Liverpool Activities & Things To Do
Situated on the River Mersey and with a rich maritime culture, Liverpool was home to the UKs first wet dock and many slaving ships set out from the city although it is not something to be proud of, most of Liverpool’s success as a city is down to this salubrious beginning.
Liverpool is possibly the most famous city in the north of England, there is but one reason why people all over the world have heard of it….The Beatles. There is not much to say about the most famous pop group in the world that people don’t already know…but the city has many new versions to offer.
Liverpool of course has plenty to offer fans, The Beatles Story being the biggest and brightest. You can take a tour of the city related to the band and even pay a visit to the Cavern Club where is all began. Why not take a tour and visit the childhood homes of all the band members.
Apart from the Fab Four, Liverpool (European Capital of Culture 2008) has many museums, galleries and cultural tourist spots to visit. There are also many other bands from Liverpool who likely get overlooked, but walk alongside the Mersey and you’ll recollect the Gerry and the Pacemakers hit within no time.
The Albert Dock is a famous landmark of Liverpool, famously the backdrop for ’This Morning’ a few years back. There’s the Tate gallery Liverpool, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum. The Maritime Museum also details Liverpool’s connection with Titanic, a relationship which is often overlooked. Titanic was registered in Liverpool and carried the city’s name on its stern.
Football is as important as music in Liverpool and the Merseyside derby between Liverpool at Anfield and Everton at Goodison Park attracts fans from across the world. Anfield and its museum are well worth a visit.
Just outside of the city is Aintree, the racecourse where the Grand National is run every year, making it probably the most famous course in the UK.
Liverpool Lime Street station serves Liverpool with high speed rail links on specialised “tilting” trains reducing the journey time to London to only 2 hours, 13 minutes. Liverpool has its own out ring road, M57 and is also served by the M62 motorway, Liverpool John Lennon Airport is only nine miles outside of the city centre.
Liverpool plays host to many arts, music and cultural festivals every year, contributing to the bustle of the city.
Liverpool International Music Festival will be taking place all over the city in August. “LIMFestival is focused on three things; celebrating greatness, discovering the new and inspiring the next. We want people to discover the DNA of a global music city and be surprised and inspired by the collection and scope of artists, spaces, events and collaborations in place.” Yaw Owusu, Music Curator.
Things to do at night
Liverpool’s nightlife is as diverse as its cultural offerings. It is probably best to stick to the centre if you’re new to the city, the Concert Square area has many bars and restaurants. There is a student quarter for cheap and cheerful casual drinking dens. Liverpool has a large gay village with buzzing atmosphere and down by the dock there are many cosmopolitan restaurants and bars.