Things to Do in Liverpool
Liverpool’s proud maritime heritage is reflected in its numerous preserved dock buildings which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many of these buildings have been imaginatively repurposed, such as the Albert Dock complex which houses Tate Liverpool, one of the UK’s major modern art collections. The so-called “Three Graces” – the Liver, Cunard and Port of Liverpool Buildings – dominate the Mersey waterfront and together form an instantly recognizable symbol of the city.
For the best view of Liverpool climb to the top of the enormous Anglican Cathedral, which on a clear day offers vistas stretching to Wales. Explore St. George’s Hall, Europe’s largest neo-classical building, the Tudor Speke Hall and some of Britain’s finest Georgian architecture. Not forgetting of course the Cavern Club and numerous other sites associated with the city’s best-known export, The Beatles.
Liverpool’s wealth came from the shipping trade over the centuries, and the city’s maritime legacy is celebrated at the revitalized waterfront area known as Albert Dock.
The dock is lined with sturdy five-story warehouses, restored and reinvigorated to house boutiques, museums, restaurants and bars. The mix of Victorian-era cast-iron columns, Grade I-listed buildings and waterfront walkways creates an evocative atmosphere, where the past seamlessly melds with the present. There’s plenty to do at Albert Dock, the location of many of Liverpool’s most popular attractions. View contemporary art at the Tate Liverpool gallery, delve into seafaring history at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, or take a poignant journey through the history of the slave trade at the International Slavery Museum. The Beatles Story is also at Albert Dock, a must-do for music fans of all ages.
Beatles fans come from across the universe to pay tribute to the Fab Four at Liverpool’s Beatles Story.
From the Cavern Club to Abbey Road, this incredibly popular museum tells the story of Liverpool’s four most famous sons, their music, achievements, and massive impact on popular culture since the 1960s.
Taking you on an atmospheric, multimedia journey, the Beatles Story features exhibitions of memorabilia, audio rooms, a replica of the Cavern, the interactive Discovery Zone, solo exhibits, Fab4 store and coffee shop.
While you’re visiting, listen to the free living history audio guide for a self-guided tour of the exhibits. Highlights include John Lennon’s iconic round spectacles and George Harrison’s much-loved first guitar.
Your ticket also gives you entry to the multimedia Fab4D theater experience at the branch of the museum at the Pier Head Mersey Ferry Terminal.
The Beatles experienced their first taste of fame at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where the Fab Four first performed on November 9, 1961.
The underground cellar club started life in 1957 as a jazz and skiffle club. John Lennon first played here in the Quarrymen, an earlier incarnation of the Beatles, on August 7, 1957. Paul joined John on stage here with the Quarrymen in January 1958, and George first played here in February 1961.
The club moved from jazz to beat music, and the Beatles played more than 290 gigs, steadily building up a loyal fan base and honing their musical skills. They played their last show at the Cavern on 3 August 1963.
Other beat groups took over from the Beatles at the Cavern, including the Hollies, the Stones, the Kinks and the Yardbirds.
Following the Cavern’s closure in 1973, the club was re-erected on part of the original bulldozed site in the 1980s. Today, the Cavern is a vibrant music venue once more.
Red is the color of victory at Anfield Stadium, home of the legendary Liverpool Football Club since 1892. The 1884 stadium has also hosted boxing, tennis and rugby over the years, but the prime activity here is premier league football (soccer).
Seating up to around 45,000 passionate fans, the stadium has four all-seat stands: the Kop Stand, Main Stand, Centenary Stand, and Anfield Road Stand. Local pride and passion run deep at Anfield. To learn more about the team's football heroes over the decades, take a tour of the stadium and Liverpool FC museum to visit the dressing room, walk down the tunnel and step onto the hallowed pitch. Note that tours don't run on match days. To nab tickets for a home match at Anfield, check the stadium’s website. Wear plenty of red and get ready to sing along to the Liverpool Football Club’s stirring anthem, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
More Things to Do in Liverpool
Taking a ferry across the Mersey has been a Liverpool tradition since Gerry and the Pacemakers sang the smash hit ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ in 1964. In fact, boats have been crossing the river at this point for more than 800 years.
Departing from the Pier Head, next to the famous Liver Building on the riverfront, the company’s ferries sail across the water to Birkenhead and Seacombe on the Wirral Peninsula. The fleet’s three boats are called Snowdrop, Royal Daffodil and Royal Iris of the Mersey. Mersey Ferry services include cross-river commuter transport, 50-minute river explorer cruises, and trips along the Manchester Ship Canal to Salford Quays in Manchester. There are also special cruises throughout the year, including bird-watching sailings. Along with Gerry and the Pacemakers, many other artists have recorded ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’, one of Liverpool’s most popular anthems, including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Burton Cummings, Pat Metheny and Sir Paul McCartney.
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