Discover hidden attractions, cool sights, and unusual things to do in Liverpool, a city renowned across the globe for its musical heritage. A great place to start is Liverpool’s magnificent waterfront – the jewel in the city’s crown and a huge source of civic pride. The iconic Liver Birds, Three Graces, cathedrals and other landmarks provide a stunning backdrop to the River Mersey. Taking pride of place at the Pier Head is a statue of The Beatles, sculpted by Andrew Edwards and weighing in at 1.2 tonnes.
Before you begin exploring, pay a visit to the Museum of Liverpool – the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city. A variety of exhibitions tell the story of the city’s global significance through its unique geography, history and culture. 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. Mersey Ferries offer a River Explorer ticket with guided commentary, including entry to the U-Boat story attraction at Woodside in Wirral, as well as longer cruises along to the Manchester Ship Canal.
The Albert Dock is packed with attractions including Tate Liverpool which houses a fine collection of British and international modern and contemporary art, as well as the Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum. The award-winning Beatles Story, the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the life and times of The Beatles, is a must for music fans. 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. There are lots of options for Beatles fans including National Trust tours of Mendips and Forthlin Road, former childhood homes of Lennon and McCartney.
The Beatles Story
Britannia Vaults Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
The award-winning The Beatles Story is the world’s largest permanent exhibition devoted to telling the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame. Located in the Fab Four’s hometown of Liverpool on the stunning UNESCO World heritage waterfront at the Royal Albert Dock, The Beatles Story takes visitors on an immersive journey through the lives, times, culture and music of the world’s greatest band. Join The Beatles on their journey; first conquering Liverpool, and then the world, through recreations of key locations from the band’s career including The Casbah Club, The Cavern Club, and Abbey Road Studios. Visit website
William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EN
From the watery world of the aquarium to the magnificent planetarium, explore the galleries and collections at World Museum. Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures! The museum’s planetarium, said to be the first in the UK outside London, opened in to the public on 22 May 1970. Visit website
Knowsley Safari Park
Prescot L34 4AN
For an experience that gets you up close and personal with animals including lions, elephants and baboons, visit Knowsley Safari Park, just a 30-minute drive from Liverpool city centre. Visitors are taken on a thrilling five-mile safari drive; though take care in the baboon enclosure as the cheeky primates are very fond of snapping off car windscreen wipers; there is a car-friendly route. A new attraction is the Amur Tiger Trail, where visitors can explore a forest in search of tigers. Enjoy a woodland walk on take out a rowing boat on Mizzy Lake. Visit website
23 King George’s Dr, Bebington, Wirral CH62 5DX
Discover Port Sunlight, a beautiful model village and award-winning tourist attraction. Originally built by William Lever to house the workers of his nearby soap factory, Lever Brothers. Visit the museum and discover the history of Port Sunlight, the unique architecture and village life, past and present. Explore the Edwardian worker’s cottage, a village home brought to life with period artefacts, offering the chance to experience what life was like in Port Sunlight over a century ago! Visit website
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ
Merseyside Maritime Museum is in the Albert Dock, and it contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool. Highlights include ship models, maritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels. Visit website
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