The Top 15 Things to Do in Liverpool

The Three Graces on Liverpools Pier One

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Liverpool, located in the northwest of England, is a vibrant city with a major cultural scene. The city is accessible by train from Manchester, as well as London and Wales, and is a great place to spend a few days while visiting England. Whether you're looking to experience a traditional English football match, see the music venue where the Beatles made their debut, or explore the shops and restaurants around Royal Albert Dock, the city has something for everyone. Here are 15 of the best things to do when visiting Liverpool.

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Visit the Tate Liverpool

Tate Museum and surrounding buildings around the Merseyside docks district in Liverpool.

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Located along the Royal Albert Dock, the Tate Liverpool is an off-shoot of London's Tate Modern and Tate Britain art museums. The collection focuses on modern and contemporary art from around the world, while families will appreciate the museum's kid-centric displays and activities. The Tate Liverpool is also accessible for visitors with disabilities. Don't miss the colorful café, which features the designs of British pop artist Sir Peter Blake. This location is free for all visitors, although some special exhibitions are ticketed.

Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB, UK
Phone +44 151 702 7400
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Tour Liverpool Cathedral

The interior of Liverpool Anglican cathedral.

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Liverpool Cathedral, built on St. James's Mount, is the largest cathedral and religious building in Britain. Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, the impressive building was constructed over several decades starting in 1904. Today, visitors are welcome to explore the architecture with a self-guided tour or by attending a worship service. You can also ascend Vestey Tower, which boasts open-air, 360-degree views of Liverpool with a paid ticket. For an extra special experience, check the cathedral's bell-ringing calendar and plan accordingly.

St James Mt, Church of England Cathedral of the Diocese of Liverpool, Saint James Road, Liverpool L1 7AZ, UK
Phone +44 151 709 6271
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Shop in St. George’s Quarter

Dating back to the Victorian era, St. George's Quarter is a central neighborhood of Liverpool, directly accessible from the city's main train station, Lime Street Station. It's home to several museums, including the Walker Art Gallery, while the city's Central Library is nearby. St. George's Quarter is also a popular shopping district, with numerous high street shops and boutiques ready for perusing. Look for St. Johns Shopping Centre, an expansive indoor mall, and popular British department store John Lewis, located just a few blocks south.

St George's Quarter, Liverpool, UK
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Explore the World Museum

The World Museum Liverpool, a large museum in Liverpool, England, which has extensive collections covering archaeology, ethnology and the natural and physical sciences.

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The World Museum is Liverpool's oldest museum is the World Museum, which initially opened its doors in 1853. It hosts extensive collections covering topics such as archaeology, ethnology, and the natural and physical sciences, as well as special exhibitions. There is also a café and an indoor picnic room for those who prefer to pack a lunch. Don't skip the planetarium, which showcases space-themed programs for a small ticket fee. Admission itself is free, making this an ideal stop for budget travelers and families.

William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN, UK
Phone +44 151 478 4393
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See a Show at the Cavern Club

Liverpool, United Kingdom. The Cavern Club.

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Around since the 1950s, the Cavern Club is best known as the birthplace of the Beatles and is a must-do for all music lovers in Liverpool. The music venue, of course, frequently books Beatles tribute bands, who put on lively shows of all your favorite tunes. There is an assortment of other resident musicians who regularly perform at the Cavern Club, so don't worry if the Beatles aren't your thing. There are two stages—the front stage and the Cavern Live Lounge—so check the calendar in advance and book tickets accordingly; live music beings at 11 a.m. every day.

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Cheer on Liverpool Football Club

Supporters of Liverpool FC during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at Anfield on September 15, 2021 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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Liverpool Football Club, also known as Liverpool F.C., competes in the Premier League. Even if you're not a soccer fan, seeing a match in England is a memorable experience, especially when cheering on the home team. The team plays at Anfield Stadium, so plan in advance if you want to score some tickets. If there are no games taking place during your visit to Liverpool, Anfield offers stadium tours, which showcase the team's museum, trophy display, and player's tunnel. While it's not recommended to bring young kids to football matches, the stadium tour is appropriate for visitors of all ages.

Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool L4 0TH, UK
Phone +44 151 260 6677
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Stroll Through Sefton Park

Trees alongside a footpath in Sefton Park, a Grade I listed park in the Aigburth district of Liverpool, England

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Found in south Liverpool, Sefton Park is one of the city's best public parks, featuring more than 235 acres of greenery. The park, officially created in 1872, is open 24 hours a day and has numerous things to see and do. Walk along the lake, or explore Palm House, a three-tier dome conservatory that frequently hosts events and performances. You'll also find a playground, several cafés, an aviary, and numerous fountains and monuments. Be sure to see the Victorian-era bandstand, which is said to be the inspiration for the popular Beatles' song "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Sefton Park, Liverpool L17, UK
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Visit Crosby Beach

Crosby Beach in Merseyside, UK.

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At first glance, Crosby Beach might seem to be populated by a slew of lone figures, staring into the horizon. But the beach, located on the Merseyside coastline in north Liverpool, is actually the permanent home to "Another Place," a compelling sculpture by artist Antony Gormley. Free parking is available in several nearby lots, or visitors can arrive from central Liverpool by train. It's a beautiful place to walk, and the beach is also the starting point for the 22-mile Sefton Coastal Path. Crosby Beach isn't very welcoming to swimmers, although it does have lifeguards. Those who do want to take a dip should venture over to Formby, Ainsdale, and Southport beaches, which can be found slightly further north.

Crosby Beach, United Kingdom
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Explore Royal Albert Dock

The Albert Dock in Liverpool, UK

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Liverpool's thriving waterfront, Royal Albert Dock, has been redeveloped over the past few years and is now a vibrant cultural hub. It's within walking distance of central Liverpool, making it a must-do while visiting the northern city. There are numerous restaurants and bars to choose from, including Turncoat, a local gin distillery and bar, and The Smugglers Cove, which offers 141 rums and 80 beers. Royal Albert Dock is a good option for those searching for a unique souvenir, as the area boasts more local boutiques than chains. Additionally, the waterfront is home to the Tate Liverpool and the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

3-4 The Colonnades, Liverpool L3 4AA, UK
Phone +44 151 707 8384
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Go Back in History at The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story Exhibition Building, Liverpool.

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The Beatles are an integral part of Liverpool's history. Fans can immerse themselves in the band's music and legacy at The Beatles Story, the world's largest permanent exhibition about the lives and times of the English rock band. The exhibition features replicas of the Casbah, Mathew Street, Abbey Road Studios, and the Cavern Club, as well as memorabilia and photographs. There is also a café and shop, where you can buy all sorts of Beatles-themed gifts and merchandise. The Beatles Story is located on Royal Albert Dock, easily accessible from central Liverpool by foot or public transportation. Visitors are recommended to book tickets online in advance.

Britannia Vaults, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD, UK
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Visit the Walker Art Gallery

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Merseyside, England

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Liverpool's acclaimed Walker Art Gallery houses one of the largest art collections in England outside London, and features paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day. For families, there is also a dedicated children's gallery dubbed "Big Art for Little Artists." The collection is vast, so give yourself a few hours to fully explore the rooms. Admission is free, with the exception of special exhibits; tickets don't need to be booked in advance, so head over any time during your stay in Liverpool.

William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EL, UK
Phone +44 151 478 4199
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Ride Mersey Ferries

Ferry and Waterfront Skyline, Liverpool, Merseyside, England

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Get a unique look at the Liverpool skyline by embarking on a River Mersey cruise with Mersey Ferries. During the 50-minute ride, not only will you enjoy the beautiful views, but you will also hear expert commentary on the history and culture of Liverpool. Passengers will have the option to hop off the ferry at Woodside to visit Woodside Ferry Village, too. Be sure to wear layers when taking the ferry during the winter months.

Pier Head, George Parade, Liverpool L3 1DP, UK
Phone +44 151 330 1003
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Ascend Radio City Tower

Liverpool Radio City Tower in Liverpool, UK

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The 457-foot-tall Radio City Tower, also known as St Johns Beacon, was built in 1969 and opened by Queen Elizabeth II. While the tower is home to a working radio station, travelers can still visit the 394-foot observation deck for panoramic views of the city. (On clear days, you can even see as far as the Lake District, Blackpool, and Snowdonia!) There are no stairs involved in the ascent, making the deck accessible for all visitors. Tickets can be booked online in advance.

Radio City Tower, Liverpool L1 1EL, UK
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Grab a Pint at the Shipping Forecast

The Shipping Forecast, one of Liverpool's favorite pubs, doubles as a music venue that has hosted the likes of Mark Ronson and Disclosure. It has a laid-back atmosphere, with lots of different brews on tap, and there's a solid food menu featuring pub classics like fish and chips. Stop by during a sports match or come for the live music. Tables can be booked in advance online, which is recommended on weekends or holidays.

15 Slater Street, Liverpool L1 4BW, UK
Phone +44 151 709 6901
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Embark on the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

The Magical Mystery Tour Bus, offering a two-hour tour of the Beatles sites, based on the album of the same name, Liverpool, Merseyside, England.

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While visitors to Liverpool can of course make their way to all the Beatles sites on their own, the easiest way to experience Liverpool's Fab Four history is via tour bus. The two-hour Magical Mystery Tour, hosted by the Cavern Club, stops by all the places associated with John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Tours start at the Royal Albert Dock and continue on to the Beatles' childhood homes, schools, and colleges, as well as the real-life places that inspired some of their most memorable songs like "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Field." Buy tickets in advance to ensure you get a spot onboard the whimsical bus.

Anchor Courtyard, 32 Gower Street, Liverpool L3 4AS, UK
Phone +44 151 703 9100
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The Top 15 Things to Do in Liverpool