Looking for the best things to do in Liverpool?
When most people think of Liverpool they think of football and the Beatles, but Liverpool is a Victorian city that has so much more to offer.
It is a vibrant multicultural city. Liverpool is the home of the oldest African community in the UK and the oldest Chinese community in Europe. In 2008, Liverpool held the title of European Capital of Culture.
Liverpool is a city of steeped in history. During the Industrial Revolution, Liverpool led the world in cotton production. The world’s first inter-city railway linked Liverpool to Manchester.
Liverpool was also the Port of registry for the ill-fated ship – Titanic.
The city also has some dark history. Liverpool was a major port for the transatlantic slave trade. Much of the city’s wealth from the 1700s until its abolition in 1807 came from the slave trade. In the Royal Albert Dock, there is an International Slavery Museum. This museum is a must-see as it pulls no punches telling the story of the dark history.
It shines a light on the lives of the people of West Africa who were enslaved and how they fought for their freedom. The museum also discusses modern-day slavery, racism and discrimination.
The Tate Liverpool is also situated in the Royal Albert Dock. Tate Liverpool is an art gallery and museum. Admission to Tate Liverpool is free, except for special exhibitions. Tate Liverpool shows both British and International modern and contemporary art.
The Royal Albert dock is also the home of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Museum of Liverpool and the Beatles story to name a few. The Royal Albert dock is definitely worth a visit.
You can see this Google map direction on the best ways to get to the Royal Albert Dock.
How can you to Liverpool without seeing the Beatles attraction. Liverpool was after all the birthplace of the world’s greatest musical group. I must admit that as a massive Beatles fan I am biased on this!
The Beatles are often cited as the most influential act of all time. Even John Lennon himself once said that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus! The Beatles attractions include The Beatles story ( Royal Albert Dock) and The Magical Mystery tour bus. The tour start at the Royal Albert Docks which visits such landmarks as Penny Lane, Strawberry field, Eleanor Rigby’s grave and the Cavern Club.
Liverpool is also home to the longest and 5th largest cathedral in the world. The construction of the Cathedral began in 1904 and finished in 1978. The cathedral was damaged by German bombs during the May Blitz of the Second World War.
You can follow this Google Map direction on the best way to get to the Liverpool cathedral.
If you are a big football fan then Anfield may be just up your street. Anfield is the home of Liverpool football club. The stadium itself has a capacity of more than 54,000 and you can get a stadium tour which includes a visit to the museum.
See this Google Map direction on how you can visit Anfield.
If the pace of Liverpool becomes much for you and you want to relax then maybe Sefton Park is for you. The park is 235 acres in area. The park includes a Grade 11 listed three-tier dome conservatory palm house which opened in 1896. An interesting note is that the bandstand in the park is said to be the inspiration for the Beatles’ song, Sgt. Pepper Lonely Heart’s club band.
See this Google map direction on how to visit Sefton Park.
Have you ever wondered why the people of Liverpool are known as the “Scousers”?
Well, I can tell you, it’s due to the city’s love for “scouse”. Scouse is a meat and vegetable stew served with bread.