The birthplace of the Merseybeat in the 60s and European Capital of Culture in 2008, the maritime city of Liverpool has plenty to be proud of.
For starters, it has the biggest collection of museums outside London and a wealth of listed buildings. Brimming with bars and restaurants, beloved for its brilliant music scene and nightlife, the city is as lively as it is historic.
Where to stay in Liverpool
The bright lights of Liverpool are just a 20-minute drive away from Arrowe Brook Farm. Set on a working farm, this peaceful dog-friendly campsite offers all the amenities you need. Alternatively, Wirral Country Park CAMC Campsite is aleafy CAMC site that sits on the pretty west coast of the Wirral, with fine views of the Dee Estuary. The city centre is just 30 minutes away by car.
Where to park in Liverpool
Liverpool city centre has plenty of car parks, both open-air and multistorey. Slater Street and Parr Street are great locations with competitive prices. There’s no Park and Ride, but you can park for free at many of the Merseyrail stations and catch a train into the city centre.
What to do in Liverpool on Day 1
10am – On the docks
Start your visit at Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock, a vibrant hub of culture, local business and community events. Grab a coffee from one of the cafés along the waterfront and take your pick from the numerous exciting museums.
Learn about the city’s historic relationship with the sea at the Maritime Museum, or local history from the Stone Age to the Blitz to the Beatles, at the Museum of Liverpool.
Make sure to drop in on Tate Liverpool to see inspiring free collections or guest exhibitions.
1pm – Pause for lunch
Time to stop off at Leaf on Bold Street. This area encapsulates Liverpool’s spirit, with a parade of coffee houses, eateries and vintage shops. Modern-rustic café Leaf offers a varied menu of breakfast, brunch and lunch, with speciality tea and coffee.
3pm – Going to church
After wandering up Bold Street, you come to St Luke’s Church. Locally known as the Bombed Out Church, only the stone shell of the building survived the shocking May Blitz of 1941. Today, these ethereal Gothic Revival ruins host community and arts events.
A few minutes away on foot is Liverpool Cathedral, the largest religious building in Britain. Uniquely modern, the stunning cathedral was built in 1904 and features intricate stained glass windows and a tower that provides a bird’s eye view across the city.
5pm – Dinner time
Head to the Baltic Market, a canteen-style warehouse tucked away in the industrial quarter. This is home to a wide range of pop-up vendors, everything from Thai to Greek to Italian.
7pm – Get the knowledge
Dip your toes in the city’s thriving arts scene with a trip to one of its vibrant venues. In the Knowledge Quarter, you can find classical music and live orchestra cinema at Liverpool Philharmonic. Back in town, try The Jacaranda or The Cavern Club for live music, and FACT for a varied film programme.
What to do on Day 2
9am – Classic breakfast
Fuel up for the day at breakfast hotspot Moose Coffee on Dale Street. There are four of these cafés across the city, all inspired by US and Canadian classics, including waffles, pancakes and a splendid all-day breakfast.
11am – Across the Mersey
At Pier Head, on the docks, you can hop on a Mersey Ferry tour. Departing from Gerry Marsden terminal, the 50-minute river cruise passes the waterfront and gives stunning views of Liverpool’s iconic skyline. Sit back and take in the panorama, while learning about the city’s fascinating history from the recorded commentary.
1pm – Light lunch
Back in town, enjoy an excellent lunch at Bacaro, a welcoming restaurant serving Spanish and Italian small plates, along with an extensive drinks menu.
3pm – Beatlemania
Of course, no visit to Liverpool is complete without celebrating the Fab Four. Whether or not you’re a fan, you can while away an afternoon in The Beatles Story, an immersive museum charting their rise to fame. Nostalgic memorabilia takes you back to the glory days of the swinging sixties.
5.30pm – Dine in style
After all that cultural history, it’s time to stop for an early dinner on Bold Street, at one of Liverpool’s most beloved culinary offerings, Mowgli.
Authentic meets innovative at this hugely popular Indian restaurant, serving an enticing choice of street food. The menu enables you to try all sorts of dishes, with vegetarian options.
7pm – Stand-up comedy
Suitably rested and refuelled, you can enjoy fabulous live entertainment at the Hot Water Comedy Club, a cornerstone of Liverpool’s vibrant nightlife.
This grassroots club hosts brilliant stand-up acts from the city and beyond. The laid-back venue on Hardman Street offers a programme of free shows and exciting headline guests.
Where to eat
- The Egg Café: Home-cooked vegetarian and vegan classics.
- La Finca Eivissa -Lively, eclectic restaurant inspired by Spanish tapas and great cocktails.
- Bakchich – Fine menu of Lebanese and Moroccan food.
Head to our Best of British: Weekends Away section for more great touring ideas.
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