It’s a well-known fact that the culturally rich city of Liverpool is home to some of the best galleries, museums and arts spaces in the country, but what about when you’re strapped for time? From creative spaces to street art, here are some of our favourite recommendations in Liverpool, perfect for a whistle-stop visit.
Home to a number of independent shops and performance spaces, The Bluecoat is the oldest surviving building in central Liverpool and now acts as one of the city’s main creative spaces. The Bluecoat houses four galleries, plentiful exhibition spaces and a creative hub for people to work and meet.
Baltic Creative is a leading creative and office space in the heart of the Baltic Triangle. With a wide range of events, Baltic Creative aims to support creativity, innovation and commercial success using their versatile warehouses.
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)
FACT is a UK-leading arts centre which houses cinemas, galleries, shops and exhibitions, all showcasing influential methods of creative technology. The award-winning centre hosts four exhibitions a year and aims to immerse the local community with a versatile offering of art.
One of the most famous galleries in the city, Tate Liverpool showcases a breadth of modern and contemporary art. Situated in a prominent position on Albert Dock, here you’ll find a wide range of collections from across the world on display and what’s more, it’s free entry!
Walker Art Gallery
With one of the largest collections of Victorian and pre-Raphaelite art in the country, Walker Art Gallery has proudly been at the forefront of Merseyside art for more than 130 years. If you had to pick just the one gallery to visit, we’d recommend this one.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
This nautical-themed museum focuses on the impact Liverpool’s shipping docks had on the world. Focusing particularly on the Titanic and the Albert Dock port, this museum is home to a number of boat memorabilia including vessels and models. On the third floor of the same building you can also find the International Slavery Museum, which is well worth checking out if you have the time.
Museum of Liverpool
Proudly sitting amongst the city’s iconic Pier Head skyline, one of the latest additions to Liverpool’s museum scene is the Museum of Liverpool. Here you’ll learn about the city’s significance to the world through a series of exhibitions on the history of Liverpool and its influential docking trade.
Victoria Art Gallery & Museum
Housed in a stunning Victorian terracotta, red-brick building, the Victoria Art Gallery focuses on artefacts from the 120 year history of the University of Liverpool. Budding dentists should take note, as one of the world’s largest dental collections can be found here!
It took an all-female crew two weeks to complete this iconic piece of street art on the side of Liverpool’s Tempest Building, which symbolises the growth of start-up business in Liverpool through a female nomadic character with a beehive hairstyle amongst vegetation and new beginnings.
Head over to the city’s Baltic Triangle and you’ll struggle to not come across a piece of street art. Proudly referred to as the city’s creative quarter, the area is packed with arts spaces and its vast amount of walls often reflect the creativity of the locals.
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Yet another of the city’s creative warehouses, Constellations offers seasonal food and drink menus to accompany its vast comedy, music and arts offering. Whether it’s a summer bbq or a hearty winter meal, Constellations has you covered.
The Art School
One of the finer eateries in Liverpool, The Art School is headed up by award-winning chef Paul Askew and serves fresh, local produce with an arty twist. Housed within the beautiful, 19th-century former Victorian destitute home for children, this restaurant may be at the top end of a budget but is one of the bright sparks within the city’s foodie scene.
Camp & Furnace
Another mainstay of the Baltic Triangle, Camp & Furnace is one of the most versatile spaces in the city. With a bar, concert and festival space, fan park, creative space and conference venue, its menu draws inspiration from Scandinavian and European cuisine and is a hit with both the locals and visitors alike. Keep an eye out on their website for the latest on the regular food events held here!