Liverpool is one of the most up-and-coming cities in the UK. The former Capital of Culture 2008 is now a hub of creativity, art and music, and the city has an extensive maritime history that makes Liverpool an incredibly exciting place to visit.
To help you make the most of your trip to the city, here are 5 places you must visit in Liverpool.
1. The Albert Dock
Liverpool once offered one of the largest ports in the world, with ships of all shapes and size regularly flowing in and out of the city. The port, however, posed a major problem for its residents during World War II, as the city was heavily bombed by the enemy. While it is no longer held in the same esteem, the port still welcomes ships of all sizes into its port – with three famous Queen Cunard ships expected to call at Liverpool in May 2015, which will become a famous part of Liverpool’s maritime history, as it will be the first time all three ships will meet in one port.
The Albert Dock is therefore a must for anyone visiting the city, and it also offers a plethora of trendy bars, restaurants and shops to help you make the most of your city break. Anyone interested in Liverpool’s maritime history should consider a stay in Liverpool’s Titanic hotel, 30 James Street – as it was formerly the White Star Line headquarters, as well as RMS Titanic’s port of registry, and so honours the connection with the ill-fated liner and shipping company in each and every room.
2. Two Cathedrals
The city of Liverpool is jam-packed full of architectural wonders, and their two cathedrals are no exception. The Anglican Cathedral is the crown jewel of the city, and was designed by architect Giles Gilbert Scott. Construction began in 1904, but it took 74 years to fully-complete the cathedral we know and love today, as WWI and WWII slowed down construction and caused significant damage to the building. The Liverpool cathedral is simply breathtaking, and is definitely worth a visit when in the city.
The Roman Catholic Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool, and was designed by competition winner, Frederick Gibberd, a renowned architect. The remarkable building took five years to complete, and it’s easy to see why it took so long, as the interior offers a real sense of peace and spirituality.
3. Mathew Street
When you think of Liverpool, the first thing that probably comes to mind is The Beatles. So, if there is one place music lovers should head to, it’s Mathew Street – as this is where you’ll find the famous Cavern Club, where the Fab Four played nearly 300 times before they got their big break. You also won’t be disappointed on the music front either, as some of the city’s most exciting bands play at the club every single day of the week. You can also have your photo taken with a statue of John Lennon on the famous street or take a look at the Four Lads Who Shook the World sculpture by Arthur Dooley.
4. LFC/EFC Football Stadiums
Those loveable scousers are either a red or a blue – there is no in-between. The fierce football rivalry undoubtedly divides the city, with residents all picking a side. You should therefore decide whether you’re a Liverpool or Everton FC fan and head to Anfield Stadium to cheer on the reds, or go to Goodison Park to cheer on the city’s underdogs.
5. Liverpool One
Liverpool One only opened in 2009 but is now one of the most electric destinations in the city. The shopping and leisure district is now the heart of the city, and it is here with locals and tourists regularly visit to enjoy 160 high street shops, pop into independent boutiques, dine in some of the best restaurants in the city and enjoy a spot of entertainment at the IMAX cinema.
So, now you know what to do in the city of Liverpool, all there is left to do is plan your trip – and be sure to visit us again at Total Travel Guide to drop us a comment to tell us all about your city break.