Simon Calder goes to Liverpool

Liverpool is a city that is full of energy, diversity and creativity, leading to it being rightly named as Capital of Culture in 2008. This world heritage city is packed full of beautiful buildings, great restaurants and hundreds of tourist attractions, to suit every taste.

Albert Dock

The first stop for tourists is The Albert Dock, which consists of the largest group of grade 1 listed buildings in the UK and is full of award winning attractions. History lovers can explore the city’s maritime past at the Maritime Museum and The International Slavery Museum and art lovers can enjoy an afternoon at the Tate Gallery. The Tate is home to then largest collection of contemporary art outside of London and had great activities for children too. The Albert Dock is full of contemporary restaurants, including a fun pirate themed restaurant, or you can enjoy afternoon tea or a traditional bowl of Scouse in one of the more traditional cafes.

Ferry Across The Mersey

The best way to enjoy the famous Liverpool skyline is by taking a ferry across the River Mersey, a 50 minute return ride, that connects Liverpool to The Wirral Peninsula. You can enjoy spectacular views as the ferry brings you back into the port of Liverpool, most notably the iconic Liver Buildings, that rare famous throughout the world.

Magical Mystery Tour

Beatles fans worldwide flock to Liverpool every year, to visit the home of their beloved band. You can enjoy a tour of The Beatles Museum at The Albert Dock and can hop on the Magical Mystery Tour bus, that will take you the most important building in the history of The Beatles. The tour will take you to the childhood homes of the band members and to the famous Strawberry Fields site, amongst other places. Once you have finished your tour, you can hop off at The Cavern and enjoy a pint at the famous club.

Enjoy the Suburbs

Liverpool has some of the best green spaces in the UK, most notably Sefton Park, which is just a 2 mile drive or bus ride from the city centre. As well as lots of space for children to run around, you can feed the ducks at the boating lake, enjoy an ice cream whilst watching musicians at the bandstand or explore the stunning Sefton Park Palm House. The palm house is a magnificent display of Victorian architecture and is home to hundreds of species of plants from around the world.

With two magnificent cathedrals, two premier league football clubs, plus a thriving music and theatre scene, there is enough to keep you occupied in Liverpool 8 days a week.

Where is it?

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