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Getting yourself to Liverpool
Before you start enjoying the delights of the city, you'll need to get there. As one of England's central urban locations, it should come as no surprise that Liverpool is well connected. Liverpool Lime Street hosts train services from around the UK. Whether you're coming from nearby Manchester or travelling from Scotland, Wales, London or the Midlands, trains to Lime Street put you right in the centre of the city. You could also take a coach to Liverpool and save money on your visit. Various national services travel to Liverpool from other parts of the UK, with prices starting at around £5. Visiting from overseas? Fly to Liverpool John Lenon Airport and hop on the train to Liverpool Lime Street or take a taxi to the city centre. Planning to drive to Liverpool? It's just off the M62, making it easy to get here by car. Find a convenient Liverpool hotel with parking to make things even more accessible.
Unique things to do in Liverpool
There's no shortage of exciting things to see and do in Liverpool, whether you're visiting for a weekend of art and culture or passing through on business with an hour to spare. Head to some of these must-see attractions to make the most of your time in Liverpool.
Royal Albert Dock
Liverpool's docks dominated trade in the 19th century, playing an essential role in the city's culture and development. And they're just as central to Liverpool life today! The Royal Albert Dock is easily one of the top things to do in Liverpool. Home to the Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, The Beatles Story and the International Slavery Museum, there's plenty of history and culture to soak up here. Not to mention bars and restaurants to suit every taste. Head to the docks for breakfast, coffee, lunch or dinner to soak up the unique atmosphere. Whether you dedicate an entire day to the waterfront or just an hour to stroll around, be sure to visit this jewel of Liverpool. Did we mention it's a 20-minute walk from Lime Street?
The city boasts some of the best museums and art galleries in the North, including the iconic Tate Liverpool, one of two Tate galleries outside London. If you're interested in art, be sure to make time for a visit to the Tate. It's home to a comprehensive collection of British and international contemporary works. It sits at the heart of Liverpool's iconic Albert Dock, and entry remains free for all visitors.
The Walker Art Gallery
The Walker Art Gallery is part of the National Museums of Liverpool group, home to England's most extensive classical art collection outside of London. Highlights include work by Rembrandt, Poussin, Degas and Hockney. If you're interested in historical art or looking to spend a peaceful hour, make the Walker your first port of call.
The Beatles Story
It wouldn't be a trip to Liverpool without visiting The Beatles Story, the city's award-winning museum dedicated to the Famous Four. This is the world's largest permanent exhibition telling The Beatles' story. See original instruments, clothing (including John Lennon's glasses!), rare album sleeves and handwritten lyrics.
Liverpool is scattered with beautiful historical architecture, so you can enjoy a taste no matter how you spend your days. Still, it pays to seek out some of the city's most impressive displays. Head to St George's Quarter, the city's heritage site, for many examples of Victorian buildings. The Grade I-listed Royal Liver Building is also unmissable. Built between 1908 and 1911, the Liver Building is considered Europe's first skyscraper. Look out for the Liver Birds perched on top!
Liverpool's best restaurants and bars
When it comes to food and drink, Liverpool won't let you down. With plenty of easy street food, laid-back restaurants and fine dining spots dotted around the city, there's something here to suit every taste. Whether you're looking for a quick bite on the go, small plates and natural wines or rooftop cocktails with a view, find just what you're looking for in Liverpool.
Restaurants for special occasions
Visiting Liverpool to mark an occasion? Whether you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just the weekend, there are plenty of excellent eateries for a memorable meal. The Art School Restaurant stands out from the crowd, set inside a unique Victorian building to set a remarkable scene. Enjoy beautifully-prepared British cuisine that makes the most of local ingredients. Or head to Röski, headed by MasterChef: The Professionals' Anton Piotrowski. Dinner with a view? Panoramic 34 sits on the West Tower's 34th floor, boasting unbeatable views of the city and the water below.
There's a time and a place for fancy fine dining. If you're in the mood for a more laid-back meal to round off your day, there's plenty of choice in Liverpool. Head to Pen Factory, a casual bar and restaurant next door to the Everyman theatre. Or choose Mowgli for playful and delicious Indian street food. Veggie or vegan? Down The Hatch serves indulgent plant-based junk food. The Egg Café is another favourite spot, ideal for lunch in Liverpool.
The best bars and pubs
From quick pints to perfect cocktails, Liverpool boasts lots of lively and laid-back bars to suit your taste. Try The Cavern Pub on Matthew Street to enjoy live music with your drinks. Shenanigans is a quirky Irish bar, perfect for a fuss-free beer. Or head to Bunch Wine Bar for a casual atmosphere and some fantastic natural wines.