Liverpool is famous for its music, sport and nightlife. The birthplace of the Beatles and several other popular musicians, Liverpool is home to the home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, has the largest national museum collection outside of London and has been designated European Capital of Culture 2008.
Liverpool in located in the North West part of England, in the county of Merseyside.
How to get to Liverpool
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is particularly served by low-cost carriers, such as Easyjet and Ryanair. It receives flights from all over Europe and North America.
The trains arrive at Liverpool Lime Street, which is located right in the city center. There are connections to all the cities in UK. The train ride from London takes about 2 and a half hours and there are trains departing London every hour. It’s one of the most affordable ways to get to Liverpool (taking into account both time and price).
Several coach (bus) companies link Liverpool to other cities in the UK. The journey takes about 4-5 hours and tickets are very cheap (as little as £1, depending on how far in advance you book).
Things to do
The Liverpool City center is small enough to walk around, so pack a good pair of walking shoes. If you are feeling lazy, you can catch one of the black cabs. Buses link the city center to the other parts of the city.
Liverpool’s dock has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. The best known dock is Albert Dock, the first enclosed non-combustible dock warehouse system in the world. The Dock complex is home to several important buildings: Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museumand and Tate Liverpool.
Merseyside Maritime Museum is dedicated to the maritime history of the city. There are several vessels on display as well.
The Pier Head is the most recognizable image of Liverpool. It is the home of the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.
St. George’s Hall is an incredible building and is home to one of the best church organs in Europe, as well as some classical murals.
World Museum Liverpool contains the best Egyptological collection outside London as well as an excellent collection of British rocketry exhibits.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral should be visited during a sunny day when the stained glass ceiling creates fantastic images.
Liverpool Cathedral is a great example of Gothic revival architecture. On a clear day, the tower offers some great views of the city and the area around it.
The Beatles Story is the only museum in the world dedicated entirely to the Beatles. There are instruments and other artifacts on display.
There are plenty of pubs and clubs to choose from if you want to spend a night out. Mathew Street and Concert Square are two of the most important nightlife spots in Liverpool. They are very busy on Friday and Saturday nights but even during the week it can be crowded when students flock to enjoy a night out.
The Cavern Club on Mathew Street is the famous house of the Beatles. There are also a Beatles-inspired bar and pub on the same street.