With one of the most impressive collections of museums and galleries in Europe, Liverpool is as cultured as Paris but considerably cheaper to visit! A host of budget airlines from Ryanair, FlyBe, Easyjet and BMi fly in to John Lennon Airport – the first symbol of Liverpool’s tribute to its most beloved offspring – The Beatles!
Liverpool's Famous Four
For those who’ve come to find out more about the Fab Four, the Albert Dock is where to begin the Magical Mystery Tour. Start at the Albert Dock Museum and experience ‘The Beatles Story’ before hopping on a tour bus that will take visitors on a journey through the humble and now iconic locations that featured in so many Beatles tracks - from Penny Lane to Strawberry Fields. Complete the homage with a visit to where it all began – the fabled Cavern Club on Mathew Street where this home grown super-group first played in the 1960’s.
City of Culture
Cutting edge Albert Dock is a hive of trendy restaurants, bars and acclaimed architecture including the Liver Building, nestling on the beautiful and UNSECO protected Liverpool Waterfront. It is also home to the Tate Liverpool, showing some of the most spectacular art in the city and The Maritime Museum, from where ferries can be seen whisking eager tourists across the deep waters of the Mersey.
It is no surprise that Liverpool won European Capital of Culture in 2008 with its array of head-turning art. From the Bluecoat, Lady Lever and Walker Art Galleries to one of the most daring pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK - the outstanding piece by Richard Wilson; a revolving slice of condemned office block entitled ‘Turning the Place Over’, created for the 2007 Biennale.
Anthony Gormley’s awe-inspiring ‘Another Place’ is another such piece – 100 cast-iron replicas of the Angel of the North standing on windswept Crosby Beach, gazing out to sea. If you find yourself in lively China Town, close to Berry Street, be sure to keep an eye out for Banksy’s inspired street art that adorns the city.
For a little slice of tranquillity, Liverpool offers up Sefton Park with its steamy Palm House and lush green gardens; glorious Formby Point where long ribbons of sandy beach meet a forested red squirrel reserve or impressive Speke House where carpets of bluebells cover the grounds at certain times of year.
A night out in liverpool can be an unforgettable experience. Whether you choose a ‘Shiverpool’ ghost tour, a night of chuckles in the Baby Blue Comedy Club, a peek into the pubs on popular Mathew Street or take full advantage of the unrivalled live music scene that delivers indie, orchestra and everything in between; lasting memories of Liverpool will stay long after the last ferry has sailed.
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