Following on from my post last week, 10 Reasons to put York on your bucket list I wanted to share another great UK city with you. I went to university in Liverpool so came to know it well over the three years I was there, the arts scene in the city is fantastic, and theres so much to see and do. (don’t forget to see if you can find all the lamb bananas!)
- The Cavern Club – Is Liverpool more famous for anything than the Beatles? This bar is one of the most touristy places in the city but also one of my favourite places. Known as the birthplace of The Beatles there is live music everyday and no matter what time of day you visit you’ll be guaranteed to find a buzzing atmosphere, but be warned its underground and things do sometimes get a little sweaty if you’re down there when it gets busy, call it authentic and it’ll be fine. Make sure to take a pen to add your name to the walls.
- The Nightlife – Liverpool is well known for its nightlife scene, you will have some of your best nights out in this city no matter where you go. That being said you should definitely go to my favourite bar Aloha, serving amazing cocktails in a tropical themed bar, if you order a pina colada it’ll even come in a pineapple! Another great venue in the city is Heebie Jeebies, my favourite nightclub by far, it has a more chilled vibe than some of the others nearby, I’ve spent many an evening here in the huge courtyard and I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do.
- Albert Docks – This is one of my favourite places to go in Liverpool when I need to clear my mind. Why not take a walk along the waterside, turn left at albert docks and follow footpath along the water for as long as you want, its my area of calm in a bustling city. Albert docks is also home to many of Liverpools museums including Tate Liverpool and the Merseyside maritime museum, you’ll also find a number of restaurants, bars, art galleries and tourist shops lining the edges of the docks.
- Sefton Park – In need of a nature fix or a relaxing day in the sun? Head to sefton park for an ice-cream and a walk around this massive green space. Many festivals and events are also held in the park throughout the year so make sure you check whats on. Make sure you don’t miss out on the palm house, an incredible glass structure housing Liverpools botanic collection and some amazing fairs and events.
- Cathedrals – If churches are your thing you’ll love this city. With a choice of two cathedrals, both architecturally fascinating you’ll be occupied for hours. The metropolitan cathedral is an impressive sight, this 1960s futuristic building is just as incredible on the inside with amazing displays of natural lighting and stained glass. Walk along hope street to find the largest Anglican cathedral in Europe, this vast building is well worth a visit. Don’t miss out on the incredible views over the city from the top of the tower.
- Museums – Theres a museum for everyone in Liverpool, The Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Museum, and The Slavery museum to name a few. The World Museum is a great choice for all the family, this massive museum houses everything from Egyptian mummies, to dinosaurs, and astrology, and we can’t forget the aquarium. It’s located next door to Liverpools central library and if you get a chance you should pop in here too.
- Bold street – Liverpools answer to Brick lane, Bold street is hope to some of the cities best independent shops, cafes and restaurants. You’re bound to find something unique and wonderfully wacky here to tickle your fancy . Do not miss this street out whatever you do!
- Radio city tower – This is the place to go for incredible views over the centre of the city. With 300 degree views it definitely worth a trip up this iconic tower.
- China town archway – Liverpool is home to the largest Chinese arch outside of China and its certainly impressive. Standing at thirteen and a half meters tall and guarded by lions its worth seeing. However I will say that in my opinion China town in the city doesn’t quite live up to its archway.
- Music venues – Liverpool is known for its music and to go along with this the city houses some great venues. Music isn’t really my scene but if it is yours check out the shipping forecast, the arts club and theres also some great venues in the baltic triangle. For more well known bands check out whats on at the O2 academy and the Echo arena.
- I know I said 10 reasons but I couldn’t miss this one off. Central perk – This is without a doubt my favourite cafe in Liverpool and any friends fans out there will love it too! Not only does this place serve amazing coffees in the biggest mugs you’ve ever seen but the whole place is themed around friends, they even play friends episodes on repeat. If your anything like me you could easily spend a good few hours here. * UPDATE – I’ve been informed central perk has since closed but there are plenty more amazing coffee experiences in liverpool. Why not try Bold street coffee. Another great alternative is Leaf cafe also on bold street a staple for great drinks and food, theres even plenty of options for all you Vegans out there. Live music and vintage fairs are also a regular occurrence there.
I hope this list has given you some inspiration or even just reminded you to get out there and explore, adventures are waiting.