If it’s your first time in the city, you’ll want to find all the best places to visit in Liverpool. With so much going on – such as shopping, culture, food and nightlife – this guide will point you in the right direction to make sure you don’t miss out!
But first, a little bit about Liverpool. Liverpool is a city in the north west of England that has undergone plenty of regeneration in the past 10 years or so. But that’s not to say the city hasn’t retained its history and culture. In fact, the opposite is true. From walking around Liverpool, you can’t help but notice the stunning architecture of the buildings and the artistic influences that still play a big part of the city today.
There’s no escaping music when in Liverpool. From being famous for founding The Beatles, to the live music scene you can enjoy now, you’ll never be too far away from musical influence.
Liverpool is also an important maritime city, with the River Mersey providing a major link between the city and both Ireland and America. The waterfront is a World Heritage Site for its lasting contribution to trade, including Albert Dock, The Pier Head and St George’s Quarter districts.
Here we look at some of the places to visit in Liverpool that highlight all that the city has to offer.
Albert Dock is one of my favourite places to visit in Liverpool. As mentioned above, it is located on the waterfront and contains an array of stylish bars, restaurants and boutique shops. It is also home to museums, exhibitions and galleries, including The Beatles Story, The Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool. So whether you are interested in music, maritime or art, head down to the docks for a couple of hours. Explore the history and culture of Liverpool and then enjoy a delicious lunch or a few relaxing drinks.
The Smugglers Cove is a great spot to grab some lunch. The bar and restaurant is designed with a pirate theme in mind, along with quirky barrels to sit on. They also do amazing cocktails, with a separate rum room available for private functions.
If you are travelling to Liverpool by train, the closest train station is St James Street, which is served by Merseyrail, including from Chester, the Wirral and Southport. As you walk out of the St James Street station, turn right walk down to the main road, The Strand. Cross the road and turn left. Walk for a couple of minutes and one of the main entrances to Albert Dock will be on your right.
Bold Street is a quirky street with plenty of trendy cafes and places to taste cuisines from all around the world, including Lebanese, Moroccan, and Mexican, among others. Bringing different cultures and types of people together on one street is what makes the Bold Street vibe special.
Leaf on Bold Street is a popular independent teashop serving a variety of food options, such as soups and sandwiches, as well as different flavours of tea – as the name suggests. It’s the ideal place to relax and unwind with friends or to spend some quality alone time in welcoming surroundings. You can also listen to live music, creating a unique teashop atmosphere.
While you’re this end of the city centre, make sure to see the Church of St Luke, also known as the Bombed Out Church. It is at the top of Bold Street on the corner of Berry Street and Leece Street. Damage to the church from the Liverpool Blitz means now only the ruins remain. It’s now a memorial to those that lost their lives, as well as a venue for some events.
One of the newer areas of Liverpool is Liverpool One, which is a shopping and entertainment complex that opened around 10 years ago. The complex contains both high street shops and designer stores (try Peter’s Lane), so there really is everything you need in one place. Plus, with multiple cafes, restaurants, and bars within Liverpool One, you won’t need to walk far to refuel. There is even a cinema and crazy golf to provide more entertainment!
There is a good selection of restaurants on The Terrace – simply follow the escalators up to the cinema – which is the perfect location to look out onto Chavasse Park and enjoy the views. In summer especially The Terrace is packed with people dining ‘al fresco’.
Matthew Street is the place to go when you want to get the party started early. You could be walking down Matthew Street in the middle of a weekday and there will still be a buzzing atmosphere! It’s no surprise that hen and stag parties tend to flock here.
Matthew Street is also famous for being the home to The Cavern Club, where The Beatles used to play. If you enjoy live music or you are a Beatles fan, a visit to The Cavern Club is a must. It is at 10 Matthew Street, which is only a 9-minute walk from Liverpool One.
Another good location for Liverpool nightlife is Seel Street. Slightly less known than the rowdier Concert Square, Seel Street offers a more sophisticated, trendy night out. Choose from a number of cosmopolitan bars such as BrooklynMixer or Alma de Cuba to start your night.
Then head over to the fun Hawaiin themed bar, Aloha, or the hip Heebie Jeebies (also known as just ‘Heebies’), which has it’s very own courtyard.
I’ve always had a good night on Seel Street, there are just so many options to choose from! A quick tip: Some of the clubs can get busy, so you may need to queue depending on what time you go. Also, bring your ID – Heebies tend to scan IDs as a matter of course as you enter.
Best places to visit in Liverpool
As you can see there is plenty going on in Liverpool. And these are just a small selection of places to visit in Liverpool!
Another great thing about this city centre is that it is easy to walk to most places. You can easily spend a day, or longer, experiencing the history and culture, as well as the nightlife, shopping, and food without having to spend money on expensive taxis.
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