If you love shopping, you’ll love Liverpool. The city is renowned as one of the country’s best shopping destinations with retail attractions for everyone and every taste.
The city is blessed with stunning shopping centres, quaint arcades, independent retailers and vibrant markets. Liverpool One, right in the heart of the city, takes shopping to a whole new level, with over 170 shops, bars and restaurants, and a cinema complex. You’ll find all your favourite high street brands along with fashion outlets, homewares retailers and technology stores.
The Metquarter and Cavern Quarter are home to fashion labels from around the globe, while Bold Street is simply one of the best shopping streets in the UK.
A short distance from Liverpool, Cheshire Oaks is the largest Designer Outlet in the country offering fabulous bargains on a wide range of goods.
Liverpool offers a fabulously diverse range of dining experiences, from an authentic Cantonese meal in the Chinatown district to luxurious fine dining one one of the city centre’s exclusive restaurants.
If you crave a sense of theatre to accompany your dining experience, why not try the Panoramic 34 restaurant high above the city skyline, or Blakes Restaurant at the Hard Days Night Hotel named after British pop artist Sir Peter Blake who designed the cover for the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
If you want to slow the pace, why not hit the pause button and take a moment for a coffee and a tasty treat at one of the many cafes dotted around the city. The choice is as wide as the variety of food and drink available on the menus, so make the most of the city’s diverse cafe culture.
The range of dining experiences across the city caters for all budgets, so while in Liverpool why not try the locals’ most famous dish, Scouse - a hearty stew of meat and vegetables served with either red cabbage or beetroot.
Night-time is when Liverpool’s heart beats loudest. In a city made famous through its music, Liverpool promises visitors a great time as the sun goes down.
Whether you want to party hard or just chill out after a hard day’s shopping, the city has it all. No stay in Liverpool would be complete without a visit to the Cavern Club, the birthplace of the Beatles. Half a century after the Fab Four hit the stage, you can still catch live music at the iconic venue. The spirit of the Beatles is still evident at bars across the city, including Rubber Soul and Lennon’s Bar.
If a pint of real ale is your favoured tipple there are a number of historic pubs around the city offering the famous Liverpudlian warm welcome and a selection of award winning beers. The city also has a variety of cocktail bars, champagne bars and themed cafes.
As the clock ticks towards midnight the party continues across Liverpool’s bars and nightclubs. Head to Seel Street for an eclectic mix of bars and pubs with a laid back vibe, or Hardman Street where you will find the Grade II-listed Philharmonic. The spirit of the Beatles is still in evidence around Mathew Street’s bars and clubs, including the Cavern Club, while the Baltic Triangle is home to off-beat bars and eateries.
If you still have the energy, the city has a number of great nightclubs, so head to Concert Square where revellers from across the country descend to experience the electric atmosphere, or the Ropewalks district and its variety of bars.
As well as delivering unrivalled entertainment value, Liverpool has also received a prestigious national award for prioritising the safety and wellbeing of nightlife revellers. The city has retained its Purple Flag status for the eighth successive year - a coveted accolade is given to places that not only offer a good time, but also a safe environment.
Liverpool is a port city built on centuries of trade and in 2004 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking in Albert Dock, the iconic Pier Head and Stanley Dock. Liverpool’s waterfront skyline has become as instantly recognisable as the Tower of London, the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal.
To experience the city’s history, head to the numerous galleries and museums around the city, including the Tate, the World Museum,
the Walker Art Gallery and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Furthermore, UNESCO has designated Liverpool a City of Music, due to the contribution of the Beatles, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous bands from many musical genres which have contributed to the city’s musical legacy.
The Georgian Quarter’s elegant squares also house two striking and architecturally different cathedrals - the world’s second largest Anglican Cathedral and the unmistakable 60s designed Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
Along with music, theatre continues to play a leading part in the city’s cultural life. The most popular shows and stage performers regularly appear at the Everyman, the Playhouse, and the Royal Court.