Home to not one but two impressive cathedrals, the city of Liverpool also has two fiercely competitive football clubs, in Everton and the city’s namesake team. Not forgetting the Fab Four, who were Liverpool born and bred - a fact you can’t fail to notice when visiting this vibrant city. With a thriving arts and culture scene, a fabulous range of shops and a nightlife that’s little short of legendary, this settlement on the banks of the Mersey has lots to offer.
The city skyline is dominated by Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, located at one end of Hope Street, and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at the other, the latter being Liverpool’s Catholic Church. The former is the biggest Anglican cathedral in the world, and is an imposing structure made from brown stone. The Catholic Cathedral is far more contemporary in style, and the two make a pleasing contrast to one another. Close to both is the Philharmonic pub, with its Grade 1 listed interior and particular spectacular men’s toilet.
Another iconic sight for visitors is the Royal Liver Building, situated on the waterfront close to where the famous ferries that cross the Mersey depart. This icon was completed in the early 20th century, and includes a clock tower as well as a series of white domes - as well as the famed Liver Bird. For art fans, the Tate Liverpool is close by, and hosts a very good programme of exhibitions and events.
Fans of popular culture won’t want to miss seeing the sights associated with The Beatles. These include The Cavern Club, which operates the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ that takes fans to all four of the stars’ former homes, as well as to peer through the gates at Strawberry Fields and see the real-life Penny Lane. The tour ends at The Cavern, which anyone can also visit in the evening - it’s still a live music venue and nightclub.
As it’s evident from the boom in Liverpool hotels, the city has undergone some regeneration in recent years, and the shopping opportunities now on offer are incredible. From Liverpool ONE to Cavern Walks, expect designer stores, boutiques and high street brands. Lark Lane, a little out-of-town next to Sefton Park, offers vintage clothing, antiques and local art, and can be a good spot in which to grab a coffee or something stronger.
With a wide range of accommodation, you can find everything from cheap hotels in Liverpool to 5-star hotels. It is a city that marches to its own beat, so why not check out our selection of hotels?