A cultural short break in Liverpool

Liverpool is a city of many colours. Some will know it as the birth place of the Beatles, others for its football club. Some may know of its northern reputation and others for contribution to the industrial revolution that changed the world we live in. One thing we know for sure is it’s the perfect city for a short break. Here’s our guide to the best of Liverpool and why you should visit on any trip in Britain.

The Beatles

Lets start with the obvious connection first! Yes world-famous pop band The Beatles were discovered in this very city. Their name originates from the “Mersey Beat” also known as the “Liverpool Sound”, a type of up-beat rock and roll sound that many bands in the city were performing in the 60s. Bands were playing to packed pubs and night clubs across the city. One such venue was the “Cavern Club” where the Beatles were “discovered”. Unfortunately the original club with its numerous “caves” was demolished in the 70s but the Cavern club continues across the road at its current location, with access to some of the original subterranean arches. The club is well worth a visit if you’re in to your musical history and runs an annual Beatles Festival. Most of the line-up is a tribute to The Beatles in one form or another. You can check out their website for more details at www.cavernclub.org. You can also visit the Beatles Story museum at Albert Dock for a full history of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Galleries and Museums

Liverpool’s industrial, musical and cultural history has created the need for a number of fantastic museums well worth visiting. There’s also some stunning collections of paintings and sculptures in some of the UK’s best galleries. Here’s our pick of the best of both. Some of them are free entry too!

Museum of Liverpool

An obvious choice to start with. For a complete overview of the history of Liverpool this is the place to go. It’s also a relatively new museum, opened in 2011 it has over 6,000 artefacts for you to see and some great interactive displays to keep every age entertained.

Walker Art Gallery

Not only is this building one of the highlights of any architectural tour Liverpool, it also has some of the world’s best art pieces. It’s collection spans over 600 years and has some great contemporary pieces that are sure to ruffle a few feathers.

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Liverpool’s port history cannot be overlooked when you visit this industrial city. Opened in 1980 it celebrates Liverpool’s economic history as a powerhouse for import and export. Located at Albert Dock, one of the most famous areas of Liverpool’s port, it’s situated inside an old warehouse and features everything from customs and exports, famous ships and their links to Liverpool (including the Titanic) and some great short films telling you about the history and future of Liverpool’s docks. There’s also 2 historic ships you can visit during the summer months that are in dry docks outside the museum.

Other places worth visiting in Liverpool

There’s a number of other museums a little further out from the city centre. All highly recommended and great for a short break in Liverpool. You might like to check out the U-Boat Story, a huge military playground of submarines and naval history, built inside decommissioned submarines!  Or the awesome Catalyst Science Centre which is perfect for both adults and kids who love to push buttons and experiment. For the football fans you can get a guided tour of Liverpool Football Club at the Anfield Stadium. You’ll be shown around the stadium and even get a chance to sit in the manager’s seat by the side of the pitch!

Here’s a video guide to Liverpool, a great place to visit in England!