Liverpool Essentials:

How big is Liverpool?
Liverpool covers an area of approximately 43 square kilometres.
How many people inhabit it?
The population of Liverpool currently stands at around 450,000.
What are the language and the currency?
The pound sterling (GBP) is the currency used in England, and the language spoken is English.
  • Entering Liverpool's Chinatown area
Entering Liverpool's Chinatown area Inside Liverpool's famous Cavern Club Strawberry Fields Forever.... Inside the Liverpool FC dressing room at Anfield Albert Dock and the Mersey from Liverpool Cathedral Inside Sefton Park's Palm House

Things to see in Liverpool

The world-famous Kop in Anfield, home of Liverpool FC
Tell me about one of Liverpool's top attractions.
The Liverpool FC Stadium Tour at Anfield Stadium is without a doubt one of the top attractions in the city. On the stadium tour you’ll be taken on an entertaining tour around Anfield, home of the Liverpool FC, the most successful football club in English history. Along the way you’ll visit the press room, the team’s dressing room and the world-famous Kop.
What else should I do while I’m here?

If you’re a music fan, you should definitely check out The Beatles Story down on the Albert Dock. This is one of the city’s top attractions and covers the history of The Beatles. Among the large collection of memorabilia on display you’ll see George Harrison’s first guitar, John Lennon’s orange-tinted spectacles and plenty more.

To learn more about cosmos in an entertaining environment, head to Spaceport, located in Wirral across the Mersey from Liverpool city centre. Spread out over two levels, the permanent displays are kept on the ground floor while the temporary exhibits are held upstairs. There’s also a planetarium here, which you should definitely check out during your visit.

For stunning views of the city, the Mersey and beyond, take a trip up the tower at Liverpool Cathedral. Designed by the guy who also came up with the red telephone box, Liverpool Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Britain. Inside you’ll see colourful stained glass and amazing stonework. Then there’s the 101-metre high tower. To reach the top you’ll have to take two lifts and then climb 108 steps, and the incredibly panoramic views awaiting you there are more than worth the effort.

Huge numbers of visitors to Liverpool take a trip with Mersey Ferries during their visit to the city. Made famous by the Gerry & the Pacemakers song ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’, these ferry trips across the Mersey give a chance to take some great shots of Liverpool’s skyline. Along the way you’ll also learn around the history of the city and more.

Is there anywhere I can visit for free?

Sure! One of the best places to visit for free in Liverpool is Sefton Park. This huge open parkland covers around 200 acres and is home to a number of cool attractions including the Palm House with its collection of lush and leafy plants and the Peter Pan statue beside the Palm House. There are also fountains, artwork, walkways, open grassy spaces and more to be found throughout the park.

Lots of Liverpool’s top museums and galleries are totally free to visit. The World Museum Liverpool is spread out over six floors and contains a huge collection of interactive exhibits, artefacts and more. While you’re here, make sure to check out the mummies from Ancient Egypt, the dinosaur fossils and the fish at the Aquarium.

If art is more your thing, head on down to the Tate Liverpool at the Albert Dock. Tate Liverpool is one of the UK’s largest modern art galleries and hosts an impressive collection of artworks by both British and international artists.

For Beatles fans, a trip to Penny Lane is a must while visiting Liverpool. Made famous by the Beatles song of the same name, this street is just ten minutes from the city centre. Here you can wander along ‘beneath blue suburban skies’ and see if you can spot the ‘barber showing photographs’.

Say I want to hit the shops. Where should I go?

Liverpool is a first-class shopping city with plenty of places for you to go and spend a few pounds. There’s Liverpool ONE which you’ll find right in the heart of the city centre and which is the result of Europe’s largest city centre regeneration project. You’ll find over 160 stores here at Liverpool ONE including Miss Selfridge, Pull and Bear, Office, Gap and many, many more.

Two other shopping malls to check out are Metquarter and Cavern Walks. At Metquarter you’ll find a plenty of designer threads from big names like Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel and DKNY Jeans, while Cavern Walks is the place to go for boutique chic boasting stores belonging to Vivienne Westwood and more.

In terms of streets to check out, make sure to have a wander along Bold Street and Church Street. On Bold Street you’ll find a good mix of well-known shops like HMV and Waterstones along with a really cool collection of jewellery stores, second hand shops and more. Church Street, on the other hand, is the main shopping drag in town. It’s a pedestrianised street lined with a huge variety of shops including Schuh, Primark, Topshop, M&S, River Island, H&M and Next.

Going out in Liverpool

Inside Liverpool's famous Cavern Club
Where are most of the bars found?
There isn’t one main area of the city where you’ll find all the city’s top bars; however, if you’re looking to stick to one spot, the area in and around Seel Street boasts numerous top-notch nightspots.
Do I need to carry my ID with me when going out?
You might not be asked for it but it’s definitely best to have some ID with you when you go out.
Where would you recommend?

It might be a bit touristy but the legendary Cavern Club on Mathew Street should definitely be on your list of places to check out during your stay in Liverpool. This is the club where the Beatles started their career and played nearly 300 times. Today, you’ll be able to have a drink, check out the graffiti on the walls and enjoy the live music acts taking to the stage each week.

Spread out over a couple of different levels, Heebie Jeebies on Seel Street is a pretty funky spot with a great selection of indie rock tunes playing on the stereo system. Lots of events are held here too, with live music four nights a week, along with regular appearances by live DJs and plenty more.

If you’re looking for something with a bit more of a ‘traditional pub’ feel to it, look no further than The Dispensary on Renshaw Street. This old-school spot serves up around 175 different tipples from behind the small bar area including real ales, draught beers and lots, lots more. It’s a really popular spot and was recently voted as CAMRA Pub of the Year.

Low Bar is one of the many bars and pubs to be found along Lark Lane. Popular with locals who come to enjoy the wide variety of drinks, the outdoor seating area is full on of chattering punters on fine days.

Both bar and club, The Peacock on Seel Street also has a pretty big seating area outside. Make sure to head here on a Friday night so you can fill up on free barbeque before starting in on the cheap cocktails.

Anything else I need to know?
There’s an established and diverse LGBT scene in Liverpool, with plenty of gay-friendly bars and clubs in the city. Many of these can be found in and around the Stanley Street area.

Eating Out in Liverpool

Delicious dessert from the Everyman Bistro
Is it expensive to eat out in Liverpool?
You’ll be able to find some great deals at eateries throughout Liverpool including lunch specials and dinner deals, so eating out in the city definitely doesn’t have to be expensive.
Where is the best selection of restaurants in the city?
Well, there’s a pretty good selection of restaurants in and around the Chinatown area and also out in Lark Lane but that’s not to say that you won’t find other great eateries in other parts of the city.
Any places you’d recommend?

Sure! If you’re looking for a tasty breakfast roll or to grab a sandwich for lunch, make sure to check out Pumpernickle’s on Mount Pleasant. At this friendly spot you’ll find a huge selection of sandwiches, along with soups, jacket potatoes and more. They’ve got a great value ‘lunch bag’ special and as there aren’t many tables on the premises, it’s a great spot for lunch on the run.

Tabac, located over on Bold Street in Chinatown, is one of the coolest café bars in the city. On the menu here you’ll find everything from full English breakfasts and pancakes in the morning to salads and sandwiches at lunch to a mouth-watering selection of main meals and tapas dishes in the evening. Once you’re done eating, stick around for the entertainment including live music acts, screenings of old movies and more.

You’ll find the Everyman Bistro underneath the Everyman Theatre on Hope Street. Absolutely perfect for a delicious lunch, this bistro is split into two rooms. There’s the canteen style food area in one room and the bar area in the other. The menu’s pretty varied, with everything from soups and salads to mouth-watering desserts available at affordable prices.

In amongst the multitude of eateries you’ll find in Liverpool’s Lark Lane area is Keith’s, which operates as both a wine bar and restaurants. This is definitely somewhere you should try while visiting Lark Lane as the prices are reasonable, the service is good and the food is absolutely delicious. Pasta dishes, nachos, salads and plenty more all appear on the menu, while the atmosphere of the restaurants is enjoyably bohemian.

For cheap, cheerful and very tasty food, do not miss Tokyou on Berry Street in Chinatown. After spending even a short while inside this noodle bar you’ll realise that it’s extremely popular, with a never-ending stream of locals and visitors showing up to eat. The menu features a great choice of rice and noodle dishes.

If you feel in the mood for Latin American cuisine, check out Las Iguanas at the Liverpool ONE shopping area in the city centre. It’s a great choice, serving up authentic dishes at affordable prices. Everything from chilli to burritos feature on the menu, and if you’re looking for a really good deal be sure to check out their lunch and early evening menus.

Transport in Liverpool

Lime Street Station, the main train station in Liverpool
What kinds of public transport will I find in Liverpool?
The main forms of public transport in Liverpool are the bus and train systems, both operated by Merseytravel operate. Over 6,000 stops are serviced by the extensive network of buses, while three main train lines operate across the city. Merseytravel also operates a ferry service, connecting Liverpool city centre with the Wirral area across the River Mersey.
Will I need to use public transport at all?
Well, you will be able to get to many of the city centre attractions like the Albert Dock and Liverpool Cathedral on foot but if you want to visit places like Anfield, Penny Lane and the Wirral, you will need to use some form of public transport.
Anything else I need to know?
You won’t be able to miss the well-known black cabs zooming around the city. You can hail then down on the street or hop in at one of the many taxi ranks. Prices are pretty reasonable and they’re a handy way to get around the city.

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  • Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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