Things to do in Liverpool

Things to do in  Liverpool

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Once coal-streaked and industrial and now thrumming with dynamism and new life, northerly Liverpool has blossomed into one of England’s must-visit cultural centers. Partial credit goes to the Beatles—local Liverpool lads—whose reflected glory can be seen at The Beatles Story and the historic Cavern Club. But that’s just the start of things to do in Liverpool. Where shipping facilities once stood, the city’s revamped Albert Docks are now a major tourist destination, while landmarks such as Liverpool Cathedral, a cohort of exceptional museums, and Anfield Stadium (home to Liverpool FC) all bring in the crowds.

Top 15 attractions in Liverpool

Mersey Ferries

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Running right through the heart of the city, the Mersey River is the lifeblood of Liverpool, and the city’s iconic ferries have sailed its shores for more than 800 years. Today, the Mersey Ferries remain a must-see attraction for visitors to Liverpool.More

Beatles Story

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This Beatles-centric museum is stuffed full of Fab Four memorabilia, from George Harrison’s first guitar to John Lennon’s orange-tinted glasses. Exhibits trace the journey of Liverpool’s hometown heroes and the rise of Beatlemania, and include a full-scale replica of the famous Cavern Club and a walk-in yellow submarine.More

Merseyside Maritime Museum

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Discover Liverpool’s status as a British port city at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Its three exhibition floors reveal the city’s nautical history, from its role in both World Wars to its darker past as a slaving port, as well as waterfront views of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Royal Albert Dock and its industrial architecture.More

Metropolitan Cathedral

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Visit the modernist Metropolitan Cathedral and gain insight into Liverpool’s religious history as you explore its crypts, treasury, and unique structure. As you take in its unusual circular design, learn about the Catholic cathedral’s close relationship with its Anglican sister on the other end of Hope Street, or attend a service or concert for an immersive experience.More

Liverpool Cathedral

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Discover a symbol of Liverpool and gain insight into the city’s history with a visit to the National Heritage-listed Liverpool Cathedral. As the largest religious building in Britain, the Anglican cathedral boasts neo-Gothic architecture, distinctive artwork, and a 328-feet (100-meter) tower that provides sweeping views across River Mersey.More

Sefton Park

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Enjoy a break from the bustling city center and discover the historic grounds of Sefton Park, a 200-acre (81-hectare) green getaway that hosts nature trails, children’s play areas, and a boating lake teeming with wildlife. Stroll leafy avenues, explore a Victorian conservatory, or relax in one of the park cafes to absorb the atmosphere of the Grade I English Heritage site.More

Magical Beatles Museum

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Opened in 2018, the Magical Beatles Museum tells the story of the Fab Four through a 1,200-strong collection of memorabilia, which belongs to the brother of first Beatles drummer, Pete Best. Highlights includes John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper medals, theI Am the Walrus cello, and Starr’s Ludwig snare drum.More

Strawberry Field

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Inspiring the 1967 Beatles’ song Strawberry Fields Forever, Strawberry Field in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton functioned as a Salvation Army children’s home from 1936 to 2005. As a boy, Lennon would sneak in to play, and enjoyed watching the band at the annual garden party. These experiences would go on to inform his later songwriting.More

Anfield Stadium

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Anfield Stadium, the Liverpool Football Club's home turf, is hallowed ground for Liverpool fans. The 54,000-capacity venue not only hosts matches, but also contains the Liverpool FC Story, a museum chronicling the club's history, and the Steven Gerrard Collection, comprising memorabilia relating to the former captain.More
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Aintree Racecourse

Aintree Racecourse

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Discover the home of the world-famous Grand National steeplechase on a trip to Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse. Dating back to 1829, the main site offers the opportunity to see traditional horse racing on scheduled race days, while its Equestrian Centre, Motor Racing Circuit, and Golf Centre provide alternatives for off-season visits.More

Walker Art Gallery

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Take time out from the bustling city streets with a visit to the Walker Art Gallery, home to a diverse collection of artwork that spans eight centuries. Peruse masterpieces by artists, such as Monet, Rembrandt, and David Hockney, and enjoy an experience in the Big Art for Little Artists gallery, a hands-on space designed for young children.More

St. Peter’s Church

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St. Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool, is more than an example of Gothic Revival architecture—it is also a significant site in musical history, as it was here in 1957 that John Lennon first met Paul McCartney. Also here are the graves of Eleanor Rigby, John Lennon’s Uncle George, and Bob Paisley, the renowned Liverpool FC manager.More
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Spaceport

Spaceport

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Escape the city and journey into space on a visit to Liverpool’s Spaceport science center. Explore the universe via interactive displays, take a ride on Explorer 1, and marvel at the mysteries of the cosmos in the planetarium on a family-friendly day out.More

Palm House (Sefton Park)

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The Palm House, a Victorian glass conservatory dating back to 1896, stands at the center of Liverpool’s Sefton Park. The octagonal dome houses the Liverpool Botanical Collection, with flora from five continents, and regularly hosts events such as concerts and film screenings.More

Royal Albert Dock

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Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock, formerly an important industrial center, is now home to popular attractions including Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, and The Beatles Story. Explore its cobbled paths to gain insight into the city’s heritage, marvel at its architecture, or simply unwind in one of the dock’s many bars or restaurants.More

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All about Liverpool

When to visit

Winters in Liverpool can be long, drizzly, and dark—usually from November through March—so it's best to come in spring or summer. Arrive in August for International Beatleweek, an annual festival honoring hometown music heroes The Beatles that showcases around 70 bands from all around the world. Another notable event is the long-running LGBTQ+ festival—Liverpool Pride. Usually taking place in July or August, Pride celebrations include a parade, live music, street stalls, and entertainment.

Getting around

Hopping on a bus is a great way to explore Liverpool; Arriva buses cover the whole city, as well as its surrounding areas. It’s easy to buy tickets; contactless payment is accepted when boarding. Another scenic sightseeing option is the Mersey Ferry, and the city also has plenty of bicycling lanes. To travel further afield, take a train from one of two stations—Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool South Parkway—that connect to other major destinations around the United Kingdom.

Traveler tips

Liverpool’s creative hipster district, the Baltic Triangle, is just south of the city center. Here, old warehouses have been transformed into breweries, bars, museums, galleries, and restaurants. During the warmer months, The Botanical Garden (an outdoor bar) is a mecca for gin and tonic aficionados, quirky travelers will like the trinket surprises of Hobo Kiosk, and dog lovers heading to Tusk may make some new furry friends, as it regularly hosts Doggy Social events with dog beer and snacks provided.

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What is Liverpool, England, known for?

Liverpool is best known as the birthplace of the Beatles and home of two titan soccer teams, Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C. Notable landmarks include the Liverpool Cathedral and heritage-rich Royal Albert Dock, and the city also offers nightlife, local culture, and museums.

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What is the number one tourist destination in Liverpool?

Anfield Stadium is a must-see stadium and mecca for soccer fans, regardless of their loyalties. Besides that, no visit to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the Cavern Club, where the Beatles made their 1961 debut and visitors can still enjoy live music, right in the heart of Liverpool.

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How do I spend a day in Liverpool?

Start off on a tour of the city’s main sights, including Liverpool Cathedral and Royal Albert Dock. After lunch, go behind the scenes at Anfield Stadium or stroll around a city museum. In the evening, enjoy live music at the Cavern Club, or experience Liverpudlian nightlife in a local bar.

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What is the nicest place in Liverpool?

Liverpool Waterfront is one of the city’s most picture-perfect locations, dotted by historic landmarks such as the Liver Building and Royal Albert Docks. If you’re after a break from the city hubbub, don’t miss Sefton Park, a sprawling green space known for its wildlife, Victorian palm house, and boating lake.

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How can I have fun in Liverpool?

Take a ferry across the River Mersey, get match-day soccer tickets, or be immersed in the music scene on a Beatles tour. Besides these experiences, there are ghost walks, bar crawls, climbing walls, and family-friendly adventure centers all across the city.

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Is Liverpool worth visiting?

Yes, Liverpool is worth visiting thanks to its unique cultural heritage and landmarks. Liverpool offers a wider perspective of the United Kingdom beyond London and is the ideal place to experience Britain’s famous northern hospitality—or just learn more about the Beatles.

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