Liverpool delights its visitors with a wide choice of modern entertainment and vast cultural heritage. The deep love for football can be felt on every street and behind every corner of Liverpool, making it a perfect city for a city break for any football buff. Objects such as the Liverpool Cathedral and the International Slavery Museum will delight anyone who likes to explore, learn the history of new places and admire the sacral architecture. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Liverpool is stuck in the past – in the contrary, it’s a very pleasant and open-minded city, with a strong strive to move on. Modern entertainment can be enjoyed in the form of pubs, clubs and fun tours all over the city. Furthermore, the city of Liverpool offers a wide choice of tourist attractions and things to do, with the famous Albert Dock being visited by hundreds of tourists every year. At the end of the day, Liverpool is an excellent city for a quick city break – it’s not very flashy, not very noisy, but it’s oddly pleasant and welcoming, making everyone feel right at home.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Liverpool
Liverpool Do the Double Tour
This hop-on-hop-off experience provides you with the ability to use a number of double-decker routes across the city, making it easy to travel between spots with strategically placed stops. Moreover, you also get the access to the Mersey boat tour, where a commentary will give insight on the monuments.
The Beatles Story Experience
Join this tour, which for a very reasonable price will show you the history of the legendary English rock band, The Beatles. The tour will take you both to the Albert Dock and the Pier Head, where you will be able to see for yourself some of the rare Beatles memorabilia, with audio commentary narrated by the sister of John Lennon.
Liverpool Combination Tour
Providing you with an easy way to see the top highlights of the city in a short amount of time and at a reduced price, this tour will take you on a journey with a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket. Not only does the ticket provide you with a means of transportation, but you will also be able to enter the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral tower for free.
The New LFC Stadium Tour
This exclusive tour will give you a behind-the-scenes experience of discovering the renowned Anfield Stadium. You can explore the stadium at your own pace with the included audio headset and guide commentary, and, moreover, you can choose from a wide number of tour times to fit your schedule.
St John’s Beacon Viewing Gallery Ticket
Granting you priority access to the St John’s Beacon Viewing Gallery for a reduced price, this ticket will allow you to get the best possible view of the city. The Tower is over one hundred meters high, and the view extends as far as North Wales and the Lake District, given the weather is clear.
Mersey River Cruise
A fifty-minute-long cruise with a hop-on-hop-off option, allowing you to explore the Mersey River. The cruise includes optional upgrades to include several attractions for a reduced price, and professional audio commentary is available on board as you visit the Pier Head, Seacombe, and Birkenhead.
Beatles and Sightseeing Walking Tour of Liverpool
This one-and-a-half-hour tour shows a part of the history and culture of the city of Liverpool. A local guide will take you along on a walking tour, designed especially to include as much history of music as possible, and with stops to see the Mersey Ferries and the old Liverpool Town Hall.
5-Hour Liverpool Excursion
Discover the most famous sites of Liverpool during this five-hour tour of the city, with such highlights as the Liverpool Cathedral or the Eleanor Rigby statue. A professional guide will show you on your way, and you will even visit the Cavern Club, famous for being the spots of the Beatles' first gig in Liverpool.
One-Hour Leisurely Guided Walking Tour
During this one-hour long walking tour, you will be able to see some of the city at a slow pace with a local guide. The guide will show you some of the gorgeous architecture of the city and give you a lesson on its history, as you travel alongside the River Mersey, stopping at monuments along the way.
British Music Experience
With a free admission ticket to the National Museum of Popular Music in Liverpool, the British Music Experience will show you through eight zones, exploring different periods of British music in the last seventy years. Inside, you will see over five hundred memorabilia and hand-written lyrics of the musicians.
Other Things to See and Do
This city park, which spans over more than two hundred acres, is regarded by locals as the most beautiful park in Liverpool, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely walk in the evening. Take a basket and something to eat, as there is plenty of free space to set up a picnic with family and friends.
The Albert Dock
There is no better place to go during a hot, summer day in Liverpool than The Albert Dock. Let the cool wind blow through your hair to cool off, and there is even plenty of free to attend events taking place at the dock all throughout the year, with a gorgeous view of the Mersey right next.
Museum of Liverpool
Showcasing the history and unique culture of the city, The Museum of Liverpool is the largest museum dedicated to a single city in all of the United Kingdom. Make sure to come down to the Museum of Liverpool for free, and maybe you will be able to see the limited exhibition revolving around John Lennon and his wife.
The Beatles Statue
One of the most attended spots in the city by the tourists is the Beatles Statue, famous all over the globe. The statue depicts the four members of the legendary rock band, the Beatles, but be prepared to wait for your turn for a couple of minutes, as there are often crowds waiting to take a selfie.
If you are looking for a spot where you can read in tranquility for free, take a walk to the Central Library, filled with all kinds of book genres. Moreover, if you get bored of reading, you can take a break in the built-in café or have fun playing consoles in the game room of the library.
Famous all around the world for its huge collection of modern and contemporary art, Tate Liverpool is free to visit throughout the year. While there are some exhibits which require an additional ticket, most of them are free, such as the Nation’s Collection of Modern Art and Constellations: Highlights.
The waterfront of Liverpool is no ordinary spot, as it is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. With a set of three buildings commonly known as the Three Graces, the waterfront is a great spot to visit during the summer, as various free events take place, such as concerts, exhibitions, and art shows.
International Slavery Museum
Hosting a unique and unusual collection of memorabilia and historical artifacts, the International Slavery Museum shows the history of the poor and abused around the world. The museum is free to enter and provides a surprising amount of information of slavery both in the past and in the contemporary times.
Being the favourite spot of the locals for sunbathing during the hot summer, the Crosby Beach is a great place to escape the hassle of the city. Take a short train to the beach right from the centre of Liverpool, take a blanket with you and relax out in the open – do not forget the sunscreen!
Rice Lane City Farm
Located in Walton, an area of Liverpool situated near the city centre, the Rice Lane City Farm is a great alternative to a zoo, where you can let your kids have fun watching the animals up close. There is also a petting farm, where you can feed the animals for yourself, and all of that for free.
Open Eye Gallery
Hosting one of the greatest collections of controversial art and photography, the Open Eye Gallery is a place worth visiting for every first-timer in Liverpool. The gallery is free to enter during the whole year, and the exhibitions of both local and international photographs rotate every month.
While not as popular as the Crosby Beach, the Formby Beach is a more secluded spot where you can get a more private experience. The beautiful beach is filled with sand dunes and surrounded by a pinewood forest, creating a tranquil spot for a swim in the sea or a picnic on the coast.
Combining both visual art, dance, music, literature and live art, the Bluecoat is a hub of creative expression in Liverpool. The Bluecoat is situated in one of the oldest buildings in the centre of Liverpool and has four galleries to see, along with a garden at the back and a shop with souvenirs at the front.
Saint George’s Hall
Take a free tour of the St George’s Hall, run by the locals to show the breathtaking architecture of the building to the tourists. Behind the hall lay the Saint John’s Gardens, where you can enjoy a peaceful walk through the greenery after you are done with admiring the building itself.
Filled with artifacts and memorabilia from all around the world, the World Museum hosts rotating exhibitions including real dinosaur bones and mummies of ancient Egyptian pharaohs. All areas of the museum are free to visit, including the Aquarium, Bug House, Planetarium, and more.
Liverpool ONE is a huge shopping gallery located in the centre of the city. It is not only the largest open air shopping centre in all of the United Kingdom but is the sixth largest one in the world. The shopping gallery is a great place for window shopping, and you can even enjoy a game of table tennis on the tables outside.
The Anglican Cathedral of Liverpool is the largest cathedral in all of the United Kingdom. The cathedral offers a breathtaking view from the outside, and an even greater marvel from the inside, filled with gorgeous decorations and stained glass art on the windows.
Being a former country estate and the house of the Molyneux family, the building of Croxteth Hall presents some of the most beautiful architecture in the entire city. After you are done with gazing at the hall, make sure to take a walk through the Croxteth Park, located just outside, with wildlife running around.
If you are up for a treasure hunt, you can try to find all of the Superlambananas in the city. What are the Superlambananas you ask? They are huge sculptures, presenting a yellow monstrosity with the front of a lamb and the back of a banana, built in 2008 to celebrate Liverpool attaining the status of the European Capital of Culture.
The Old Dock
Visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum for a free tour of the Old Dock, the first commercial enclosed wet dock in the entire world. The dock has been discovered in 2001, when the Liverpool ONE was being built, and has been preserved as an important piece of the history of the city.