Having recently returned from the vibrant city of Liverpool (England), I was inspired to do a post about some of the attractions there. I have been to Liverpool on several occasions now to visit my boyfriend who goes to University there and by this point, I feel as though I’m familiar with it enough to recommend some places that I have enjoyed.
Of course, it made its mark on the map for being the birthplace of some culturally-significant bands and musicians over the years – The Beatles, anyone? This reputation gives it a lively feeling, particularly attracting a younger generation who revel in its history of bright lights and famous bars.
So without further ado and in no particular order, here are my 5 things I enjoyed in Liverpool:
- The Beatles Story (Museum) – http://www.beatlesstory.com/prices
It may seem a bit of an obvious one but nevertheless a must-see if you’re into music and want to learn a bit of history about how it all began, for some of the predominant bands of the 60s. The tour is fairly long, estimating to take about an hour to get round, if you’re anything like me and like to stop at every sign to read the information!
However, they also provide headsets so when you do arrive at a signpost, you can select the relevant number and listen to an informative description of the particular item you are viewing. The museum is great value for money (see link for ticket prices) with a fantastic replica of The Cavern Club, as well as some treasured pieces of memorabilia. You can find the museum positioned just next door to the Albert Dock – see below for more on this.
2. Central Perk Café – http://www.central-perk.co.uk/liverpool/index.html
Well it pains me to say this but this café is no longer Friends themed.
Yep. You heard right. There was an imitation Central Perk Café that played Friends on numerous TV screens, 24 hours a day… or well, for as long as it was open anyway. This was quite possibly the best thing about Liverpool, in my opinion. Being slightly too obsessed with Friends, I was incredibly impressed with how alike it was to the real deal and it almost felt a little surreal stepping inside.
So you can begin to get an idea of my disappointment when I heard they’d redesigned it. Alas! It is now in the theme of American sitcoms but the TV’s still remain, occasionally playing Friends so I guess it’s not all doom and gloom. I’m hoping to check it out in the near future so I’ll give a short update when that happens.
3. Albert Dock – http://www.albertdock.com/attractions/
A lovely setting to take a stroll, amongst the country’s largest collection of Grade I listed buildings, with the benefit of being able to look out at the waterfront. To me, the dock seemed like a buzzing area, full of life with restaurants and bars and surrounded by many other activities to get stuck into. For example, The Beatles Museum is right near (as mentioned above) as well as Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum and a Victorian carousel … for the big kid in everyone.
4. The Cavern Club – http://www.cavernclub.org
If you want to take a trip down memory lane, experience live music and dance all of your troubles away without being judged, (oh and don’t mind getting a bit hot) then The Cavern is the place for you. I have been here twice now and every time has been well worth the trip. It has gained a respectable reputation for bringing the city alive with music, known for providing a platform to many British pop groups in the past. This included The Beatles, who became their signature act after their first performance there on 9th February, 1961.
There is live music here every day of the week and free entry all day Monday – Wednesday. Therefore, if you’re on a budget, this would be one way to have fun without hurting your bank account too much.
5. Crosby Beach – http://www.visitsouthport.com/things-to-do/crosby-beach-p244561
I had no idea that such a lovely sandy beach would be waiting for me in Liverpool. I guess when you think of a big city, you think of the nightlife and rush of tourists, rather than a quaint escape. However, take a 20 minute train journey from Liverpool Central station and you’re immediately taken from the busy sights, landing in a peaceful retreat. It should be noted that besides an ice cream van, there aren’t any attractions near to the beach so if you’re planning on spending the day there, it would be wise to bring some refreshments and activities.
There is also an interesting piece of art featured across the stretch of the beach and even trailing into the sea. It’s called Another Place and is a creation by the internationally acclaimed, Sir Antony Gormley. Gormley created 100 cast iron sculptures in the form of his own body and they are all positioned standing, facing the sea. Visit Liverpool state that the idea is to present them all, “staring at the horizon in silent expectation.”
Although I’m sure there is plenty more to see and do in Liverpool, these were just a few places where I have had some great times. Please do let me know if you decide to visit any of these as I’d love to hear if you enjoyed it as much as I did. Also let me know if you have any good recommendations for the next time! I have put links in the headings to websites for every place mentioned, so hopefully these will answer more specific queries.