With so many great things to do in Liverpool, it probably comes as no surprise that it is one of our favourite UK cities. After all, there aren’t many places that appeal to music, history, art, architecture, and football fans, are there?
After visiting Liverpool and its incredible attractions more times than we can count, we’ve come up with a list of the best things to do in Liverpool so you can appreciate the city just as much as we do.
So, whether you’ve been to Liverpool before and are looking for something new to do, or if it is your first time and you want to cram in as much as possible, here are our top Liverpudlian attractions that you won’t want to miss!
If you’re into football, then there really is no better Liverpool attraction than a tour of Anfield Stadium.
Anfield Stadium is home to the Liverpool Football Club. And through the stadium’s guided tours, you can learn all about Liverpool FC’s history and its subsequent rise to fame.
Additionally, on the tour, you’ll get to visit the dressing and media rooms, walk down the players’ tunnel, and appreciate the sheer size of the pitch and the stadium as a whole. Then, to finish off your tour, you’ll get to walk through the stadium’s interactive museum, the Liverpool FC story, which delves even deeper into Liverpool FC’s interesting past.
Liverpool Central Library
Going to a library may not initially be at the top of your list when visiting a new city. But Liverpool’s largest library, the Liverpool Central Library, is an attraction not to be missed.
Although you can do typical library things like check out a few books or browse the Internet on one of the library’s 130 computers, what really makes the library one of Liverpool’s top attractions is its Grade II-listed Hornby Library and Picton Reading Room. Its atrium staircase that winds its way to the very top of the building is also an architectural masterpiece that draws plenty of visitors in.
The Picton Reading Room, in particular, has a beautiful 19th-century dome ceiling that will truly take your breath away, while the Hornby Library is home to 15,000 rare books, some of which are set in displays for you to look at.
The football fun in Liverpool doesn’t just end at Anfield Stadium, as the city boasts a second well-known stadium, Goodison Park.
Goodison Park is home to Everton FC. And like Anfield, the stadium puts on stadium tours for fans to get closer to their favourite football team.
Now, we all know that England was the birthplace of football. But what you may not know is that Goodison Park was the country’s first major football stadium!
What’s more, with a guided tour of the stadium, you’ll have access to the players’ changing rooms, the players’ tunnel, and the media centre. Plus, your guide will teach you all about the stadium and Everton’s history.
Liverpool has two of Britain’s largest cathedrals, with one of them, the Liverpool Cathedral, being the largest religious building in the UK. The cathedral’s exterior alone is impressive. But you can actually venture inside the building to get a true feel of its intricate design and architecture.
If you have the stamina, then we highly suggest making your way up the 152-meter-tall Vestry Tower, as you get some of the best views of the city.
Then, once you’re done marvelling at the Liverpool Cathedral, head over to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest Catholic cathedral in the country. The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral reminds us somewhat of a spaceship. And it can thank its circular shape, truncated cone tower, and 16 boomerang-shaped concrete trusses for that.
We’ve watched many a show at the Liverpool Empire. So of course, it has made its way onto our things to do in Liverpool list.
Liverpool Empire has so many different shows all throughout the year, making it an excellent activity that the whole family can enjoy. Because of Liverpool Empires’ kid-friendly shows like Shrek the Musical and its more mature performances like The Full Monty, there really is something for everyone and an afternoon or evening out at the theatre can be a great use of your time in Liverpool.
Here are some of our reviews from previous Liverpool Empire shows:
Liverpool Food Options
One of the best things to do in any city—Liverpool included—is to explore its cafes, bars, and restaurants. After all, Liverpool has a diverse, mouthwatering food scene. But deciding which restaurant to eat at is a task all in itself.
No matter where you eat in Liverpool, you’ll enjoy some seriously tasty dishes. But here are some of our favourites that you may want to check out:
- Panoramic 32
- Mowgli Indian Street Food
- Sapporo Teppanyaki
- The Art School Restaurant
- The London Carriage Works
For those who enjoy a spot of shopping, Liverpool One has you covered. With over 170 shops—some high-end and some high street—you can spend hours browsing clothes, gadgets, and cosmetics, all before sitting down for some lunch or an alcoholic beverage in one of the shopping centre’s restaurants, cafes, or bars.
The River Mersey is Liverpool’s most famous river. And this major North West England waterway is best explored by boat. With this in mind, a great Liverpool attraction is to hop aboard the Mersey Ferry and enjoy a 50-minute cruise down the river to see some of Liverpool’s most iconic sights.
The cruise will take you on a loop of the river. And its audio commentary will give you an insight into Liverpool’s maritime history and the city’s landmarks.
Ferries run throughout the year and depart from the Pier Head Dock every hour. If you do plan on taking the ferry, we highly suggest wrapping up warm, as it can get quite chilly on board.
We’ve given a full, in-depth review of the River Explorer Ferry, which you can check out here.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Liverpool has an extensive maritime history with links to the Titanic, transatlantic slave trade, emigration, and World War II. For those who enjoy learning about the past, The Merseyside Maritime Museum uncovers all there is to know about Liverpool’s port and how it was once a major gateway to the rest of the world.
In the museum, you’ll find an exhibit on the Titanic that was originally registered in Liverpool. Displays of Liverpool shipping posters from the mid-19th century. And a collection on the RMS Lusitania, a notorious Cunard passenger liner. You can even learn all about customs and smuggling in the museum’s Seized! Gallery!
Museum of Liverpool
If the Maritime Museum isn’t your thing, then you may enjoy the Museum of Liverpool, which delves into the city’s history and culture.
The Museum of Liverpool has collections on regional archaeology, land transport, social and community, and the Beatles. So you’ll discover plenty of interesting facts about the city and its past.
Although Liverpool is a bustling city, there are also green spaces for visitors to enjoy. And one such green space is the city’s biggest park, Sefton Park.
Sefton Park is a Grade 1 historic site that spans a total of 235 acres. And with woodland areas, vast open grass lawns, and a huge selection of native British plants and trees, the park is the perfect spot for a picnic and some time out in nature.
As you wander through the park, you’ll come across Palm House, a grade II-listed Victorian greenhouse. And although the greenhouses exterior is impressive enough, inside, you’ll be greeted with a collection of over 200 plants. Some of the plants in Palm House are extremely rare, while one resident is actually extinct in the wild.
Radio City Tower
One of Liverpool’s most noticeable landmarks is the Radio City Tower, which stands at 450 feet tall. Builders originally built Radio City Tower, or St. John’s Beacon, if you prefer, in 1969. And over the years, it has become the home of Radio City, Radio City 2, and Radio City 3.
By venturing up to the top of the tower will have 360-degree uninterrupted views of Liverpool. And on a clear day, you may even be able to see as far as Snowdonia. Obviously, a trip to the top of the tower isn’t for the faint-hearted. But at least you don’t have to walk up the tower’s 558 steps, as there are lifts that will take you up in just 30 seconds.
Royal Albert Dock
You can’t visit Liverpool and not take a trip down to the Royal Albert Dock. The Royal Albert Dock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many of Liverpool’s major attractions. In particular, you’ll find the Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool, and the International Slavery Museum down at the dock. However, the dock buildings and warehouses are a sight to see themselves.
The buildings down at the dock date back to the 1840s and are the largest collection of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK. With plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants to enjoy, you can spend the afternoon taking in all the Royal Albert Dock has to offer. Be sure to check out the Legacy sculpture, which commemorates migration from Liverpool to the new world
And if you’re visiting Liverpool with kids, then you’ll be happy to know that there is even a Victorian carousel and a 60-meter-high observation wheel. But for more kid-friendly Liverpool attractions, check out 15 Fun Things to Do in Liverpool with Kids.
Royal Liver Building
Another Grade 1 listed building in Liverpool is the Royal Liver Building, which stands at Pier Head along with two other buildings, the Port of Liverpool Building and the Cunard Building, to make up what’s known as the Three Graces.
Walter Aubrey Thomas designed the Royal Liver Building in the early 1900, subsequently making it one of the first structures in the world to be built out of reinforced concrete. The building, in total, stands at 98 meters tall. And it’s two clock towers feature two mythical Liver bird sculptures.
You can take a tour up the clocktowers for views of Liverpool’s skyline. Or you can learn about the building’s history in the ground floor visitor’s centre.
Tate Liverpool is one of four Tate galleries in the UK. And the modern art museum has both permanent and temporary art installations for visitors to enjoy.
With art pieces from some of the world’s most famous painters, including Picasso and Matisse, the Tate Liverpool has quickly become one of Liverpool’s top attractions. And whether you’re educated in the modern art world, or are just looking for an indoor activity to beat the rainy weather, the Tate is a fantastic option.
The Beatles Story
One of the most famous bands in the world, the Beatles, came out of Liverpool. So, subsequently, all over the city, you can learn about their past, their rise to fame, and their influence on the global music industry.
If you only have a short time in Liverpool, then one of the best places to learn more about the Beatles is the museum, the Beatles Story. The Beatles Story uncovers all there is to know about John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Plus, with interactive exhibits, original memorabilia, and the largest selection of official Beatles merchandise, it really is a haven for Beatles fans who are visiting the city.
For those who have an extended time in Liverpool, however, then you may want to check out some other Beatles locations. Below are some of our favourites:
- Beatles Walking Tour – Take a guided walking tour around the city to see famous Beatles locations.
- The Cavern Club on Mathew Street – The nightclub birthplace of the Beatles, where they played frequently in their early years.
- Strawberry Field – The site that inspired the song “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
- Penny Lane – The street that inspired the song “Penny Lane.”
- Magical Beatles Museum – A museum that houses one of the largest Beatles collections in the world.
- Beatles Magical Mystery Tour – If walking isn’t your thing, then you can instead head on a Beatles bus tour.
- Beatles Statue – A statue of the Fab Four at the Liverpool Waterfront.
For more details about Liverpool Beatles locations, head over to Top Beatles Locations In Liverpool You Need To Visit.
Bluecoat was once a school. However, now the Grade I listed building in the Liverpool City Centre boasts shops, cafes, and art exhibitions. With ever-changing instalments and collections for visitors to look at, no trip to Bluecoat is the same.
The British Music Experience
The Beatles aren’t the only good band to come out of the UK. And if you enjoy pop music, then the British Music Experience is the Liverpudlian attraction for you.
The British Music Experience is an interactive museum with artefacts, memorabilia, and instruments that span British rock and pop. From David Bowie’s outfits to Noel Gallagher’s instruments, you can immerse yourself in British music history before learning how to play on a range of different musical instruments.
Finally, to end our top things to do in Liverpool list is the World Museum, which, in our opinion, is arguably one of the best.
The World Museum, which has been around since the 19th century, is the oldest museum in the city. And as it’s completely free to enter, it is perfect for each and every budget.
In total, the museum covers five expansive floors and has exhibitions on the Egyptians, antiques, dinosaurs, space, and underwater animals. So, there really is something that will interest everyone!
For other free museums in Liverpool, you can check out The Best And Free Museums In Liverpool.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Liverpool a City Worth Visiting?
Yes, Liverpool is definitely a city worth visiting. And that’s all thanks to its incredible and diverse attractions that appeal to a wide range of interests. Not only does Liverpool have a rich and interesting history, but it’s also home to two of Britain’s largest cathedrals and boasts more museums and galleries than any other city in the country—apart from London.
What are Five Things Liverpool is Famous For?
Liverpool is famous for many things. But if we had to narrow it down to just five, they would be the Beatles, Liverpool Football Club, museums and art galleries, maritime history, and its citizen’s unmistakable scouse accents.
How to Spend a Day in Liverpool?
Don’t worry if you only have a day in Liverpool. You can get a lot of things done in just 24 hours! Here is our one-day Liverpool itinerary so you can experience the best of what the city has to offer.
- Grab breakfast at one of the cafes at the Royal Albert Docks.
- Take a ferry trip down the Mersey.
- Visit some of Liverpool’s famous museums and galleries.
- Delve into the world of the Beatles at the Beatles Story.
- Enjoy lunch at the Baltic Triangle.
- Gaze upon Liverpool Cathedral.
- Do a spot of shopping at Liverpool One.
- Have dinner on Bold Street.
- Hit Liverpool’s pubs, bars, and clubs.
What Food Is Liverpool Famous For?
There are a few well-known dishes that have come out of Liverpool. But it’s most famous include:
- Scouse – a meat stew traditionally made with beef and vegetables.
- Wet Nelly – a traditional English fruit cake.
- Liverpool Tarts – made with flour, butter, sugar and lemons.
- Everton Mints – white and black striped mint-flavoured sweets with a toffee centre.
- Liverpool Bunloaf – a savory dough filled with raisins, ginger, currants and cherries.
What Are Some Fun Things to Do in Liverpool?
Liverpool has plenty of fun attractions that will appeal to various different preferences. History lovers will enjoy the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Museum of Liverpool, and the World Museum. Music fans can learn all about Liverpool’s most famous band, the Beatles, at the Beatles Story. Football enthusiasts can take a tour of Anfield Stadium or Goodison Park. Foodies can taste their way through Liverpool at the Royal Albert Dock, Bond Street and the Baltic Triangle. And those who have an eye for architecture can marvel at the Liverpool Cathedral and the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
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