City breaks in Liverpool combine the city's vibrant seafaring history with its famous musical heritage. In recent years Liverpool has gone through a massive regeneration program, with shopping areas like Liverpool One and nightlife neighbourhoods like the Albert Dock adding a bit of vibrancy to forgotten quarters. The city was once one of Britain's largest ports, and home of the White Star Line (the company that owned the Titanic). More famously, Liverpool was home to the Fab Four: when you book a short break in Liverpool a Beatles Tour is a must.
There's a whole host of Liverpool attractions to discover, from the Cavern Club to the Yellow Duckmarine tour bus (which transforms into a boat before plunging into the Mersey). There are hotels in Liverpool to suit all tastes and budgets, whether you're planning a luxury spa break or just need somewhere to lay your head after a wild weekend with the lads or lasses.
With a flight time of around one hour, last minute breaks in Liverpool are the perfect choice for a spontaneous getaway. You'll be hobnobbing with John Lennon's statue before you know it. Ryanair fly direct from Ireland to Liverpool, with regular flights from Cork, Knock and Dublin.
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48 Hours in Liverpool
The best way to start your weekend in Liverpool is with a wander along the UNESCO World Heritage listed waterfront. Begin at St George's Hall and finish at the Albert Dock to get the full stretch. Pop into the Tate Liverpool for some modern art, the Slavery Museum for a sombre look at the city's maritime history, or just go straight for rum cocktails at the pirate themed Smugglers Cove. Start your Saturday with a wander around The Liverpool Museum before heading off on a Beatles Tour. A visit to the Cavern Pub is a must: take a minute to check out their wall of fame, and snap a selfie with John Lennon. A bit of retail therapy at Liverpool One is a must, followed by dinner and drinks in the trendy Baltic Triangle neighbourhood. On Sunday, pay a visit to the impressive sandstone cathedral that towers over the city.
Top Liverpool Attractions
There are lots of places to visit in Liverpool during your city break, and these Liverpool points of interest are well worth adding to your itinerary. If you love football, a tour (or a match) at Anfield Stadium (the home of Liverpool F.C) is a must. The Merseyside Maritime Museum is free to visit and has lots of interesting exhibits, including models of the Titanic. There are lots of tours available to help you find your feet including Beatles Tours, Ghost walks, and free walking tours. The Aintree Grand National in April sees thousands of visitors descend on the city, so if you're a fan of horse racing it's best to book your hotel and flights early for the best prices. The Liverpool Central Library is a beautiful building steeped in culture. Even if you can't borrow a book, it's worth visiting for the excellent views from the roof terrace.
When is the best time to visit Liverpool?
Liverpool gets its best weather during spring, from March until May. Winters in Liverpool can be dark and rainy, but that's just an extra excuse to shelter in one of the fantastic bars in the Cavern Quarter.
What's Liverpool public transport like?
There's an underground which runs between the city's four train stations, and a bus network with frequent services throughout the day.
Many of Liverpool's best museums and art galleries are free to visit. These include The Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Sudley House, Museum of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery and World Museum.
This information is correct as of March 2017