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A Liverpool travel guide – creative thinking, street culture and a living history

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Expect a warm welcome on a Liverpool city break. Proud and friendly locals will help you discover the city’s charms. Explore the imposing waterfront and grand architecture, world-class museums and lively nightlife. Book a Liverpool hotel and engage with a city keen to display its cultural past and vibrant present.

Maritime history

Take a trip on the River Mersey ferry for historic views of Liverpool’s magnificent waterfront, dominated by the Royal Liver Building, with the iconic ’Liver Birds‘ sitting atop. Just to the south, the redeveloped Victorian Albert Dock houses cool restaurants and major attractions. The Merseyside Maritime Museum tells the city’s 18th and 19th-century history as a major world port. Liverpool’s role in the slave trade is explored further at the International Slavery Museum.

Pop culture

As the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool is proud of its rich pop music heritage. Fans of the Fab Four head to the Beatles Story museum at the Albert Dock or take the Magical Mystery Tour, visiting Penny Lane and the group’s childhood homes, the rebuilt Cavern Club and the memorabilia-filled Beatles Shop in Mathew Street. The city’s vibrant contemporary music scene continues to produce internationally successful groups. Catch the next big thing at one of the city’s many clubs.

Museums and arts

Liverpool’s museums are free. On the broad sweep of William Brown Street in the city centre, World Museum Liverpool houses ancient treasures and displays using the latest interactive technology. Along with the aquarium and planetarium it will fill any family’s day. Next door, the Walker Art Gallery presents exhibitions of centuries of major figurative and decorative art. For theatre lovers, the nearby Liverpool Everyman and its partner venue across town, the Playhouse, lead a thriving local scene. Modern art lovers head to the dockside Tate Liverpool for cutting-edge art shows.