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The Best Things to Do in Liverpool for Free

Picture of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 6 October 2017
On a tight budget? No problem! The city of Liverpool is home to some wonderful free attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy – including a free walking tour, free-to-enter museums and a certain famous Beatles lane. Read on to discover more…

Visit a museum or gallery

Liverpool is home to a world class array of museums and galleries and some of them are even free! Take the World Museum for starters, with its extensive collection of Egyptian mummies and its leading planetarium. Art fans should head to the Walker Art Gallery or the Tate, both of which are free entry or regularly showcase free-entry exhibitions and displays.

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool | © Smith & Brown/Flickr

Check out the world-famous Penny Lane

Made famous by the 1967 Beatles’ song of the same name, Penny Lane is an area in the south of Liverpool that’s steeped in musical history. Paul McCartney and John Lennon would meet on the famous street to catch the bus in to town and drew lyrical inspiration from various landmarks on the street, such as the barbers (‘in Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs…’) the bank (‘the banker never wears a mac in the pouring rain’) and the shelter on the roundabout (‘…the pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray’) – all of which are still there to this day.

Penny Lane, Liverpool
Penny Lane, Liverpool | © Alison Benbow/Flickr

Watch bands at Liverpool International Music Festival

Each July, LIMF takes over Sefton Park with a free-entry music festival that features some of the best and up-and-coming names in international music. Highlights from the 2017 bill included Gorgon City, Corinne Bailey Rae, Norman Jay, Kate Nash and Louis Berry. LIMF 2018 takes place between July 20-22.

Head to Antony Gormley’s Another Place

Another Place is a stunning art installation of 100 cast-iron statues by Antony Gormley, which stand on tall on Crosby Beach, around six miles north of the city centre. These life-size sculptures are spread across almost 3 km of the sandy stretch and go as far as 1 km out to sea. The statues are made from casts of Gormley himself and are said to emulate the ebb and flow of of the tide and man’s relationship with nature.

Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place – Crosby Beach
Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place – Crosby Beach | © Phillip Capper / Flickr

Go to the Metropolitan Cathedral

This free-to-enter cathedral channels gothic revival architecture and is rather imposing on the city’s skyline. It’s a Grade II listed building, has been standing in Liverpool since 1967 and visitors can either enjoy a service or discover the history of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral | © Ruaraidh Gillies/Flickr

Walk along the River Mersey

One of the most beautiful sights in the north west, the River Mersey is home to some wonderful areas to explore; such as the Albert Docks. This former docking yard is now a bustling entertainment district with a number of free-to-enter museums and exhibitions, plus let’s be honest, it just looks stunning when bathed in sunlight.

Join a free walking tour

This free walking tour of Liverpool explores the city’s most prominent attractions including The Three Graces, the Town Hall, the Victoria Monument and much more. Tours operate on most days at 11am from St. George’s Hall.

St George’s Hall, Liverpool
St George’s Hall, Liverpool | © Michael D Beckwith/Flickr

Get active!

There are numerous parkrun activities taking place in Liverpool at green spaces like Princes Park and Croxteth Hall & Country Park. It’s completely free to join, all you have to do is register on the parkrun website and you’re ready to rock!