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.
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.
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.