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The 10 Best Things To See and Do in Liverpool
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The 10 Best Things To See and Do in Liverpool

Picture of Kelly Bradshaw
Updated: 9 February 2017
Renowned for its generous variety of shopping areas, historic buildings, entertainment venues, and a picturesque beach, Liverpool has been long established as the ideal place to visit in England for a perfect day out. Below is a list of the ten best things to do in this bustling city.
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Liverpool One

Described as the perfect family day out, Liverpool One is a large shopping, residential and leisure complex situated in the heart of the city. Famous for the Fab Four – four wonderful shopping districts all in one convenient place – Liverpool One is sure to accommodate for visitors’ every needs and preferences. Whether you’re looking for everyday high street or designer stores, a bite to eat in a variety of well-known restaurants, such as Pizza Hut or TGI Friday’s, or to catch at film at the ODEON cinema – Liverpool One has it all.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Watch out for: The Dome – an activity area hosting daily children’s workshops and performances

47 South John Street, Liverpool, +44 870 070 0191

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Liverpool Cathedral

This historic building from the early 20th century currently holds a reputation as the largest cathedral in the UK and the fifth largest cathedral in the world. A centre of worship, celebration and learning, Liverpool Cathedral aims to restore belief in Christianity through welcoming visitors from across the globe. Hosting a variety of events, such as art exhibitions and heritage tours, Liverpool Cathedral is the ideal place to treat as a sanctuary of culture.

Price: free entry

Opening hours: 8am-6pm

Watch out for: The Welsford Restaurant, which provides a range of stylish canapés and drinks

St James Mount, Liverpool, +44 151 709 6271

Liverpool Cathedral | © Rept0n1x/WikiCommons
Liverpool Cathedral | © Rept0n1x/WikiCommons
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The Beatles Story

The world’s largest permanent exhibition devoted to the lives of the iconic rock-pop band, The Beatles Story provides an award winning experience which offers guests an outstanding insight into the former lives of The Beatles. Taking visitors on a journey to discover how the four talented musicians achieved world wide recognition and fame, The Beatles Story boasts stunning interiors showcasing the distinctive style of The Beatles, and is sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Price: budget

Opening hours: 9am-6pm

Watch out for: The Fab 4D, which uses computer-generated animation to bring The Beatles to life

Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool, +44 1517 091963

Wax figures in The Beatles Story | © Jennifer Boyer/WikiCommons
Wax figures in The Beatles Story | © Jennifer Boyer/WikiCommons
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Walker Art Gallery

With intricate paintings, sculpture and decorative art ranging from the 13th century to present day, Walker Art Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions and displays showcasing incredible works. From artwork created by local schools to drawings by Pablo Picasso and paintings by Dante, this infamous art gallery is the perfect place to visit for a day of culture and celebration of exquisite artworks. Also offering a wide range of activities and sessions for children, Walker Art Gallery creates the perfect day out for families.

Price: Free entry

Opening hours: 10am-5pm

Watch out for: the gallery’s sculpture sketching sessions and art parties for children

William Brown Street, Liverpool, +44 151 478 4199

Walker Art Gallery | © Takashi Hososhima/WikiCommons
Walkers Art Gallery | © Takashi Hososhima/WikiCommons
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Museum of Liverpool

With its unique geography, history and culture, the Museum of Liverpool gives visitors the opportunity to discover how the port, the people of the city, and their creative and sporting history have contributed towards forming the city. Situated on Liverpool’s famous waterfront, this infamous landmark has won a variety of awards, such as the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013. Impressively, the museum was opened by both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, adding to its high reputation.

Price: free entry

Opening hours: 10am-5pm

Watch out for: the Waterloo Lives display which marks the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo

Liverpool Waterfront, Pier Head, Liverpool, +44 151 478 4545

Museum of Liverpool | © John Bradley/WikiCommons
Museum of Liverpool | © John Bradley/WikiCommons
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Echo Arena

One of the most prestigious venues in the UK, Echo Arena is known for its delivering of wonderful events and memories of a lifetime. A huge city landmark, this entertainment establishment hosts a variety of exciting live music events, comedy performances, family shows and sporting events, making it a place of great variety and diversity. Echo Arena is also known for its delivering of succulent lunches, luxury food and evening fine-dining, making this place a world-class venue.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: the box office is open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

Watch out for: the arena’s coffee shop which provides a tasty variety of sandwiches, salads, and delicious snacks

Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, +44 8448 000400

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Liverpool Empire Theatre

Located in the heart of the city, Liverpool Empire Theatre is a fantastic entertainment venue packed with an exciting variety of world class performances. From fabulous musicals to pantomimes and comedians, Liverpool Empire Theatre is an establishment which aims to cater to all tastes and ages, making it an ideal family day out. Boasting extravagant décor to create a truly royal experience, this prestigious theatre is guaranteed to provide an unforgettable experience.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: N/A

Watch out for: the Frozen sing-a-long performance and Hairspray the Musical

Lime Street, Liverpool, +44 1517 027320

Empire Theatre | © Randy Escalada/Flickr
Empire Theatre | © Randy Escalada/Flickr

Clue Finders

This distinctive entertainment spot is an exhilarating real life escape game, which is designed for small groups hoping to find a bit of adventure in the heart of Liverpool. Allowing visitors to feel as though they are detectives, the aim is to solve a variety of clues, piece together puzzles and unlock padlocks in order to escape from a room within an hour. Creating the perfect opportunity for live escape and team building, Clue Finders is a quirky place more than worthy of a visit.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: Thu-Sun 12pm-9.30pm

Watch out for: the sense of team spirit and adventure

Unit 12, King Edward Industrial Estate, Gibraltar Row, Liverpool, +44 7716 371682

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Mersey Ferry

Offering world famous views of the city, Mersey Ferry provides visitors with the opportunity to experience the beautiful sights that Liverpool has to offer. For the ultimate day out, it is recommended that visitors hire out a ferry, which allows you to choose from a variety of enticing buffets, as well as the opportunity to have a disco or to listen to live music with family and friends. Mersey Ferry creates the perfect environment for unforgettable views of the city.

Price: budget

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.20am-6.50pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6.50pm

Watch out for: the Dazzle ferry – a colourful river explorer cruise

1 Mann Island, Liverpool, +44 151 236 7676

Royal Iris - Mersey Ferry | © Timitrius/WikiCommons
Royal Iris – Mersey Ferry | © Timitrius/WikiCommons
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Crosby Beach

Renowned for its beautiful scenery and awarded with the Quality Coast Award 2011, Crosby Beach offers spectacular views of the sea, the Wirral, and North Wales. This infamous beach is the perfect place for walkers and families, and with excellent access to the city centre, Crosby Beach is ideal for visitors who wish to experience a relaxing alternative from the bustling life of the city.

Price: n/a

Opening hours: n/a

Watch out for: spectacular sculptures by Antony Gormley – 100 cast-iron, life-sized figures stretching nearly one kilometre out to sea

Crosby Beach, Liverpool