A weekend in Liverpool

Weekend break in the UK? Liverpool is the perfect destination. Renowned for its music and cultural scene, there is plenty to see, do, eat, drink… making it one of the most popular cities in the UK.

2019 July 30

Check out some of our suggestions for a top city break in Liverpool, a city where they pride themselves on their musical heritage just as much as their football successes! 

(Top top #1: Don’t forget some comfy shoes, as Liverpool is best done on foot!) 

Liverpool Docks

For some incredible architecture, great views across the River Mersey, and an abundance of museums, galleries, cafes and restaurants - make sure you head over to the docks. This area has undergone a huge regeneration over recent years. Albert Dock, the heart of Liverpool’s waterfront, first opened in 1846 and it remained a fully working dock until closing in 1972. It reopened as a visitor attraction in 1988, and the now restored historic dock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the largest collection of Grade I Listed Buildings in the UK.

While at the waterfront, don’t miss out on The Three Graces of Liverpool - the Royal Liver Building (one of the most iconic buildings in Liverpool), the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool building - making a great skyline for the waterfront of Liverpool. The nearby Beatles statue celebrates the 50 year anniversary of the band’s last gig played in Liverpool. Other top attractions at the Waterfront include the Tate Museum and the Museum of Liverpool. Liverpool’s waterfront is just a 5 minute walk from easyHotel Liverpool City Centre.

For the best views of Liverpool’s waterfront hop onto a Mersey Ferry and take a quick history tour of the area. You can even stop off at Seacombe and Woodside ferry terminals on the other side of the river.

 

Cathedrals

Hope Street stretches from the Roman Catholic Cathedral at one end, to the Anglican Cathedral at the other, and beyond. The more modern Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is the largest Catholic Cathedral in England and a real symbol of modern architecture, and contrasts greatly with the impressive gothic architecture of the Anglican Cathedral. Both are free to enter.

 

Museums

The Museum of Liverpool is located at Pier Head on the waterfront and is worth a visit on your trip to Liverpool. In this modern glass building, you can find out the history of the city of Liverpool. The Museum of Liverpool is free to enter and located a 9 minute walk away from easyHotel Liverpool

The Tate Liverpool is home to the national collection of modern art in the north. Located in the red-pillared warehouses of Albert Dock, take in the modern art and photography exhibitions at your own leisure (for free!), just an 11 minute walk from easyHotel Liverpool

The Maritime Museum will also be found at Albert Dock, where you can find out all about the history and the social and commercial history of the area. And guess what? It’s free to enter too. 

The Beatles Story, as suggested, is a museum entirely dedicated to The Beatles. It’s the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to The Beatles - where you’ll discover the journey of four young lads from Liverpool and their rise to fame. Check their website for the most up-to-date prices and opening hours.  

 

Cavern Quarter

In the Cavern Quarter discover the Cavern Club - the music venue famous for launching the career of not only The Beatles but other famous Liverpool musicians too. Liverpool prides itself on its musical heritage as much as its football success. In this area you’ll find lots of clubs, bars and live music, along with tribute statues (think John Lennon and Cilla Black) and wall murals.  

 

Bold Street

On Bold Street, you’ll find a whole host of independently run cafes, bars and restaurants, quirky eateries and boutique shops, making it the perfect place for a spot of shopping and a bite to eat in Liverpool. Oh, and let’s not forget, some great cocktail bars!

While there, why not check out the bombed out church? The Church of St Luke’s on Bold Street was destroyed in the Liverpool Blitz of 1941 and stands as a monument to the part Liverpool played in both World Wars. The tower and the walls are still present but the roof and exterior are missing. The Bombed Out Church is now run as an arts and community venue with events year round. 

 

Baltic Triangle

Known as the Creative Quarter of Liverpool, in the Baltic Triangle there are plenty of creative spaces, independent food and drink locations, and street art. In an area of previously abandoned warehouses, this is now one of Liverpool’s most buzzing areas. Don’t miss the food and arts market on Sundays!

 

How to get to Liverpool?

 

Train

Liverpool Lime Street Station is the main train station serving the city centre of Liverpool. From here you can catch trains to and from all parts of the UK. Liverpool Lime Street rail station is either a 12 minute walk, a 6 minute taxi journey, or a 6 minute train ride to easyHotel Liverpool.

The city has a number of other railway stations in the city centre - James Street, Liverpool Central and Moorfields. James Street is the closest to easyHotel Liverpool, just a 3 minute walk away. 

 

Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

The closest train station to the airport is Liverpool South Parkway (3 miles away) which can be reached by bus. Alternatively you can take a bus straight into the city centre (7 miles away).

 

Manchester Airport

Manchester airport is also easily accessible by train to/ from Liverpool Lime Street Station. 

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