A Guinness Book of Records title for being the Capital of Pop, the most successful footballing city in England and home to the largest collection of Grade II-listed buildings outside London. Liverpool has more than enough to offer in terms of a fantastic holiday destination! Such vibrancy and great cultural heritage earned the city the title of European Capital of Culture in 2008, and the famous Pier Head Waterfront being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. Such honours add as much pride to the city as having the largest national museum collection outside of London, Europe's oldest Chinatown and Aintree which hosts the famous Grand National Horse Race. Liverpool has something for everyone and is ready to help you create fantastic travel memories which will last a lifetime!
Plenty of wonderful Liverpool rentals are awaiting your arrival. Choose a modern apartment in the heart of the city and make the most of the vibrant shopping and nightlife which surrounds you. For something a little more serene, book an apartment by the docks and enjoy watching the sun set over the waterfront. Wimdu offers a wide range of apartments with self-catering options which allow you to live like a true Liverpudlian!
Where to stay
To get some insider tips about the city, book a private room from one of Wimdu’s local hosts and experience Liverpool from a different and less tourist-like perspective. Or perhaps you prefer the idea of staying in a bed and breakfast or a guest house in Liverpool where your host cannot only provide recommendations about Liverpool, but also provide a tasty breakfast each morning. Find all such recommendations and more on Wimdu!
- Liverpool was the drop off point for the first ever cargo recorded from America!
- The first ever purpose built prison in the world was built in Liverpool!
- Meccano and Hornby Model Railways were created in Liverpool by a local inventor named Frank Hornby!
- The most public parks outside of London can be found in Liverpool!
- Every August Bank Holiday the Mathew Street Music Festival takes place and is the largest city centre-based free music festival in Europe!
One of the things Liverpool is most known for is The Beatles, so why not try to relive some of the mania by visiting attractions dedicated to them. Head over to Albert Dock and Pier Head to visit The Beatles Story and view exhibitions including John Lennon's round spectacles, George Harrison's first guitar and an area dedicated to their solo careers. Take a real step back in time by stopping by The Cavern Nightclub where the band belted out tunes long before they were a worldwide sensation. If your musical tastes expand beyond The Beatles, spend some time lost in the music at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
Things to see and do in Liverpool
Though the streets of Liverpool may be short and easy to walk around, they are certainly not lacking in beautiful buildings to behold. The Royal Liver Building built in 1911 is an iconic symbol of the city’s waterfront where the the legendary Liver Birds sit atop. To find the third Liver Bird, head to St. Nicholas and Our Lady Church which is just off the riverside. While close to the river, visit sophisticated Albert Dock which is situated in the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK. The 18th century Liverpool Town Hall is also a marvellous building to take a picture of.
Museums galore can also be found in Liverpool. Spend another day down by Albert Dock visiting the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum. Enter that amazing Gothic building which hosts the Victoria Gallery & Museum to find the art collection and artefacts of the University of Liverpool. The World Museum Liverpool is also worth a visit for its fantastic collection of British rocketry exhibits, in addition to the best Egyptology collection outside London.
Jump off the plane at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and be welcomed to the city by a statue of Mr. John Lennon himself. There is is also the option to land at Manchester International Airport which is a 60-minute drive away. Hourly train services run between Liverpool and Manchester. Visitors can also arrive in Liverpool by train from London, York, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leeds. Various coach services also connect with city with other destinations across the United Kingdom. Regular ferries operate between Belfast and the Isle of Man.
Many bus services operate in and around Liverpool and two main bus stations can be found in the city centre located in the Liverpool ONE Shopping Complex and near Liverpool Lime Street Station and St. John's Shopping Centre. Those looking to travel by train can enjoy local commuter style services to areas around or slightly beyond Merseyside at Liverpool Central, and long distance services from Liverpool Lime Street. Central Liverpool is a compact area easy to walk around. However, numerous private and hackney taxi services are available for those looking to take the weight off their feet.