21 Fab Things To Do in Liverpool: Top City Guide

By on Published: November 9, 2020 | Last Updated: November 10, 2020 in Europe, UK, Western Europe with 2 Comments

21 Fab Things To Do in Liverpool

I’m sorry to say it, but it wasn’t until this 2020 pandemic madness forced me to stay put in the UK and explore my homeland, that I finally got to the iconic city of Liverpool.

This is even more shameful given that I studied for my undergraduate degree, and therefore lived for 3 years, in the city of Leeds, which is not 2 hours by car from Liverpool.

But such is that nature of our own back garden… we rarely explore it!

However, if there ever was to be a silver lining to 2020, it’s surely that it’s given me the opportunity to explore more of Great Britain which, let’s face it, was an opportunity I would not normally have taken.

And despite my obvious sadness about having to surrender an 8 month plan to travel overland from the UK to Central Asia and back, I find myself (somewhat incredulously) uttering the words that a UK staycation has proved a delightful second option.

And there’s no question, one of the kingpins in this noble endeavour was my trip to Liverpool.

The trip plan originally came from the fact I wanted to visit Anfield on behalf of a good friend in Australia who was sadly too poorly (and too restricted by pandemic rules) to make a final journey to his beloved spiritual home.

*Anfield is home to the famous Liverpool Football Club for the uninitiated*

However, from this dream, evolved an epic trip that involved me charging around the city for a good 13 hours, desperate to soak in as much as possible, before I had to hop back on a train back to London.

Had I realised just how much I was going to enjoy my time in this city, I would certainly have planned to stay overnight and explore more, but having recently started to pay an extortionate level of rent to live in a very fun part of London, staying overnight was not an expense my budget travel goals could allow.

However, it’s definitely fair to say I experienced enough of the top things to do in Liverpool in a day!

In fact, I probably covered what most people would usually do over a leisurely few days, which is why I think this post makes a great weekend planner.

However, if you’re mad and have too much energy like me, then why not go the whole hog and try to fit it into a day too!

After all, you can always come back because, if there’s one thing that’s certain about this great city, there’s more epic things to do in Liverpool than you can shake a stick at.

And here’s my pick of the bunch…


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#1 See a Stadium

England, Liverpool, Anfield

So I’m putting this at number one, mostly because it’s the reason (as I’ve explained in my far too long introduction) why I went to Liverpool initially and for that alone it’s getting the top spot on this list, even if I don’t care 2 hoots for the game personally!

Yes you can pick from either of the city’s major team stadiums – either Everton who play at Goodison Park or Liverpool FC who play at Anfield – and see their amazing grounds for yourself.

Tours of the stadiums can be booked if you’re looking for the full works, or you can just wander around and enjoy these iconic locations themselves.

In fact, both grounds happen to be quite close to each other so, if you’re super keen, you can squeeze in the double whammy!

Public buses can easily be caught from the city centre of Liverpool to either of the stadiums, which is the cheapest way to get there on a budget.

Personally, I caught the number 17 bus from Queen Square Bus Station, which is near to the main train station, and paid just a few pounds to get to Anfield in around 15-20 minutes – obviously this was not a match day, otherwise the traffic will be a lot worse, so do bear that in mind!

 

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#2 Check out the Bluecoat

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The bluecoat is the city centre’s oldest building, and swinging past to say you’ve at least see it, is definitely one of the top things to do in Liverpool if you’re a history buff.

Located on School Lane, it is almost 300 years old and has been beautifully restored and is a Grade I listed building.

Wonderfully, it is now a creative hub – the city’s centre of Contemporary Art – and holds regular events, networking socials, performances and exhibitions.

It also has some beautiful gardens at the back you can wander and enjoy.

See what’s on at the Bluecoat and learn more about what it does to support creativity in Liverpool here.

 

#3 Climb the Cathedral

England, Liverpool, Cathedral

Next up is another old building and city landmark, it’s the Liverpool Cathedral, which is set a short distance from the city, but is well worth the stroll.

This is also a Grade I listed building and is amazingly the largest religious building in Britain and the 8th largest church in the world!

Pretty impressive!

This is especially true when you learn that you can climb the Tower of this Cathedral and experience amazing 360 degree views over the whole city at a height of over 500 feet!

The Tower Experience costs just £6, which is well worth it for the views alone, but also because it includes a visit to the Bell Chamber.. FYI: they make a pretty loud noise!

The Cathedral’s Twilight Thursday’s calendar also allows you to climb up for sunset and even meet a bell ringer!

Pretty amazing!

 

#4 Chat with a Local

England, Liverpool, John Lennon

And talking of noise, there’s no question one of the best things to do in Liverpool is chat with a local.

Honestly!

Not wanting to perpetuate any cringy stereotypes, I do, however, honestly think the people of this city are the friendliest in England (and I’ve seen a lot of England this year to verify!) and striking up a conversation with one of them is an unbeatable experience.

In fact, you probably won’t have to try that hard.

They’re so friendly here that someone will probably just wander over to you and start chatting.

Can’t beat the accent either… love it.

 

#5 Visit Royal Albert Dock and UNESCO Waterfront

England, Liverpool, Dock

Now we move away from the main city centre area and down towards the Mersey, where the real tourist hub of the city is.

The Royal Albert Dock is the heart of the action and has been wonderfully regenerated with a huge range of cultural attractions that are perfect for visitors to enjoy.

From, there, the sweeping wide walkways of the UNESCO Waterfront are ideal for strolling and taking in the river / estuary (whatever you want to call it!) air.

There’s also plenty of places to eat, relax and sit in these areas too.

Absolutely one of the top things to do in Liverpool, strolling here to soak in the ambience and the views is free as well – perfect for those of us on a budget!

 

#6 Explore the Merseyside Maritime Museum

England, Liverpool, Maritime Museum

And one of the flagship museums that sits on the Royal Albert Dock is the Maritime Museum in Liverpool – very apt given this used to be the working dock at the heart of Liverpool’s seafaring and trading history.

This museum is free to enter and brilliant for families as it charts how this city came to prosper and the characters that shaped the story!

 

#7 Educate Yourself at the International Slavery Museum

England, Liverpool, International Slavery Museum

And on the top floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, you can find the International Slavery Museum – a wonderful series of exhibitions that covers the history of slavery, Liverpool’s connection to this history, as well as modern slavery and the Blacks Live Matter movement.

Well worth a look and absolutely one of the top things to do in Liverpool.

 

#8 Learn about The Titanic Connection

England, Liverpool, Titanic

And also situated within the Maritime Museum, but worth a number on this list in its own right thanks to its popularity, is a Titanic exhibition.

Here you can explore the connection between the city of Liverpool and this infamous vessel as you learn more about the story behind this huge boat and what led to its demise.

 

#9 Check out the Tate Liverpool

England, Liverpool, Museum

And also situated on the Royal Albert Dock (see I told you it was a hub of arts and culture for visitors to the city) is Tate Liverpool – a fantastic arm of Britain’s most famous art gallery series.

Showcasing British art from the 16th century to the present day, as well as international modern and contemporary art, this treasure trove of a gallery is also free to enter, meaning it’s certainly one of the best things to do in Liverpool for those on a budget.

The nearby Museum of Liverpool Museum is also worth a stop too if you’re not done getting your exhibition fill just yet!

 

#10 Enjoy the Beatles Story

England, Liverpool, Beatles Statue

And next we come to the city’s most famous residents, yes if you didn’t know already, The Beatles hailed from Liverpool and unsurprisingly, the city offers a lot for fans of this popular music group.

And the flagship experience you can enjoy is the Beatles Story – a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and work of this famous foursome.

Award-winning and accompanied by a great audio guide tour, you can buy your ticket to this brilliant exhibition here.

 

#11 Snap a Celeb Selfie

England, Liverpool, Billy Fury

And while we’re on the subject of famous Liverpudlians, of which there are a lot, few visitors who come to this city can resist a selfie with at least one of them.

Yes brilliantly, Liverpool manages to capitalise on its famous residents care of the many metal sculptures that are dotted around the city, particularly along the Waterfront and around the Royal Albert Dock.

The Beatles are there, of course, often next to a jolly busker strumming out their top hits, but so too is Johnnie Walker, Billy Fury and Bessie Braddock.

In fact, there are 20 sculptures of famous people across Liverpool city centre, but my favourite was … (drum roll please) obviously Cilla Black.

If you’re not British and weren’t born before 1990, it’s unlikely you’ll know who this lady is!

But if you were, my oh my did she give us a lorra lorra laughs!

Find out where to spot Cilla and all the other sculptures with this handy guide.

 

#12 Ferry Across the Mersey

England, Liverpool, Mersey Ferry

You can’t beat the song and you can’t get through a list of the most iconic things to do in Liverpool without mentioning this one!

Yes the Mersey is the river come estuary that runs between Liverpool and The Wirral and you can get a lovely ferry ride across it for just a few quid and sing the song as you go (no extra charge!)

If you love a transport ride, then an open-top sightseeing bus tour in Liverpool might suit you too.

It’s a great way to see a lot of the centre’s best sights in super quick time – ideal for day trippers.

 

#13 Shop Till You Drop

England, Liverpool, City Centre

No question, Liverpool city centre doesn’t disappoint on the shop front, so for all you mad keen shoppers this is a great city to head to.

With a centre that’s much more manageable than London, walking around for some retail therapy is a great relaxing adventure in Liverpool.

 

#14 Wander China Town

England, Liverpool, China Town

And talking of wandering, why not head off to explore Liverpool’s cultural diversity with a trip to China Town.

Near the Cathedral, so it’s a great idea to combine these 2, you can also grab some top eats here… goes without saying!

 

#15 Catch a Show at the Playhouse

England, Liverpool, Photos

A hub of evening activity, a great way to kick off a night in Liverpool is by catching a performance in one of the city’s many theatrical spaces.

The Empire is the mainstream spot, but the Everyman Theatre is my personal fav.

The Playhouse is also very cool and an architectural gem you can enjoy from the outside too!

In fact, it’s a Grade II listed building and can be found on Williamson Square. I love its intimate vibes.

Check out what’s on at both latter performance spaces here.

 

 

#16 Munch at Duke Street Market

England, Liverpool, Bus

And after any show, it’s time to head for dinner, because one of the top things to do in Liverpool is definitely… eat!

Duke Street Market is the place to head for the best vibes and trendy feels in the city.

Revel in the relaxed atmosphere along huge tables and the amazing range of different culinary delights on offer.

This is also a great place to enjoy a drink and soak in the goodtime ambience even more!

 

#17 Enjoy a Drink in the Cavern Quarter

England, Liverpool, Cavern Quater

Otherwise, the other top spot to head in this city for a beverage or 2, is the Cavern Quarter.

Complete with a John Lennon statue, this part of the city is the stuff of legends and wandering along the small streets here to discover the many bars and their musicla performers is absolutely one of the must-do things in Liverpool.

 

#18 Catch Some Live Music

England, Liverpool, Live Music

And the Cavern Quarter is also the best spot in town to listen to some live music.

Almost every pub and bar here offers some form of live entertainment, so tap into this city’s great musical heritage the way it’s been done for decades!

 

#19 Have Fun at the Kazimier

England, Liverpool, Kazimier Garden

If you want somewhere trendier, or you want to continue your night on further elsewhere, then the Kazimier Gardens is a super spot in Liverpool to do just that.

With a huge outdoor space, as the name suggests, this funky spot is downbeat in its aesthetics, but anything but in its atmosphere.

They also host club nights here if you really want to keep the party going.

 

#20 Hit the Rope Walks

The Kazimier Gardens is actually set along the Rope Walks – a part of the city that leads up to China Town and then onto the Cathedral.

This area is also full of happening bars, many with roof terraces, which make a great spot to enjoy Liverpool after dark.

 

England, Liverpool, Window

 

#21 Marvel at Crosby Beach!

And finally, last on my list of the best things to do in Liverpool is to head out of the city and take in the amazing coastal location nearby.

Top of recommendations is Crosby Beach, which sits north of the city and is most famous for its Antony Gormley statues.

If you’ve seen any other Gormleys around the UK, including in Margate, this is a must-see.

Called Another Place, you can walk both along the beach and the coastal path here to enjoy the artwork, the views and the fresh air to the max.

Drive here if you’ve rented a car in the UK, or else there’s 4 train stations along this strip of coastline you can use to access the beach from Liverpool city.

Otherwise, the National Cycle Route that runs along here too means grabbing a bike and enjoying the scenery is also possible.

 

Getting to Liverpool

England, Liverpool, Train Station

Liverpool can easily be accessed from most major cities in England, including London.

As always, I use Trainline to find the best deals on UK train fares.

You can also catch the bus to Liverpool if you are travelling on a really tight budget.

National Expres have some fantastic deals and you can compare these tickets to the train prices, and buy them, care of Trainline too.

 

Where to Stay in Liverpool

England, Liverpool, YHA

If you’re spending the weekend in Liverpool and looking to stay somewhere on a budget, then you can’t go wrong with the YHA Liverpool Central.

Right in the heart of the Cavern Quarter, this is a great spot to base yourself if you want to enjoy Liverpool’s amazing nightlife.

 

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So there you have it, my list of the 21 top things to do in Liverpool.

Whether you are there for a day, the weekend, or even longer, I hope this post has given some great ideas about how to get the best from your time in this amazing city.

Have any other top things to do in Liverpool to add to the list?

Then please drop them into the comments below and help a fellow traveller out…

 

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  1. Phil says:

    And the best way to see all those places? With us on an ebike! 🙂

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