I recently heard it said that Liverpool is a hard place to leave.
I can vouch for that. Sometimes my car is like my pair of ruby slippers – it takes me home. And there’s no place like my Liverpool home, even though I moved away to a different one years ago.
But it’s not just the Liverpudlians who love their city. More and more visitors now flock here on their travels. For me, that’s a joy to see since I really do believe that Liverpool’s a great city break destination and such an easy place to get to know.
If you’ve never been before and you fancy a weekend away, get ready to see UNESCO World Heritage worthy architecture, two cathedrals, more Georgian buildings than there are in the city of Bath and the biggest Chinese arch in the world outside of China. Then get to grips with rich and fascinating history, cultural heritage and the feeling of life’s own music, pumping through your veins.
There’s more to take in here than you probably think, but Liverpool packs a punch of a first impression. Give her 48 hours and she’ll show you just what she’s made of.
So where should you start? Here goes…
Take the Ferry Across the Mersey
Liverpool’s ferry is iconic and there’s no better way to introduce yourself to the city than with a ride on the Mersey. The historic waterfront is best viewed from the river, and this is definitely the way to do it.
Get With the Story of the City
The new Museum of Liverpool is the world’s first museum dedicated purely to the history of a regional city. Brush up on the city’s past, be surprised at what you learn, and get to know this place a little better.
Shop Yourself Silly
Liverpool ONE is aptly located on and around Paradise Street. Shopping paradise is exactly what it is. Home to the usual big names, there’s also Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar, a revolutionary idea that the brand chose to bring to Liverpool before anywhere else. Good news for make-up junkies like myself!
Art lovers will enjoy a visit to Tate Liverpool, but the city also boasts the wonderful Walker Art Gallery which has become one of my favourite places. I’ve fallen in love with this gallery. Here at the Walker, it’s old meets new in stunning surroundings. Get there before 15th September 2013 to see Rankin’s Alive in the Face of Death; a moving and inspirational exhibition that truly celebrates life’s fragile beauty.
Visit the Albert Dock
It’s where the Tate is situated, and where you’ll find a plethora of shops and other museums. But it’s also a great place to stop and eat. For lunch or afternoon tea, try the sublime local produce at the Maritime Dining Rooms. For dinner, go earthy Italian at Gusto, where the atmosphere buzzes all evening long.
Indulge in Beatlemania
No trip to Liverpool is complete without a Fab Four injection, so visit the Beatles Story or just soak up the vibes in Mathew Street where the famous Cavern Club is situated. Maybe you’ll catch a live band in the afternoon, or maybe you’ll dance the night away into the wee small hours.
Catch Some Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs
Get yourself booked in to The Z Hotels Liverpool. You couldn’t pick a better spot if you want to be right in the thick of it (you can read my full review here). Mingle over complimentary cheese and wine before you head off into the night, then get your head down in a ridiculously comfy bed. This is value luxe at its best and I wouldn’t stay anywhere else now that I’ve found it. Oh, and remember that Liverpool is the first city Z has made a home in outside of London, meaning they definitely know a good city when they see it!
But are you convinced? I hope so.
A return trip on the Mersey Ferry costs £8.00
Rooms at Z Hotels Liverpool start from £36 per night
I was hosted by Z Hotels on my recent trip to Liverpool, but I would not have included a recommendation in this city guide post if I didn’t absolutely love it.