Follow the Fab four around their home city; admire the majestic buildings of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and party the night away at a plethora of bars and clubs.
There’s no better way to start your day than by rocking and raving your way through 70 years of Britain’s popular music history via iconic images, video and music memorabilia ranging from John Lennon’s glasses to Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress at the British Music Experience, which will reopen at Liverpool’s Cunard Building in 2016. Carry on exploring this music mecca of a city at the nearby Beatles Story, an entertaining tour through the Beatles’ lives, with fascinating memorabilia and insights from family and friends, also located on Albert Dock.
Enjoy views of the iconic Liver Building over afternoon tea at Oh Me Oh My, a modern teahouse nestled in the grand surroundings of West Africa House. Afterwards, carrying on exploring Albert Dock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of fascinating attractions including the free-entry Merseyside Maritime Museum, where you can discover the untold story of the Titanic and the Tate Liverpool. Culture vultures will enjoy a wander through the Tate Liverpool which has a permanent collection featuring Picasso and Matisse, and explore how the port and its people have shaped the city at the Museum of Liverpool.
Head to Salthouse Bacaro on Castle St, one of our favourite restaurants in Liverpool, for sublime Venetian tapas-style dishes with a Liverpudlian twist, such as the buttermilk chicken Milanese. From here, it’s just a three minute walk to the place where pop music is said to have been invented; The Cavern Club. It has been synonymous with The Beatles ever since 9 February 1961, when they turned up for their first of 292 gigs at what was – and still is – one of the most famous music venues in the world. It’s now home to regular live music events, as well as Beatlesweek, an international celebration of the Fab Four held in late August. After a lot of ‘twist and shout’, pop into the Hard Day’s Night Hotel just around the corner for a Strawberry Field cocktail.
Squeeze in even more Beatles’ sights on the famous Magical Mystery Tour and explore the many hallowed Fab Four sites in and around the city including the bright-red Strawberry Fields gates in the charming Woolton Village where John Lennon grew up. Die-hard Beatles fans can go one step further by booking a National Trust tour of John Lennon’s childhood home, Mendips, along with Paul McCartney’s childhood home in nearby Allerton. Tours are restricted to 15 people at a time so book in advance to avoid disappointment. Like to do things at your own pace? Hop on a bus from Queen Square Bus Station instead and explore John Lennon’s hometown at your leisure.
After stopping off at The Elephant for a gastro pub lunch, head back into to the city centre to explore the Walker Art Gallery which houses one of Europe's finest collections of paintings, drawings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day. Or for a spot of retail therapy, stop by Liverpool ONE, a huge open-air shopping district in the heart of the city, followed by a stroll through Bold Street to check out independent boutiques and sip artisan coffee with the locals.
Liverpudlians really know how to party. Pull on your finest threads and join them for a night out exploring the neon-lit streets of Rope Walks; an area buzzing with bars and clubs from indie favourite Heebie Jeebies to the glitzy Camel Club. If want to carry on into the small hours, opt for the Baltic Triangle; Liverpool’s answer to Brooklyn. For a more subdued end to your trip, head to the Grade II-listed Liverpool Phil which along with performances from its own orchestra, the longest surviving in Britain, has a year-round programme featuring everything from pop to comedy.
Did you know? The song Fearless by Pink Floyd samples Liverpool F.C. fans chanting "You'll Never Walk Alone”.
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