Things to do in
Liverpool

Come for the Beatles, and stay for the culture, football, cuisine, and nightlife in this lively port city.

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Liverpool Football Club: Museum and Stadium Tour

1. Liverpool Football Club: Museum and Stadium Tour

Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or just looking for a family outing, don’t miss this opportunity to go behind the scenes at Anfield. Start your tour in the newly expanded Main Stand and enjoy views of the pitch and Liverpool’s skyline.  Experience how the stadium comes alive on matchdays using immersive technology. Gain a fabulous insight into the club’s history and access to must-see areas such as the Press Conference Room, the This Is Anfield sign, Player’s Tunnel, Managerial Dugout, and the Dressing Rooms.  The stadium tour will be enhanced by a multimedia handset alongside your tour guides on hand to answer any questions. Your ticket also includes entry to The LFC Story where the team’s history is brought to life through never seen before displays.  Explore The Boom Room: The Epic Story of Jurgen Klopp's Dream Team, a museum exhibition paying homage to the players and all who contributed to making this dream a reality. Also, see the six European Cups and discover over 125 years of LFC history.

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Liverpool: The Beatles Story Ticket

2. Liverpool: The Beatles Story Ticket

Embark on a magical mystery tour and see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to dizzying heights of fame and fortune from humble childhood beginnings. Replicas of the Casbah, Mathew Street and The Cavern authentically capture the early 60s, allowing you to experience firsthand the very places that helped make The Beatles the biggest band in the world. Hear the story unfold through our ‘Living History’ audio guides available in 11 different languages (English, Brazilian-Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish). Let all this take you down to the Beatles Story.  In 2018, The Beatles Story celebrates 50 years since The Beatles travelled to India with the launch of a special exhibition. ‘Beatles In India’ looks at this key period in time with new memorabilia, imagery and personal accounts from people who were there with them.

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Liverpool: City and Beatles Open Top Bus Tour

3. Liverpool: City and Beatles Open Top Bus Tour

Hop aboard the open-top bus tour of Liverpool and The Beatles. Listen to the social history of the city and where the Beatles were born and raised, stayed, and played. See all the city’s historic sights, including the Unesco World Heritage waterfront and the 2 magnificent Cathedrals. Your first stop is Penny Lane and the second Strawberry Field, where you can leave the bus for a priceless photo opportunity. Then you'll go to the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, before traveling back towards the city where you will hear all about the great River Mersey. Once you have completed the City and Beatles tour, use your ticket to join the hop-on hop-off city tour. Ride through the historical landmarks and attractions including The Royal Albert Dock, the iconic UNESCO waterfront, the world-famous Cavern Club, the World Museum, both of the magnificent Cathedrals, The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, China Town, and much more.  You will also have exclusive offers throughout the city, including a free glass of bubbly at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms.

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Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

4. Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

From the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. On this 50-minute cruise, you’ll sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage. There is simply no better way to enjoy Liverpool’s iconic waterfront than from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Learn about the history of the Mersey Ferries and the Beatles, who performed 4 times on board the Royal Iris. The performances spanned 3 distinct periods in the development of the renowned group. The first ferry performance was on a cruise in August 1961, when the Beatles were still wearing leather. In August of the following year, they performed again, changing their image to a more clean-cut look, sporting suits, and ties. Their final ferry show was on 28 September 1962, featuring Ringo on drums. By this time they had recorded their first single, Love Me Do, at Abbey Road Studios. A week after the show, Love Me Do was released. While enjoying the surroundings you can listen to the commentary in English pointing out the sights along the river. Information sheets in other languages are provided. The tour departs on the hour from Liverpool Pier Head.

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Liverpool Football Club: Legends Q&A and Stadium Tour

5. Liverpool Football Club: Legends Q&A and Stadium Tour

Take a tour of Anfield stadium and visit the home of Liverpool FC – sacred ground to any diehard Liverpool fans. Enjoy an exclusive Q&A with a Liverpool legend. Visit the the Liverpool FC museum. Take a tour of the LFC Stadium. Hear personal memories, dressing room tales and funny anecdotes from a Liverpool legend during a Q&A session. Have the chance to ask any questions you have. Take a photograph with a former Liverpool player and get their autograph. Legends include: Ian Callaghan, Jan Molby, John Aldridge, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Terry McDermott. Tour the stadium and  walk out of the player’s tunnel underneath the legendary “This is Anfield Sign.” See epic views of the city from the highest level of the main stand. Step into the home and away teams dressing room. Snap a photo with your favorite team member’s jersey. See the Kop, the press room and the manager’s dugout. Visit the Liverpool FC museum and see memorabilia from the team’s history including 6 European Cups.

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Liverpool: British Music Experience Ticket

6. Liverpool: British Music Experience Ticket

Journey through more than 6 decades of popular culture at the British Music Experience in the heart of Liverpool. Whatever age you are, and whatever you are into, there is something here for you. There are outfits worn by artists from Freddie Mercury and Dusty Springfield, to the Spice Girls, and Adam Ant and musical instruments played by some of the world’s most renowned artists from Noel Gallagher to the Sex Pistols. See over 600 artifacts, such as handwritten song lyrics from Adele, the original statues from the Brits, and the Apple Corp front door from Saville Row. Included in general admission is Frankie Say 1984, a celebration of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's enormous contribution to British popular music in their home city of Liverpool (available until January 30th, 2022). You can also get involved. Learn a musical instrument with the best music equipment available, from drum kits to keyboards. Teenagers will love to try their hand at being a rock star by testing the vocal booth and smaller children can enjoy the show and dance the decades in the dance pop routines studio! After the main event browse an exclusive range of gifts, clothing, books and memorabilia from the shop and you can rest those dancing feet with a selection of delicious snacks and meals in the Star Café.

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Liverpool: Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

7. Liverpool: Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

Explore the historic UNESCO Mercantile Maritime City, taking in the stunning architecture of Liverpool on this entertaining tour of the city's top attractions and historic landmarks. Hop aboard the open-top bus at the Royal Albert Dock, and take a seat on the top deck for the best views.  You will learn about all of Liverpool's major sights, including The Royal Albert Dock, the iconic waterfront, and the world-famous Cavern Club. You will also hear about the World Museum, both of the magnificent cathedrals, the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, China Town and much more. The complete tour takes about 50 minutes and returns back to its original starting point at the Royal Albert Dock. You will also have access to exclusive offers throughout the city, including a free glass of bubbly at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms.

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Liverpool: Private 3-Hour Beatles Tour by Taxi

8. Liverpool: Private 3-Hour Beatles Tour by Taxi

Indulge your passion for music on a magical mystery tour of Liverpool, home to the legendary band the Beatles. Whether you are the ultimate fan of the "Fab Four" or a novice, interested in music or history, young or old, this tour is a perfect fit. Get transported back to a time when the Beatles reached the peak of their career and changed the music world completely. Journey by traditional taxi to discover the capital of Merseyside from a different perspective. Your driver will pick you up from your hotel, or any other city center location in Liverpool on request. Then, sit back and relax as they take you on a drive through the beautiful city the Beatles once called home.  Learn how the band were immensely influenced by their home city, and how it inspired many of their hit songs. Go back to their younger years and explore places like Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and the grave of Eleanor Rigby. Hear fascinating facts and stories about John, Paul, George and Ringo, and get a glimpse at other iconic landmarks along the way.

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Liverpool: Official Peaky Blinders Half-Day Tour

9. Liverpool: Official Peaky Blinders Half-Day Tour

Enjoy a bus tour that immerses you into the world of Peaky Blinders in the city of Liverpool. You'll get to visit over 10 locations from the show, get behind-the-scenes information and get a fully guided tour of Liverpool. Along the way you'll hear fascinating stories about the show as well as the real life Peaky Blinders upon whom the show was based. This guided bus tour is a 4-hour excursion starting and finishing in Liverpool city center but which also takes in sites in the Wirral, Port Ellesmere and along the River Mersey. The tour is for fans of the Peaky Blinders TV show who want to take the next step and get a little bit closer to the world of Tommy, Arthur, Polly and the dark underworld in which they inhabit. This innovative coach tour is guided by a local expert with years of experience in leading groups. You'll be entertained, fascinated and enjoy a trip that will take you back to a different era.

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Liverpool: Strawberry Field Entry Ticket

10. Liverpool: Strawberry Field Entry Ticket

Visit Strawberry Field, a former Salvation Army children’s home in the suburbs of Liverpool, made famous by the 1967 Beatles’ song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. Through archival footage, photographs, timelines, and a specialist media guide, experience the world where John Lennon played as a child and what happened behind the famous red gates. Immerse yourself in the life and times of Lennon through interactive exhibitions, and then enjoy a walk through the garden and woods, which some visitors claim to be a spiritually lifting experience. At Strawberry Field, you can also learn about the links with the Salvation Army and the work carried out here today as part of the ‘Steps to Work’ program. After you’ve explored, relax with some refreshments at the Imagine More Cafe and wander through the onsite gift shop.

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Frequently asked questions about Liverpool

What top attractions are a must-see in Liverpool?

Planning Your Visit

  • Getting Around

    With Liverpool John Lennon Airport on the edge of the city, it’s easy to have a flying visit. But once you’re there, the city has plenty of public transport, whether it is by road, rail or river. For any attractions along the waterfront, hop onto a Mersey Ferries service for something different.

  • Where should you stay in Liverpool?

    The city is brimming with hotels, apartments, hostels, and B&Bs. There’s plenty to choose from - whatever your price range - and all with that famous Scouse welcome. For somewhere with a view, why not stay in rooms overlooking The Albert Dock, close to chic restaurants and bars. No matter where you end up, you’ll be able to travel easily to all of the city’s must-see sights.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The weather is best from April to September, when the days are longer and the temperatures are comfortable for sightseeing. Do pack a sweater, though, as the evenings can get chilly.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Liverpool

Indiana Jo has visited over 60 countries but calls Liverpool home. Her travel blog focuses on independent and solo female travel. Here, she shares here insider tips for visiting her native city of Liverpool. You can read more on her post about Liverpool for First Time Visitors here.

What should I do on my first trip to Liverpool?

Head to the Royal Albert Docks. It's Grade I listed and packed with museums, bars and restaurants. From there, wander along the waterfront where you can visit the Liver Building and hop on the famous Ferry Cross the Mersey.

What are some hidden gems to see in Liverpool?

Bold Street is a pedestrianised area where the locals go to eat. You'll find plenty of independent restaurants and some of the coolest bars in the city are in the nearby streets.

How much time should I spend in Liverpool?

Liverpool is a compact city so it's easy to get around with most of the highlights within the city centre. A weekend visit is perfect for taking in the sights as well as enjoying the nightlife. It's even possible to enjoy a day trip from London if you catch an early train and go back late.

What food is Liverpool known for?

Scouse is the most famous local dish. Similar to Irish stew, it's a slow-cooked medley of beef, root vegetables and potatoes. If you're veggie, look for 'blind scouse' without the meat.

What is the best way to get around Liverpool?

Walking is the best way to get around the city. If you want to explore some of the Beatles' history, there is a City Sightseeing bus. It's a great idea if you don't have a car as many of the sights like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields are in the city's suburbs. Anfield stadium, for Liverpool FC, is also outside the city but it's easy to get to via taxi or the number 17 bus from Queen's Square.

What are the best months to visit Liverpool?

Spring, summer and autumn are the best months to visit. It can be harder to find outdoor dining in summer as the people of Liverpool love a good night out, but the atmosphere is electric with many festivals and events on in the city. Winter is much quieter due to the rain and cold weather. The docks get especially cold in winter so pack a good coat.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Liverpool?

The Royal Albert Dock and Pier Head (waterfront area) are best for first-time visitors. Liverpool One is for people wanting to shop. And Bold Street and Castle Street are great for local dining. Baltic triangle is a bit further out of the city but its seen a lot of regeneration and it's where the cool kids hang out.

What are the best neighborhoods for food? 

Liverpool has a great choice of restaurants ranging from chain brands, mostly around Liverpool One, to more independent restaurants on Bold Street and Castle Street. Baltic Triangle has some of the newest restaurants in the city. Chinatown in Liverpool is also worth a visit since Liverpool has one of the oldest and largest and Chinese communities in Europe.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

Liverpool One is the best shopping area in the city. It's part-open-air, part-covered, with some of the more exclusive brands located in beautiful St Peter's Lane. For more high-street brands, head to Church Street, and Met Quarter for a smaller range of shops. All of these areas are within short walking distance of each other. The Royal Albert Dock is perfect if you're looking for souvenirs and postcards.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Liverpool?

Anywhere within the city centre is a good bet and there are plenty of hotels and apartment rentals to choose from. Some of the best hotels and larger chains are situated near the Royal Albert Dock or facing the waterfront.

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What people are saying about Liverpool

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6,254 reviews

We had to keep amending out plans, which was disappointing but so easy with Get Your Guide. We cancelled and rebooked 4 times! Our 10 year-old fan was over the moon when we finally got there; the pitch, the changing rooms, the press room - we couldn't believe the size of the stadium! Our guide Larry was brilliant and kept us entertained with his passion for the history of the team. We're not fans ourselves but still found it interesting. We took lots of photos and the guides were patient while we did, the group was a manageable size and there's lots of space to wander, the museum and shop are also an experience, families made cards for players after the tour and we even met a Liverpool Legend signing books in store!

Absolutely amazing. We learned so much about Liverpool and its people in from such a fabulous lady. She combined facts and fun. The whole journey was filled with information. Highly recommended.

Enjoyed it very much & Fra & Vinnie the tour Guides were fantastic & funny ,. Loved seeing the history and around the ground

excellent day tour guys was amazing made the tour next level ! well worth the money and the travel !!!

Fantastic Chris and Tony were so funny and knowledgeable Whole family loved it