Liverpool is one of Britain’s, nay the world’s, most vibrant and exciting cities, and is an incredibly rewarding place to visit. The city is a former maritime centre located in the north-west of England. With a history stretching back over 800 years and a stunning setting at the mouth of the River Mersey, Liverpool has something for everyone.
The city’s famous music scene has seen it labelled the ‘World Capital City of Pop’ by the Guinness Book of World Records, and it is still a hotbed of exciting new sounds. Add to this the beautiful Georgian architecture, its fabulous shops and restaurants and its wealth of cultural attractions and you’ll never be stuck for great things to see and do while staying at one of our Liverpool hotels.
Maritime Mercantile City
Liverpool achieved wealth and fame as an important trading city in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its former status is reflected in the many extravagant and grand buildings constructed at the time. A walk around the city is the best way to take in all of its marvelous architecture.
The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City constitutes the city’s UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites. These include the old Pier Head, the Albert Dock and William Brown Street. All are within walking distance from one another and each is worth a visit.
Merseybeat and the Fab Four
Liverpool is well known as the home of The Beatles, probably the world’s best-loved band. The Beatles epitomised the Merseybeat sound that came out of the city in the late 50s and early 60s and saw Liverpool bands top musical charts the world over.
Music is still integral to Liverpool’s identity and there are plenty of excellent venues in which to watch live bands and orchestras. The Bluecoat, in the city centre, contains a state-of-the-art performance space showcasing talent from an array of creative disciplines including dance, music and visual art.
For diehard fans of the Fab Four, The Beatles Story, in the Albert Dock, is the world’s only museum that is entirely devoted to the band. The museum contains rare memorabilia and other artefacts and is well worth a visit, even if you’re more of a Rolling Stones fan!
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Art and culture
In 2008, Liverpool was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture, and this legacy still continues to this day. The city has an incredible array of museums and galleries filled with exciting collections and exhibitions.
The Tate Liverpool’s collection of modern art is on a par with its partner institutions, while the World Museum Liverpool houses one of the finest Egyptian permanent exhibitions in the world.
As the home of Europe’s oldest Chinatown, it is unsurprising that Liverpool is a foodie paradise. If you’re after some of that aforementioned Chinese food, The Tea House is a great place for a tasty and affordable meal.