3 days in Liverpool
This vibrant, lively and relatively small city of the North West of England has so much to offer. From shopping, independent cafes and markets, football, art tours, the beach and a great night out, Liverpool has everything you need for an English city break.
I lived in Liverpool for 3 years as a university student so condensing all of my recommendations has been difficult. Accommodation is expensive in Liverpool over the weekends, so if you can, perhaps stay Sunday-Tuesday to save some money.
Where to stay?
Spa Weekend: Titanic Hotel
Couple/Solo Weekend: The Nadler
Hen do/Group trip: The Shankly
Top Tip: If you're visiting Liverpool, follow Independent Liverpool on Instagram. They have many great recommendations too and post great stuff about our beloved city!
Spend a day (or two) exploring the Albert Dock, Liverpool's Waterfront and the surrounding area. Here you will find the Museum of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, the Maritime Museum, the famous Liver Building and some amazing views of the Mersey. If you have time, take a boat trip along the river (see picture above).
In Liverpool, you're never far from your next destination. For lunch travel towards Bold Street via Liverpool One (the shopping hub). This street in the centre of town is a well-known spot for all locals and uni students alike. Independent cafes and restaurants line the road leading to the beautiful bombed out church. Here are some of my food favourites:
Breakfast/Brunch: Leaf (££)
Lunch: The Italian Club (££)
Dinner: The Italian Club Fish (£££ - pictured below)
Dinner: Mowgli (£££)
If you're not too tired from your busy morning, it's time to explore the second largest Georgian Quarter in the UK (after London). Wander around the cobble stone streets of Liverpool and stumble across hidden Irish Pubs. Stop off for an afternoon pint at Ye Cracke (pictured above) or The Grapes before visiting the two cathedrals of Liverpool, the Anglican and the Metropolitan Cathedrals (both free entry). If it's a clear day, you might want to climb the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral as they have a wonderful rooftop overlooking Liverpool. And to finish your day of site-seeing, take a peep inside the Philharmonic Arms, known to be one of John Lennon's favourite pubs, and to have grade-1 listed male toilets... Find out more here.
Have a sophisticated drink at the Panoramic 360 bar before you spend the night drinking quad vods in the messy, but extremely fun, Concert Square. Perfect for cheap drinks and bar-hopping with friends.
Late morning, make your way to Toxteth, made famous by the Toxteth riots in ****. You might be wondering 'Why on Earth would I go here on my holidays?' Here's why: The .. turner prize, and although it looks quiet and empty, there are community projects and events taking place in the Granby area often. It's a pocket of Liverpool that isn't frequented by visitors, but it's part of what makes Liverpool, Liverpool.
Work your way towards Aigburth, in which you will find Lark Lane, a lovely high street with lots of independent cafes and restaurants, so take your pick for lunch.
Post-lunch, take a stroll in Sefton Park and if it's open (check opening times before you visit) take a look inside the Palm House (pictured). The Palm House enjoys hosting many events, from Christmas Markets, to live jazz sessions, to salsa classes and more.
In the early evening, I'd recommend visiting the Cavern, the world-renowned spot that staged the first ever Beatles gig. Come here for a drink and some live music before partying in the Matthew Street area of town.