If you have some time to kill on the banks of the Mersey
Situated in the North West of England on the banks of the River Mersey, Liverpool is famous the world over for the Beatles, the Grand National and its two major football teams, but most importantly it has transformed itself over the last couple of decades, going from former industrial powerhouse to up and coming hipster paradise.
So if you happen to find yourself in the middle of Scouseland and have nothing to do, here are my suggestions for how you can get the most of your day or night.
Go for breakfast on the Albert Docks
Constructed in 1846 to house goods from all over the world, the Albert Dock is the perfect place to start off your day in the city, situated right on the banks of the Mersey, this former industrial complex has been transformed into one of the biggest tourist attractions outside of the London, currently housing both the Tate Liverpool art gallery and the Beatles Story museum you can start of with a little culture, while there are plenty of shops and restaurants dotted around if that is more of your thing.
Take in the history around Pier Head
Made up of “The Three Graces” the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building, which along with the modern Museum of Liverpool, Pierhead is the ideal place to go if you want to delve a little deeper into the cities long and illustrious history or just want to take some pictures surrounded by beautiful architecture.
Hit up City Centre for some retail therapy
Running up from the docks deep into Liverpool city centre, Lord St and Church St are the best places to start when looking to do some retail therapy, boasting hundreds of stores running along them or on adjoining side streets, you would be hard pushed to not find what you are looking for, even without popping into one of the three major shopping centres situated in the city centre, The Metquarter, St Johns and the newly constructed Liverpool One.
Find something unique at Grand Central
Slightly further away from the city centre but well worth the walk is Grand Central Hall, a former Methodist church that now plays host to an alternative shopping location filled with many of the cities alternative or independent traders, providing you with the perfect place to pick up something a little more unique.
Take in some culture surrounded by St. Luke’s bombed out church
Since being struck by a bomb during the Blitz of 1941, St. Luke’s was left in an almost ruinous state, but rather than being left as a scar of the city, the church was developed into a living memorial to those who died during the war, playing host to a wide range of different open-air events including art workshops, theatre performances, poetry recitals and cinema nights.
Grab an evening meal in Chinatown
Just a quick walk away from St. Luke’s you will find yourself right in the centre of Europe’s oldest Chinatown, filled to brim with Chinese restaurants, bars and squares as well as the impressive Chinese Arch, the largest of its kind outside of China, all of which makes this the perfect place to head if you want an excellent evening meal.
Party the night away in the Cavern Quarter
Centred around Mathew Street, the Cavern Quarter has plenty of bars and clubs to keep you entertained late into night, gaining its name from the World famous Cavern Club and has been the centre of the Liverpool night-life since the late ’50s and any trip to the city would be incomplete without a visit to the place where the Beatles played some of their earliest gigs.