Liverpool apartments and guest houses – where to stay
is a vibrant, bustling and energetic city that offers not just a rich cultural heritage but a wealth of diverse restaurants, world class football teams, art galleries and exciting nightlife. Liverpool has undergone something of a rebirth following its tenure as European Capital of Culture
, and the international exposure that such a title brought to Liverpool has given the city the opportunity to show itself off to the world. Liverpudlian’s are extremely proud of their city and have a strong sense of identity. They are warm, friendly people eager to tell you about their favourite parts of the city. Liverpool has good transport links and the Liverpool
John Lennon airport is well located for those visiting the city for a short break.
Where did the name Scouser come from? It was the name of a type of stew ate by Liverpudlians living in poverty in the 1900s.
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, opened in 1898, was the world’s first institution dedicated to tropical health.
Adolf Hitler spent time living in Liverpool before World War 1.
Liverpool, home to Liverpool FC
, is the most successful footballing city in the UK.
Liverpool can also claim to be the capital of pop – more artists with origins in the city have had a number 1 record than any other location.
Perhaps the best place for visitors to begin their tour of Liverpool is at the docks. The Albert Dock
, a world heritage site, is a hugely popular tourist attraction which celebrates Liverpool’s industrial past. The Dock is home to many of Liverpool’s finest bars and restaurants and is also the location of Tate Liverpool
. The Maritime Museum
which documents Liverpool’s rich maritime history is also located here. The city was shaped by the role it played as one of the world’s major ports and it is interesting to get an idea of what it was like in centuries gone by. The Titanic
was registered in Liverpool and many Liverpudlian’s lost their lives on the ship. An informative memorial located on the waterfront pays tribute to those working in the engine room of the ship.
Art and culture in Liverpool
Outside London, Liverpool is the city with the most art galleries and national museums in the UK. There is a wide array of galleries both large and small. Tate Liverpool
is one of the most famous of these and houses a substantial collection of modern art. The Walker Gallery
, located at the scenic St John’s Gardens, hosts a large collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Liverpool has a lively art scene and it pays to keep an eye open for pop-up galleries, one-off events and new exhibitions.
are never too far away from anyone discussing Liverpool and its history. The band is rightfully celebrated by the city and much is made of their influence on wider popular culture. Those interested in the band’s history can visit famous locations such as The Cavern Club
where the band played in their early years or the gates at Strawberry Field. The Beatles Story, a museum at the Albert Dock, is a must-see for anyone with a passing interest in the band and their story is brought to life excellently.
Liverpool is also a major leisure destination and the Liverpool One
shopping centre is the city’s shopping, fashion and entertainment hub. For those looking for nightlife, Liverpool’s city centre is packed with great bars, rowdy pubs and live music venues. Liverpool’s reputation for producing great bands remains and many young acts can be seen vying for success in atmospheric bars and clubs.
Off the beaten path
There are many sides to Liverpool and we urge you to speak to the locals and find out where best to go off the beaten path. We recommend you head north of the city to Crosby Beach
, home of Antony Gormley’s Another Place art installation. The beach hosts 100 iron figures over a 3km area. The iron figures have been installed at various depths and is a very simple but effective installation. Go at sunset – it’s extremely moving. For a different shopping experience head to Grand Central Hall
. Formerly a religious meeting hall, the location now hosts many independent shops selling all kinds of interesting gifts, clothes and trinkets. Check out the Methodist Arena on the upper level – it’s impressive. The Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre
is also worth investigating. Commissioned by industrialist Joseph Williamson, this collection of tunnels and chambers offers a compelling insight into Liverpool’s history. Guided tours are offered of this mysterious network under the city.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
is located 7 miles southeast of the city centre. Several bus services link the airport with the surrounding area. The nearest station is Liverpool South Parkway which can be reached via a short bus ride. The best way to get to Liverpool city centre is by bus and the journey takes 25 minutes. There are also coach services that link the airport with Manchester
city centre. Travelling around Liverpool city centre is easy and good value. Merseyrail operate the trains which serve the centre and surrounding areas and Mersey Travel operate the bus network. Navigating the centre is simple and if you’re not sure of something – just ask! Liverpudlian’s are always knowledgeable of their city.
There are many reasons to visit this fantastic city and there truly is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for art and culture, history or just a good time, Liverpool
proudly offers a high standard in everything.