A weekend in Liverpool
Discover our top-rated picks for a vibrant weekend away
With its mix of cultures, humour, inventiveness and heritage, Liverpool is one of Britain’s most exciting cities.
If you’re looking for a city break that’s packed with character, it doesn’t get much better than this Merseyside favourite. Here are our rated recommendations for your Weekend Escape.
Things to do in Liverpool
The best way of experiencing exactly what Liverpool has to offer is on foot – enjoy a loop through the centre, starting and finishing on the waterfront. The world-famous Albert Dock was a huge risk when built, but it paid off immensely. Book onto a tour to see its history get brought to life; the magnificent waterfront Museum of Liverpool also showcases the city’s diverse and fascinating history.
As you walk round the docks, you’ll pass the museum dedicated to four of Liverpool’s most famous sons: John, Paul, George and Ringo. The Beatles Story takes visitors on a fabulously immersive journey through the lives, times and music of the world’s biggest band. The colourful Magical Mystery Tour Bus is also a must for fans – step aboard for an entertaining two hours exploring the places that inspired some of the world’s best-known songs.
While the ‘Mersey Beat’ has always played a big part in the city’s cultural life, Liverpool’s rich arts heritage is extensive and reaches far beyond music. Visit the Walker Art Gallery – renowned as one of Europe’s finest – to see its outstanding collection, including works by Millais, Hockney and Lowry. For a further fill of modern art spend an afternoon exploring the Tate Liverpool, which houses the National Collection of Modern Art in the North of England.
The city is also famous for its grand architectural heritage, with only London and Bristol having more listed buildings. Three that define the city’s striking skyline are the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building, known as the Three Graces, which occupy Liverpool’s Pier Head. Liverpool is also home two magnificent cathedrals – although they appear to be as old as any other of Britain’s monumental structures, both were actually only completed in the last decades of the 20th century.
Recommended things to do in Liverpool
Where to eat in Liverpool
From 300-ft-high fine dining and confident modernist cooking to four-Rosette dining just across the Mersey, Liverpool has many an award-winning restaurant to experience.