Liverpool Tourism Information

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ℹ️ Introduction 

Liverpool, will come to ones mind as the home town of big names in the music industry, like The Beatles, or perhaps the home city of the big Football clubs in the UK!
But there is much more to Liverpool waiting to be explored, from the Twin Cathedrals with their striking views over the city to the historical, Grade 1-listed Albert Dock and its Beatles museum. 

An important maritime centre and industrial port, Liverpool was one of the great cities of the United Kingdom during the Industrial Revolution, and much of its wealth came from its dominance in the shipping of textiles, cotton, sugar, and slaves.

The city was severely bombed in World War II and has struggled to get back on its feet, experiencing alternating waves of prosperity and depression. The 1960s saw the explosion of the Beatles and pop music, while the 1990s saw an attempt to regenerate the urban centre.

Liverpool's waterfront is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city has achieved World Heritage Status, joining Edinburgh and Bath as the only UK cities to carry the honour.
It's definitely one of the must see cities if you are travelling to the west coast of England, and thanks to it's proximity to Manchester, it also makes for a great one day trip! 

⛅️ Climate and Temperature  🌡️

Liverpool's climate is typical of the United Kingdom; fairly mild yet highly unpredictable with a mixture of rainy, sunny, windy and cloudy days all year round. Summers, between June and August, are usually warm and sunny, while winters, between December and February, are cold and wet. Temperatures average around 22°C in summer and 4°C in winter.  The best time to come to visit is from mid Spring to late Autumn, but take note that Summer's are high season (July-August) and specially during the weekends it can get very crowded. 

🚇 Transport 

When arriving by air, Arriva bus company have relaunched their 500 bus service and it is now the fastest bus service to operate between the Airport and the City Centre. Running between the Airport and Liverpool city centre (including Great Charlotte Street for Lime Street Rail Station), buses operate every 30 minutes between 4am and Midnight every day. Take bus number 500, which also provides easy connections with the National Express coach network available at Liverpool ONE bus station.

Once in the city, Liverpool is pedestrian-friendly, and visitors can enjoy many of the city's sights on foot, but taxis, buses, and trains are also available. An underground metro system operates between the city's four main train stations.

The Live Smart ticket, which can be bought online, offers free travel on two major bus lines as well as discounted entries into various attractions and is a good purchase for tourists. If you are getting the bus a single ticket will cost £2.20 and a day ticket is £4.90. More info for the public transport can be found at

A great way to explore the city and its surrounds at a leisurely pace is on the Mersey Ferry. A regular service links Liverpool's Pier Head to neighbouring Birkenhead.

Liverpool Bus Map PDF
Local Rail Map PDF
Liverpool Zone Areas PDF
City Centre Map PDF
🏰 What to see and do ?

When visiting the city, take into account Liverpool is a city of diversity that boasts the greatest amount of Georgian buildings in the UK, Europe's oldest Chinatown, a number of striking Victorian structures, and plenty of tourist attractions which will make your visit surely a very interesting one!

A must see, is the historical Albert Dock, which was restored in the 1980s and is now one of the city's most popular attractions, housing chic restaurants, bars, shops, and museums, including the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Tate Liverpool.

The city boasts two famous football clubs, Liverpool and Everton, and fans can explore the grounds of their favourite teams on guided tours. There is also plenty of Beatlemania to satisfy fans, including the International Beatles Week every August, and several Beatles-related museums and points of interest.

The city plays host to plenty of other events, festivals and concerts. There are also several fascinating museums, beautiful parks and gardens, bustling markets, and galleries to explore. Whether a Beatles fan or not, Liverpool has much to offer travellers, and it is no wonder that it has become one of the top UK daytrip destinations in recent years.

Below you can find more information on the top places to see and things to do:

  • The Beatles Story Experience: For Beatles fans, The Beatles Story Experience is an absolute must. Set in the trendy and historic Albert Dock building, The Beatles Story allows visitors to trace the development of the Fab Four, from their early days playing in Hamburg to the mass hysteria of Beatlemania, from the eventual break-up of the band to their ensuing solo careers. Eighteen different features, as well as the Living History audio tour with the voices of Sir Paul McCartney, Beatles producer Sir George Martin, and band manager Brian Epstein, continue to delight fans and win over new ones. See George Harrison's first guitar, view the world through a collection of John Lennon's signature round lens glasses, explore the Yellow Submarine, and enjoy a recreation of the stage at the Cavern Club on Mathew Street, where The Beatles played over 290 times.
    As well as the Beatle Story Experience, Liverpool also boasts several other Beatles-related tours and sights that are well worth exploring, including a Magical Mystery Bus Tour of famous Beatles sights such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, Paul McCartney's former home at 20 Forthlin Road, the famous Cavern Club, and the Mathew Street Gallery that houses the art work of John Lennon.

  • The Maritime Museum: The fascinating Merseyside Maritime Museum traces the history and development of the city of Liverpool as a major port. The museum houses a range of collections, from an exhibition on the tragic and brutal transatlantic slave trade (in which Liverpool played a major role), to artworks reflecting Liverpool's maritime past, artefacts from the Titanic and the Lusitania, maritime archives and more. Visitors also gain access to the quaysides opposite the museum, and to two historic vessels. A worthwhile sight, budget at least two hours to experience it properly. There is no admission fee and the whole family should enjoy the experience. More info at
  • Speke Hall: On the edge of an industrial estate and just minutes away from the Liverpool Airport, the half-timbered black and white Speke Hall is a piece of history tucked in among modern-day Liverpool. Once on the brink of ruin, this purportedly haunted 450-year-old Tudor house is now a popular Liverpool attraction. Speke Hall boasts beautifully restored rooms, lovely gardens, and spectacular views of the Mersey basin and the North Wales Hills across the high bank of The Bund. Guided tours by costumed guides are available, and tours of the roof space are also available on selected days.
  • The Tate Liverpool: is home to the biggest collection of modern art in the UK outside of London, and a browse through its galleries is always an afternoon well spent. Situated in Liverpool's historic Albert Dock in a converted warehouse, the gallery has an impressive collection of 20th and 21st century works of modern art, selected from the Tate Collection, and exhibited through regularly-changing, themed displays.  General Tickets are FREE, but must be purchased online at
  • Chinatown: is situated in central Liverpool and is home to one of the largest Chinese communities in Merseyside. Featuring an imposing archway, with spectacular attention to detail, other attractions at Chinatown include many superb authentic Cantonese restaurants.

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💭 Suggestion, visit Birkenhead

If you are staying a little longer in Liverpool and are curious to explore further across the bridge, its in fact very easy to visit the town of Birkenhead, situated in the north eastern part of Wirral and offers many things to visit and explore. It’s also home to the iconic Birkenhead Town Hall, the focal point of Hamilton Square.

Hamilton Square itself is well worth a visit.  Today, Hamilton Square remains one of the most attractive places to visit in Wirral and has the most Grade I listed buildings outside of London. 

Elsewhere in the town, Birkenhead Park is another iconic landmark. It was the world's first public park, designed by Joseph Paxton, It includes two lakes and many listed buildings, as well as a café within the visitor centre. 

Pyramids Shopping Centre is in central Birkenhead and features more than 150 high street shops.

Finally, located just outside the centre of Birkenhead is the Williamson Art Gallery. It stands at the core of the Wirral Museums Service, offering more space than any other in its purpose-built galleries.

🌃 Nightlife

Liverpool offers a varied selection of bars in the city centre. The area around Victoria Street is naturally one of the most popular to visit amongst tourists, mainly because of the Beatles, but also because it offers good bars and clubs.
Nightlife in Liverpool is very lively and it is easy to have a fantastic time. The city’s universities help to ensure a mixed group of people from all over the world.

🛌 Accommodation

Accommodation in Liverpool, used to be quite cheap, but in recent years Liverpool has enjoyed high visitor numbers and subsequently the accommodation scene is thriving. Many modern hotels have appeared in recent years around the Albert Dock and within a number of its 19th-century red-brick warehouses, such as the Liverpool Express By Holiday Inn at the Britannia Pavilion, which has successfully managed to retain many original period features.

It is worth noting that accommodation in the city can become rather scarce when there is a home game involving either the Liverpool or Everton football clubs. Also, the availability at hotels is greatly affected in August, when the annual Beatles convention comes to town and brings with it literally thousands of Beatles fans.

Budget accommodation is available in Liverpool in various ways, thanks fo or Airbnb. Alternatively, Hostels and the YHA International Youth Hostel on Tabley Street being is a popular choice, since it stands close to the Albert Dock and the James Street station. The University of Liverpool also offers reasonably priced self-catering accommodation on Oxford Street. 

For a good selection of affordable B&Bs and guest houses in Liverpool, look to the Mount Pleasant area, which lies part-way between the cathedral and the city centre itself. When booking early the B&B you can get good deals and prices start at around £35 per night, for private rooms and en-suite facilities.

Familiar accommodation brands come in the form of the Best Western on Aigburth Drive, the Radisson Blu Hotel on Old Hall Street, and the Staybridge Suites at Keel Wharf. Prices for these types of Hotels range from £40-50 a night. For a taste of luxury lodging in Liverpool, consider a room at the Crowne Plaza on St. Nicholas Place (Princes Dock), the Thistle on Chapel Street, or the historic Britannia Adelphi Hotel on Ranelagh Place.

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