14 Must-Visit Attractions in Liverpool, UK

The Royal Liver Building and Albert Dock make up part of the Unesco-list waterfront in Liverpool
The Royal Liver Building and Albert Dock make up part of the Unesco-list waterfront in Liverpool | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo
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Freelance Travel & Music Writer24 August 2020

Liverpool is one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom thanks to its vast array of visitor attractions. From Albert Dock to the Cavern Club, Culture Trip lists the 14 places you absolutely can’t miss while you’re in the city.

Albert Dock

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Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock is home to the largest collection of listed buildings in the UK
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One of Liverpool’s most aesthetically pleasing attractions, Albert Dock should be right at the top of any visitor’s list. Not only is the dock a UNESCO World Heritage site waterfront, it also houses the largest collection of Grade I-listed buildings in the country. A number of Liverpool’s most popular attractions can be found here.

Liverpool Cathedral

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Opened in 1978, Liverpool’s monumental and magnificent cathedral is the largest in the UK and the eighth largest in the world – meaning it’s rightfully regarded as a national treasure. The cathedral boasts a number of record statistics – such as having the UK’s largest organ and the world’s widest and tallest gothic-style arches – and there are spectacular views of the city from its tower.

The Beatles Story

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July 2008 - Beatles photos at the fab four store the Beatles Story museum Liverpool England UK. Image shot 07/2008. Exact date unknown.
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This award-winning attraction tells the story of four lads from Liverpool who went on to form one of the most successful bands in the world. From their small beginnings through to the height of their careers – as well as their solo careers and John and George’s deaths – this is the most comprehensive Beatles exhibition you’ll visit.

Tate Liverpool

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Roy Lichtenstein’s Whaam! 1963 on display at Tate Liverpool
Roy Lichtenstein’s Whaam! (1963) on display at Tate Liverpool | © Tate Liverpool, Roger Sinek

One of Albert Docks’ many attractions, Tate Liverpool is a British and international contemporary and modern art gallery. Past exhibitions have included Jackson Pollock: Behind the Spots, Transmitting Andy Warhol and Mondrian and his studios, and the gallery played an integral part in the Liverpool Biennial. With a regularly changing exhibitions reel, you’ll be sure to find something of interest here.

Mersey Ferries

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The Mersey Ferry ?Dazzle ship? Snowdrop sailing past Liverpool's "Three Graces" on the river Mersey.
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A popular attraction in the city, Mersey Ferries offer various ferry trips around the northwest. While you can simply hop on the 50-minute sightseeing trip along the River Mersey, other routes include canal trips to Salford Quays down famous stretches of waterside.

The Cavern Club

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Inside The Cavern Club, Liverpool
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Another must-visit for any Beatles fanatic is The Cavern Club on Mathew Street. Though the Club isn’t the original Cavern, it’s still an incredibly popular tourist attraction and is home to a wealth of memorabilia. Bands also play here on a daily basis.

Radio City Tower

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Radio City revolving tower Liverpool UK. Image shot 2010. Exact date unknown.
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For what is simply the best unobstructed view of Liverpool, you’ll want to head to the Radio City Tower’s viewing platform. At 122m (400ft) above the city, the platform offers 360-degree views and, on a clear day, you can see as far as Wales and the Cumbrian Hills.

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

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If nothing else, the striking design of this cathedral makes it a rather unique attraction to visit. Though the history of this cathedral is more contemporary than that of its sister venue at the other end of Hope Street, its gothic-revival architectural style makes it a standout feature of Liverpool’s skyline.

International Slavery Museum

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International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, UK
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The final Albert Dock attraction on Culture Trip’s must-visit list, the International Slavery Museum is a one-of-a-kind experience. The only museum of its kind, visitors can explore all aspects of historical and contemporary slavery in a venue that has welcomed millions of visitors since opening in 2007.

Lennon and McCartney’s childhood homes

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John Lennons childhood home mendips 251 melove avenue  liverpool merseyside england uk
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At 20 Forthlin Road and 251 Menlove Avenue, you’ll be able to stand in the exact spots where Paul McCartney and John Lennon (respectively) wrote some of the Beatles’ biggest hits. Both homes are now National Trust attractions, and have been kept as they would have been in the 1950s and 60s.

These recommendations were updated on August 24, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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