Liverpool is the perfect destination for a weekend city break. Renowned for its musical heritage and great culture, there’s plenty to see and do here. In fact, you might want to visit more than a few times to really make the most of it! Find out how to spend 48 hours in this popular UK city with our guide.2019 July 30
Check out our guide to discover the top tourist attractions in Liverpool for a brilliant weekend getaway. Liverpool is rich in culture, with tonnes of historical sites to explore; it’s a city where they pride themselves on their musical heritage, just as much as their football successes!
Don’t forget to pack your comfy shoes, Liverpool is best explored on foot!
For some incredible architecture, great views across the River Mersey, and an abundance of museums, galleries, cafes and restaurants, head over to the docks. This area has undergone a huge regeneration in recent years.
Albert Dock, the heart of Liverpool’s waterfront, first opened in 1846 and remained a fully working dock until it closed 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. 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.
Conveniently located in the city centre, 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 to view the city’s stunning skyline in all its glory.
Liverpool is home to beautiful Cathedrals that are well worth a visit. To marvel at the stunning architecture, head to Hope Street, which stretches from the Roman Catholic Cathedral at one end to the Anglican Cathedral at the other.
The more modern Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is the largest Catholic Cathedral in England and a real symbol of modern architecture. The contemporary style of the Metropolitan Cathedral contrasts greatly with the impressive gothic architecture of the Anglican Cathedral; both are must-sees during your stay in the city. They’re free to enter too, so make sure you schedule some time to visit these sites.
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 rich history and culture of the city of Liverpool. The Museum of Liverpool explores the city’s global significance; visitors can discover how the port, the people, and the creative and sporting culture has shaped the city that we know and love today. Spend a couple of hours immersed in the history of this great city. 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, schedule some time to take in the modern art and photography exhibitions at your own leisure. Entry is free, and the museum is only an 11-minute walk from easyHotel Liverpool.
The Maritime Museum can also be found at Albert Dock. Take some time out to discover the social and commercial history of the world-renowned port of Liverpool. From ship models and maritime paintings to full sized vessels, the Maritime Museum offers an interesting and in-depth look at the port through the ages. What’s more, entry is free.
The Beatles Story is dedicated to the global superstars that originally hailed from the city of Liverpool. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the world’s largest permanent Beatles exhibition, where you’ll follow the journey of four young lads from Liverpool and their stratospheric rise to fame. For ticket prices and opening hours, check the website.
In the Cavern Quarter, you’ll find the iconic Cavern Club – the music venue famous for launching the career of The Beatles and other famous Liverpool musicians. Liverpool prides itself on its musical heritage, and this area is packed full of clubs, bars and live music venues – capturing the spirit of this great city. It’s the perfect location for afternoon drinks that will more than likely take you late into the evening. If you’re going for a stroll in the Cavern Quarter, keep an eye out for tribute statues to famous Liverpool icons – including John Lennon and Cilla Black – and the brilliant wall murals that decorate this part of the city.
If you’re looking for independent cafes, bars and restaurants, then head to Bold Street. Packed full of quirky eateries, vibrant bars and boutique shops, Bold Street is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and do a spot of shopping.
While you’re there, why not check out the famous 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 standing, but the roof and exterior are missing. The Bombed Out Church is now run as an arts and community venue with events year round.
The Baltic Triangle is the creative hub of the city, known for its independent eateries, street art, skateparks and studios. The Baltic Triangle, or the Digital and Creative Quarter, was formerly an industrial area full of abandoned warehouses. Now, it’s one of Liverpool’s most buzzing destinations for food, drink and nightlife – the perfect place to head if you fancy a night on the town.
If big nights out aren’t your thing, be sure to check out the food and arts market on Sundays!
Liverpool Lime Street Station is the main train station serving the city centre. 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, being just 3-minutes away on foot.
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 is also easily accessible by train to/ from Liverpool Lime Street Station.
If you’re looking for a city break packed with culture, top attractions and unlimited choices on where to eat, then look no further than Liverpool. Book a stay at easyHotel Liverpool to be within easy reach of the city’s best-loved areas.
Discover Cardiff's alternative side with these non-touristy things to do in and around the city.
With Christmas just around the corner, plenty of us will be wondering what’s in store this year when it comes to festivities.
Wondering what to do in Oxford during your visit? Discover the top 10 things to see and do in Oxford, from cool to quirky, with our guide.