us:
The Beatles Story
This is the starting point for any Beatles-themed visit, both for fans and the simply curious. It is not a real museum but an experiential journey that leads to knowing the entire history of the Beatles, from their humble origins to their most famous works which consecrated them to musical immortality.
The Cavern Club
Follow the neon sign and go down the stairs that lead to the basement to take a dive into history. Opened in 1957 as a jazz music venue, it became a rock'n'roll mecca in the 1960s, a second home for the Beatles who played here almost 300 times in two years. Their concerts often lasted for hours, as they served as background music for the patrons. Go there to drink a beer and take a photo on the legendary stage, or visit it in the evening to listen to the new generation of British music.
The cathedral stands out over the city not only for its raised position compared to the port area but also for its considerable size. It is the largest religious building in the United Kingdom and the fifth largest cathedral in the world. But the records of this building, one of the most important to see in Liverpool, do not end here: it can boast the widest and tallest Gothic arches in the world and the largest organ in the country.
If you are a football fan you cannot miss a visit to the stadium. Football plays a very important role in English culture and everyday life and, in a city like Liverpool, especially so. Anfield Stadium has been the home of Liverpool FC since 1892 and has a special place in the hearts of all fans of this team which can boast more titles than any other English team. Take the tour to learn more about the history of the Reds, you can visit the changing rooms, walk through the tunnel and tread the pitch.
The Royal Liver Building
Inaugurated in 1911, the Royal Liver Building is one of Liverpool's icons and one of the buildings that has contributed most to being included in the UNESCO lists. It was one of the first buildings to be built in reinforced concrete, an innovative technique in those years and is easily recognizable by its two clock towers, topped by two statues of mythological birds. They organize guided tours and it is possible to go up to a viewing platform on the fifteenth floor from which you can enjoy breathtaking views.
If you love greenery, you can't miss a walk in Sefton Park, the green lung of the city located four kilometers south of the centre. Much loved by citizens and one of the most beautiful parks to see in Liverpool, Sefton offers not only large green spaces but also some architectural pearls. Like the stunning Victorian palm house, made of glass and metal, where you can find exotic species and statues.
You can rent a bike from City bike liverpool. City Bike have more than 130 stations to make your way across town, venturing from the City Centre, Otterspool Park, Sefton Park Lark Lane, Isla Gladstone Car park to other various places even as far as towards Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Bombed during the war and heavily affected by the industrial crisis, this area, adjacent to the Albert Dock, remained abandoned for several years. But, thanks to the British spirit of conservation and strong doses of inventiveness, this abandoned area has been converted into a digital hub and cultural hub of the city. Here you will find live music venues, artists, workshops, craft emporiums and modern restaurants. You are spoiled for choice as to what to do in what is one of the most beautiful areas to see in Liverpool.
St George's Quarter
Located a few steps from Lime Street station, this area is one of the most elegant and impressive examples of Victorian architecture, so much so that it has earned the title of UNESCO site. In all this beauty you can go shopping, relax in the gardens of St. John's or watch a show in one of the three theaters in the complex.
Don't miss St. George's Hall, a splendor of neo-classical architecture.
This huge port area is testimony to Liverpool's commercial power and its rich industrial past, closely linked to shipping. The red buildings of Albert Dock date back to 1846 and were the first fireproof warehouses in the world: in fact they are built entirely of iron and brick, without using wood. It is worth a few hours of your time to absorb the magnificence of the area, but also because most of the main things to see in Liverpool are located right here.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
A visit to Liverpool would not be complete without passing by this museum dedicated to the role that Liverpool had as a port from which the United Kingdom looked out to the rest of the world. Inside you will find documentation, films but also entire vessels. A section is dedicated to the relationship between Liverpool and the Titanic, including an original life jacket used by one of the castaways.
The North's answer to London's Tate galleries is found here, in the Albert Dock buildings. The museum specializes in modern and contemporary art and is located in the splendid setting of an ancient warehouse faithfully restored in its simplicity. In addition to the vast permanent collection there are always very interesting temporary exhibitions. For those who want to delve deeper there is the possibility of following a guided tour and, to rest after a long visit, you can relax in the museum café.
One of the largest museums in Liverpool and one of the finest in the country, the World Museum houses an amazing collection dedicated to natural sciences and anthropology. Entrance is free so a visit is advisable even just to browse through its rooms. Here you will find an aquarium and an entomology section with exotic insects, but also a planetarium that organizes rotating events.
We have reached the end of the blog about what to visit in Liverpool.
To continue discovering more hidden gems and captivating destinations, stay tuned for more articles on our website. Follow us @thewalkingparrot to be continuously updated on new releases and join us as we embark on new adventures. We will be back soon with a new article!