A wonderful array of attractions away you in Liverpool, from world-class museums and galleries to the home of the most successful football club in English history. This city also boasts a great selection of things to do for free, and for shopaholics there’s a wide variety of stores.
Anfield is the home of Liverpool Football Club and is one of the most visited attractions in Liverpool. Here you can go on one of the stadium tours and see everything from the dressing room to the famous Kop terrace.
Around the Albert Dock area you’ll come across some of Liverpool’s most popular things to do. This includes the Tate Liverpool which hosts a stunning collection of modern art and The Beatles Story, a museum experienced dedicated to The Beatles.
Another song related activity in Liverpool is the world-famous ‘ferry cross the Mersey’ trips. Operated by Mersey Ferries, a round trip here lasts about 50 minutes and affords you with stunning views of the Liverpool skyline. For more panoramic views of the city like the one pictured here, be sure to head up to the top of the 101-metre high tower at the imposing Liverpool Cathedral.
In terms of free activities in Liverpool, you can’t do much better than Sefton Park. This huge park area is home to attractions such as the Palm House as well as boasting wide green spaces, waterways, leafy paths and plenty more. Culture vultures will want to check out the city’s Cultural Quarter, which is home to the Walker Art Gallery and the World Museum Liverpool, both of which are also free to visit.
Liverpool is a shoppers dream with a huge number of different shops to choose from. Many of these can be found along the city’s main shopping drag, Church Street, and also in Liverpool ONE which is a huge shopping complex in the city centre. For something a bit more alternative, be sure to check out Bold Street.
St. James Mount, Georgian Quarter, Liverpool, England
Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the man responsible for the UK’s red telephone boxes, Liverpool’s imposing Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Britain. Inside you’ll be treated to the sight of soaring ceilings, colourful stained glass and incredible stonework. Head up two lifts plus 108 steps and you’ll get to the top of the Cathedral’s 101-metre high tower which affords visitors with incredible panoramic views of Liverpool and beyond.
Open daily 8am-6pm; admission free to Cathedral, $5 for Tower.
Albert Dock & Pier Head, The Waterfront, Liverpool, England
Located at two different sites along the Waterfront, The Beatles Story is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It’s a must-see for music lovers visiting Liverpool as this museum experience covers the history of The Beatles, one of the best bands of all time. The Albert Dock site features an intriguing collection of Beatles memorabilia from George Harrison’s first guitar to John Lennon’s orange-tinted glasses, while over at Pier Head you’ll find Fab4D, which incorporates the music of the Beatles into a 4D experience.
Open daily 9am-7pm; admission £12.95 for both sites.
Victoria Place, Seacombe, Liverpool, England
Catch a glimpse of the cosmos at Spaceport, an attraction dedicated to helping visitors understand the mysteries of the universe. Permanent displays take up the ground floor, while upstairs you’ll find the temporary exhibition space which currently houses a highly entertaining spread dedicated to animated stars Wallace & Gromit. While you’re here, make sure to catch a show at the planetarium.
Open Tues-Sun 10.30am-6pm, closed Mondays; admission £8.
Terminals at Pier Head, Seacombe and Woodside, Liverpool, England
Made famous by the Gerry & the Pacemakers song ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’, the ferry trips across the River Mersey run by Mersey Ferries are one of the most popular things to do while in Liverpool. Not only will you get stunning views of Liverpool’s skyline and the Wirral from the ferry, you’ll also learn about the history of the city and plenty more.
50-minute tourist trips depart daily on the hour from 10am-4pm; admission £6.50 return.
Woodside Ferry Terminal, Birkenhead, Liverpool, England
One of Liverpool’s most intriguing attractions, the U-Boat Story tells the tale of the U-534 one of only 4 remaining U-Boat submarines in the world. Here you’ll be able to see into the various sections of this well-preserved sub including the torpedo rooms and more. Back inside, there’s an interesting collection of artefacts for you to check out including an Enigma code machine. Free tours of the site are available daily at 2pm.
Open Tues-Sun 10.30am-5.30pm, closed Monday; admission £5.
, Liverpool, England
If you’re a Beatles fan, then this is the tour for you! Taking in a huge number of Beatles-related sites around the city, from their childhood homes to Penny Lane to what remains of Strawberry Fields, this taxi tour lasts around three fun-filled hours. The taxis can hold five people so if you can rustle up four friends these tours are seriously good value.
Tour times are very flexible; admission £50 per cab (5 people or less).
Sefton Park, Liverpool, England
Spread out over around 200 acres, Sefton Park is a huge oasis of green just a short trip from the city centre. Two of the top attractions within the park are the Palm House with its collection of lush and leafy plants and the wonderful Peter Pan statue, which you’ll find beside the Palm House. Stroll around and you’ll also see beautiful fountains, funky art and more.
Open daily 24 hours.
William Brown Street, Cultural Quarter, Liverpool, England
Taking up six floors, the impressive World Museum Liverpool contains a huge collection of artefacts, interactive exhibits and more. As you wander through this giant museum, you’ll be able to visit the fish at the Aquarium, see mummies from Ancient Egypt, check out the collection of dinosaur fossils and much, much more.
Open daily 10am-5pm.
Albert Dock, Liverpool, England
Tate Liverpool, which is one of the biggest modern art galleries in the UK outside of London, has an intriguing collection for visitors to explore. Opened in 1988, this gallery features works of art by both British and international artists.
Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm; admission free to all but the special exhibitions.
Penny Lane, Liverpool, England
Made famous by the Beatles song of the same name, Penny Lane is a street you’ll find a mere ten minutes from the city centre. Here you can wander along ‘beneath blue suburban skies’ and see if you can spot the ‘barber showing photographs’. Not only is Penny Lane a must for all Beatles fans, it’s also an interesting trip outside the main part of the city for anyone visiting Liverpool.
William Brown Street, Cultural Quarter, Liverpool, England
This free art gallery is well-worth a look thanks to its first-rate collection of paintings and sculpture. Impressionist works by Monet are just a small part of a wide variety of exhibits which also includes some intriguing pieces of modern art.
Open daily 10am-5pm.
South John Street, City Centre, Liverpool, England
This huge shopping mecca right at the heart of Liverpool is the result of Europe’s largest city centre regeneration project. It’s comprised of over 160 shops offering up a massive variety of stuff to tempt shoppers. Miss Selfridge, Pull and Bear, Office, Gap and Mango are just some of the stores you’ll find here.
Open Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
35 Whitechapel, City Centre, Liverpool, England
Inside the modern-looking Metquarter you’ll come across a great variety of designer threads including Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel and DKNY Jeans. Other brands available in this popular shopping centre include Timerland, MAC and Levi’s.
Open Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 9.30am-6pm, Thurs 9.30am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
Chinatown, Liverpool, England
If it’s something a bit more alternative you’re after make sure you add Bold Street to your shopping itinerary. Alongside stores like HMV and Waterstones, this street also boasts a great selection of quirky furniture shops, a comic store, a second hand record place and a number of cool little art and jewellery stores.
City Centre, Liverpool, England
Liverpool’s main shopping drag, Church Street is often thronged with eager shoppers looking for a bargain in the numbers high street stores lining this pedestrianised thoroughfare. Some of the shops you’ll find here include Schuh, Primark, Topshop, M&S, River Island, H&M and Next.
8 Mathew Street, Cavern Quarter, Liverpool, England
This is the place to go if you’re looking for designer clothes and boutique chic. Smack bang in the middle of the Cavern Quarter, Cavern Walks is spread out over a few levels and boasts stores from designers like Vivienne Westwood and more.
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm.