Things to do in Liverpool
PUBLISHED: 00:00 25 November 2014
The fab city.
If you have not already visited Liverpool as a tourist, the question is: why not?! This is one of Europe’s most exciting cities for so many reasons.
The architecture, particularly on the waterfront, is among the most striking in the world. The city has some of the finest museums and art galleries you will see anywhere: Tate Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, the Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum - with fascinating insights into the fate of the Titanic - and the International Slavery Museum, which gives poignant testimony to the now-reviled trade which generated so much of the city’s wealth. Most of those attractions are clustered together around Albert Dock, which is a destination in its own right.
Liverpool is a-buzz with great restaurants and bars - check out Chinatown - and the nightlife has a very particular scouse flavour to it. There is a host of theatres, big shows at the Echo Arena, a busy programme of festivals and events and a massive shopping and leisure complex in Liverpool One.
All this, and we’ve not even mentioned the Beatles, which is what draws so many of the tourists who come from all over the world, adding to Liverpool’s cosmopolitan air.
While you’re there
The Beatles Story
If you don’t want to take the Magical Mystery Tour around Fab Four landmarks such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Field, or visit the National Trust-owned childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, you should at least visit The Beatles Story at Albert Dock for a flavour of the life and times of a band whose contribution to popular music will never be matched.
0151 709 1963 www.beatlesstory.com.
The diehard Beatles fan could sample the Hard Days Night hotel, the Titanic buffs may favour the new 30 James Street, in the former home of the White Star shipping line. For high-gloss Liverpudlian style (just try people-watching in the bar on a Saturday evening) we choose the Hilton.
0151 708 4200 www.hiltonliverpool.co.uk.
The Italian Club Fish
The family behind this Bold Street eaterie come from Italian-Scottish stock. The menu boasts the best of seafood, pasta and risotto, with ever-changing specials according to what is in season.
0151 707 2110 www.theitalianclubfish.co.uk
Too many to list: the Beatles, Ken Dodd, a host of footballer such as Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, actor the late Leonard Rossiter, architect Alfred Waterhouse, dramatist Alan Bleasdale, Cilla Black, John Bishop...the list goes on.
Lots of rail links, it’s at the end of the M62 and there’s always a ferry ‘cross the Mersey.