Liverpool is the epitome of urban cool. With the recent regeneration in the city centre, Liverpool has never looked better. The musical history of Liverpool is revered the world over and year on year millions of people flock to the city to enjoy all its delights. Forget your misconceptions of Liverpool and enjoy the city in all its glory. Liverpool is a fantastic place, steeped in a rich history that is both varied and sad.
The Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum is situated on the Albert Dock. The Maritime History also has a Slavery exhibition within its midst and is home to the sad history of Liverpool. The Maritime Museum documents Liverpool’s rich history as a shipping dock force to be reckoned with. Its history played an important role in merchant trade and with the navy. The Maritime Museum is home to some amazing artefacts of maritime sea warfare from WWI and is home to some quirky exhibitions too. The Hello Sailor exhibition gives candid information on life in the navy as a homosexual. This is both heartbreaking and interesting. There are a plethora of fascinating things to see and do within the confines of the Maritime Museums. It is a truly excellent place to see history unfold. Entrance into all of the museum is free and is an absolute must for any history aficionado.
The Albert Dock
Upon leaving the Maritime Museum, you should go and take a walk around the Albert Dock. It is home to quirky shops, souvenirs and marvelous restaurants. The regeneration program within Liverpool has seen Albert Dock become a leisure complex. With a wide range of gastronomical delights, you will spoilt for choice. The Dock is nothing short of picturesque and is a retreat from the thriving hub of the city centre. The Dock is free to walk around, so you can enjoy all that this rich historic site has to offer.
During Liverpool’s regeneration phase, Liverpool One was the term coined for the city centre. It is now a cultural powerhouse, and there are plethora of shopping complexes, places to eat and drink. You will love wandering around Liverpool One and enjoying all of the food and drinks that are on offer. Liverpool is home to some gorgeous architecture and is a must for any culture vulture. Soak in the cool vibe of the city centre and enjoy everything that it has to offer. If you are looking for great accommodation close to Liverpool One, head over to Citybase Apartments.
The Beatles Story
Did you think I would talk about Liverpool and forget to mention the Beatles? That would be paramount to blasphemy. The Beatles helped put Liverpool on the map. Who could forget that the Fab Four once resided with, what was then, a bleak inner city landscape. The Beatles were the ultimate British band and helped bring popular culture to the fore during the 1960s. Their legacy has continued through to 2014. They are the ultimate band and are a firm favourite with all generations. You cannot say the same about many modern artists in 2014. Let’s be honest, One Direction will never have this impact on the world. If you want to get stuck into Beatlemania once more and find out a great deal about the wonderful world of the Beatles, you can do so in The Beatles Story museum. Be warned, the queues for this attraction can be long, but it is certainly worth the wait. Enjoy the much loved band in all their glory. You don’t have to take a Yellow Submarine to get there either. The Beatles Story is situated on the cusp of the Albert Dock, at the Britannia Vaults.
The Cavern Club
While the Cavern Club is somewhat different to what it used to be, you can enjoy a wide range of musical feastings within the heart of the club. It is open all day, every day. You won’t miss it. You’ll see its neon signage and hear the glorious sounds of the Merseybeat’s scene pumping out into the street. The Cavern Club holds many free events, usually showcasing young talent and unknown bands. The Cavern Club is the place to be for any music lover. You can enjoy the atmosphere, soak up the vibe and indulge in a cheeky tipple or two while listening to the music that put Liverpool on the map. Even if you do not understand the music that is being played, you will appreciate the cultural significance of the bar. Go there and let your hair down.
Liverpool is the home of football. If you want to check out the footballing delights of Liverpool, head to Anfield and Goodison Park. They are only a short walk away from each other so you can do both on the same day. Tours of each stadium are available for a small fee. Pick your colour wisely. Red or blue is optional.
The bright yellow piece of art is situated within the heart of the city centre. The Superlambanana is a hybrid of a lamb and a banana. The idea was conceived in Japan and made in England. It was bestowed to the city after it was awarded the Capital of Culture status. Seeing is truly believing.
If you want to escape the thriving heart of Liverpool, you will want to go to Southports Pleasureland. The theme park is reminiscent of old time England. The twee affair is open to the public all year round. You can walk around the theme park for free, or pay to go on the rides. There are many attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Southport is home to a vast expanse of clean beach. If the weather is on your side, you can have a great day out, relaxing outside of the city centre. There is so much to do for the whole family that you will loathe leaving,
Liverpool is a fantastic city. With such a wide array of things to see and do, you will be desperate to go back.