It’s hard not to fall in love with Liverpool. It is a city full of so many wonderful characters and exciting attractions, with every corner offering an interesting story. It’s a city that invites you to explore its quirks and amazing history, offering so many things to do for all ages.
If that doesn’t convince you to book a trip to the city, here are 10 reasons why you must visit Liverpool…
1. Beautiful Buildings
There is one thing you can’t take away from Liverpool and that’s its beautiful architecture. There are so many historic buildings across the city, including the famous Three Graces, the Albert Dock and St George’s Hall. You also have to pay a visit to the Liverpool hotel 30 James Street – which once served as RMS Titanic’s port of registry and was the White Star Line’s headquarters. The exquisite building now offers luxurious Titanic-themed accommodation that commemorates the ill-fated ship and the world famous shipping company.
2. The Best Restaurants
Liverpool loves food. You only have to take a walk through the city centre to find out how much. From Marco Pierre White to Jamie Oliver, some of the best chefs in the country have set up restaurants in the city. Whether you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, there is something for you.
Just last month, an incredible five pizza restaurants opened their doors, and the much-anticipated Five Guys will soon open in the heart of the city. For those who love fine dining, head to the famous Albert Dock to enjoy a meal from the delicious Gusto, the beautiful Thai restaurant Chaophraya or the family fun of Smuggler’s Cove.
If you’re looking for chain restaurants, such as Nandos, Pizza Hut and Pizza Express, Liverpool One is a must. To experience independent restaurants that serve up great food for great prices, Bold Street should most definitely be on your bucket list – and for cool restaurants that will definitely set your taste buds alight, head over to Berry Street.
3. Most Filmed City in the UK
Liverpool is the UK’s capital for movies, as it is the most filmed city in the nation. Many films have been created in the city, such as Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Florence Foster Jenkins and the new movie from the JK Rowling Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – which has been filmed in St George’s Hall in Liverpool city centre.
The city’s historic buildings allow Liverpool to double up as locations from across the globe, including New York and London. It’s for this reason Liverpool will soon receive a new film and TV studio, which will cost an incredible £25 million, creating 900 jobs in the city.
4. The British Music Experience
Music lovers must book their tickets to Liverpool now – as the iconic Cunard Building will soon host The British Music Experience. The former Cunard HQ will hold the UK’s only archive of rock and pop memorabilia, with items on display to the public.
Visitors will also be invited to head to the Instrument Room to try their hand at a variety of instruments – and can step inside the vocals booth to record an entire song. The British Music Experience will open in Spring 2016, and will work closely with Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) to provide musical education for everyone.
5. Liverpool Loves
Liverpool Loves was held earlier this year, and was made up of three key events: Liverpool Loves Festivals, Liverpool Loves Business and Liverpool Loves Ireland. The event welcomed 27,000 visitors into the city over a three day period at the Pier Head, and showcased everything wonderful the city has to offer.
It was such a success that it was recently been announced the event will return once again in 2016 – and we recommend booking a ticket to the city now to avoid disappointment! The event aims to highlight Liverpool’s history with Ireland, encourage independent business and social enterprise, and celebrate arts and culture groups.
6. Destination of the Year
Liverpool recently won ‘Destination of the Year’ prize at the respected Seatrade Cruise Awards. The city is proud of its extensive maritime heritage, as Liverpool provided a major port during the First and Second World War, and was also RMS Titanic’s port of registry. It has also become a fantastic destination for cruises over the years. It’s therefore an honour for the UNESCO World Heritage Site to receive such acclaim, fighting off tough competition from the Guadeloupe Islands and the Baltic.
A record breaking 54 cruise ships berthed in the city in 2015, welcoming more than 80,000 international visitors in the past 12 months, who have fallen in love with the city’s maritime heritage, musical history, beautiful buildings and magnificent events.
7. The Beatles
Liverpool was declared the “City of Pop” in 2001 by the Guinness Book of Records, as more number ones have emerged from the city than anywhere else. One of the most famous acts to come out of the city has to be The Beatles, and changed the face of music forever with songs such as ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Come Together’.
Liverpool is immensely proud of the Fab Four, which is why they celebrate the band’s musical journey at the Albert Dock’s The Beatles Story – offering a fantastic exhibition of the rock ‘n’ roll band’s career. You can also visit the childhood homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, which are now National Trust sites, and can even visit the locations from the famous songs ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields’.
8. Liverpool and Everton FC
Football fans across the world just have to experience the passion and buzz of Anfield Stadium and Goodison Park – the homes of Liverpool FC and Everton FC. Watch the red men in action as you soak in the pride and passion from the LFC fans. The atmosphere is also simply electric at the People’s Club, as you won’t find a more loyal bunch of fans than the Toffees.
9. The Tallest Christmas Tree in the UK
Are you visiting Liverpool for the festive season? You won’t be disappointed – because the city offers the tallest Christmas tree in the UK. It is an incredible 30 metres tall, offering 2,000 metres of cable, 314 light rods and is a 12 sided steel cone.
10. The Crabbie’s Grand National
There’s always a good time to visit Liverpool – but one event that has people flocking into the city every single year is the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, which takes place annually at Aintree Racecourse every April. The horseracing event is watched by 600 million people across the globe each year, and welcomes 150,000 people into the racecourse during the course of the three-day festival. Don’t miss it!