Liverpool is a great city to visit for a weekend or to combine with other cities in Northern England. There are some great things to see and do in this harbor city. On this page you’ll find my top sights and activities in Liverpool.
Cycling or walking tour
Want to get to know the highlights of Liverpool in mere hours through the eyes of a local? Book a tour with Liverpool Cycle tours. During the day their cycling tours are most popular. You can do a city tour or a Beatles tour. In the evening you can go on the ‘Walking and Drinking tour’, where the guide will take you to several bars where you’ll get a drink and he will tell you all about the history of the bar and the sights you see along the way. The bars you’ll visit can differ, depending on the group. When I went, we started at the Philharmonic Dining room, which you might recognize from the Carpool Karaoke episode with Paul McCartney. In this bar he held the surprise concert. We also went to Ye Cracke, a small pub that tourists would normally never find. It’s here where the Beatles often went to. You can look for the plaque at the wall with John Lennons picture on it.
The Beatles Story
The Beatles Story is a very nicely done museum all about the lives of the Beatles that were all 4 from Liverpool. The audio tour that’s available in many languages is included in your ticket. The museum follows the chronological order of events from the start of the Beatles until the end and the solo careers that came after that. They rebuild many significant spots of the Beatles’ history, from the Cavern to a yellow submarine, so it’s a very nice museum to go through.
The Royal Albert Dock
The Beatles Story is located at Albert Dock. This area is a great sight to visit whilst in Liverpool. There are many great museums, restaurants and all kinds of events and activities. It’s located at the world heritage water front, so even just strolling around is already worth it.
There are two big cathedrals in Liverpool, this one is the protestant cathedral and one of the top sights in the city. It’s free to enter, you only pay £5,50 if you want to go to the top of the tower. You’ll have great views of Liverpool from the top. It might look very old, but the construction of this cathedral was only finished in 1978.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
This is the Catholic cathedral. It’s a very modern building and in an unusual shape for a cathedral. Whereas most cathedrals are in the shape of a cross, this one is round. It reminds some people of a wigwam, also because the outside is white. This cathedral is also free to enter.
I loved the Liverpool neighborhood called Baltic Triangle. It’s literally the shape of a triangle and a very creative neighborhood. You’ll find a lot of street art here, including the Liverbird’s wings that make a great Instagram picture. There are many nice bars here, with eccentric Hobo Kiosk being my favorite.
At Red Brick Vintage, an indoor market that’s home to several individual stall owners, you can score an original vintage outfit.
Rooftop garden of West Africa House
In the West Africa House you can find a venue called Oh Me Oh My. They do a great afternoon tea on the ground floor, but the best sight is the rooftop garden. Take the elevator left of the downstairs cafe to the 7th floor and follow the colorful murals all the way up. There’s a bar and toilets up there so you can linger for hours admiring the views all over the city. Be aware that they often host weddings here so it might be closed on evenings and weekends.
It’s not really original anymore, but it’s still very Instagrammable: an umbrella street. You can find the one in Liverpool right off Church street, the main shopping street. The street with the umbrellas is called Church Alley.
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The Chinatown in Liverpool is the first Chinatown of Europe. Liverpool still has a large number of Chinese inhabitants. This arch marks the start of Chinatown, an area where many Chinese people live and work. You can find a large Chinese supermarket here and several Chinese restaurants.
Got hungry after all these sights and activities? Click here for my food guide to Liverpool.