There’s never been a better time to visit Liverpool. The city that was once famous for shellsuits and moustaches has transformed itself into one of the most cutting-edge destinations in the UK. With friendly, fashionable locals, a growing arts scene, a fantastic digital industry and an abundance of history, it’s one city that should place on your bucket list.
1. Albert Dock
The Albert Dock opened in 1846 and was once viewed a s a revolutionary docking system, as shops were loaded and unloaded directly from and to the complex of dock buildings and warehouses. It was also the first structure in Great Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone – with no structural wood whatsoever, making it the world’s first non-combustible warehouse system
Now, the Albert Dock is one of the visited attractions in the UK, as it offers a wide variety of bars, restaurants, museums and shops that overlook the iconic seafront. It is, without doubt, the beating heart of the city, as it is a picture of the city’s past and future.
2. Mathew Street
Liverpool and The Beatles are synonymous with one another. Anyone visiting the city for the Fab Four should head straight on over to Mathew Street – as it’s the home of the Cavern Club, which is where the band started their musical career. You’ll also find plenty of dedications to the band, such as the John Lennon statue and The Four Lads Who Shook the World sculpture.
Head round the corner onto Stanley Street and you’ll also find an Eleanor Rigby statue. A few yards away you’ll also find The Grapes pub, where The Beatles regularly used to sit, and visitors can even sit at the very table located next to the toilets, where the band strategically sat to chat up girls.
3. 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic
30 James Street – Home of the Titanic has been inspired by the building’s extensive history. Once known as Albion House, the building once served as the White Star Line’s HQ and was RMS Titanic’s port of registry, which is why the lettering “Liverpool” appeared on the ship’s stern.
Each room within the hotel commemorates a famous RMS Titanic passenger or a connection to the White Star Line – so each guest’s stay will be different to the next. In addition, 30 James Street also includes the rooftop Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant, which was named after the rescue ship RMS Carpathia, which was commanded by Captain Rostron. Weddings at 30 James Street are also very popular in the city, as the happy couple can say “I do” in a truly luxurious setting that offers fantastic views of the iconic Liverpool skyline.
4. The Mersey Ferries
There’s nothing quite like a ferry across the Mersey, as there’s no better way to view Liverpool in all its glory. Step aboard one of the famous Mersey ferries to enjoy magnificent views of the Pier Head, Three Graces and the Albert Dock. Offering fun for all ages, there’s no better way to experience Liverpool’s extensive maritime history.
5. Another Place
Another Place by Anthony Gormley is located on Crosby Beach, offering 100 cast-iron life size sculptures that are based on the artist’s body. The figures are spread across three kilometres of the beach, and stretch out to almost one kilometre to sea. There is always a good time to view the sculptures – as they are simply stunning day or night.