17 Unusual Date Ideas in Liverpool

Royal Iris of the Mersey, Pier Head, Liverpool | © Tim Dutton / Flickr
Royal Iris of the Mersey, Pier Head, Liverpool | © Tim Dutton / Flickr
Photo of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer4 October 2018

Bored of the same old date routines? Not to worry, we’ve got you. Bin those mundane restaurant plans, forget those dull bars and read on for some rather unusual inspiration; featuring mini golf with a twist, a board game café and getting a bird’s eye view of Liverpool

Breakout Liverpool

Fancy breaking out of a locked room with your date? Breakout Liverpool invites groups as little as two to break out of a room, using clues, puzzles and your initiative to get out…

Roll up… for the Magical Mystery Tour

You can’t visit Liverpool without hopping on a Beatles tour. This bus ride takes you to all of the famous Beatles places around the city including Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, ending at the Cavern Club. Perfect for a pair of Beatles fanatics!

Visit Antony Gormley’s Another Place on Crosby Beach

One of the most unique art installations in the country, Antony Gormley’s Another Place is a set of 100, cast-iron sculptures on Crosby Beach. The sculptures, set across three kilometres, attract visitors from far and wide.

Anthony Gormley's 'Another Place - Crosby Beach | © Phillip Capper / Flickr

Enter a secret bar through a telephone box

This is one of the more unique ways to enter a bar, that’s for sure. Ex Directory is not just any secret bar though. In order to gain access you need to find the correct number off their website, call it, get the password and try and gain access. Be warned: there are many, many numbers on their website…

Delve deep in to Williamson’s Tunnels

For a real unusual date, you can’t go wrong with Williamson’s Tunnels. A tour through this set of labyrinth-like underground passages gives a real insight in to Joseph Williamson’s life, and if you’re lucky you may even stumble upon an evening rave…

Get a bird’s eye view on St. John’s Beacon

For a stunning view across the city, St. John’s Beacon is unrivalled. Also known as the Radio City Tower, on a clear day you can see as far as North Wales.

Radio City Tower, Liverpool | © Bob Edwards/Flickr

Catch a ferry across the Mersey

It’d be a shame to not take advantage of the River Mersey in Liverpool, and a ferry ride can be a particularly romantic thing to do too. You could catch a ferry ‘cross the Mersey to Birkenhead or simply sit back and relax on a daily river explorer cruise.

Race your date at go karting

Get those hearts racing with an adrenaline-inducing go kart race on your date! Just a 10 minute drive from the city centre, this indoor go karting track in Brunswick is highly rated by the locals.

Go to a festival in Sefton Park

Sefton Park proudly hosts LIMF (Liverpool International Music Festival) each July, with a number of impressive homegrown and international music artists playing across the weekend. If you’re lucky enough to be on a date this weekend, this would be a cheap yet brilliant option!

Festival at Sefton Park | © teltone/Flickr

Belly laugh at a comedy show

Liverpool is home to a number of comedy clubs, so breaking the ice with some laughter is never too difficult. For some ideas on where to go, you can read our guide to the where to see a comedy show in Liverpool.

Head to Sugar and Dice, the board game café

Everybody loves a board game, right? Sugar and Dice makes for a good old-fashioned retreat from the days of Twitter and Instagram, so put the phone away and test your Scrabble skills!

Go crazy at Bongo’s Bingo

Think you know bingo? Think again! Bongo’s Bingo is probably as far away from making sense as it can be, yet it all falls together in perfect harmony. Think insane dance offs, mad music intervals and of course, prizes. It’s not for the feint hearted.

Bongo's Bingo carnage | © Bongo's Bingo / Facebook

Get climbing walls

Okay so you can’t exactly go rock climbing in the wild here, but what you can do is visit The Climbing Hangar, an indoor climbing and bouldering centre which welcomes all ages and abilities. Show off what you got…

Rent a city bike

How about a bike ride along the Albert Docks? Sometimes it’s the simple things that just make sense.

Jump on an open top bus tour of the city

For couples after an in-depth tour of Liverpool, the open-top City Explorer Bus offers a wonderful opportunity to see the city. you’ll head to 14 key stops and have a live guide with you along the way.

Get lost in Speke Hall maze

On a visit to the picturesque Speke Hall, Garden and Estate you can also get lost in their maze! Because everybody enjoys feeling like a kid again, right?

Speke Hall & Gardens | © Andrew Smith / Flickr

Go to Knowsley Safari Park

Around a 30-minute drive from the centre of Liverpool, Knowlsey Safari Park gives couples the chance to get up close and personal with a wealth of wild animals!

Visit The Beatles’ childhood homes

Operated by the National Trust, you are now able to visit Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s childhood homes on a guided tour. The aforementioned Magical Mystery Tour bus will show you these from the outside, but this is the only way you’re allowed inside.

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