Located in the North West of England, Liverpool is a vibrant city steeped in history. With a rich culture and plenty of attractions to boot, Liverpool makes for the perfect short getaway. With a nearby airport and excellent rail connections, travelling to and from Liverpool couldn’t be easier. If a friendly atmosphere and a dose of famous Scouse humour sounds up your street, here are a few attractions you may want to consider.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Located at the Albert Dock, the Maritime Museum makes for an interesting and fun-packed adventure. The museum showcases Liverpool’s strong heritage as a seafaring city, and a major global trading hub. With displays ranging from Liverpool’s naval role during the Second World War, to the infamous Titanic, there’s a lot on offer to float your boat!
The Beatles Story
Also located at the Albert Dock, The Beatles story is within easy walking distance of the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the city centre. With global fame, The Beatles need no introduction.
This award winning attraction will take you on a mesmerising journey through the lives and music of those four iconic Liverpool lads. The Beatles story has recently tripled in size, so there is plenty to see and do.
Discover the solo success of the band’s members in the special ‘Going Solo’ areas, or take an interactive tour of The Beatles Story in the fun and exciting ‘Discovery Zone’. After seeing all this attraction has to offer, there is no better way to relax than grabbing a coffee in the atmospheric Beatles-themed Starbucks Coffeehouse.
In addition to its many land-based attractions, Liverpool also boasts a beautiful waterfront along the River Mersey. There is no finer way to experience this World Heritage Site than from the deck of the Mersey Ferry. Ferry trips across the Mersey run regularly throughout the day and are a great way to experience the sights of Liverpool.
When on board there is a running commentary to guide you through the various historical points of interest along the way, and you will soon find yourself captivated by the rich history and culture of Liverpool. There is also a café on board where you can purchase refreshments and a tasty snack during your trip.
If you wish to travel on a ferry out of Liverpool, try the http://www.channelferries.co.uk/ service. Ferries from Liverpool travel to Belfast, Dublin and the Isle of Man.
If you fancy even more adventure, you can visit Spaceport when you get across the Mersey. Spaceport, the £10 million attraction where the topics of space and space travel are brought to life, makes for the perfect day out for kids and parents alike.
Shopping – Liverpool ONE
Opened during Liverpool’s 2008 year as European Capital of culture, Liverpool ONE is the largest open air shopping centre in the UK. It offers a huge variety of high street shops and boutiques, and plenty of restaurants to choose from. There is also an Odeon cinema if you fancy catching the latest blockbuster.
Liverpool is a city waiting to be explored. With so much to see and do, it makes for the perfect UK break; the only problem is deciding where to begin! Visitors will be hard pressed to not fall in love with a city so rich in culture and history.
By Bradley Houston