An historic port sitting on the mouth of the River Mersey along the North West coast of England Liverpool is a city full of chequered history and filled with hope for the future. Lively and cosmopolitan this Northern city has a culture that is entirely its own. Follow the well worn path of a generation of musicians that changed the face of music forever, the city is famed for being the birthplace of the Merseybeat music scene and its most famous of sons – The Beatles.
Iconic architecture fills the city, history from the cities wealthy seafaring past sitting happily alongside extravagant new builds from a recent surge of regeneration. Liverpool is ready to step up to the plate and once again claim its place as the jewel of the North West.
Where to Stay
Liverpool has a long history of catering for the traveller on all budgets and has a huge variety of accommodation ranging from luxurious hotels to cut price hostels but the one thing that is always guaranteed is the warm and friendly welcome.
Close to the Cavern Club on North John Street is the ultimate destination for Beatles fans; Hard Days Night Hotel is a boutique hotel that prides itself on being the only Beatles Themed Hotel in the world. All the luxurious rooms are individually designed with Beatles artwork adorning their walls. For the absolute Beatles experience book the Lennon or McCartney suites with rooms that reflect the history of their namesakes.
Base2stay on lively Seel Street in the heart of Liverpool city centre is the perfect budget choice, the rooms (and fabulous garden suite) are all sleek and modern with excellent amenities. Prices are incredibly reasonable with all rates being per room irrespective of occupancy. Recently named as the 6th best UK hotel for under £100 this hotel will only continue to increase in popularity.
Where to Eat
Liverpool is host to some of the best cuisines in the world, a melting pot of culture and history Liverpool has embraced the huge variety of food and spices brought over from far off lands during the heyday of maritime travel.
For sheer uniqueness of venue eat at the Alma de Cuba on Seel St, a beautiful historic Catholic Church that has been converted into a Latin American extravaganza. Live music, carnivals and great cocktails enhance the excellent menu with its influences from the Caribbean and South America.
The Everyman Bistro underneath the Everyman Theatre is the place to eat on a budget, popular with out of work and jobbing actors, the Everyman Bistro serves good quality locally sourced produce always cooked well. Busy night and day with a bohemian feel this is the place for the writers, academics and actors of the future, just who will you spot?
What to Do
No trip to Liverpool is complete without taking at least one ferry across the Mersey; travel from lively Liverpool over to the leafy Wirral peninsula. The Wirral has plenty to keep you occupied all day long from the great traditional beach at Wallasey and all the glitz of a British funfair at New Brighton, to the history of Port Sunlight Model Village with its beautiful art gallery.
Shop till you drop, Liverpool city centre has enjoyed a huge revival over the past couple of decades and the range of departments stores and boutiques reflects this. The vast and trendy Liverpool One shopping centre is a day out in itself. Whether you want designer shoes or bespoke jewellery, whether you are browsing or spending, Liverpool city centre is the place to see and to be seen..
Follow the trail of the most famous British band of all time, to get a sense of how important the Beatles are to their native city take the time to travel to the regenerated Albert Docks. The Beatles story set at the docks gives a full frank history of the band with great narration and exhibits. Be sure to visit the Cavern Club in Mathew Street and wonder at the music venue where The Beatles were first spotted, still a popular club even today the Cavern Club was pivotal in the Beatles success. Mathew Street is also host to a quiet little art gallery which just happens to exhibit some of John Lennon’s post Beatles art work, well worth visiting for the die hard fans.
When to Visit
The British weather in unpredictable, although fairly mild for most of the year it is not known for temperature extremes. Summers are usually pleasantly warm and winters are generally mild but it rains – it rains a lot. So whatever else you pack, be sure to take an umbrella no matter which time of year you visit.
Liverpool has many cultural events and summer is host to many of these, April is also traditionally a very busy time due to the Grand National horse race at Aintree – although this only adds to the already vibrant feel of the city.