Liverpool

It’s no secret that the most successful musical artists of all time just so happen to be from Liverpool. Yes, we’re talking about the Beatles, and you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the band's history with attractions such as The Beatles Story museum, The Cavern Club, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes. Nonetheless, this lively and cultural hub has much more to offer than just the fab four. With seven free museums, the Walker Art Gallery, the Tate Liverpool, the world famous Albert Dock, Anfield Stadium, Goodison Park and the thriving areas of Bold Street and the Baltic Triangle (with plenty of food, drink and event hotspots), you’ll never experience a dull moment.

Best Western offer a unique selection of hotels in Liverpool and the surrounding areas of Chester, Southport, Warrington and Widnes. So whatever your budget you’ll find a hotel that suits your needs and is well within reach of Liverpool’s most celebrated attractions.

An aerial view of Liverpool at night time with lights shining

Things to do in Liverpool

Liverpool is everything you could want in a city: welcoming, beautiful, diverse and edgy. It boasts two cathedrals, the Green Flag-awarded Sefton Park, the oldest Chinatown in Europe, a stunning waterfront and a hugely influential arts scene - with plenty of street murals to wow you.

 
  • World Museum Liverpool: This truly exquisite museum offer exhibits covering archaeology, astrology, human history, natural history, and even has its own planetarium projecting stunning visuals of the night’s sky.

  • Albert Dock: Liverpool waterfront features the UK’s largest collection of Grade I listed buildings, and is home to many famous attractions including the Beatles Story and Tate Liverpool. You’ll also be able to enjoy plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars.

  • Attend an Independent Liverpool event: Independent Liverpool are a rapidly growing organisation dedicated to supporting the independent businesses of the city. They hold a selection of popular events all year around, including food and drink festivals, beer festivals, and outdoor cinemas, each featuring plenty of incredible indie vendors.

Liverpool at night time with reflection on calm water

Shopping in Liverpool

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to shop until you drop, thanks to the abundance of stores that can be found in Liverpool city centre. With a vastly growing offering of high street stores, luxury brands, vintage boutiques, funky record shops and art stores, the only problem you’ll encounter is too much choice.

 
  • Liverpool ONE: Liverpool’s most famous shopping complex sits in the heart of the city, and offers an abundance of high street brands, a 14-screen Odeon cinema, a 36-hole adventure golf course and plenty of restaurants to fill you up.

  • The Metquarter: This exclusive shopping centre is also found in the centre of Liverpool, housing many aspirational brands such as Jo Malone, Armani Exchange and Hugo Boss - for those with a taste for the luxurious.

  • 69A: This quaint vintage shop can be found in a gorgeous 19th century building, selling an extensive mix of items from all ages. You’ll find books, fashions, home furnishings and even a resident ginger cat that is sure to say hello.

The outside of the Cavern club in Liverpool

Culture and nightlife in Liverpool

Liverpool is a hugely important hub for culture in the UK, and was honoured with the title European Capital of Culture in 2008. When it comes to music, the city has produced plenty of rock legends and is the proud home of the UK’s oldest orchestra, the Royal Liver Philharmonic Orchestra. Liverpool represents the visual arts just as strongly, as the city houses more galleries and national museums than any other outside of London.

 
  • FACT Cinema: FACT is in fact the UK’s leading media arts centre, with three galleries, four film screens and a bar and cafe. Over 350 new media and digital artworks have been presented here, whilst famous faces such as Shia Labeouf have put on live participant-led art projects inside.  

  • The Cavern Club: Home of the Beatles and celebrated as one of the most famous music clubs in the world, The Cavern Club is a must see. You’ll find live music on every day from midday until late.

  • Walker Art Gallery: This gallery hosts one of the UK’s largest collections of art, exhibiting paintings, sculptures and decorative arts ranging from 13th century the present day.

Liverpool city centre at night time without any cars or people

Eating and drinking in Liverpool

With areas such as Bold Street playing host to all types of world cuisine, Liverpool’s food scene is continuously improving and becoming more diverse. If you don’t visit the area often, a traditional bowl of Scouse (a beef or lamb stew) should definitely be on the menu.

 
  • Maray: This stylish falafel house puts an emphasis on sharing, serving up small plates and seriously good cocktails. Their menu is sophisticated and varied, combining unique ingredients for maximum flavour.

  • Panoramic 34: ‘Liverpool’s finest fine dining restaurant’ is the tagline of this exquisite spot. You can expect gourmet European food and fabulous cocktails, with panoramic views of the beautiful city.

  • Oh me Oh my: This sophisticated - yet rather secret - afternoon tea spot on the 8th floor of the West African house is something very special. However, it’s the roof garden (named Goodness Gracious) that has got us talking. You can enjoy a tipple whilst looking out at spectacular views of the Royal Liver building, making use of the complimentary sun cream and cushions on a sunny day.  

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