Is there anywhere in our country quite as musical as Liverpool? The city is home to perhaps one of the world’s most famous foursomes, and it’s also been featured in so many folk songs too. If you’ve ever been to Liverpool, you will know exactly why the city has been immortalised so much. Never been? Then I suggest you get packing up and head to this beautiful northern city.
Liverpool’s history doesn’t just shine through in its music. It was also a major ship building city, and a major port of departure for millions of emigrants from the UK and Ireland who left in search of a better life in the US. Liverpool was the port of registry for shipping companies Cunard and White Star Line. It was here the ill fated Titanic was registered. There’s also a huge sporting atmosphere in this city, which is home to two rival football clubs. If you’re tempted by a break to The Pool, then why not read on with my Liverpool city guide offering you some helpful tips on what there is to see in this northern hub.
You simply can’t talk about Liverpool and mention the Fab Four. Beatlemania took over in the 60s and 70s and they’re perhaps one of the country’s most successful bands. The four all grew up in the city and its surrounds, and there’s even the chance to go and visit Paul McCartney’s and John Lennon’s family homes. Or, take a walk across the famous Abbey Road, which was used as the cover for their 11th album. Maybe the best chance to learn about the Beatles’ success is in the Beatles Story. It’s the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to the band, and it’s only right that you would find it in their hometown. There are even replicas of their former haunts, such as the Casbah and The Cavern, to really make it feel like you’ve stepped right into their heyday.
As the song goes, “If you want a Cathedral we’ve got one to spare…” Due to Liverpool’s huge Catholic population, the city is home to both a Catholic and an Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Britain and the fifth largest in Europe. The cathedral hosts a full programme of events, and there are also lots of gala dinners held here. Tours are available every day, and the tower is open every day too. Climbing to the summit of the cathedral’s tower is an absolute must, because the views from the top really are something to behold. Be sure you’ve got your camera out!
Merseyside Maritime Museum
The Merseyside Maritime Museum is, as the name would suggest, is found on the banks of the River Mersey. It chronicles Liverpool’s history as a gateway to the new world, as well as a major shipping town. It’s found in the historic Albert Dock area, which was the hub for Liverpool’s shipping industry. The headquarters of White Star Line (who owned the Titanic) and Cunard (who owned the Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic survivors) were in the area too. The museum has collections of shipping posters from the 19th and 20th century, and also an exhibit detailing Liverpool’s connection to the American Civil War.
Liverpool is a huge sporting city, with two Premiership clubs calling the city their home. The eponymous Liverpool play in Anfield, while city rivals Everton’s home ground is Goodison Park, and there’s a distance of about a mile between the two stadia. The Merseyside Derby, when the two teams play each other, is one of the most anticipated weekends in the Premier League, and it’s pretty much always a sell out. If you can’t make it on match day, then why not go on a tour of the two stadiums? Just, don’t tell the town’s locals which one you preferred!
So, have you got a trip to Liverpool on your mind? Then why not check out all my lovely staycations to Liverpool and see if you can spot the perfect getaway for you! And, if you’re a local who has any more tips for some visitors to the city, please feel free to share them in the comments :)