After you Enjoy a Fright at the London Bridge Experience and London Tombs, why not get out of the city and visit Liverpool. About 3 hours on the train from Central London, Liverpool can be a great place to explore in Great Britain. Among the popular vacation destinations in Britain, Liverpool is often overlooked, but it certainly should not be. Liverpool is pleasant all year round, however it is best to avoid the winter. In the winter it can be drab and dreary, however that will be the cheapest time to visit. Getting around Liverpool is easy by foot and cabs are fairly priced; what you need to do is simply accommodate yourself at a hotel near Liverpool Street station for easy access to the nearby localities. Liverpool also has a good busy system and tickets can be purchased for buses or trains from the Mersey Travel offices.
In terms of attractions, there is so much to do in Liverpool. A good idea is to start your trip by the waterfront an docks. Besides being the first we dock in England, it is also a pleasant place to walk around, enjoy the beauty of the water, and to experience a great selection of shops and unique restaurants. The Pier Head are of Liverpool includes the traditional trio of harbour buildings known as the Three Graces: The Port of Liverpool Building, the Cunard Building, and the Royal Livery Building. Here is where you will also find the Titanic Memorial commemorating the “Heroes in the Engine Room” on the vessel that sank in 1912.
There is also a Queen Victoria Monument and the Georgian Town Hall, built in 1974 which is crowned by a statue of Minerva. Another great face about Liverpool is that it is the home of the Beatles and there are many attractions related to the infamous band. These include the childhood homes of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney and fans can see where they grew up and the rooms where some of their early songs were written. Beatles fans can also see Penny Lane and Strawberry fields, real places that the Beatles frequented in their youths. There is also a Beatles museum close to the docks where you can explore the band’s history and several Beatles history walking tours that will take you around Liverpool.
There are numerous renowned museums such as the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, and the Tate Liverpool Museum. The Merseyside Maritime Museum is located right on the docks and explorers the role that the sea and dock played in creating this successful city.
This museum is has free admission and is open daily. The Walker Art Gallery contains works from British, Italian, and Flemish artists and is regarded as one of the best British galleries outside of London. Admission to this museum is also free and the large collection of china and furniture is not to be missed while in Liverpool. The Tate Liverpool Museum has one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the United Kingdom outside of London. Admission is also free, however there may be a charge for certain exhibitions.
There are also two majestic cathedrals in Liverpool that are a must see. Liverpool Cathedral is a gothic style building with extraordinary stained glass windows. It took over 74 years to complete and the sheer scale o it can only be appreciated upon visiting.
The audio/visual “Great Space” tour explains the history of the Cathedral and the Tower Experience will give you an awesome view of the city. The Liverpool Cathedral Metropolitan Cathedral is a modern designed building, but is equally awe inspiring. Work began on the cathedral in 1962 and was completed in 1967 and the cathedral still contains the Lutyens crypt. Both cathedrals are open daily and free to the public.
For the football fans, Liverpool has two Premiership football teams, Liverpool FC and Everton. There stadiums are situated at either end of Stanley Park. Anfield stadium is the home of Liverpool Football Club. The stadium contains a museum, club shop, and also offers tours of the grounds. If you are a fan of Liverpool FC, make sure to book your tickets in advance as home games at Anfield fill up fast. Goodison Park is the home of Everton Football Club and shops and stadium tours are also available here. Again, make sure you book tickets in advance for an Everton Football Club home game.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Liverpool. Among the crowded clubs, tasty restaurants, and history Liverpool is a great place to spend your holiday and a nice change from the ever busy London City.