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My list of the best things to do in Liverpool – a complete city guide

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Made famous by the Beatles, Liverpool is an artistic metropolitan city packed with fun activities, rich culture, stunning architecture and mouth watering eateries. It is one of the UK’s largest cities and known for its association with the arts and music, making this city energetic and full of life and character.

How to get there…
If you choose to fly, the nearest airport to this city is John Lennon Airport. This small but long standing airport has just one runway. It flies to selected cities across europe so will be a good choice for anyone travelling from nearby countries. If you require a long haul trip to get here then you may want to consider flying to the larger Manchester city, which offers more flights across the globe. Once you have landed catch the bus which will take you all the way to the city centre in around 40 minutes.

If you are visiting from within the UK then you could get the train. The main train stations are the liverpool station group, which includes liverpool city centre, liverpool lime street, james street and moorfields and you can find direct trains from all major UK cities.

Where to stay…
Stay in the city centre for a convenient location with activities on your doorstep. Though slightly pricier this will mean that no time is wasted with travel, so perfect for those short but sweet weekend breaks. If you’re a sucker for a night out then set up camp near The Baltic Triangle, home to a buzzing collection of clubs. This area is trendy and creative so even if you do not stay here, make sure you visit at least to eat at one of the quirky brunch cafes or edgy bars. If you’re on a budget then Albert Docks might be what you’re looking for. This waterside hub of restaurants and bars is the perfect cheap and cheerful location to spend your stay.

Where to eat…

If you can’t choose between a chilled and sophisticated meal or a big dancing night out, then Neighbourhood is the venue to choose. This New York inspired party restaurant serves a variety of burgers, sushi and fun cocktails. Later on the regal venue transforms into a club with dancing, lights and R&B music. It also offers daily bottomless brunch deals, where you can enjoy a main dish, alongside unlimited gin, vodka, prosecco, beer and seasonal cocktails for just £35! This huge bar has a unique and vibrant décor which I could describe as regal yet funky. Think grand pillars and historical architectural detailing, all flooded with neon party lights.

The bagelry
If you need to carb load after a long day of city exploration, head straight to the bagelry. Here they serve creative variations of these succulent sandwiches along with sweet treats and vegan donuts! The perfect stop for a quick bite to eat that won’t break the bank.

For all those budding influencers or anyone with an eye for aesthetics, Sass is Liverpool’s Instagrammable hotspot. The doll-like decor is made up of hundreds of pink assorted flowers, matching furniture and bright neon signs. Every last detail has been considered when curating this dreamy barbie paradise interior, and the food is not an expectation! The menu is filled with mouthwatering brunch dishes, burgers and sweet treats with drink options ranging from Instagrammable lattes to milkshakes, frappes and smoothies. Everything made here is presented to be vibrant, colourful and photo-ready. Think floral trimmings, pink burger buns and satisfyingly gooey poached egg yolks.

What to do…

This city is packed full of fun things to do at a range of price points. Wonder through Europe’s first established Chinatown, where you can enjoy food from one of the many authentic oriental restaurants or shop the supermarkets which will sell those hard to find products to complete your recipes. Or, if you’re on a budget then just take in the rich character that this street is brimming with and take some photos by the extravagant archway entrance.

See the sights
Liverpool is saturated with rich culture, a lot of which can be enjoyed for free! So grab a coffee and stroll around the city, soaking up the sites. You can visit the famous Beatles statue where many tourists and fans alike come to snap some iconic pics or if architecture is your thing then stop by the two cathedrals to admire the vast and breathtaking structures. You could also hit one of the city’s numerous museums or art galleries, many of which offer free entry. The Museum of Liverpool won’t set you back a penny and neither will the Walker Art Gallery so take your time and enrich your mind unbothered by budgets.

Sunbathe at Crosby beach…
If you’re visiting during summertime it would be a shame to miss out on Liverpool’s beaches. Jump on a train to Crosby beach and see the famous Antony Gormley statues up close. Then set up a base and enjoy a picnic as you watch the waves crash to shore and enjoy some games and relaxation time.

Grab a drink…
Albert Docks is a great waterfront location to enjoy some ice cold beers and a spot of people watching. It is filled with a plethora of bars and restaurants so you’ll be spoilt for choice if you come here for dinner. Alternatively the Baltic Triangle is loaded with cute shops and quaint cafes, as well as markets, restaurants and bars. You won’t have to look far for a live music venue and the close proximity means you can do hop from place to place and enjoy as many places as possible during your stay here

See the city from new perspectives…
See Liverpool from up high as you board The Wheel of Liverpool. For just £10 you can have a birds eye view of this stunning city whilst drifting through the air, as you are bombarded with inspiration of where to explore next. Or for those humbled by heights, a sea level boat tour might take your fancy. Costing £11 you can jet along the waters which hug this lively city, spotting sights at a faster pace and enjoying the refreshing breeze as it gives you a fresh burst of energy.

Liverpool truly has it all, waterfront restaurants, beaches, bars, cafes and cathedrals. It has an abundant culture and artsy aesthetic, overflowing with things to do and sites to see. It’s affordable, unique and has convenient transport links, so don’t be surprised when the temptation arrives to extend your trip!