The historic city of Liverpool became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004, and only four years later was awarded the prestigious status of European Capital of Culture. Find out why this is by exploring the city for a day or two before or after your UK cruise, with our recommended top 8 things to do in Liverpool.
Liverpool was once an integral city of trade for Britain, with efficient links to the industrial Midlands thanks to the River Mersey, canal systems, and train line. Many would say that the early 20th century was its heyday, when docks and ship-building yards stretched for miles. It was home to over 100-passenger ships, and prestigious lines Cunard and the famous White Star Line were founded there. But as well as this important national history, Liverpool has a lot more on offer.
1. The Beatles Tour
Famous all over the world for their infectious rock and roll music, the legacy of the Beatles is still thriving in Liverpool. In fact, seeing the band’s history is one of the most common reasons for tourists to come to the city. On the Magical Mystery Tour, you can see Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, the Cavern Club, and the band member’s childhood homes to name a few.
2. Merseyside Maritime Museum
This museum offers a great opportunity to learn about and honour Liverpool’s history. Located in Albert Dock, visitors are already stood in the heart of the centre of maritime trade that Liverpool was once so known for. The museum itself houses exhibitions relating to the development of the merchant navy, the city’s role in World War 2, and much more.
3. Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
The largest cathedral in Britain, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is actually one of two in the city, the other being the much more modern looking Metropolitan Cathedral. The Anglican Cathedral is one of Liverpool’s architectural highlights, and boasts the world’s highest and widest gothic arches. It also offers stunning views of the city, the Mersey River, the Pennines, and Welsh hills from the Vestry Tower.
4. Football Stadium Tours
Fans of football will know that Merseyside has produced some fantastic football teams who are a force to be reckoned with. Neither Liverpool nor Everton FC have been relegated from the Premier League over the years, and their respective stadiums – Goodison Park and Anfield Stadium – have been the setting of some truly spectacular skill. Visitors can take this opportunity to tour the grounds, and maybe even take in a match.
5. The Three Graces
Comprised of three important buildings; the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building, and the Port of Liverpool Building, this area of Liverpool’s waterfront has become somewhat iconic. The Royal Liver Building in particular is considered by many to be the city’s most important landmark. It opened in 1911 as the home of Royal Liver Assurance insurance and finance society.
6. Historic Parks & Gardens
For visitors looking to spend time relaxing and taking things at a slower pace, a visit to one of the many gardens could be a lovely option. Calderstones Park in the south boasts woodland, lakes, and a 1000 year old oak tree, or Newsham Park is a Grade II listed Victorian park which is surrounded by beautiful historic architecture.
7. Art Galleries
Liverpool boasts some fabulous art galleries which are certainly worth a browse to anyone who has an interest. Tate Liverpool at the Albert Dock exhibits a range of thought provoking contemporary art, or conversely the Walker Art Gallery houses pieces dating back to the 13th century – as well as more modern, and multiple art forms.
8. The Theatre
Perhaps those staying in the city for longer might be interested in taking in a performance at one of Liverpool’s famous theatres. From art deco style venues Epstein Theatre, Empire Theatre, and the Royal Court Theatre, and the well-known Playhouse and Everyman theatres, to the Victorian-era St George’s Hall, there are plenty of performances to choose from in many iconic settings.