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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The 8 best things to do in Liverpool

Look no further for the culture capital of the North. Brimming with a vibrant art scene, unrivaled music heritage, and world-renowned waterfront, Liverpool has plenty of must-see sights to visit. Oh, and you won’t forget the nightlife any time soon.

  • The Beatles Story

    1. The Beatles Story

    Everything to know about John, Paul, George, and Ringo all under one roof. It’s an award-winning exhibition of rock and roll history, with attractions for all of the family.

  • Albert Dock

    2. Albert Dock

    Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the dock is lined with iconic architecture and packed with history. Wondering where to eat? You can grab a bite looking out over the marina.

  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

    3. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

    Perched above the city, it stands proud as an architectural masterpiece. Make sure to time your visit with one of the beautiful music concerts. People of all faiths are welcome.

  • Walker Art Gallery

    4. Walker Art Gallery

    The Walker Art Gallery hosts some of Europe's best statues and paintings from the 13th century to modern day. It's one of the largest collections in England, outside of London.

  • Anfield Stadium

    5. Anfield Stadium

    Liverpool fan or not, a visit is a must for football fanatics. If you’re not game for a match, why not try a stadium tour? They’re family-friendly and reasonably priced.

  • Liverpool Cathedral

    6. Liverpool Cathedral

    Sir John Betjeman hailed it as ‘one of the great buildings of the world’ and it truly is a stunning sight. Go up The Tower to glimpse the cityscape, or take an interactive tour.

  • Museum of Liverpool

    7. Museum of Liverpool

    It’s one of Britain’s finest museums and worth a visit. Don’t miss the planetarium and award-winning hands-on Natural History Centre. It’s open 10:00AM – 5:00PM with free entry.

  • World Museum

    8. World Museum

    With thousands of exhibits, the museum is packed with insight into Earth’s history and cultures. Don’t miss one of Europe’s finest collections of Ancient Egyptian artifacts.

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

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Fantastic fun, great music and a really fab way to spend a hour and a half or so bopping your way through Liverpool city centre! Highly recommend this tour, the people running it are great, just forget your inhibitions and go for it!

Was very informative and the tour guide was fantastic, team on the bus were all very helpful and encouraged all to get involved. Support from all the team when driver slipped on stairs was commendable. Would certainly recommend.

Excellent tour, enjoyed it so much. Our guides Tony and Silkie were brilliant, even taking pics for us at the stops. Highly recommend using these for informative and fun tours .

Fantastic tour, tony and smoggy our guide and driver we’re brilliant, both entertaining and informative and really friendly Definitely recommend this tour .

We done the Beatles tour with Damian and Ian the driver, absolutely fantastic we had the best time from start to finish