We enjoyed an epic trip touring throughout the United Kingdom; eight weeks working our way from London, England to Belfast, Northern Ireland! A series of house sitting assignments dictated our trajectory and we had the chance to make stops in certain cities along the way. One of our favorite places to visit was Liverpool, unfortunately, we'd only set aside 24 hours to spend there before grabbing the ferry to our last stop in Belfast. After only a few hours of walking around, we realized that it wasn't nearly enough time to experience many of the great things to do in Liverpool!
We were stunned by the look and the cultural feel of the iconic maritime city. We began planning another visit almost immediately! So, what's so impressive about Liverpool? Well, a few things really stood out to us during our short stay.
Here are 3 reasons we can't wait to visit Liverpool again- a city brimming with a creative edginess we just can't wait to experience more of.
The city hums with urban regeneration that you can see and feel
Liverpool has a resilient vibe, a palpable energy that stems from its determination to continuously reinvent itself. Couple that with its resident's devout passion for football and music and the feeling permeates every nook and cranny in the city. Once known as a gritty, downtrodden urban center, Liverpool has transformed. Today, still steeped in culturally rich history, it is a shining example of perpetual urban regeneration. Seriously, there are so many great things to do in Liverpool!
There is no better area in the city to feel Liverpool's infectious vibrancy than in the center. On our first visit, we stayed in a less than stellar hotel on the edge of Liverpool's core. Knowing what we do now, there is a great selection of top rated budget friendly Liverpool hotels throughout the tightly knit area. This will make it easy to choose better accommodation right where we want to be, in the center! Options that appeal to us most are the Tune Hotel - Liverpool City Center, The Liner Hotel, and the exceptionally rated Pembroke Studios. All three offer affordable rates and boast excellent customer reviews.
Liverpool's the perfect place to enjoy our favorite kind of trip, a walking holiday
It was really easy to walk and find great restaurants and attractions to enjoy on our first visit. We love getting to know new places on foot because you can discover more intimate details. We saw so many cool things everywhere we walked last time. We plan to explore on foot again, but this time we're going to see a lot more!
Here's a list of the things we plan to check out exploring on foot in the center the next time we visit Liverpool:
- Albert Dock - Albert Dock is the centerpiece of Liverpool's historic waterfront and no visit to Liverpool would be complete without a visit to Albert Docks. First opened in 1846 by Prince Albert, the docks have had a complete transformation after a period of dereliction and were officially reopened by Prince Charles in 1988. Today Liverpool's historic waterfront is a place to eat, drink and play. It is fun and family friendly and there are many festivals and event hosted here. Loaded with museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants it offers visitors so many of the best things in Liverpool all in one area. We enjoyed the best fish and chips we've ever had at Docklands (world famous) Fish & Chips at Albert Dock on our first visit. We can't wait to eat some more with excellent squishy peas!
- Crosby Beach - Crosby Beach, a beautiful 4 km beach, boasts stunning coastal views and something else just as spectacular, an eerie art installation called Another Place. Another Place, by Anthony Gormley, consists of 100 life-size cast-iron human figures spread along three kilometers of the shoreline stretching almost a kilometer out to sea.
- The World Museum - Liverpool has SEVEN national museums. Makai loves natural history museums so The World Museum will be a must-see for us the next time we visit Liverpool. Filled with over 20000 of the world's most unusual items, the World Museum is sure not to disappoint.
- The Beatles Story - Liverpool is The Beatles hometown and The Beatles Story is the best place in the world to learn about the life and times of the infamous rock band. It is the largest exhibition on Earth dedicated solely to the Fab Four located on the historic waterfront at Albert Dock.
All of the places to eat, drink, and be merry!
One of the best ways to get to know and remember different places we've visited it is eating local food, lots of it! Liverpool exudes "cool" and one of the coolest things about it is it's incredibly exciting food scene, yummmmmm...
New and delicious eating venues are popping up all the time and the really great ones remain in Liverpool's ever-changing culinary landscape. With tons of tasty fresh food choices, we won't go hungry during our stay!
With all that eating we're going to be thirsty, right? Good thing Liverpool's just as good at brewing and serving great beers as it is at cooking up great food! There are terrific places all over the city to grab delicious pints. Visit Liverpool has a downloadable Liverpool Real Ale Map showing all of Liverpool's real ale venues.
Liverpool is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to football and absolutely fabulous at hosting a whole variety of unique festivals. There is always something incredibly fun going on in Liverpool!
There are many family-friendly festivals. The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival has a spring and a fall event, and the festival is much more than just food. The spring festival includes yoga workshops, gardening information, and supplies, as well as a craft and lifestyle area.
For both events there is to do as a family, lots of treats for the kids, animals in a petting zoo, arts and crafts and a vintage funfair with rides for the little ones. The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival showcases the best Liverpool has to offer in food and drink. Street food, sweet eats and healthy options too. Lots of samples and a marketplace to take fresh food home with you. For adults, there is a craft beer area, a gin garden and lots of wine to sample, and if you are a fan of Prosecco there is even a Prosecco tent.
Also high on our list of festivals to take in is the Pirates on the Dock. Held over two days in September on Albert Docks. This family-friendly adventure features a pirate and mermaid parade, live-action ship battles, stunts and sword fights. It is a must attend if you like swashbuckling fun.
If you are a music lover take in Sound City. The UK's leading independent, new music festival! What better place to hold such a festival than the home of the Beatles. Discover the new generation of talent and see some of the very best bands and performers from the UK.
Docklands is where we'll go for fish and chips but there is a lot more to Liverpool's excellent food offerings than just seafood! Eating experiences that interest us the most are children's afternoon tea at Panoramic 34 (one of the United Kingdoms highest restaurants) featuring a daily selection of child-friendly sandwiches and delicious pastries.
The Interesting Eating Company (the name alone justifies a visit). This unusual eatery is open 7 days a week featuring an eclectic selection of fantastic food, featuring all-day breakfast and lunch, Ultimate Shakes, and handmade Italian ice cream.
Good news if you are gluten intolerant The Interesting Eating Company has a growing range of gluten-free options!
Mowgli Street Food (incredible Indian fare with gluten-free options for me). This is not your typical Indian restaurant. The founder Nisha Katona had an obsession to create an authentic Indian eatery. Focusing on the types of dishes that Indians eat on the street and at home.
No visit to Liverpool would be complete without a little football revelry! Liverpool boasts 3 professional football clubs. Liverpool is split into Red and Blue, Everton Football Club (Blue) and their Premiership rivals Liverpool Football Club (Red) play only 1 mile apart.
Across the River Mersey is where you will find the Super White Army of Tranmere Rovers who play in League One.
There are so many great things to do in Liverpool, I think we'll need a week to see and do everything on our list! Have you had a chance to visit Liverpool? What were your favorite things to see and do while there? Please feel free to share your opinions in the comments below.
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