- For other places with the same name, see Liverpool (disambiguation).
Liverpool is a major city in Merseyside, England, famed for culture, football teams, The Beatles and buzzing nightlife. It lies within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire.
Liverpool is a large, vibrant city with great cultural heritage and was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2008, with the famous Pier Head Waterfront being a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. Liverpool is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and is also renowned for being the birthplace of a wide range of popular musicians including The Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Echo & the Bunnymen and many more. The city has two cathedrals and possesses the largest national museum collection outside of London. It has a fascinating and turbulent history as a great world maritime centre and is home to Europe's oldest Chinatown. The famous Grand National Horse Race takes place in the outskirts of the city (Aintree). It is also home to two association football clubs, Liverpool and Everton, which are both amongst the most successful British football clubs. In 2015 a YouGov poll voted Liverpool the friendliest city in the UK. A poll in 2014 by readers of travel magazine Rough Guide revealed Liverpool people to be among the most welcoming to travellers, and named Liverpool as the fourth friendliest city in the world. The new results follow on from a survey earlier in 2014 which saw Liverpool named number three in the world of the top destinations to visit by Trip Advisor. Rough Guide salutes Liverpool for its 'magnificent municipal and industrial buildings' plus its 'fine showing of British art in the celebrated Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool.' The magazine goes on to hail the 'multitude of exhibits in the terrific World Museum Liverpool, and a revitalized arts and nightlife urban quarter centred on FACT. In 2016 Liverpool was also named the UK's best cruise port of call for the third time in four years. Cruise Critic, a sister site of TripAdvisor, handed the city the accolade due to the range of attractions within walking distance of its cruise terminal. Judges praised the "warm welcome" offered by the people of Liverpool and the city's range of architectural treasures. They said "The revitalised Albert Dock houses numerous restaurants and attractions - like the Beatles Story museum - and the adjacent billion-pound Liverpool One retail park is the UK's largest open-air retail complex." The awards are judged by a panel of cruise journalists in 18 different categories.
Due to its location on the western coast of England, Liverpool developed a strong maritime presence as it grew. It was named after Liuerpul, the town established in 1190 in the same location. Prior to the 17th century, the population remained relatively small; under 500, in fact. But with the launching of the first slave ship, industry and population started growing and didn't stop until 300 years later. The early seaside development was marked by innovations in shipping and trade that UNESCO would highlight in 2004 by awarding several places in Liverpool with World Heritage Site status.
Through the slave trade, and later the North Atlantic sealing trade, there was considerable wealth and opportunity that attracted immigrants from the Commonwealth and Europe. The first Chinese community was established in Liverpool and the city still boasts the oldest Chinatown in Europe. The Great Famine in Ireland increased the Irish population of the city considerably, and at points in the 19th century, as much as 25% of the population were of Irish descent.
During the 19th century, there were periods of time in which Liverpool was wealthier than London. Liverpool connected to Manchester with the first inter city rail link, and a considerable amount of trade passed through the city to the rest of England. The UK's first provincial airport was built in Liverpool's county, and the buildings erected during this time are ambitious and decadent, embodying the optimistic spirit of the city. Called the New York of Europe during this time, the United States built its first consulate ever in Liverpool.
The 20th century saw a sharp decline in the prosperity of the city. Growth was curbed during the Great Depression — when unemployment rates in the city reached nearly 30%. During World War II, significant portions of the city were bombed. Much of the rebuilding was unpopular with residents and compromised portions of the historically significant areas of the city. In the 1970s and 1980s, with the decline of traditional manufacturing, unemployment once again increased beyond national averages. For the last part of the 20th century, the focus of civic efforts in Liverpool has been rebuilding and regenerating the city.
The 20th century also witnessed the development of Merseybeat the pop rock sound that propelled The Beatles onto the world stage. Much of the current revitalization that Liverpool is experiencing comes from tourism focusing on the heritage of The Beatles in the city. Throughout City Centre there are museums, galleries, landmarks, and in recent years it was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture.
Present day Liverpool is a city of nearly a half-million residents, who tend to be younger than the national average. Driven by the recent national and worldwide attention in the cultural spotlight, Liverpool's regeneration is still in active progress.
As a seaside town, Liverpool is a cultural hub in the United Kingdom. Guinness World Records bestowed the title of “World Capital City of Pop” on the city, and for 2008 it was the European Capital of Culture. Liverpool isn't just churning out pop music gods; a number of notable authors make the city their home, or set their novels in the port town. Historically a working class port city, Liverpool boomed during the industrial revolution. The writing of authors born in the city is fueled by their own shared experiences of being part of, or associating with the lower classes. Liverpool authors often create insightful portraits into the personal struggles of the poor and working class during the 20th century.
- Helen Forrester came to Liverpool with her parents during the Great Depression from London. At the age of 12 she was largely responsible for the care of her six younger siblings. Her memoir Twopence to Cross the Mersey focuses on her time in Liverpool as a child, experiencing poverty after growing up as a member of the middle-class. Eventually the memoir became a musical and she went on to write several more memoirs as well as numerous fictional novels set in Liverpool.
- The novels of Dame Beryl Bainbridge draw upon not only the gritty setting of Liverpool but also from her personal relationships. Her novels are often described as macabre psychological fiction that combines hilarity and tragedy with absurdity. She is renowned as one of the best UK authors since 1945 and has received numerous awards, including several Whitbread Awards and five nominations for the Booker Prize.
- From Liverpool with Love is a classic example of the fiction written by Lyn Andrews set in the city where she was born and raised. It follows the story of two siblings as they experience the Industrial Revolution in Liverpool, having starkly different and eventually colliding experiences trying to make their way as part of the working class. Andrews wrote dozens of other titles set in Liverpool before she moved to Ireland and her adopted home became the setting for her fiction.
- Pop music permeates even the literary achievements of the seaside city, Paul Du Noyer is a notable music journalist who turned his investigative eye on the influences that Liverpool had on pop music throughout the United Kingdom. Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party follows the development of one punk band, their career and misfire in achieving stardom. Readers interested in biographies and pop/punk music will find that Du Noyer novels and articles provide a great Liverpool-insider perspective.
- Brian Jaques' incredibly imaginative and detailed Redwall Series doesn't take place in Liverpool (because it's about the adventures of anthropomorphized woodland creatures), but he was born and grew up near the docks of the city. He began writing stories to read to the children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind and his descriptive style developed by writing descriptions for blind children.
As a port city active in maritime trade and experiencing considerable wealth prior to the 20th century, Liverpool has remarkable cultural diversity. Booming immigration from the Commonwealth, Ireland, and continental Europe all contributed to the diversity of nationalities and religions in the city. The years of prosperity are evident in the extravagant architecture of the buildings erected prior to the Great Depression, many of them places of worship for a wide variety of religions. Liverpool currently has a considerable Catholic population, but there are also Anglican, Greek Orthodox churches, mosques, synagogues and Hindu temples constructed throughout the city.
The population is predominantly white British, with considerably smaller populations of Asian British, Black British and mixed race individuals. Liverpool has the oldest community of Black British in all of England. Because of its shipping lines to Africa and the United States, freed slaves were some of the first Black settlers in the city. Liverpool also has the oldest community of Chinese in all of Europe, with the oldest Chinatown established by Chinese sailors in the 19th century. During the Great Irish Famine, the Irish population in Liverpool boomed and during periods of its history, Liverpool was notable for its considerable Welsh immigrant population. The cultural diversity of Liverpool has been contributed to by immigrants from the Caribbean, Latin America, Ghana and the Middle East.
There's a present community of LGBTQ individuals, and Liverpool has one of the only official gay districts in the United Kingdom. The Stanley Street Quarter is the site for the Liverpool Pride festival and has hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, cafes and shops.
Citizens of Liverpool are called Liverpudlians, but are more frequently referred to as scouse or scousers. The nickname is derived from the name of a stew that 19th-century sailors frequently made. Scouse can also refer to the accent of the |Merseyside District]], where Liverpool is located. The stew is still popular in the city and can be found on the menu at most pubs and restaurants.
Liverpool Football Club boasts an impressive number of trophies, more European trophies than any other English football club. The club's badge features the city's bird, the liver bird, inside a shield with twin flames on either side to commemorate fans who were crushed to their deaths against stadium fencing. Fans will sing the club's anthem, You'll Never Walk Alone, in chorus; a tradition begun in Liverpool that has now spread to other clubs across England and Europe. Just under a mile away are their bitter rivals Everton Football Club. 'The Toffees', as they are nicknamed, features Prince Rupert's Tower in the club badge. Support for both clubs is strong and many families are divided on their loyalties.
Scousers boast their own distinct dialect, filled with slang sometimes deemed impenetrable by outsiders. Tourists may be referred to as a wool or woolyback which means a non-scouser. Belter is used as a positive exclamation, and devoed or gutted are used as negatives. If you're in a busy tourist area you can describe it as chocka, chocka block or rammed to fit in with the locals. And if you go out in the evening, ask for a bevvie or a few scoops to order a beer like a real scouser.
A seaside town on the western coast of the United Kingdom, Liverpool's primary industry was historically maritime. Much of its early wealth and population growth came from the slaving and seal trades. Because of Liverpool's sustained wealth from the shipping trade, there were opportunities for the working class and immigrants who came from across the UK and Europe. The growing population contributed their diverse cultures to the profile of the city and is represented in the architecture of religious buildings throughout Liverpool.
During the 20th century, Commonwealth immigrants were a fast-growing segment of the population and Liverpool was steadfastly considered a working class city. During the Great Depression and following the decline of manufacturing in the 1970s, the city experienced significant rates of unemployment higher than the rest of the country. The 21st century has seen Liverpool focusing on regeneration and promotion of its long history for incubating cultural titans. Now, tourism is a significant industry for the city, capitalizing on The Beatles and the numerous galleries, museums and landmarks it has to offer.
In 2004, Liverpool became a UNESCO World Heritage site. The six sites across the city mark its significance in world trade in the 16th and 17th century and contributions to maritime trade technology. Now with the influx of redevelopment revenue as well as greater attention from national politicians to revitalize the city, some fear the World Heritage sites are in peril and openly oppose some of the new construction.
The city itself is governed by two levels of elected officials. The Liverpool City Council is composed of 90 councillors from 30 wards across the city. The most recent election in 2011 saw the Labour Party take control of the council. The remaining seats went mostly to Liberal Democrats, with a scant few going to the Liberal Party and the Green Party.
Public service in Liverpool is effectively divided between two mayors. One Mayor is directly elected and responsible for the day-to-day operations of running the city as well as working with the Liverpool City Council. There is also a ceremonial Lord Mayor, a civil mayor elected by the city council. The Lord Mayor is responsible for promoting the city and working with local charities and community groups. They are effectively the face of the city council in the city.
Liverpool of the 19th and 20th centuries was dominantly Tory. However, the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 and monetarist economic policies contributed to the rocketing unemployment rates at the end of the century that took a long time to recede. The late 20th century also saw public sector labor strikes that resonated strongly with the working class. Now with a younger population in the metropolitan area, the city is considered a Labour Party stronghold.
The coastal town is located around 200 miles north of London, but experiences a much more temperate climate than continental Europe at the same latitude. Scandinavian countries experience more dramatic temperature changes from season to season, as well as longer lasting heat waves and cold snaps. Built on sandstone hills, Liverpool rises 230 feet above sea level at its highest point. Several estuaries border Liverpool that flow out into Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea.
All the seasons here are generally mild, with cool summers and gentle winters. The tradeoff for temperate climate is daily weather that is highly unpredictable. No matter what time of year you are traveling, there's an equal chance of rain, sun, wind gusts or cloudy days. For the most part, temperatures hover around 60 degrees in the summertime and 40 degrees in the winter. It's rare for the daily temperature to rise above 74 degrees or fall below 27 degrees.
The tourist season tends to be in late spring and summer. This is the best chance at good weather, but early autumn can be less crowded and still have enjoyable weather. Mild humidity makes precipitation likely, so it's a good idea to check daily forecasts and carry protection against the rain. Travelers may do better to have some flexibility in their daily plans, saving museums and indoor landmarks in case of rainstorms and poor weather.
May, June and July have the best chances for sunny days, but there's still an average of 16 days of precipitation a month. During those 16 days, approximately two to five inches of precipitation fall.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (IATA: LPL) has around 160 flights arriving daily from within the UK and Europe. The airport is well-served by low-cost airlines, particularly Easyjet and Ryanair.
Manchester Airport (IATA: MAN) is about a 45-60 minute drive away from Liverpool. Hourly, direct rail services operate between Liverpool Lime Street Station and Manchester Airport operated by Northern Rail. Manchester Airport has a wide variety of destinations. Frequent flights operate to North America and Asia, as well as short haul services throughout Europe.
As always,don't change money into £ Sterling at airports unless unavoidable-ripoff rates guaranteed at airport bureaux de change.There are ATMS (Cashpoints in British English) at both Liverpool and Manchester airports.Anywhere in the UK,do not accept £50 notes (impossible to use at shops or businesses,just maybe in hotels),always ask for notes of £20 or less.If arriving from the Eurozone,€ 200 or €500 notes will probably be impossible to change,even at banks or bureaux de change, anywhere in the UK.
Cruise liner ships berth in Liverpool City Centre, near the Pier Head. A new cruise liner facility has been constructed to enable bigger vessels to visit, and to enhance the experience.
Regular, scheduled ferries operate all year round, to and from
- Douglas, in the Isle of Man operated by the SteamPacket Company. These depart from Douglas to Liverpool at 15:00, arriving 17:45. The return journey from Liverpool to Douglas is at 19:15, arriving 22:00. Foot passenger single fares range from £39.00 to £48.00. At quieter times of the year, special promotional "footloose" fares can usually be found for around £20.00.
- Belfast, (Northern Ireland) operated by Stena Line. Foot passenger single fares range from £30.00 at quiet times of the year, to £45.00 throughout July and August and at other busier periods. Motor vehicles are also conveyed. Journey duration for the following services is 8 hours: Depart from Belfast to Liverpool and Liverpool to Belfast at 10:30 and 22:30. Note: the 10:30 sailings do not operate on Monday(s) in either direction.
If arriving from Belfast,most businesses in Liverpool (especially taxi drivers) will not accept Northern Ireland banknotes
Liverpool is well served by frequent rail services to/from Birmingham (1h40), Leeds (1h40), London (2h10), Manchester (45mins), Newcastle (3h), Nottingham (2h30), and York, (2h30). If travelling from Scotland, you'll change at either Wigan, Warrington or Preston See [www.nationalrail.co.uk National Rail] for details.
The principal station in Liverpool is 'Liverpool Lime Street'.
This is an impressive glass and steel building, a fine example of Victorian Engineering.
Facilities include - ticket office, travel information centre, help desks, left luggage, toilets, shops, cafes, pubs and coffee and fast food kiosks. There is a waiting room, 1st class lounge and cash machines between platforms 7 and 8.
There is a taxi rank at the Skelhorne St entrance to the station.
Pedestrian access is from Lime St, Lord Nelson St or Skelhorne St.
Trains depart for
London - 1 per hour
Birmingham - 2 per hour
Manchester - frequent
Liverpool South Parkway (for John Lennon Airport) - frequent
Leeds - 2 per hour
Wigan - 3 per hour
Lime Street also has an underground station on the conurbation's Merseyrail network, where Wirral Line trains depart for Chester, Ellesmere Port, West Kirby, and New Brighton. If you need Northern Line trains to Southport, Ormskirk, Kirkby and Hunts Cross (via Liverpool South Parkway for John Lennon Airport), take the Wirral Line one stop to Liverpool Central and change there.
- National Express, the UK's largest scheduled coach company operates services from the city's Liverpool ONE bus station. London is four to five hours away by coach and is served by a half a dozen services per day. Manchester is served by an hourly service taking a similar time to the train (except at rush hour). Manchester Airport can be reached by coach in under one hour, six coaches run per day.
- Megabus operates a network across the U.K. There is one bus daily from London to Liverpool. Journey time 4-5 hours. Prices also start at £1 and then increase depending on how far in advance you book.
||WARNING: It can be a criminal offence to travel on a bus or train without a valid ticket. Revenue Protection Inspectors do operate frequently, particularly on the local rail services. You CANNOT buy a ticket on board a Merseyrail train, you must purchase one prior to travelling. If you are stopped and do not have a valid ticket, you are usually charged a Penalty Fare of £20 (each) to the next station/stop or made to leave the train/bus at the next stop. Intentional fare evasion usually results in arrest and/or prosecution, even for tourists.
Airport Bus Links
Liverpool John Lennon Airport has regular bus links into Liverpool City Centre, provided by Arriva. It is recommended that you board the dedicated "Airlink" express service, "500", primarily because it only takes around 30 minutes into the City Centre, with no intermediate stops and it is fairly frequent. The 500 express bus will cost around £3-4 single, payable in cash. Unfortunately the express service does not operate after around 19:00.
Other (Arriva) bus services operate into Liverpool City Centre, (80A and 86A), but these are local stopping services, taking around 50-60 minutes to reach the City Centre. They are slightly cheaper, costing around £2-3 for a single. These buses run from around 05:00 until midnight.
Other local bus services operate towards Bootle, (81A), Walton, (81A), Huyton, (89A), and St. Helens, (89A). A coach service operates towards Manchester.
It is possible to buy a one day travel ticket for buses and trains at the airport information desk for £3.70 this is valid on all buses including the 500 airport express. Ask for a zone C saveaway. If you want to use the ferry ask for an all zone saveaway for £4.70. This is actually cheaper than a single ferry fare.
Taxis from JLA have a £1 surcharge levied by the airport,so whatever your fare,it will be that + £1.Standard fares are on a sign in the terminal.If there are 3-4 of you,get a cab rather than the bus.
Liverpool City Centre is not too big to walk around, but black hackney cabs are plentiful if you are feeling lazy. You can usually hail a hackney cab from the side of the road, but in busier areas, these taxis will have a designated pick up area.
Private hire taxis are also available, but must be booked by telephone, although some of the bigger companies now have their own app for booking taxis. They are often significantly cheaper than a black hackney cab. It usually takes no longer than 5-10 minutes for a private hire taxi to arrive, after you have booked it by telephone.
Like elsewhere in the UK, Both hackney and private hire taxis are strictly regulated. Hackney cabs should always use the meter, (unless you are travelling a particularly long distance), and most private hire taxis will have a table showing the price(s) per mile and any other charges. It is unlikely you will be intentionally overcharged. Hand written receipts are usually available.
Local Bus Services
Many bus services operate in and around Liverpool. The most popular (and frequent) routes are primarily operated by Stagecoach Merseyside or Arriva North West using modern, low floor vehicles. Cash single fares are usually under £3.00, unless you are travelling outside of Liverpool. You should pay the driver as you board. You should avoid paying for bus fares with banknotes. £20 notes are not usually accepted and £50 notes will never be accepted. Try to pay using coins.
If you are unsure of when to get off, speak to the bus driver when boarding, and ask if he can tell you when you arrive. Most bus drivers will be happy to do this.
Liverpool day pass for Arriva buses £4,weekly pass £16 (Dec 2015)
Most local bus numbers ending in "A", e.g. 80A, 82A, 86A, 89A etc. will eventually call at, (or terminate at), the Airport. Routes ending in "B", "C", "D" usually indicate the bus takes a slightly different route, for example, the 82 bus does not serve Queen Square bus station, but the 82D service does. Routes ending in "E" usually do not run the full length of the route.
Bus numbers starting with "N", (e.g. N5, N37), are Night Buses, provided by Arriva. They operate only on Friday and Saturday nights until around 4am and all depart from Queen Square Bus station. Night Bus fares are relatively expensive, £4-£5 for a cash single. No other tickets are accepted.
There are two main bus stations in the City Centre, these are operated by Merseytravel. Both have a travel information centre, stocked with timetables and tourist information leaflets. You can also purchase daily, weekly, monthly and annual public transport tickets, as well as National Express coach tickets.
- Liverpool ONE Bus Station, located in the Liverpool ONE shopping complex, has very frequent bus services operating towards the suburbs in South Liverpool, (e.g. Runcorn/Speke/Garston/Halewood/Liverpool Airport).
The 500 Airport Express service calls here.
- Queen Square Bus Station is situated near Liverpool Lime Street station and St. John's Shopping Centre. It is a short walk away from the Liverpool ONE shopping area. Most services departing from here are operating towards North Liverpool, (e.g. Walton/Fazakerley/Croxteth/Kirkby/Huyton).
You can also board the Liverpool Airport Express service from here.
Good, frequent rail services operate from Liverpool City Centre. "Peak time" in Liverpool is between 06:30 and 09:30, and between 16:30 and 18:00. During these times, some local rail tickets may become more expensive and services will be busy.
Liverpool Central is the busiest underground station on the conurbation's Merseyrail Network, and gives access to both Northern and Wirral Lines. Trains on Merseyrail Wirral and Northern Lines run every 15 minutes to each end destination, forming higher frequencies as the services converge closer to the centre of the conurbation. Fares are typical for "local journeys" (around the £2 to £5 cost typically). For all day travel across all buses, trains and ferries in the city area, ask for a "Saveaway" ticket from any train station or Merseytravel centre in the city area. This costs just over £5.
Liverpool Lime Street is the terminus for most long distance services from places like Birmingham, London, Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds and York. Local trains also depart from Lime Street, heading towards Huyton, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan. Some routes can be infrequent, but most long distance destinations have at least an hourly service, with the local routes usually around every 15 minutes. Lime Street also has an underground station served by all branches of the Merseyrail Wirral Line.
The Beatles statue outside Pier Head
With Liverpool's long history, there are remarkable historical sites and landmarks throughout the City Centre and extending into the surrounding suburban areas for tourists willing to make excursions from the city. Guided tours are available to highlight all aspects of Liverpool culture, from when it was a maritime titan to when it gave birth to The Beatles.
UNESCO awarded six World Heritage sites in Liverpool because of its role in the development of maritime technologies and its history as a major trade center through the 18th and 19th century. The sites are civic and public buildings near the waterfront and beyond. Many notable landmarks have been revitalized for the tourist industry and provide tours and interactive attractions for visitors.
The City Centre of Liverpool is brimming with shopping, museums, landmarks, restaurants and bars all nestled within distinct neighborhoods.
- Liverpool has the oldest established Chinatown in Europe, located at the southern edge of City Centre. The entrance to the district has the largest multi-span arch outside of China, covered in 200 hand-carved dragons. Within Chinatown, there are Chinese-owned restaurants, bookshops and supermarkets.
- Architecture lovers may enjoy Canning, the Georgian quarter of the city. It's composed alomst entirely of residential architecture from the Georgian period. Originally constructed for the wealthy of the city, it fell into dereliction during the 20th century, but with the restoration of the rest of the city, its properties have become highly sought after.
- Albert Dock and Pier Head are a complex of piers and warehouses constructed in the 19th century. Its modern iteration is a group of attractions, restaurants, museums and shopping.
- A lasting part of Liverpool's history is the long straight streets in RopeWalks where they used to lay out the ropes they were making for the ships. Now you can find cafes, bars and night spots in the area.
There are museums covering all aspects of Liverpool's history, from its time as a major trade center to its role in bringing around a new sound in rock music, as well as art galleries sprinkled throughout many of its neighborhoods.
- The Beatles Story, (Albert Dock and Pier Head), . 9:00-19:00 exhibition; 9:00-19:30 shop. For Beatles fans, it's a must-see. The museum is devoted entirely to The Beatles, with artifacts from the band and their lives in Liverpool. There are two locations: one at Albert Dock, the other at Pier Head. adults £14.95, Seniors and students £11.50, children (5-16 years) £9. Discounts available for families.. edit
- Merseyside Maritime Museum, (Albert Dock), ☎ +44 0151 478 4499, . daily 10:00 - 17:00. The museum focuses on trade and emigration to the New World and boasts a range of sailing vessels on display. There are specific parts dedicated to the Titanic and the Lusitania. free. edit
Located both on the seaside and inland, there are a number of outdoor areas in Liverpool. Near the water, Otterspool Park has an adventure center with outdoor activities like high ropes courses, obstacle courses and adventure mazes. Sefton Park is 235 acres of green spaces, water features and buildings. It's designated as an English Heritage site, located in south Liverpool. Calderstones Park in Allerton boasts 125 acres with a playground, children's area, cafe and botanical gardens.
The history of Liverpool is multifaceted, and recent urban revitalization projects highlight many aspects of that history. Much of the history is illustrated through the architecture and in the different districts in City Centre. Walking through the streets of Chinatown, Canning or RopeWalks is to see Liverpool as it was hundreds of years ago. When the weather is nice, there are walking tours focusing on all kinds of interests, including ghosts, The Beatles, maritime history, and the history of the slave trade. Walking tours are a good way for new tourists to get acquainted with the city, or for frequent visitors to get more in-depth knowledge about landmarks and neighborhoods.
For travelers who don't feel like they've visited a city until they've shopped, Liverpool has great neighborhoods for spending. Bold Street is one of the top districts for shopping in the United Kingdom, Lord Street has remarkable architecture as well as retail locations and MetQuarter is great for beauty and fashion.
If you want to leave Liverpool feeling like a real scouser you can take advantage of the many interactive attractions to get fully immersed in Liverpool culture. Here are some of the most notable activities.
- Liverpool One. Liverpool One is the flagship of the civic revitalization projects that began after the decline of the manufacturing industry in the city. Shopping and dining are just a few things that you can do at Liverpool One. Seasonal attractions and festivals take place all year long and visitors can frequently find touring exhibitions on display. Additionally, several museums call the area home, and detail both the history of the city and Beatles memorabilia. edit
- The Beatles Story. The museum is a must-do on Albert Dock for any Liverpool visitor. The Beatles Story focuses on the creation of the band, the band's career and then the subsequent solo careers of the members. Audio tours are provided in a number of different languages, and memorabilia includes Lennon's famous spectacles, signed albums, instruments and unseen photographs. There are a number of interactive exhibits, including a recreation of the Cavern Club. edit
Liverpool's Kop end at Anfield was named after Spioenkop (Spy Hill) in KwaZulu-Natal. The Lancashire brigade comprised the largest part of the British forces during the Battle of Spioenkop and, when they returned to Britain, the earth mound at Anfield (used by spectators to get a clear view of the game, before any of the stands were build) reminded them of Spioenkop
- Everton FC, . Everton is one of the oldest football clubs in England and are one of the most successful clubs in England. Fans of Everton are known as "Toffees". They play at Goodison Park, one of the oldest football grounds in England. The stadium can be reached via soccer buses from Sandhills Station or a taxi, normally costing £6 from Lime Street station. Tickets are available from the Fan Centre behind the Park End of the stadium or online at www.evertonfc.com. Club Merchandise is available from the Everton One Megastore opposite the Park End of the ground, or Everton Two in the Liverpool One Complex. Food is available on the concourses, along with beer in the form of club sponsors Chang. For those on a restricted wallet plus with a sweeter tooth, there is a tea and cake sale held before every match in the hall of St Luke's Church, located on the corner of Goodison Road and Gwladys Street. edit
SS Great Eastern was an iron sailing steam ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. She was by far the largest ship ever built at the time of her launch in 1858. She was broken up for scrap at Rock Ferry on the River Mersey in 1889–1890. At the time of her break-up Liverpool Football Club were looking for a flagpole for their Anfield stadium and consequently purchased her top mast. It still stands there today, at the Kop end.
- Liverpool FC, . With its worldwide fanbase Liverpool Football Club is one of the most successful clubs in the history of English and European football, winning eighteen English championships and a British record five European Cups. Liverpool play at the iconic Anfield stadium which is just a short taxi ride from Liverpool city centre. Matches at Anfield are renowned for their great atmosphere. Legendary players include Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and Steven Gerrard. The club crest is the famous Liver Bird. Liverpool's fans are renowned for being the noisiest in English football and begin every home game with an awe inspiring rendition of their famous anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. The most fervent of Liverpool fans congregate on the Spion Kop, the most famous terrace in English football. The Kop in full voice, a mass of red and white scarves, flags and banners, is a sight to behold. Well worth doing is the 'Anfield Stadium and Museum Tour' [www.anfieldtour.com] where you can see Liverpool's packed trophy room, check out the players dressing rooms, touch the world renowned 'This Is Anfield' sign, take a walk out onto the hallowed Anfield turf, look up at the Kop, and then sit in the dug-out where legendary managers like Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley masterminded many of Liverpool's famous triumphs. Liverpool's rivalry with Manchester United is considered by many to be the biggest in English football, fuelled by the fact that both clubs are the most successful English clubs in European and domestic competition. Matches between the two sides are always very charged affairs which attract sell-out crowds. Club merchandise can be obtained from the Club Store at the stadium itself, or from one of the two Liverpool FC megastores in Liverpool city centre [www.liverpoolfc.com/shop/official-club-stores]. Famous Liverpool fans include Pope John-Paul II; Nelson Mandella; actors Liam Neeson, Brad Pitt, Mike Myers, Daniel Craig and Samuel L Jackson; actresses Angelina Jollie and Kim Cattrall; pop-stars Gary Barlow, Gerry Marsden, Ian McCulloch, Billy-Bob Thornton, Cilla Black, Snoop Dog and Dr Dre; American basket-ball player LeBron James; and comedians Jimmy Tarbuck and John Bishop edit
- Liverpool Empire Theatre. The Empire plays host to a wide range of shows, including many UK tours of large-scale musicals. the Unity theatre produces a diverse range of work. There's also the Neptune and Royal Court theatres. Check out Lipa (www.lipa.ac.uk) for performance information, their student shows are always well worth seeing. edit
- The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Hall, . One of the world's great orchestras and one well worth listening to. Go for a pre-concert drink in the philharmonic pub over the road then sit back and let the music carry you away. edit
- The Bluecoat School, school, ☎ 7025324 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . The Bluecoat School is a world-famous prestige school in Liverpool dating back to the 18th century (making it one of the oldest arts schools in Europe), the Bluecoat offers tuition in fine art, music and literature. edit
- The Mersey Ferry, ☎ Head Office 0151 639 0609, . Immortalized by the hit song Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Mersey ferries offer a fun day out and a great way to see Liverpool from afar. edit
- Western Approaches. A museum in the once top-secret nerve centre of World War Two Britain. This command centre based in Liverpool's city centre is underground and was the key communication point to Britain's gallant fleet of Royal Navy warships based in the Atlantic ocean. edit
- Spaceport Liverpool, . Interactive science museum aimed at kids and young adults but with enough to keep adults entertained too. Located across the River Mersey in the Seacombe ferry terminal, most visitors incorporate a mersey ferry tour into their itinerary. edit
- Shiverpool, . This offers three different tours around Liverpool. The Hope Street shivers is based around the Cathedrals, Auld city shivers starting from the slaughterhouse pub on Fenwick Street and Shiver me Timbers based around the Albert Docks. all fun but wrap up warm. Prior booking required. edit
- Supercar, . Northern Ferrari Hire offers a selection of supercars for self drive hire in liverpool. edit
- The Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tour, ☎ 0151 601 2111, .  offer unique personal tours that take you back in time to the childhood homes of the Fab Four edit
- Peaky Blinders Tour, ☎ 0844 2471 007, .  Explore the filming locations from Peaky Blinders both within the city of Liverpool and further afield edit
Liverpool's Mersey River Festival is normally held in June. The festival hosts one or more tall ships and sees the waterfront come alive with aerobatic displays, live street theatre, wake boarders and a canoe polo tournament. The festival also normally hosts music from countries around the world. 
Liverpool is home to three Universities:
- The University of Liverpool, . Liverpool's oldest University, it generally outranks the other two in national league tables both for teaching and research. Horror novelist Clive Barker is an alumnus. edit
- Liverpool John Moores University, . This has only relatively recently become a University and it is Liverpool's up-and-coming University, boasting modern facilities and improved teaching. edit
- Liverpool Hope University. Established 1844, it is in Childwall and Everton. Hope attracts students from some 65 countries worldwide and as its name suggests hopes to achieve enjoyed many successes in the near future. edit
Liverpool is in the top five most popular retail destinations in the UK. The city has a unique combination of great retail shops inside of beautiful historic buildings, alongside the world famous waterfront and classic tourist attractions. While Liverpool has several new shopping complexes that give tourists a traditional mall experience, individual districts provide alternative retail experiences from bohemian small businesses to high-end designer storefronts. With museums and galleries sprinkled through the city, it's easy to add in an afternoon of shopping to a day of cultural exploration.
- Liverpool One. As detailed above, Liverpool One has around a hundred and sixty stores with bars and restaurants in Chavasse Park and a cinema. edit
Many historic buildings have been taken over by retail shops, giving shoppers a distinct Liverpool experience. As an alternative to the sleek glass and steel new constructions, architecture significant to the history of the city now houses everything from individual traders to designer stores.
- Grand Central Hall, 35 Renshaw St, Liverpool L1 2SF, UK, ☎ +44 151 709 2074. Grand Central Hall - Located at the edge of RopeWalks the collection of independent sellers took over a historic Methodist church in 2007. In 2011, a performance space opened, letting shoppers catch a show after making purchases. edit
- MetQuarter, 35 Whitechapel, Liverpool L1 6DA, UK, ☎ +44 151 224 2390, . Mon-Wed 9:30am-6pm Thurs 9:30am-7:00pm Fri-Sat 9:30am-6:00pm Sun 11:00am-5:00pm. Similar to Grand Central Hall, MetQuarter is a group of 38 luxury retailers who took over the historic first post office in Liverpool. When the post office was severely damaged in World War II, it sat derelict for a number of years before being selected for Liverpool's revitalization efforts. Now, luxury retailers inhabit the mall behind its historic exterior. edit
- Cavern Walks, Mathew St, Liverpool L2 6RE, ☎ +44151 236 9082, . Cavern Walks opened years before Liverpool ONE and Metquarter opened, it was the go-to place for designer clothes and is now considered a hidden gem. There are ten shops including Vivienne Westwood and Cricket. edit
When the weather is nice, shoppers can take their window-shopping outside at Bold Street. It has earned recognition because of it's hip young feel and diversity of products. If this retail destination piques your interest, set aside a couple of hours to let yourself get lost amongst the shops offering world food, record shops, art galleries, unique and vintage clothes.
- News From Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4HY, UK, ☎ +44 151 708 7270, . Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:45pm. This radical bookstore is also a community space. They offer books, magazines, and cd's, all while being run as a cooperative. Shoppers can stock up on reading material before heading to one of the cafes or tea shops in the neighborhood. edit
For a similar feel to Bold Street, adventurous travelers can head south of City Centre to Lark Lane. The hip young street has a great nightlife scene, so you can turn an afternoon of retail therapy into a night out on the town. Sprinkled amongst the pubs, cafes and nightclubs are bohemian shops, galleries, and resale stores with unique storefronts.
- For souvenirs, the best bet is to stick close to the waterfront. Albert Dock has a number of attractions and tourist directed retail shops. Throughout the city, finding souvenirs related to Liverpool's favorite rockers, The Beatles, is fairly easy.
As a center of culture in the UK, Liverpool has a rich and varied dining scene. With a diverse and youthful population, you'll find everything from classic British pubs to hipster bistros and fine dining experiences. City Centre houses many smaller districts that host a majority of the restaurants, and a few miles to the south, Lark Lane has much more of a hip bohemian feel. Depending on the time of year that you are travelling, there's likely a food festival taking place somewhere in the city. Many Liverpool eateries take pride in using local produce, as well as local beer breweries and gin distilleries.
While you're in Liverpool, it's essential to try scouse. It's a stew traditionally made with either lamb or beef. The produce used in the recipe varies with opinion, but beetroot or red cabbage will likely garnish, along with crusty bread. This traditional dish is also the source of the nickname for Liverpool residents, who are called Scousers.
- The Maharaja, 34-36 London Road. (Where Hotham Street meets with London road close to Lime Street Railway station and the National Express Coach station and the Empire Theatre.), ☎ 0151 709 2006, . Monday to Sunday 12.00 to 02.30 pm, Sunday to Thursday 05.30 to 11.00 pm, Friday and Saturday 05.30 to 11.30 pm. The Maharaja is the first southern Indian restaurant (Keralan) in the northwest of England 17.50 for 2 courses and 1/2 bottle of wine. edit
- The Living Room, 15 Victoria St, ☎ +44 870 442 2535, . edit Bar and restaurant aimed at aspirational clientèle.
- La Viña, North House, 17 North John St, ☎ +44 151 255 1401, . edit
- Panoramic, 34th Floor, West Tower, Brook Street, ☎ +44 151 236 5534, . edit
- Quynny's Quisine, 45 Bold Street, ☎ +44 151 708 7757 (email@example.com), . Caribbean food. Easy to miss as the entrance is a yellow door with stairs leading down. edit
- Kimo's, 46 Mount Pleasant, ☎ +44 151 707 8288. everyday 10h-23h. Look for the entrance opposite the NCP Car Park on Mount Pleasant for one of Liverpool's student eateries. It has a fine selection of western foods (e.g. Club Sandwich) and Arabic foods (couscous and kebabs). There is also a smaller branch nearby the University of Liverpool. £5 to £10.. edit
- The Tea House, 62 Mount Pleasant, ☎ +44 151 707 2088 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . This modern Hong Kong-style tea house is a great place to visit for some cheap and tasty Chinese meals, snacks and drinks. edit
- The Monro, 92-94 Duke Street, ☎ +44 151 7079933, . Popular gastro-pub serving good British food from rabbit and boar right through to the local delicacy, scouse. All washed down with a pint of ale. edit
- Piccolino's, 16 Cook St, ☎ +44 151 236 2555, . Italian food and wines. Try to get one of the plush red booths. Booking recommended at weekends. Mains £8-15. edit
- Thomas Rigby's, 23-25 Dale Street, ☎ +44 151 236 3269. One of the pubs in the city offering a selection of local and world beers plus a food menu such as fish and chips. edit
- U-N-I, Renshaw Street. Halal food from the Indian sub continent served to customers in booths with a curtain, to get the waiters attention press the button in the booth. edit
- Upstairs Restaurant Bar (Upstairs Bistro), Bluecoat Chambers, School Ln, ☎ +44 151 702 7783, . Sunday and Monday (11.30AM - 6.00PM); Tuesday until Saturday (Lunch: 11.30PM - 3.00PM; Afternoon tea: 3.00PM - 5.30PM; Dinner: 6.00PM - 11.00PM). Offering seasonal food and wine list in a creative setting. Also offers a special children's menu (under 12s). edit
- Espresso (Bluecoats), Bluecoat Chambers, School Ln, . Daily 08:00-18:00 (later when there is an event on). Offering illy coffee, Jing leaf teas, Monbana hot chocolate and a range of soft drinks together with a selection of sandwiches, salads, home made cakes and biscuits that are freshly made on the premises and able to be eaten on site or taken away. Also available, is a fine selection of alcoholic beverages ranging from locally produced bottled lager to delightful wines by the glass or by the bottle. edit
- Quick Chef, 49 Hardman St, ☎ +44 151 708 8525. Cheap and cheerful cafe. edit
- Matou Pan Asian Restaurant, 2nd Floor, Mersey Ferry Terminal Building Georges Parade, Pier Head, ☎ +44 151 236-2928, . Overlooking the River Mersey. edit
- St. Petersburg, 7A York St, ☎ +44 151 709-6676, . Russian Restaurant edit
- Sapporo, 134 Duke St, East Village, ☎ +44 151 705-3005, . Japanese restaurant edit
- Il Forno, 132 Duke St, East Village, ☎ +44 151 709 4002, . edit
- The Abbey (Varsity), Crane Buildings 85-89 Hanover St, City Centre, . edit
Liverpool One offers branches of a number of chains and franchises.
- Zelig's of Little Italy, 6 Thomas Steers Way, ☎ +44 151 709-7097, . edit
- Yee Rah, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise St, ☎ +44 151 7097897, . edit
- Wagamama, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise St, ☎ +44 151 707 2762, . edit
- Red Hot World Buffet, 14 Paradise St, Leisure Terrace, . edit
- Dinomat, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise St, ☎ +44 151 703 9084, . edit
- Chaophraya (Palm Sugar), Liverpool ONE, 5/6 Kenyon Steps, ☎ +44 151 707 6323, . edit
- Barburitto, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise St, ☎ +44 151 708 5085, . edit
- TGI Fridays, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise St, ☎ +44 151 708 6353, . edit
- Cafe Rouge, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise St, ☎ +44 151 709 8657, . edit
- Zizzi, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise St, ☎ +44 151 707 8115, . edit
- Las Iguanas, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise St, ☎ +44 151 709 4030, . edit
- Jamie's Italian Kitchen, 45 Paradise St, ☎ +44 151 559 9830, . Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm; Sun 12pm-10:30pm. edit
Lark Lane is about 2.5 miles to the south of the city centre and is one of the better places to eat out. The road, which connects Aigburth Road with Sefton Park, is home to many unique restaurants, cafés and other shops. Some choice picks include:
- Green Days Cafe, 13 Lark Ln, ☎ +44 151 728-8259. Bills itself as The first choice cafe for veggies. The only non veggie item in the menu of their wonderful dishes and snacks is tuna. It's a great place to catch lunch in a friendly atmosphere for veggies and non-veggies alike. edit
- The Albert Hotel Pub grub at reasonable prices.
- Keiths Wine Bar known by locals just as Keiths plays an eclectic mix of music and a chilled atmosphere - Keiths is family friendly, serves a great range of food (at budget prices - about £4-7 for a main) and instantly welcoming.
There's a good selection of pubs, clubs and bars to suit a variety of music and atmospheric tastes. Friday and especially Saturday nights are the busiest nights, although a few bars are busy with students throughout the week. The areas around Mathew Street and Concert Square with nearby Wood Street are the main two nocturnal focal points. There is a good mix of locals and students. It is best to dress smart for the majority of bars and clubs (such as "Society" and "Garlands"). Notable exceptions are places like Le Bateau, the Krazy house, the Caledonia and other places of a similar alternative style. Like any major UK city , it is pretty safe out at night. The local police have had a heavy presence on a Friday and Saturday night to combat any problems and are largely succeeding. It is pretty busy getting out of the city centre at the end of a weekend (especially at the start of university term time - Sep/Oct). There are plenty of black hackney cabs which congregate at various taxi ranks. The Merseyrail system works until about midnight, whilst there are a series of dedicated night buses which run from the main bus stations, usually for a flat fare. All modes of transport tend to become very busy from around midnight.
Liverpool is home to the Cains brewery which produces a large selection of cask beers.
- The Dispensary, Intersection of Renshaw and Leece Streets – Another of the local Cains brewery houses. Charming Victorian bar area. Usually has two rotating guest beers, plus a large selection of bottled beers and ciders.
- The Globe, 17 Cases St (Tucked away, adjacent to Clayton Square shopping centre, opposite the Ranelagh Street entrance of Central Station) – A small, often cramped. This is a traditional Liverpool pub, with no-nonsense barmaids. Usually busy after 5PM and during the weekend, acting as a refuge for husbands abandoned by, or having escaped from, their shopping-mad spouses. Always a good variety of guests.
- The Brewery Tap, Stanhope St is attached to the Cains brewery and serves a large variety of ales, plus traditional pub fare.
- The Richard John Blacker (JD Wetherspoons), Charlotte Row, Unit 1/3, 53 Great Charlotte St, Liverpool, L1 1HU, ☎ +44 151 709 4802, . edit
- The Crown, 43 Lime St. Next to the station. Most likely the first pub you will see upon arriving in Liverpool.
- The Pilgrim, Pilgrim Street – Located off Hardman Street, this pub serves the best breakfast in town, £4 for a king size feast. You also get to share the pub with stag parties and students wondering what happened the night before! Cracking jukebox as well. A classic!
- The Canarvon Castle, 5 Tarleton St. Established for about 200 years, this small and homely pub was named after Lord Carnarvon. Packed full of collectors items - model cars, lorries, handcuffs and truncheons - it attracts a complete mixture of clientele. Serving quality real ales, the pub is also popular for its range of hot snacks including the well-loved Carnarvon toasties.
- Pig & Whistle, 12 Covent Garden. This pub has recently undergone a 'refurbishment' and been transformed into a rather fake looking pub.
- Peter Kavanagh's, 2-6 Egerton St. An unusual and old-world hideaway can be found just outside the city centre. Built 150 years ago, the walls are adorned with art deco murals painted in 1929 and the snugs are themed with various artifacts such as musical instruments and chamber pots. The friendly atmosphere makes this a favourite with artists, locals, travellers and musicians. George Melly, a famous jazz player is known to frequent this pub when visiting the city. If you're in for a tradional English breakfast, this pub serves great black pudding and all the fixings from noon to 4PM.
- Poste House, 23 Cumberland St. Most nights has a gay friendly bar serving cheap cocktails upstairs from the main pub.There is an urban myth that Hitler lived in Liverpool between 1912-13,and local legend has it that his local was the Poste House
- The Brookhouse Smithdown Rd. This was one of Liverpool's finest pubs back in the day and was a hangout of Liverpool bands of the late 80s such as the La's. It's now most popular with students and is famous for its Liverpool Games when Dom Dottin and Mr. Constable lead the Liverpool chants and become the vocal cords of this old pub.
- The Old Post Office, School Lane. Friendly pub famous for its steak and mixed grill meals. Great for watching sports as there are three TVs including one big screen. edit
- The Vines, Lime Street – A stylish club.
- GBar, Eberle Street – Popular gay-friendly club with two floors. Upstairs, 'The Church' offers funky house music from legendary DJ John Cotton. Lady Sian plays campy classics in the 'Love Lounge'. Downstairs 'The Bass-ment' pumps out quality vocal house music. Open Thur.-Mon. Costs between £5-£7 for non-members.
- Doctor Duncan's, St. Johns Lane – Large, friendly pub serving the locally brewed Cains beers.
Voted by the good people at Google as "The Fourth Hippest Street in the UK". The latest (and coolest) addition to Liverpool's nightlife scene, Seel Street has rapidly become the destination for locals, students and visitors to the City alike.
Find us on Seel Street:
- Heebiejeebies. Heebiejeebies – A large, lively, destination venue with live music and open air courtyard. Open until 4am at weekends. (Photo ID required for entry) edit
- Heebies Basement. Heebies Basement - A late night bar-come-club playing a broad spectrum of electronic music, Hip Hop and indie all spun together by some of the City's finest DJs... With no drink more than £2.50.... Something for everyone! Open until 5am Friday - Saturday and 4am Tuesday - Thursday. (Photo ID required for entry) edit
- The Peacock. The Peacock – A cool, urban boozer, with a wide drink selection and experienced staff, treating patrons to a free BBQ every Friday at 6pm. The Peacock also boasts an intimate club room upstairs with the best electronic beats in town Thursday - Saturday, the perfect compliment to the eclectic tunes downstairs until 2am Sunday - Thursday (3am Friday & Saturday) edit
- Aloha, Colquitt Street. Aloha is Liverpool's one and only Tiki' bar, hidden away on Colquitt Street. You can expect to drink beautiful exotic cocktails served in vessels such as pineapples and volcanoes by friendly bartenders clad in Hawaiian shirts; to listen to reggae and rock & roll in equal measure; and to partake in the occasional limbo and conga whilst enjoying the best atmosphere in the city. Open at 8 till late 7 nights a week. (open 9pm Sunday) edit
Concert Square, Fleet Street, Wood Street, Duke Street
Concert Square is situated behind Bold Street, where you'll find a range of the bars frequented by younger drinkers. Most bars are open until 2AM Mon.-Sat. They include Lloyd's, Walkabout, Modo and a minute away near Slater Street is Baa-Bar.
- Baa Bar, Fleet Street - This is a place to go if you like £1 shots and music. Baa Bar Fleet Street has been rocking concert square for over 20 years, with the biggest DJ's in Liverpool week in, week out. It's extensive 32 strong shooter menu, iconic lightwalls and newly refurbished upstairs terrace makes it stand out from the crowed, in an area were competition is fierce.
- O'Neills, Wood Street – Part of the O'Neills chain.
- The Krazy House, Wood Street – The club provides three floors. K1 with rock and metal, K2 with indie and K3 with Punk/R&B/Dance, all combined with constant cheap drinks. It attracts a crowd of skate punks, students and metal heads. You'll hear R&B and dance music on Thursday, punk and new wave on Friday and new metal on Saturday night.
- Le Bateau, Duke Street – The home of Liverpool's premier alternative club night, Liquidation every Saturday, which is also the city's longest running weekly club night spread across two floors. Plus Adult Books on Tuesdays, Shoot The Messenger on Wednesdays, Indication on Fridays. Cheap drinks every night, plus a Royal Rumble pinball table. Very friendly and popular with a mix of locals and students all year round. [NOW CLOSED]
- The Swan Inn, Wood St – Liverpool's only rocker/ metalhead pub, it actually has quite an eclectic mix of customers during the week, ranging from construction workers to businessmen, all side by side sharing pints. In the evenings and weekends, this gives way to the alternative/ rocker scene. Pub quiz every Thursday evening and a legendary jukebox. This pub is consistently regarded highly by the local CAMRA group, due to its dedication to quality and variety of ale.
Mathew Street, Temple Court and North John Street
- The Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE, ☎ +44 151 236 1965, . edit
- The Cavern Pub, 5 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE, ☎ +44 151 236 4041. edit
- The Grapes, 25 Mathew St, Liverpool, L2 6RE, ☎ +44 151 255 1525. There is a corner of the pub dedicated to the Beatles. It even has a photo of them sitting down in seats that are still there today. edit
- Flanagan's Apple, 18 Mathew St, Liverpool, ☎ +44 151 227 3345. edit
- The Welkin (JD Wetherspoons), 7 Whitechapel, Liverpool, L1 6DS, ☎ +44 151 243 1080, . edit
- Hogshead, 18-22 North John St, Liverpool, L2 9RL, ☎ +44 151 236 8760. edit
- The Slug and Lettuce, Watson Prickard Building, North John Street, Liverpool, L2 4SH, ☎ +44 151 236 8820 (email@example.com), . edit
Dale St, Moorfields and Tithebarn St
- The Ship and Mitre, 138 Dale Street – Consistently voted one of the top cask ale pubs in Liverpool by the Merseyside branch of CAMRA. This pub plays host to a wide, and frequently changing, variety of guest ales. It also has a large selection of bottled foreign beers (though this selection pales slightly in comparison to that of other pubs in the area). Hot and cold food is served in the afternoons and evenings.
- Rigby's, Dale Street – This cask ale pub dates back to Lord Nelson and has recently been refurbished by the Isle of Mann Okell's Brewery (it being their first UK mainland pub). Good atmosphere. Busy on weekend nights and also does meals in the bar.
- The Railway Hotel, 18 Tithebarn St. Over a hundred years old, this old Victorian pub has several original features, many of which would interest the historian as much as the beer lover. The tall ornate ceilings, wood panelling and traditional bar create an inviting and impressive atmosphere. Surrounded by stained glass windows, the lounge, snug and dining areas are well decorated. An open fireplace and displays of old prints add to the comfortable ambience.
- Ma Boyles Oyster bar, 2 Tower Gardens. weekdays only. Secluded pub in the business area of the city. Set below street level, the high ceilings and terra cotta walls create a relaxing ambience with a separate dining area and a cosy drinking den. The much-acclaimed menu includes dishes such as hot lamb and mint sauce pitas, and of course the local delicacy of Scouse and red cabbage. edit
- The Lion Tavern, 67 Moorfields, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2BP, ☎ +44 151 236 1734. Excellent pub, particularly for cheeses! edit
- Newz Bar, 18 Water St, Liverpool, L2, ☎ +44 151 236 2025, . edit
- First National Wine Bar, 2-8 James Street, Liverpool, L2 7PQ, ☎ +44 151 236 6194. edit
- Queens Goose, Derby Square, Liverpool, ☎ +44 151 231 6841. edit
- Babycream, Unit 4M Atlantic Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AE, ☎ +44 151 707 3928, . edit
- Circo, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD, ☎ +44 151 709 0470, . Bar, cafe and steakhouse edit
- The Baltic Fleet, 33 Wapping, 0151 709 3116, . Just over the road from the Albert Dock, this unique pub is a great place to escape from the glossy and expensive bars on the Albert Dock. Serving good food and real ale at great prices and with a friendly atmosphere. The basement houses Wapping Beers, a small brewery. Take the opportunity to taste one of their own beers as fresh as it comes.
- Raven (Irish American Grill and Beer Hall), Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, L3 4AD, ☎ +44 151 709 7097, . edit
- Vinea (Wine Club), . edit
- The Caledonia, Catharine Street, Liverpool, L8 7NH, ☎ +44 151 709 5909. Underground, alternative music venue in a pub. DJs and live bands throughout the week. First Friday of every month is the infamous "It's Not Bangin", with classic dub reggae, soul and disco playing. Well worth a visit. edit.
- The Philharmonic – Located on the corner of Hope Street and Hardman Street, this Tetley heritage pub is opposite the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Formerly a gentleman's club, there are two small, snug rooms and a larger dining room to the back with leather sofas and an open fire. The gentlemens toilets are grade 1 listed and ladies may ask permission to view them at the bar. Excellent food served both from the bar and in the dining rooms upstairs. Usual cask beers include Timothy Taylor's Landlord, Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Tetley's.
- The Cambridge – Located at the corner of Cambridge Street and Mulberry Street. This pub is at the heart of the University of Liverpool and has a great atmosphere. It is very popular with students and lecturers alike. However its repertoire of cask is somewhat limited.
- The Augustus John, Peach St. This is an obligatory hang out for Liverpool's students. Like most student pubs, the bar area gets packed during September and October.
- Roscoe Head, 26 Roscoe Street.One of only 7 pubs in the UK to be in every issue of the CAMRA Good Pub Guide since it started publishing in the 1970s. No jukebox or music,ideal for a quiet beer and a chat.Quiz night Tuesday
- Fly in the Loaf, Hardman Street, Today it arguably serves the finest quality and variety of cask ales in the city centre. The Fly in the Loaf has a good mix of students and local regulars. It includes bar meals and wide-screen televisions for football and is one of the few Liverpool pubs that regularly show rugby league.Won an award from BBC Radio 5
Live as best pub in Britain a few years ago
- Ye Cracke, 13 Rice St – This pub was a favourite haunt of John Lennon's uncle. Can get quite dodgy at night.
- The Peacock, 51 Seel St, http://www.peacock-liverpool.com - Along with a few bevies this place serves stone-baked pizzas 'till 2am and only at £5 each. bloody brilliant.
- Cava, Bottom of Wood St, L1 4AQ - Cheap as chips tequila bar, £1 a flavoured tequila shot; jelly bean, peach, chili... pretty much any flavour under the sun.
- Mojo, Back of Berry Street, L1 4BG - not too great for the price of drinks but a top place to go on a Saturday night when already drunk, you'll find yourself dancing on the red leather sofas whilst spilling JD & coke on the passed out girl behind you as you're screaming away to classic rock/indie pop tunes of the 90s. (crowded to the max - not advised to go when sober)
- La'Go - 20 Colquitt St, L1 4DE - Cheap drinks with banging funk and soul tunes. visit here on a Friday/Saturday night, you'll love it.
Liverpool is the most popular city break destination in the UK outside London. There are a number of hotels in the city centre, ranging from budget guesthouses and lodges to 4 star international properties. Liverpool presently has no 5 star hotels although the Hope Street Hotel, a boutique hotel on Hope Street and easily Liverpool's finest hotel, would certainly qualify if it wasn't far too posh to bother with things like stars. The latest hotel offering is the stunning Titanic themed 30 James Street Hotel which is actually the building that was once the White Star Line headquarters. It was the building where the news of the sinking of the Titanic was received and which still has the balcony from which the news was confirmed to a shocked crowd that had gathered outside. Although only opened in 2014 the hotel has already won awards. It is a must for Titanic fans.
NB-Hotels can frequently be booked out solid on weekends when either Liverpool FC or Everton FC are playing at home.Don't think about coming to Liverpool in the week prior to the Grand National race meeting (April,dates vary) unless you have a guaranteed hotel booking or are staying with some local friends
- Belvedere Hotel, 83 Mount Pleasant (City Centre), ☎ +44 151 709 2356. A true B&B ran by an old lady. Basic room. Shared toilet and shower. Price includes full English breakfast in the downstairs living room. Centrally located 2 minutes from Lime St. station. £25 single room. edit
- Campanile, Chaloner St, ☎ +44 151 709 8104, . £25+. edit
- Dolby Hotel, Queen's Dock, ☎ +44 151 708 7272, . £25+. edit
- The Embassie Hostel, 1 Falkner Square, ☎ +44 151 707 1089, . checkin: 10am; checkout: 12pm. This hostel features free coffee, tea, and toast (with jam and peanut butter). Very comfortable beds (dormitory style), and a great mix of international travellers to befriend. The hostel is managed by a very friendly staff, led by their wonderful boss and hostel proprietor, Kevin who tells a boss Beatles story or two, and leads a free Beatles tour every Thursday night which ends up at The Cavern Club. 16 pounds pp Sun-Thurs, 21 pounds pp Fri & Sat. edit
- Bankhall Hotel, ☎ +44 7528190759. About 2 kilometers from the city centre. All rooms are private. Free internet/Wi-FI. From £11 per person per night incl breakfast, non-stop drinks. edit
- Ibis Liverpool, 27 Wapping, ☎ +441516032800, . Ibis Liverpool Albert Dock is less than 10 mins walk to the city centre and directly opposite the world famous Albert Dock. edit
- Everton Hostel, 53 Everton Road, ☎ +44 7916495468, . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Everton Hostel is a twenty minute walk, or a ten minute bus ride, away from Liverpool Lime Street. Everton Hostel offers free continental breakfast (sandwiches, croissants, pie and a variety of cereals and spreads), free drinks throughout the day (tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juice), free laundry facilities, free WI-FI and Sky TV. There is a beautiful garden, kitchen and common rooms, lockers and hot showers. The hostel is clean and secure, the beds are comfortable and the staff are helpful and friendly. A great place to spend the night and meet interesting people. £7.50+. edit
- Formule 1, Baltic Triangle, 25 Wapping, ☎ +44 151 709 2040, . £33+. edit
- Hatters Hostel, 56-60 Mount Pleasant, ☎ +44 151 709 5570, . £12. edit
- International Inn, ☎ +44 151 709 8135, . Cheap hostel accommodation near to town. Dormitory from £15. edit
- The Nightingale Lodge, 1 Princes Road, ☎ +44 1229 432378 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +44 151 708 8758), . Cheap hostel accommodation near to town. Communal kitchen and dinning area. Free hot showers. Plasma TV with Satellite. Computer kiosks, Wifi access. Full central heating. Free bedding. Garden. Secure cycle storage. Lockers and luggage store. Laundry facilities. Secure car park. Continental breakfast included. Dormitory from £15 large secure car park. edit
- Youth Hostel, 25 Tabley St, ☎ +44 151 709 8888, . £21.95+. edit
- Hoax Hostel, 54 Stanley St, ☎ +44 151 908 0098, . checkin: 14; checkout: 11. Pretty new place in the heart of Liverpool, with a nice bar at ground level. Quite noisy because of bars nearby make people coming and going at all hours. You should try to book elsewhere if your looking for some peace. Kitchen, private bathrooms and laundry-for-hire available. Nice but noise and expensive for hostel. Watch out for LiverpoolFC matches and weekends, since tends to fully book all facilities around. From £25. edit
- base2stay Hotel, 29 Seel Street (Seel Street, City Centre), ☎ +44 151 705 2626, . checkin: 14.00pm; checkout: 11.00am. base2stay Liverpool has gained three prestigious TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice UK Awards 2012, being ranked 16th in the Top 25 Hotels, 12th Trendiest Hotel, as well as 21st in the best 25 Bargain Hotels. With rooms starting from £49 fully inclusive per night. With HDTVs with free music, games and an interactive directory, plus 30 minutes of free local and national calls per day. 24/7 Reception and Concierge Service. £49+. edit
- The Liner, Lord Nelson Street (Just next to Lime Street station), ☎ +44 151 709 7050 (email@example.com, fax: +44 151 707 0352), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. A rather good hotel, well located. £70 to £150. edit
- Hampton by Hilton Liverpool City Centre, Kings Dock Mill, Hurst Street, Liverpool L1 8JH, ☎ +44 151-702 6200 (fax: +44 151-702 6210), . edit
- Marriott Liverpool Airport (Marriott Liverpool South), . A short drive from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, this makes fabulous use of its Grade II listed art deco building which was the old airport terminal and control tower. If you are looking to eat out of the hotel then Damon's is a restaurant on the same site which you will enjoy if you like American kitsch and microwaved food. Apart from that, there is a retail park with the typical fast food restaurants just a short walk from the hotel. edit
- Marriott Liverpool City Centre, 1 Queen Square (In the heart of the city.), ☎ +44 151 476 8000, . Claims to be a 4 star property but is now a little tired. The Marriot is surrounded by the Queen's Square complex with its bars and restaurants. edit
- Novotel, Gradwell Street, 40 Hanover Street, ☎ +44 871 663 7816 (fax: +44 208 283 4650), . The 4 star Novotel Liverpool has 209 bedrooms and is located in the city centre, 10 minute walk from Echo Arena. edit
- Premier Inn, Albert Dock, East Britannia Building, Albert Dock (Situated just off the A5036. Follow the brown tourist signs for the 'Albert Dock' and the 'Beatles Story'. Once inside the dock, the hotel is situated in the middle of the Britannia Pavilion directly besides the Beatles Story.), ☎ +44 870 990 6432 (fax: +44 870 990 6433), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: Noon. The hotel is in original warehouse, has been well transformed and has the vaulted ceilings. While room allocation is mostly luck some rooms have classic views over the dock; others of the new Liverpool Arena. Early booking essential; cheap/discounted rooms now impossible to find because of the high demand/location. Ranked as top Liverpool hotel on Tripadvisor. No hotel parking - nearby at about £12/day. Around £66 per room per night. (53.399093335364185,-2.991650104522705) edit
- Radisson Blu, 107 Old Hall Street, ☎ +44 151 966 1500, . On the old St. Paul's Eye Hospital site in the business district of the city. A small part of the original building has been retained and incorporated into the hotel. edit
- Travelodge Liverpool Centre, 25 Old Haymarket, ☎ +44 871 984 6156, . £60+. edit
- Stay Liverpool, 37-41 Duke Street, ☎ +44 871 971 2953, . £70+. edit
- Travelodge Liverpool Docks, Brunswick Dock, Sefton Street, ☎ +44 871 984 6030, . £49+. edit
- Roscoe House, 27 Rodney Street, ☎ +44 151 709 0286 (fax: 0151 2033076), . A magnificently restored city centre Georgian townhouse, once home to famous writer, politician, and philanthropist William Roscoe, the gentleman commonly referred to as 'The Father of Liverpool Culture'. From £59.00. edit
- 62 Castle St (formerly the Trials Hotel), ☎ +44 151 702 7898, . A stunning, modern and exclusive city centre boutique hotel. edit
- Britannia Adelphi Hotel at Ranelagh Place, Liverpool +44 845 838 0500. City centre hotel, rooms from £48.
- Crowne Plaza, St Nicholas Place, Pier Head, ☎ +44 151 243 8000, . £72+. edit
- Feathers Hotel, Cater House, 113 Mount Pleasant, ☎ +44 151 709 2020 (fax: +44 151 708 8212), . Located close to shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Adjacent to both universities and two cathedrals. edit
- Hard Day's Night Hotel (Hard Days Night Hotel), 41 N John St, ☎ +44 151 236 1964, . The Beatles themed hotel boutique hotel in Liverpool City Centre. £85+. edit
- Hilton, 3 Thomas Steers Way Liverpool, Merseyside L1 8LW, ☎ +44 151 708 4200, . edit
- Holiday Inn, Lime St, ☎ +44 151 709 7090, . £50+. edit
- Holiday Inn Express, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD, United Kingdom, ☎ +44 871 423 4931, . £70+. edit
- Hope Street Hotel, Hope Street, ☎ +44 151 705 2222, . US Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice was a famous recent guest. £125+. edit
- Jurys Inn, 31 Keel Wharf, ☎ +44 151 244 3777, . £65+. edit
- Malmaison, 7 William Jessop Way, ☎ +44 151 229 5000, . £99+. edit
- Racquet Club, Hargreaves Buildings, 5 Chapel Street, ☎ +44 151 236 6676, . £130+. edit
- Staybridge Suites, 21 Keel Wharf, ☎ +44 151 703 9700, . £85+. edit
- Thistle Atlantic Tower Hotel, Chapel St, ☎ +44 870 333 9137, . £75+. edit
- Urban Living Liverpool, The Contemporary Urban Centre, ☎ 0151 708 3601, . edit
- Roscoe House Liverpool, 27 Rodney Street, ☎ 0800 321 3065, . edit
Crime rates in Liverpool are very low compared with the other large cities in the UK. However, as in other cities, you should observe a few simple precautions. Don't leave valuables on display in an unattended car, for example. Try to park in well lit car parks at night time, stay aware of your surroundings, and be discreet with cash, expensive camera equipment, etc. The city has extensive public transport in the form of buses and a local train network (called Merseyrail) which are safe to use at all times of day. The city centre is walkable, however it can take up to an hour to travel from one side of it to the other.
Scousers are gregarious, friendly people, but there are still those who seek to take advantage. Just be careful as you would be in any big city. Be particularly aware of people who approach you in the street with stories of having lost their train fare home. These are typically begging techniques.
When enjoying the fabulous Scouse nightlife stick to the areas that are busy with pubs, clubs and bars. Liverpool is a "Purple Flag" holder indicating its nightime safety.
Be prepared to wait for a taxi at night(especially Friday or Saturday nights), and know your way back to your hotel on foot. Be sensible about your personal security, and try to avoid secluded, quiet backstreets in the early hours of the morning.
As in any large city, organised crime does exist, however it rarely targets tourists. Stay away from shady figures and you should be safe. A friendly manner, a polite smile and a sense of humour go a long way in this city, but a sensible approach to travelling is, as always, advisable.
In common with all cities, around the city centre you will find some homeless people. Unlike, in, say, the United States or other parts of the United Kingdom, these rarely pose a threat to you, but they may beg for money. They tend to be friendly and often want to talk about their backstories openly with you. If you give them money, at your own risk, if it is small change.
Liverpudlians are famed for being open and outgoing, and can behave with familiarity with strangers in a way you might not expect from English people, including being immediately familiar with members of the opposite sex. This should not be confused with flirting when this happens; people are usually just being friendly.
Scousers are known for their accent and distinct dialect, unlike any other in England. If you have difficulty understanding someone, you can call on their friendliness and innate wish to be a good host and ask them to speak more slowly for you. They will usually be happy to oblige.
If driving at night time, be aware that the street lighting (Urbis Evolo 2, shown [on the right-hand side of the picture]) is brighter than you might expect. These streetlights are common across the city centre and in Kensington. Americans may be used to bright lights, but Evolos are really bright.
The Hillsborough football disaster in 1989, in which 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death, is a very sensitive subject. Openly carrying or reading The Sun newspaper can also cause offence because it spread false rumours against Liverpool football fans in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Crosby - Just north of the Liverpool city area with Anthony Gormley's Another Place famous sculptures on the beach. Under 20 minutes on the train.
Formby - Just a bit further north along the coast than Crosby, 30 minutes from Liverpool city centre by Merseyrail. Features picturesque sand-dunes, a great beach, and a nature reserve at Freshfield where you can see red squirrels. Formby has a delightful village with a number of tea shops and coffee shops.
Port Sunlight - On the Wirral. It was built as a model village by Lord Lever and contains the Lady Lever Art Gallery, a marvelously eclectic collection of objects, similar to the Burrell Collection in Glasgow. Twenty minutes by train.
West Kirby - Also located on the Wirral, boasts a superb beach. There is also a 52 acre marine lake which has sailing and windsurfing. Thirty minutes by train (from all four downtown Liverpool stations, Wirral line, every 15/30min).
Chester - A beautiful historical city on the River Dee, which is famous for its Roman ruins and city walls. It is also the Gateway to North Wales and the delights of Llandudno and Snowdonia National Park. Forty minutes by Merseyrail.
Southport - A lively seaside town to the north of Liverpool that is just 45 minutes from Liverpool city centre on Merseyrail's northern line.
If you're looking to use a mobile in Liverpool, it might be worth looking at some local sims.
The main mobile networks are EE, Vodafone, Three and O2. However there are a host of MVNOs that use the infrastructure of these networks, these often offer plans tailored towards expat communities and tourist who wish to call abroad, the main players are LycaMobile, Lebara and giffgaff. Most of these SIM cards can be picked up in local shops however giffgaff do not have shops and only post out SIMs to the UK. If staying connected is a priority you may want to compare the data speeds of the networks, OpenSignal provide London coverage maps.
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