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06th March 2019 Sue Ormesher

How to spend 48 hours in Liverpool

So you have just 48 hours to experience everything that Liverpool has to offer! In a city with so much to see, do and experience, it’s a tough call but it can be done. Liverpool has become a top destination as a city break and visitors with limited time will appreciate the compact nature of the city which makes it easy and quick to get around. A lot can be packed into 48 hours, so here goes!

Day one

48 Hours in Liverpool

Learn all about the history of this wonderful city at the Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool
You won’t go far wrong by starting with a stroll down to Liverpool’s World Heritage waterfront. Before you begin exploring visit the Museum of Liverpool, which charts the development of the city you see today, from its beginnings as a village on the banks of the Lyver Pool.

Take a ferry across the Mersey
Next, take a trip on a Ferry ‘cross the Mersey’. Seeing the world-class Liverpool skyline from the water is an experience you are unlikely to forget and there are lots of journey options including night cruises. Once back on terra firma enjoy a wander around the Albert Dock, where there are lots of places to eat, drink and pick up a souvenir. Pop into Tate Liverpool to see a fine collection of British and international modern and contemporary art.

48 Hours in Liverpool

The Albert Dock area is brimming with history

History by the Albert Dock
Albert Dock is also home to Merseyside Maritime Museum, an International Slavery Museum and the award-winning Beatles Story, the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the life and times of The Beatles. Stroll along towards the Echo Arena, Convention Centre and, if you have a head for heights, the Big Wheel. Walk down to the cobbled promenade for some unrivalled views.

Seeing the world-class Liverpool skyline from the water is an experience you are unlikely to forget

Day two

48 Hours in Liverpool

Enjoy breakfast on Bold Street

Breakfast on Bold Street
Enjoy breakfast in one of Bold Street’s quirky cafes before strolling up to the Georgian Quarter, a legacy of Liverpool’s former wealth. Look out for beautiful buildings Blackburne House (a former school), the two awesome cathedrals and Paul McCartney’s ‘Fame School.’ Take time to check out all the nooks and crannies within the marvellously-preserved squares and streets – you might even recognise some of them from the many TV and film dramas that have used the area as a backdrop.

Amazing architecture
Head back towards the city centre for St George’s Hall, one of the finest neoclassical Grade 1 buildings in the world. Nearby is the Walker Art Gallery and Liverpool’s historic Central Library which has recently undergone a £50m refurbishment programme. For those who prefer organised tours, there are plenty of bus and walking tours including The Magical Mystery Tour, a two-hour exploration of Beatles Liverpool.

48 Hours in Liverpool

Take in views of this fantastic city from one of the skyline vantage points

Afternoon tea on the roof
For a perfect end to a perfect 48 hours head to Oh Me Oh My for afternoon tea or to enjoy a drink on its Secret Roof Garden Bar (weather permitting!). The venue is housed in a stunning building which was the former Bank of West Africa. Located on Water Street, the views of from the roof garden are incredible. Hopefully this will have given you a real flavour of what Liverpool is all about and you may even be thinking about planning your next visit to explore further.


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