For many, Liverpool is synonymous as the home of The Beatles; however, there is so much more to this vibrant, emerging and popular city than simply the birthplace of the most important band in the history of pop music. In recent years, Liverpool has invested heavily in the attractions and infrastructure to make the city one of the most popular weekend break destinations in the country. With accommodation in Liverpool easy to find, plenty to do on a weekend and excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, there has never been a better time to visit Liverpool and experience its unique attractions.
In 2008, Liverpool became the European Capital of Culture and the city has embraced that tag enthusiastically. From enjoying a trip on the famous ferry across the Mersey, under the guise of the famed Liver Birds that stand guard over the city, travelling around some of the fabulous museums, theatres, shops and bars that are packed into the city, Liverpool is a place with something for everybody.
There has been massive investment in the city in recent years and that has paid off handsomely. The brand new Liverpool One shopping complex is an ultra-modern shopping facility and home to some of the biggest names in fashion as well as regular high street brands. In addition to shops, the mall boasts a wide variety of restaurants and bars, as well as various types of entertainment throughout the year.
The theatrical scene in Liverpool is also excellent with theatres like the Empire, Playhouse, Royal Court and Everyman all hosting top-class productions and gigs throughout the year. The brand new Echo Arena, situated next to the famous Albert Dock complex, also plays hosts to some of the biggest names in entertainment, music and comedy with shows regularly hosted at this brand new and impressive facility.
If you are a night owl, then Liverpool is the spiritual home of Cream nightclub, one of the names synonymous with developing the nightclub scene in the UK and abroad during the 90s and beyond. That said, the city is also home to several outstanding bars and clubs that attract thousands of people, both local and visitors from further afield, each weekend.
The city also boasts some outstanding rural areas; Croxteth Park, Speke Hall and Knowsley Safari Park are just three of the attractions, while a gentle walk in the sands is possible in the dunes at nearby Formby or Southport.
Beatles lovers will no doubt enjoy visiting Cavern Walks and Mathew Street (which has its own festival in August each year) as well as the outstanding Beatles Museum, located at the Albert Dock. Football fans are also spoilt for choice as the city is home to two Premier League giants, Liverpool and Everton, who play at home in the city on alternate weekends.
Yet, despite this list of attractions, we have barely scratched at the surface of what Liverpool has to offer; outstanding museums, a population whose friendliness and welcoming nature is renowned, top quality shopping and outstanding accommodation. Liverpool is a city that is truly emerging once again as one of the world’s finest city break destinations.