Liverpool is a city in Merseyside, England, famed for its football teams, The Beatles and buzzing nightlife. It lies within The Historic County Boundaries of Merseyside.
Liverpool is a 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 possesses the largest national museum collection outside of London and has a fascinating and turbulent history as a great world maritime centre. Liverpool 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.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (IATA: LPL) (ICAO: EGGP), . Around 160 flights arrive daily from within the UK and Europe. The airport is well-served by low-cost airlines including Easyjet and Ryanair. For a complete listing of airlines and destinations, see the Summer  and Winter  timetables.
The airport offers a Fast Track service, which for a charge, means you can bypass the queue at security, but this tends to be worthwhile only for first flights of the day or if you risk missing your flight.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is about 12km to the south of the city centre. Immediately outside the arrivals area you will find a taxi rank and bus stops. Taxis to the city centre cost around £12 (Approx. €16, US$24) for the 20 minute journey.
Several bus routes go directly to the city centre from the airport:
The No. 500 Airport Express runs every 30 minutes and takes about 45 minutes to reach the city centre. Cost is £2.60/€4 Adults, £1/€2 Children and £5/€10 Families. Student discount: £1.40. It should be said that it is as quick to use the service buses (listed below) and it is significantly cheaper.
The following local buses cost £1.90 to get into the city centre. As discussed above, they're as quick and cheaper to use:
The No. 80A, run by Arriva, runs every 15 minutes and takes 45 minutes to the city centre.
The No. 82A, also run by Arriva, runs every 30 minutes and takes around 40 minutes to the city centre. This runs direct to Paradise Street interchange without stopping elsewhere in the city centre.
The No. 86A (Arriva) runs every 15 minutes during the day and now runs through the night, every half hour. This takes a little less time than the 80A as it is a more direct route down Smithdown Road. Journey time is 40 minutes but may be longer at peak traffic times.
The No. 81A also serves the airport, but does not go into the city centre. It may prove useful if you want to visit Woolton or the north of the city, as the route goes round the city ring road, Queens Drive, and terminates in Bootle.
The 80A and 86A also stop at Liverpool South Parkway station. It's a 10 minutes journey from where a frequent train service runs to the city centre in about 15 minutes. This may be a better option at times of peak road traffic (8AM-9AM, 5PM-6PM).
Manchester Airport (IATA: MAN) (ICAO: EGCC) can also be used and may be a better option. It is about a 45-60 minute drive away from Liverpool. Direct train services also run between Liverpool Lime Street Station and Manchester Airport operated by Northern Rail. Manchester Airport serves a variety of long haul destinations in North America and Asia, as well as short haul services throughout Europe.
Liverpool is served by Liverpool Lime Street station which is in the heart of the city centre. Trains arrive frequently from all parts of the U.K.
Liverpool is only about two hours from London by train. There's a train about every hour, with extra weekday evening peak services from London, and it's not too expensive to get there. You can get a saver ticket for £60 on the day of travel, or for as little as £8.00 if you book a couple of weeks in advance. Tickets are released three months in advance.
There is a direct train from Manchester Airport to Liverpool every hour at peak times (around 6:30AM-7:30PM). In addition, it is possible to reach Liverpool by changing at Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Oxford Road.
Other main services
Birmingham, 1 hr 30 - 1h 45 minutes, half hourly
Manchester, 50 minutes - 1h 10 minutes, 5 trains an hour (3 fast to Piccadilly and Oxford Road, of which 1 via Earlestown and 2 via Warrington, 1 slow to Oxford Road (extra services in peak times) and 1 slow to Victoria)
Leeds, 2 hours, hourly
Sheffield and Nottingham, 1h 30 mins and 3 hours respectively, hourly
National Express, the U.K.'s largest scheduled coach company has a bus station on Norton Street, a short walk from Liverpool City Centre. 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.
GorillaBus operates services from Liverpool to Manchester Airport, Knutsford, Stoke-on-Trent, East Midlands Airport and Meadowhall for Sheffield. Services operate from Crosshall Street, adjacent to Queen Square Bus Station in the City Centre. Prices start at £1 (€1.46), rising then dependent on how far in advance you book.
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 (€1.46) and then increase depending on how far in advance you book.
Over the next 10 years a Park and Ride scheme will be developed, with easy access to the city centre, for more information see National Park and Ride Directory .
Liverpool One Executive Travel Provides an executive 16 seat minibus service from all airports, seaports and other locations. Prices vary depending on distances. Call 07761042952 or visit the website for further information.
Liverpool City Centre is small enough to walk around, but black cabs are plentiful if you are feeling lazy. Buses run out from the centre regularly from Liverpool ONE Bus Station (mainly to the south) and Queen Square (mainly north/east). Both bus stations have travel centres with sometimes helpful staff who will assist with which bus to get and from which stand. At these, Saveaway, Solo and Trio travel passes can be purchased. The Saveaway presents a good value for the visitor, at £3.40 for unlimited travel for one day in 'Area C' (includes city centre, west out to Huyton, north to Crosby and south to Speke), including trains. All-zone Saveaways can be obtained for £4.60 and will take you through the whole of the Merseytravel area. Perfect for visiting the Wirral and as far as Chester or Southport, these include train and ferry services as well as buses. Trio (train, bus and ferry) and Solo (bus only) tickets require a photo, but have no peak-time limitations and can be bought for a week, month or year. This is ideal for visitors staying longer or working and therefore requiring more flexible travel. A Trio for one week costs about £15.30 for one zone, a Solo £15.70 for one area. Saveaway tickets are also available from manned train stations and most newsagents.
The train service in Liverpool is quite reliable and efficient these days (having once been nicknamed 'Miseryrail' and 'MerseyFail' by commuters). The main stations in the city centre are Central, Lime Street, Moorfields and James Street. Lime Street is the terminus for many national lines and the local city line to Manchester. Moorfields is just off Dale Street, ideal for the business centre of Liverpool and Central is usually used by shoppers and visitors. Local trains run very frequently between Hunts Cross, Kirkby, Ormskirk and Southport on the Northern line. They run every 15 minutes from Monday to Saturday and 30 minutes on Sunday. Central station is the main station for the Northern line, although the 'loop' links the three main city centre stations. The Wirral line forms the link between the Lime Street, Moorfields and Central, so all of these stations act as an interchange between the City, Northern and Wirral lines.
A new station in the south of Liverpool replaced the old Garston and Allerton stations in June 2006. This links the Northern and City lines and is ideal for the airport. It also acts as an interchange for a number of local buses.
Adult bus fares on the main operators are:
Arriva flat fare of £1.90 throughout the Liverpool area, £3.70 for Liverpool area Day Ticket, £4.40 for Northwest area.
Stagecoach flat fare of £1.80 throughout the Liverpool area, £3.30 for Liverpool area Day Ticket, £3.60 for Northwest area.
Arriva and Stagecoach Day and Weekly tickets my be used on either companies buses on new Quality Partnership Routes 10/10A/10B/10C(Huyton,St Helens), 86/86A/86D/86E(Speke,Airport,South Parkway), 53/53A (Crosby,Aintree), 14/14X (Croxteth,Kirkby)
Similar flat fares are available from the other operators as well.
There are also limited night bus services on a Saturday night costing £3.00.
Some buses are subsidised by Merseytravel, such as early morning and hospital services, and there is a fixed fare of £1.10. This includes the City Centre Circular buses C1 to C5.
If you plan to travel a lot, a prepaid pass presents much better value. Generally speaking, you save money with two or more train trips or three or more bus journeys.
(prices correct as at 29 Nov 2011)
Old (St. Nicholas and Our Lady Church) and new architecture
A great thing about Liverpool is the architecture. For so long it was neglected and run down, but these days most of the city centre is quite splendid.
Royal Liver Building, (on the riverside). Iconic symbol of Liverpool waterfront - this 1911 skyscraper still dominates the distinctive Liverpool skyline . This is the home of the legendary Liver Birds that sit atop the building looking out across to the Wirral. The river-facing face of the clock is six feet larger in diameter than that of the clock tower at Westminster.
St. George's Hall, Lime Street (near railway station). A mammoth of a Greco-Roman-style building which was built by wealthy merchants for the people of the city. It is arguably the finest neo-classical building in Western Europe, and has recently been thoroughly restored for Capital of Culture Year. Inside it has one of the best church organs in Europe. On the outside it has a selection of classical murals which were thought quite shocking in their day (due to the shameful female nudity).Free..
World Museum Liverpool, (near St. George's Hall), . This is a fine building and well worth a visit. It contains an excellent collection of British rocketry exhibits, as well as the best Egyptological collection outside London.Free..
Liverpool Central Library, (near St. George's Hall). This is another fine building, boasting a beautiful circular reading room.Free..
Walker Art Gallery, (near St George's Hall), ☎ 8798724, . Daily 10AM-5PM. Currently displaying Ben Johnson's Liverpool Cityscape 2008 and the World Panorama Series. Free.
The Bluecoat, (School Lane), ☎ 7025324 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Daily 10AM-6PM. The Bluecoat is the oldest Grade 1 listed building in Liverpool’s city centre (dating back to 1717). Following a £14.5m redevelopment, it re-opened in March 2008, as a major landmark on the UK map of contemporary culture. With a new wing of galleries and a state-of-the-art Performance Space, the Bluecoat showcases talent across all creative disciplines including visual art, music, literature, dance and live art, and nurtures new talent by providing studio spaces for artists within a unique creative community.Free.
St. Nicholas and Our Lady Church, (just off the riverside). This is the city's parish church and home to the third Liver Bird (there are in fact three of them, not two).
Albert Dock, (on the riverside), . This is one of the more sophisticated places in Liverpool and is situated in the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK. Old warehouses have been converted into shops, apartments, restaurants, pubs, hotels, galleries and museums. For fan of the old This Morning show with Richard and Judy, this is also where the 3D island weather map was situated in the centre of the dock on the water.Free..
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, . Dedicated to the maritime history of the city, complete with galleries on customs and excise and emigration to the New World. There are also a number of vessels to see, such as the Mersey river tug Brocklebank and the river cargo carrier Wyncham.Free..
International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool (Within the Merseyside Maritime Museum), ☎ 0151 478 4499, . 10AM-5PM. "Our aim is to address ignorance and misunderstanding by looking at the deep and permanent impact of slavery and the slave trade on Africa, South America, the USA, the Caribbean and Western Europe. Thus we will increase our understanding of the world around us." ~Dr David Fleming OBE, director, National Museums Liverpool Free.
Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, . A fine modern art gallery. A definite visit for arty folk. The Turner Art Prize was hosted here from Oct. 19, 2007 to Jan. 13, 2008. This was the first time the award was held outside of London.Free (charge for some exhibitions)..
The Beatles Story, Albert Dock, . The Beatles originated in Liverpool. The Beatles Story is the only museum in the world that is entirely Beatles-themed, with exhibitions such as their instruments and other artifacts. Other attractions based on The Beatles include their homes, Penny Lane, commemorative statues, Strawberry Fields, and more.£12.25 (adult).
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, . Catholic. Affectionately known by the locals as Paddy's Wigwam or "the Pope's launching pad". Visit on a sunny day as the stained glass ceiling looks fantastic!Free..
Liverpool Cathedral, . It may not look like a wigwam, but is so imposing that the architect of Lord Derby's tomb claimed that no self-respecting church mouse would live there. As a result, he incorporated a mouse into the design of the tomb - it's just under Lord Derby's pillow. Liverpool Cathedral is one of the finest examples in the world of Gothic revival architecture. On a clear day, the tower affords breathtaking views over Liverpool, Merseyside and beyond.Free..
Princes Road Synagogue (Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation), . This is an impressive combination of Gothic and Moorish architecture by the Audsley brothers. The colourful interior has to be seen to be believed. Tours can be arranged through their web site.
Liverpool Town Hall. . Built in 1754, the Official Residence of Liverpool's Lord Mayor is an elegant stone building, having two fronts; one towards Castle Street, the other towards the area formed by the New Exchange Buildings. Each front consists of an elegant range of Corinthian columns, supporting a pediment, and are themselves supported by a rustic base. Between the capitals are heads, and emblems of commerce in basso-relievo; and on the pediment of the grand front is a noble piece of sculpture representing Commerce committing her treasures to the race of Neptune.
Victoria Gallery & Museum, (near the Catholic Cathedral), . Tue-Sat 10AM-5PM. The University of Liverpool's museum comprising their art collection and artefacts housed in an amazing Gothic building which coined the term 'red brick university'.
Williamson's Tunnels, . Heritage Centre T-Su. In the early 1800s, a Liverpool tobacco merchant, Joseph Williamson, funded the construction of an enormous labyrinth of tunnels under the Edge Hill area of Liverpool. To this day, nobody knows his reasons for doing so though many guess it as an act of philanthropy, using his wealth to provide jobs and training for thousands of Liverpool workers. There is also a Williamson's Tunnels Heritage Centre.
Speke Hall, (near John Lennon Airport), . This is a half-timbered Tudor house set on large grounds. It has parts dating back to the 1530s.
Croxteth Hall and Country Park, . This is one of Liverpool's most important heritage sites, one of "the finest working country estates in the North West" and was the winner of the European Capital of Culture 2008. The park is at the heart of what was once a great country estate stretching hundreds of square miles and was the ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton. After the death of the last Earl it was given to the City of Liverpool. The estate has four main attractions - The Historic Hall, Croxteth Home Farm, the Victorian Walled Garden and a 500 acre country park including the new Croxteth Local Nature Reserve. A new addition to what's on offer at Croxteth is the West Derby Courthouse. Dating from the reign of Elizabeth I, this is one of the oldest public buildings in Liverpool.
Sudley House, Mossley Hill Road, Aigburth. Free.. An art gallery which contains the collection of George Holt in its original setting. It includes work by Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, Edwin Landseer and J. M. W. Turner.
Fab4D Cinema, Pier Head, . The Beatles Story's Fab4D experience is an innovative and exciting experience for all the family.
Canada Boulevard, The Pierhead. Runs the entire length of the Three Graces frontage and consists of a boulevard of maple trees with plaques laid into the pavement listing the Canadian ships lost during the Second World war.
Pier Head, . Harbour of Liverpool has played a very important role in modern history of the city. The wharf area drained by the Mersey River gives to the city an air of antiquity, which is quite strange and interesting because of the contrast between modern buildings and conventional buildings. The Pier Head has been considered as world heritage by UNESCO.
Wolstenholme Creative Space, 11 Wolstenholme Square, L14JJ (between Duke Street, Slater Street, Hannover Street & Seel Street. Look for the balls.), . Wolstenholme is an artist run gallery and studio space situated within a beautiful listed ex textile factory in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Info can be found on the website, via email (email@example.com) or just by dropping by, you may be fortunate enough to stumble upon some impromptu happening.
Comedy nights are featured on Friday and Saturday at Baby Blue, a nice club on the exclusive Albert Dock, which is known as a celebrity hotspot. Check online  for more info and tickets.
Also for laughs, try Rawhide at the Royal Court Theater which showcases some of the best in regional and national comedy talent.
Every June or July there is a fortnight long *Liverpool Comedy Festival
which takes place in venues across the city. One event not to be missed is the now legendary Drink up Stand up pub crawls which includes four pubs, four comedians, one compere (host) and a megaphone!
On the first Tuesday of the month the Fab Café on Hope Street hosts a comedy night with two or three local comics plus a compere.
Express Comedy, . Based in Birkenhead across the river Mersey, Express Comedy has a stand-up comedy night called Laughter at the Lauries.
For those in a hurry there are a number of operators offering guided tours, either using their own transportation or offering their services as "hop-on, hop-off Guides" on your coach or offering guided walks.
The best way of getting an overview of the city, is by taking the City Explorer open-top bus  run by Maghull Coaches. With 12 stops you can hop on and off all day. Qualified local guides provide the commentary and can answer your questions about the city. For Beatles fans, there is the Magical Mystery Tour which will take you around the places associated with the Beatles both in the city centre and in the suburbs. For a more tailored tour, there's Liverpool Entente Cordiale Tours. Their Liverpool tour guides can plan a walk for you or hop on your coach and guide you around the city. They offer tours in English or French. The Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tour offer unique personal tours that take you back in time to the childhood homes of the Fab Four
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, . The self-styled 'Peoples Club' of Liverpool, 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, it is known for its excellent atmosphere. The stadium can be reached via soccerbuses 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. The Winslow Hotel on Goodison Road, opposite the Main Stand at Goodison, is the closest public house. 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.
Liverpool FC, . Liverpool are one of the most successful clubs in the history of English football, and are one of the most famous clubs in the world, Liverpool have won a British record five European Cups. Their fans are famous the world over for the unique atmosphere they create at Anfield and the singing of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' on matchdays. They have a very heated rivalry with Manchester United FC, considered by most football fans to be the biggest rivalry in all of England; a rivalry which stems from the traditional city rivalry between Manchester and Liverpool since the Industrial Revolution, and further 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. Crowd violence is rare though, as there is always a strong police presence at big matches to keep things in order.
Mathew Street Festival, . The Mathew Street festival is a large and world famous music festival celebrated in Liverpool during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Over half a million people attend the event which hosts the largest outdoor Music festival in Europe.
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 theaters. Check out Lipa (www.lipa.ac.uk) for performance information, their student shows are always well worth seeing.
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.
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.
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.
theyellowduckmarine in the albert docks
The Yellow Duck Marine (duck), . This is a guided tour that offers a different view of Liverpool. You are driven around the city in a bright yellow World War Two landing craft. This has become a bit of a sight in itself as it splashes into the water at the world famous Albert Dock
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.
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.
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.
Supercar, . Northern Ferrari Hire offers a selection of supercars for self drive hire in liverpool.
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
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.
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.
Liverpool Hope University. Established 1844, it is in Childwall and Everton. Hope attracts students from some 65 countries worldwide and has enjoyed many successes as of late.
Although the main shopping street in Liverpool is dominated by the same chain stores you'll find in any other large U.K. city, Liverpool has many distinctive shops of its own including:
Grand Central. An alternative shopping centre which is definitely worth a look. The 40 small shops inside sell goods ranging from alternative clothing to used furniture.
Liverpool One, Liverpool One, Paradise Street, . Landmark development opened in 2008, redefining the city with three levels of shopping and entertainment and even a park. Offers a mixture of familiar highstreet chains and fashionable boutique stores
MetQuarter. This recently built shopping centre focuses on designer-label fashion and has more than 40 stores.
The Bluecoat, . Located in the heart of Liverpool's shopping district, the Bluecoat houses a number of specialist independent retailers offering an eclectic range of products. Stocking the best in contemporary craft, design, fashion and homewares, the shops at the Bluecoat should be your first destination in the city for the unique and the unusual: Display Centre, Drum, Landbaby, Purlesque, Robert Porter.
There are various pubs serving food accross the city centre and its suburbs. The two main areas are the City Centre and Lark Lane about three miles from the city centre in Aigburth. There are various restaurants on Allerton Road (near Liverpool South Parkway) as well. Expect to spend around £10-£15 for a meal for two. Check with your hotel first if they allow food delivery.
Mellomello, 40-42 Slater Street (Entrance is on Parr St), . Offers a full menu of breakfast, lunch & mains daily from 10am-8pm. Fiercely independent, eco and ethically aware cafe. Features all organic, local beer, cider, wines, spirits, teas, and coffee. Their entire menu is vegetarian with vegan options. They serve vegan & gluten free cakes on rotation, and specialise in organic & international alcoholic beverages. Healthy vegetarian menu and specials daily.
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. Well kept secret.
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 favorite student eateries. It has a fine selection of western foods (a superb Club Sandwich) and Arabic foods (cous cous and kebabs). There is also a smaller branch nearby the University of Liverpool.£5 to £10..
The Tea House, 69 Bold St and 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.
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.
Piccolino's, 16 Cook St, ☎ +44 151 236 2555, . Good Italian food and wines. All served in a friendly warm restaurant. Try to get one of the plush red booths. Booking recommended.Mains £8-15.
Thomas Rigby's, 23-25 Dale Street, ☎ +44 151 236 3269. One of the finest pubs in the city offering a selection of local and world beers plus a fantastic food menu. The "proper chips" offered with the battered fish are to die for!
U-N-I, Renshaw Street. Indian restaurant. Delicious Indian food all served to you in your own private booth with a curtain, to get the waiters attention press the button in your booth.
Upstairs Restaurant Bar, School Lane, ☎ +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 a great wine list in a creative setting. Also offers a special children's menu (under 12s).
Espresso, School Lane, . 8.00AM - 6.00PM daily (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, homemade 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.
Las Iguanas, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 8JF, ☎ +44 151 709 4030, .
Jamie's Italian Kitchen, 45 Paradise Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 3DN, ☎ +44 151 559 9830, . Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm; Sun 12pm-10:30pm.
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 1517288259. 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.
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.
Dr. Duncan's, St John's Lane – This is the premier pub for the local Cains brewery. It has a fine reputation and consequently is full of middle-aged professional drinkers. The pub has the full range of Cains beers, including Dr. Duncan's IPA (which is harder to find among the Cains pubs). Rudimentary bar menu, but good busy atmosphere on the weekend.
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 Street (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 Street is attached to the Cains brewery and serves a large variety of ales, plus traditional pub fayre.
The Richard John Blacker (JD Wetherspoons), Charlotte Row, Unit 1/3, 53 Great Charlotte St, Liverpool, L1 1HU, ☎ +44 151 709 4802, .
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 artefacts 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.
The Brookhouse Smithdown Rd. This was one of liverpools finist 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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
Concert Square, Fleet Street, Wood Street, Duke Street
Concert Square is situated behind Bold Street, where you'll find a range of the trendier bars. 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 - The City’s leading shooter bar. This is the place to go if you like £1 shots great music and a great atmosphere. 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 but don't let that put you off. Its managed by two real Irish men who know what a real Irish bar means. Good beer, food and good music is always on hand here. You also might bump into a few Liverpool FC players drinking in the corner.
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.
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.
The Grapes, 25 Mathew St, Liverpool, L2 6RE, ☎ +44 151 255 1525. The Beatles' favorite pub. They would drink here before and after their many gigs at the Cavern Club, and there is a corner of the pub dedicated to them. It even has a photo of them sitting down in seats that are still there today.
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 terracotta 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.
The Lion Tavern, 67 Moorfields, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2BP, ☎ +44 151 236 1734. Excellent pub, particularly for cheeses!
Newz Bar, 18 Water St, Liverpool, L2, ☎ +44 151 236 2025, .
First National Wine Bar, 2-8 James Street, Liverpool, L2 7PQ, ☎ +44 151 236 6194.
Babycream, Unit 4M Atlantic Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AE, ☎ +44 151 707 3928, .
Circo, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD, ☎ +44 151 709 0470, . Bar, cafe and steakhouse
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, .
Korova, 32 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BX, ☎ 0151 709 7097 (fax: 0151 708 8751), . Mon.-Sat. 11AM-late; Sun. 11AM-12:30AM. Part bar, part club, split between two floors. Upstairs there is the lush front area replete with orange leather booths and over-table televisions which usually stream the live action from downstairs. At the back is the kitchen, which during the day serves a range of freshly cooked meals. Downstairs the intimate gig venue has hosted some of the biggest names in music, as-well as being an important venue for local musicians. Korova also has free Wi-fi.
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..
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.
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.
Ye Cracke, 13 Rice St – This pub was a favourite haunt of John Lennon's uncle. Can get quite dodgy at night.
The Blue Angel (The Raz), 106-108 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BL, ☎ +44 151 709 1535. Popular with students especially student doctors.
There are a number of hotels in the city, 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.
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.
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.
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.
International Inn, ☎ +44 151 709 8135, . Cheap hostel accommodation near to town.Dormitory from £15.
The Nightingale Lodge, 1 Princes Road, ☎ +44 1229 432378 (email@example.com, 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.
The Liner, Lord Nelson Street (Just next to Lime Street station), ☎ +44 151 709 7050 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +44 151 707 0352), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. A rather good hotel, well located. £70 to £150.
Hampton by Hilton Liverpool City Centre, Kings Dock Mill, 7 Hurst Street, ☎ +44 151-702 6200 (fax: +44 151-702 6210), .
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.
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.
Novotel, Gradwell Street, 40 Hanover Street, ☎ +44 871 663 7816 (email@example.com, fax: +44 208 283 4650), . 209 bedroom city centre location, Restaurant, bar and pool, 10 minute walk from Echo Arena.
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)
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.
Travelodge Liverpool Centre, 25 Old Haymarket, ☎ +44 871 984 6156, . £60+.
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.
62 Castle St (formerly the Trials Hotel), ☎ +44 151 702 7898, . A stunning, modern and exclusive city centre boutique hotel.
Crowne Plaza, St Nicholas Place, Pier Head, ☎ +44 151 243 8000, . £72+.
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.
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+.
Crime rates in Liverpool are low compared with most other large cities in the UK. You are no more likely to be a victim here than most other European cities. However, as in other cities, you should observe a few simple precautions. Don't leave valuables on display in an unattended car, for example. Even an empty car will get a smashed window from time to time, so try to park yours at private parks when the night comes. Try to stay aware of your surroundings and be discreet with cash, expensive camera equipment, etc.
Contrary to what people from Manchester would have you believe, Scousers are gregarious people, but there are still those who seek to take advantage. You will find, howeever, that Mancs and Scousers get along much better than the stereotype suggests and you will very often come across each in each others 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.
Stay on the beaten track at night and stick to the many themed pub and bars and avoid some of the larger dance clubs as these are more suited to streetwise locals or people who understand Liverpool culture well, although to be fair, most Scousers will welcome anyone to their city, and especially their clubs! Be prepared to wait for a taxi at night and don't be tempted to walk back to your hotel unless you are close by. Although Liverpool is a wonderfully friendly place, as with most major cities a slightly sinister side appears after hours.
Some of the City's districts should be avoided by non-locals. Areas such as Croxteth, Dovecot, Everton, Huyton, Kensington, Kirkdale, Norris Green, Page Moss, Stockbridge Village and Toxteth are seeing some serious issues with gang related violence including increases in gun and knife crime.
Around the city centre, be aware there are many homeless people, especially around William Brown Street near the museums. Unlike, in, say, the United States of America or other parts of the United Kingdom, these are less likely to pose a threat to you, and although they may beg for money, they tend to be friendly and often want to talk about their backstories openly with you. Give them money, but at your own risk, as long as it's small change.
Also, older women may (and often do) flirt with younger men, but accept this part of the Liverpool cultural milieu. This also applies to the homelessness situation mentioned above, which much the same situation tends to happen. This should not be confused with prostitution (mentioned below). It is explicitly not solicitation, and is just flirting.
Although prostitution is legal in the UK, solicitation is illegal and it is a fact of life in all major cities, Liverpool being no exception. The "Red Light" areas are as follows: around Netherfield Road North and the Shiel Road area of Kensington. Although quiet during the day, there is a lot of business at night and particularly on weekends. Women walking by themselves have been known to be approached by men looking for prostitutes and people in vehicles have been known to be approached by prostitutes looking for business.
Avoid Manchester United shirts, which worn in the wrong place makes you an easy target for abuse or worse, especially on match day.
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.
Be aware that the streetlighting (Urbis Evolo 2, shown [on the right-hand side of the picture]) is brighter than you might expect, and drive more cautiously. These streetlights are common across the city centre and in Kensington. Drive much more cautiously if you see them. These are less common outside of Liverpool. Americans may be used to bright lights, but Evolos are really bright.
Manchester – Once the home of the industrial revolution, it has now swapped its chimneys for skyscrapers, and mill workers for urbanite accountants and designers. Well worth a visit and is easy to get to by train or coach/bus. Less than an hour away.
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.
Crosby - Just north of Liverpool with Anthony Gormley's Another Place famous sculptures on the beach.
Birkenhead – Across the Mersey, Birkenhead has a football club called Tranmere Rovers. Although this club has always lived in the shadow of Everton and Liverpool, it has a long tradition and a great family atmosphere. Well worth a visit.
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).
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