Top 5 Things To Do in Liverpool, England
When travelers go to England, they usually forget to stop at one of its best cities, Liverpool. While it isn’t the most visually appealing location in the world, it is a fantastic cultural stop. The historic port city was established in 1207 by King John, and became a major city in the 1700s. During the 1800s, it exploded with prosperity to the point where its wealth exceeded London’s, earning it the title as the Second City of the Empire.
Liverpool is the only English city to be named a European Capital of Culture, which is an honor given by the European Union. It is a truly amazing destination that deserves consideration during any journey through the UK. A two-day visit would be enough for anyone to fall in love with what is one of the best cities in the UK, and any time spent beyond that would just add to your admiration for Liverpool.
With that in mind, here are the top five things to do in Liverpool, England:
This is by far the best place to start sightseeing because of all it has to offer. The 1.25 million square-foot dock took was opened in 1846. Albert Dock was the first enclosed, non-combustible dock warehouse system in the world, as most were made solely of highly combustible wood. It was also the first structure in Britain that was built of brick, cast iron, and stone in its entirety. The site was a functioning dock until it was closed 1972. In 1988, it was reopened as the bustling center of activity that it is today, as it’s home to restaurants, art galleries, museums, hotels, and even apartments.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum includes exhibits that focus on Liverpool’s maritime history, and that includes Titanic. For those that don’t know, Liverpool was the port of registry for the Titanic. The International Slavery Museum focuses its energy on the role Liverpool played in the slave trade, but does include several exhibits that are not related to the city. For those who are fans of art, then Tate Liverpool is must for its modern and contemporary exhibits. Of course visitors can just walk around the dock and soak up the environment, and maybe enjoy a good bite to eat at one of the dock’s ten restaurants.
Not everyone knows that The Beatles were from Liverpool, though many of their songs include references to the city. There are several companies that give tours that include stops at many of The Beatles’ historic stops throughout the city. Some of the most popular locations include Strawberry Fields, Matthew Street, Penny Lane, and the members’ childhood homes. This is a must for everyone when visiting Liverpool, unless there’s absolutely no interest in the band.
This is the home of the grandest horse race in all of the Britain, the Grand National. The Grand National began in 1829, and has been a staple in British culture ever since. The race takes place annually in April, and this year’s race is filled with more excitement than years past. 2014 is the first that the prize purse is over £1 million, and the race is set to be one of the best in recent history. As Betfair’s Grand National page reported, Teaforthree is a slight favourite over Long Run, Tidal Bay, and Triolo Dalene—with their odds between 12/1 and 20/1. While getting tickets is nearly impossible for the popular race, Aintree Racecourse does offer tours of the facility on none race days.
This football stadium was built in 1884 and has been the home of Liverpool F.C. since 1892. While it would be optimal to visit during a match, the stadium does tours of the historic venue. They’re a mere £15 per person with discounts for families, and they include visiting the dressing rooms, the tunnel, the field, and executive boxes. Touring legendary Anfield should be on the top of the list for any sports fan, especially those with a penchant for football.
Established in 1851, the World Museum is known for its collections that cover natural history, archaeology, and physical science. The museum hosts more than 50,000 artefacts from the ancient civilizations of the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and the Anglo-Saxons. It is also the home of a splendid collection of over 40,000 fossils. One of the most popular attractions at the World Museum is its Planetarium, and best of all the museum is free.