Liverpool is full of so many wonderful hidden gems that demand to be explored – and many of them are completely free! So, if you want to enjoy a city break without breaking the bank, take a look at the top 5 free things you must do in Liverpool.
There are so many museums to choose from when you visit Liverpool, as the city is incredibly proud of its history – and who can blame them? Liverpool has an extensive maritime history, once offering the most major port in the world. The city was integral to the transportation of troops, as soldiers from all over the world would arrive and reside here during World War I and II. Liverpool was also RMS Titanic’s port of registry, as the White Star Line’s headquarters overlooks the waterfront, and now serves as the Titanic hotel, 30 James Street. Liverpool’s Merseyside Maritime Museum therefore celebrates the city’s shipbuilding history, and features artefacts, exhibitions and stories from RMS Titanic, RMS Olympic and many other ships.
Those looking for international fact and artefacts should visit the World Museum, which offers amazing collections of Egyptian mummies and even dinosaur bones. It’s therefore perfect for both young and old.
The Beatles Story is the perfect museum for music lovers or fans of the Fab Four, as the exhibition offers a timeline of the band’s musical journey, and it is packed full of music memorabilia from John, Paul, George and Ringo, as well as many other musicians. Don’t miss it!
- Crosby Beach
You must visit Crosby Beach when in Liverpool, as it offers one of the most breathtaking sights in the city. Antony Gormley’s Another Place features 100 cast iron men that are spread across the beach, and are based on the artist’s body and height. It’s a bus ride away from the city centre, but it really is a journey worth taking.
Liverpool is the home to one of three Tate galleries – and it won’t cost you a penny to view some of the finest works of art in the world. The gallery offers the largest collection of modern art outside of London, and features works from both UK and international artists.
You can also visit the Walker Art Gallery, which features amazing paintings, sculptures and decorative art from 13th century all the way through to the present day. The gallery also regularly holds a variety of free, fun events that are perfect for all the family.
- Liverpool Cathedrals
Liverpool offers not one but two stunning cathedrals that are bound to take your breath away. Liverpool Cathedral is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the out, and you cannot help but fall in love with the building’s architecture, which was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott and opened in 1908.
The slightly more modern Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral doesn’t look too lovely on the outside, but looks can be deceiving. The interior is simply beautiful and the cathedral offers a spiritual atmosphere that’s calming and peaceful. What’s more, it won’t cost you a penny to visit!
- The Albert Dock
The Albert Dock is one of the finest heritage attractions in the UK, located on the banks of the River Mersey. It is now part of the prestigious UNSECO World Heritage Site, and overlooks the stunning Liverpool waterfront. It was designed by Jesse Hartley as a complex of dock buildings and warehouses in Liverpool. It was the first structure in the country to be built from cast iron, brick and stone, but lain derelict for a number of years following damage from the May Blitz of 1941. However, the Albert Dock was finally re-opened in 1984 and has since become the jewel in the city’s crown, as it now offers an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars. You can also walk around the Albert Dock to take a look at some of the amazing ships that dock by the multi-use space.
There’s so much to see and do in Liverpool that you’re bound to be spoilt for choice. However, you should definitely check out the above attractions, whether you’re bank balance is busting or not.