Grand listed buildings, riverside panoramas – and a very famous sixties band. Liverpool is bursting with both pop and culture. Trips to this Merseyside city start at Liverpool Pier to snap the trio of iconic buildings topped with liver birds and clock towers. Then duck into the cultural quarter where neo-classical galleries showcase Degas paintings and Egyptology. Shopaholics can't resist the glitzy shopping arcades and galleries while horseracing and Premiership football teams are a sporting fix. Grey seals bask on estuary beaches in the nearby Wirral, a haven for hikers. Discover the 'Mersey beat' music scene over drinks in historic cavernous underground clubs.