10 Things to Do in Liverpool

Liverpool has come a very long way from being basically an industrial port city and is now a place full of cultural attractions of all kinds – although its most famous exports and probably the reasons most people visit are both the Beatles and the Liverpool Football Club. But there’s plenty of art, music and also an impressive maritime history to explore. This post offers travel tips on what to do in Liverpool.

The Beatles Story

For me the first thought that pops into my mind when someone talks of Liverpool is the Beatles, every time. The Beatles Story is much more than just a Beatles museum – it’s a hands-on (ears-on?!) experience and it’s now spread across two sites after lots of expansion in recent years.

beatles story

The Beatles Story

The Cavern Club

Famed as the venue where the Beatles built their fame, the Cavern Club is still operating as a live music venue today, despite having closed down a couple of times in its history. Plenty of people head there just because of the Beatles link but it’s an active club with dozens of live performances each week.

The Cavern Club by westy48

Tate Liverpool

I’ve never been disappointed by any Tate “branch” and the Tate Liverpool sounds like no exception. It’s been open since 1988 and is one of the largest English galleries outside London, plus it had extensive renovations in 2007. It hosts parts of the Tate collection as well as having special exhibitions.

Tate Liverpool

International Slavery Museum

Located inside the Merseyside Maritime Museum (though it’s an independent museum), the International Slavery Museum focuses on the Atlantic Slave Trade with various exhibitions and information detailing that history.

International Slavery Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum

The large Merseyside Maritime Museum, located at Albert Dock, opened in 1980 and covers various aspects of the seafaring heritage of Liverpool. Collections include a Titanic exhibition, a look at where emigrants from Liverpool ended up and a gallery depicting life at sea for British sailors.

Merseyside Maritime Museum models by Calotype46

Lady Lever Art Gallery

A short distance from Liverpool and part of the National Museums Liverpool group, the Lady Lever Art Gallery is found in the very green village of Port Sunlight. It houses British paintings from the 1700s and 1800s and is also famed for a huge Wedgwood collection.

Painting at Lady Lever by Vintage Lulu

Mersey River Cruise

You’ve got to hop on a boat and sing “Ferry cross the Mersey” while you’re in Liverpool, right? There are various options for cruises along the Mersey River from Liverpool and even a simple hour-long cruise will take in a lot of famous Liverpool sights.

Cruising the Mersey by Inniebear

Liverpool Cathedral

The impressive Liverpool Cathedral is the largest Anglican cathedral in England (and the fifth-largest in the world) and there is so much to see there that they actually offer a two-day ticket. You can climb the cathedral tower for views over Liverpool, take an audio tour of the main cathedral, and there’s also a film to watch.

Liverpool Cathedral by Graeme T Cooper

Albert Dock

Albert Dock started life as a highly innovative dock back in 1846, and has had mixed fortunes since depending on the financial situation of the city. In the 1980s Albert Dock was extensively redeveloped and today it’s a real focal point for tourists visiting Liverpool and home to the Tate Liverpool.

Liverpool FC Museum

Football fans won’t want to leave Liverpool without taking the behind-the-scenes tour of Anfield, home to Liverpool F.C. There’s an extensive museum as well including exhibits like an interactive Press Room, and you also get to visit the very dressing rooms where Liverpool FC players have been!

Liverpool FC Museum by AndyNugent

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