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Exploring Liverpool

The city’s world renowned port was at the very heart of global trade for centuries, while the famous river Mersey provided the lifeblood for UK trade down through the years. The world- renowned waterway even gave its name to the ‘Merseybeat’ – a pop and rock genre that was developed by bands from Liverpool in the 60s.

Getting to Liverpool is a doddle. Simply hop on a plane at Shannon and you’ll be in Liverpool John Lennon Airport in around 90 minutes.  The No. 500 Airport Express (£2.60) runs every half hour and gets you to the city centre in 20 minutes.

Liverpool is synonymous with the Beatles, arguably the most popular and most celebrated band of all time. Fans of the ‘Fab Four’ will find an endless array of related attractions to take in.

Visit Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road, childhood homes of Lennon and McCartney respectively; The Casbah Coffee Club, where the band first performed under the name the Quarrymen; and/or The Cavern Club, the venue where the Beatles found their musical feet. 

The Merseyside area has produced two highly successful football teams in Everton and Liverpool FC. But it is the latter that really draws the tourists, and with good reason. Liverpool is one of the most decorated clubs in Britain with over 41 major trophies to their name, including five European Cups.

If you’re not lucky enough to get a ticket for a game at their historic stadium Anfield, then you should take in the Liverpool stadium tour and museum. For £11 you can marvel at the brimming trophy cabinets, sit in the dressing room used by Liverpool’s current crop of players and former legends, touch the world famous "This is Anfield" sign, and emerge from the narrow tunnel onto the hallowed pitch. 

Formby Point

Looking to escape the city for a day? The scenic stretch of sandy beach at Formby Point is ideal for brisk walks or leisurely picnics. Situated about 30 minutes north of the centre, the vast beach is surrounded by sand dunes, coastal pinewoods and a squirrel sanctuary. Admission is free but parking costs £4.50 per day. 

Shopping and Restaurants

Back in the city, shoppers will be in their element at Liverpool One. This vast, modern retail complex also offers a plethora of dining options, from Pizza Hut to Wagamama. For something a bit different head to Liverpool’s Chinatown district which has some particularly good restaurants. 

Five for free

  • 1 - Walker Art Gallery

    Housing one of the largest art collections in England, the Walker Gallery proudly hangs the work of eminent artists such as Rembrandt, Degas and Hockney.

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  • 2 -The Maritime Museum

    Liverpool’s port was once one of the world’s most important, and the city’s seafaring history is really brought to life at The Maritime Museum. Interactive exhibits highlight the pivotal role the port played in the British Empire, the transatlantic slave trade, mass emigration, as well as the launch of the RMS Titanic

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  • 3 - Liverpool World Museum

    One of the best free attractions around, Liverpool World Museum caters for all ages. Kids will love the aquarium, the bug zoo and the planetarium, while adults are sure to appreciate the amazing historic and scientific displays including over 50,000 artifacts from Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlements.

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  • 4 - St. George’s Hall

    Completed in 1854, this magnificent Neoclassical style building housed concert halls, law courts, and prison cells and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. The macabre Victorian prison cells provide a stark contrast to the majestic concert hall interior.

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  • 5 - The Two Cathedrals

    Liverpool is famous for having two Cathedrals – Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral. Situated just 500 metres apart, both cathedrals are well worth a visit and luckily, entrance to both is free of charge. 

    Liverpool Cathedral, built in Gothic Revival style, is the second longest cathedral in the world and contains the largest pipe organ in the UK. Liverpool Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral is a much more modern and distinct design. Due to its unusual conical shape it is known locally as the "Mersey Funnel”.

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