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14 Must-Visit Attractions in Liverpool, UK

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Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 29 January 2018
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Liverpool is one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom thanks to its vast array of visitor attractions. We discovered 14 places that you should definitely visit while you’re in the city.

Albert Dock

One of Liverpool’s most aesthetically stunning attractions, Albert Dock should be right at the top of any visitor’s list. Not only is the Dock a 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…

34 The Colonnades, Liverpool L3 4AA, England, UK

Bird's eye view of Albert Dock

Bird’s eye view of Albert Dock | © albertdock.com

The Beatles Story

This award-winning attraction tells the story of four lads from Liverpool who went on to form one of the 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.

Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD, England, UK

Liverpool Cathedral

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Liverpool Cathedral | © Ruaraldh Gillies/Flickr
Opened in 1978, Liverpool’s monumental and stunning cathedral is the largest in the UK and the fifth largest in the world; making it a national treasure. The cathedral boasts a number of record statistics such as having the UK’s largest organ, the world’s widest and tallest gothic-style arches and we can’t forget those spectacular views of the city from its tower.
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Tate Liverpool

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, as well as part of the Liverpool Biennale. With a regularly changing exhibitions reel, you’ll be sure to find something of interest here.

Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4BB, England, UK, +44 151 702 7400

World Museum

Everybody loves a good museum, and Liverpool’s World Museum is one of the best in the country! This attraction specialises in sciences and human cultures, with a planetarium, aquarium and various space exhibitions on rotation. Furthermore, it’s completely free to enter.

William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN, England, UK, +44 151 478 4393

Mersey Ferries

One of the most loved attractions in the city; Mersey Ferries offer various ferry trips around the North West. While you can simply hop the 50-minute sightseeing trip along the River Mersey, other routes include canal trips to Salford Quays down famous stretches of waterside.

Pier Head, Georges Pierhead, Liverpool L3 1DP, England, UK, +44 151 236 7676

Walker Art Gallery

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With one of the largest public collections of art in the country outside London, Walker Art Gallery is a great way to spend an afternoon. This gallery boasts a rather large collection of drawings, paintings and sculptures from as far back as the 13th century.
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Merseyside Maritime Museum

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Merseyside Maritime Museum | © Jennifer Boyer/Flickr
Another popular attraction on Albert Dock – we told you there is a lot! – The Merseyside Maritime Museum celebrates the history of the port of Liverpool. Here you’ll be able to check out full-sized vessels, maritime paintings and an exhibition on the city’s links to the Titanic.
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The Cavern Club

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.

10 Mathew St, Liverpool L2 6RE, England, UK, +44 151 236 9091

Museum of Liverpool

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The Museum of Liverpool is the newest museum in the city’s catalogue and celebrates the rich culture and history of Liverpool and its people. The museum is a must-see for anyone keen to swat up on local heritage. as sporting and creative achievements are recognised.
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Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

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Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral | © Ruaraidh Gillies/Flickr
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 in comparison to its sister venue at the other end of Hope Street, its gothic revival architectural style makes it visible on Liverpool’s skyline.
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Radio City Tower

For what is simply the best panoramic view of Liverpool, you’ll want to head to the Radio City Tower’s viewing platform. At 400 feet above the city, 360-degree views can serve you as far as Wales and the Cumbrian Hills on clearer days.

St Johns Beacon, 1 Houghton St, Liverpool L1 1RL, England, UK, +44 151 472 0967

International Slavery Museum

The final Albert Dock attraction on our must-visit list, the International Slavery Museum is a one-of-a-kind tourism experience. The only museum of its kind, visitors can explore all aspects of historical and contemporary slavery in a venue which has welcomed 4 million visitors since opening in 2007.

3rd Floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AX, England, UK, +44 151 478 4499

International Slavery Museum

International Slavery Museum | © ISM/Facebook

Lennon & McCartney’s childhood homes

Here you’ll be able to stand in the exact same spots where Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote some of the Beatles’ biggest hits, in two National Trust attractions which have been kept as they would have been in the 1950s and 60s.

Mendips, John Lennon’s original home
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