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Living in the North West of England, Liverpool is one of my favourite cities and is just 27 minutes away from our local railway station. There’s no question that the city deserved its ‘City of Culture’ status back in 2008 and to celebrate the 10-year anniversary, Liverpool will be hosting numerous events across the borough in 2018 to mark the occasion.
Today, I’ve rounded up 7 fantastic, family-friendly destinations to help you plan your next venture to Merseyside and don’t forget to check before you travel to see if you can get your hands on some top deals on things to do in Liverpool or if there’s any special promotions running at the attractions you’re planning to pay a visit to.
You couldn’t ask for more when it comes to a family day out than what Speke Hall has to offer. With large green lawns perfect for picnics and games, a breathtaking Tudor mansion that you’re free to look around, a maze to get lost in and their woodland trail which is a beautiful walk for spotting wildflowers and birds — they’ve got you covered! Run by The National Trust, a family of four can gain entry for just under £30 with individual prices at £11.70 per adult and £5.85 per child. If you don’t fancy taking a picnic, there’s a café just inside the entrance together with a small gift shop.
The Albert Dock in Liverpool is essentially a large square that you can walk around with little shops, cafés/bars and attractions including Tate Liverpool, the Beatle’s Story, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum and, finally, the new Mattel Play centre. The views are beautiful and it’s a lovely place to relax and take a leisurely stroll around.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
The Merseyside Maritime Museum is one of my favourites because it holds treasures and secrets from two of my best-loved historical subjects — the British World Wars and the sinking of the Titanic. Liverpool is also well-known for its ties to slavery before its abolition back in 1833 and on the third floor, you’ll find the International Slavery Museum. Both of the museums are free and they’re really in-depth with interesting exhibitions and interactive areas.
I adore art galleries and while it’s more contemporary in style than I usually prefer, the Tate in Liverpool is no exception. A celebration and showcase of British and International modern art, most of the rooms and exhibitions at Tate Liverpool are free of charge and it’s somewhere that I’m sure we’ll be making regular visits to when we start our home education with Lily.
The Royal Liver Building
I’ve always been a bit of a history buff and, in my eyes, no trip to Liverpool is complete without taking in the glorious view of The Royal Liver Building situated along the city’s waterfront. On the very top of this Edwardian building’s two clock towers stand the two Liver Birds — the city’s iconic symbol — with the female bird supposedly looking out to the sea to ensure the safe return of the seamen and the male bird looking in towards the city to watch over their families.
We went to Sefton Park for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’s Spooky Welly Walk last year at Halloween and I was really impressed. A Grade 1 historic park, it spans over 235 acres with beautiful features, monuments, a boating lake and small café. Palm House sits to the side of the park which is a stunning Victorian glass structure holding events and weddings throughout the year with free admission on a day-to-day basis to see the sights such as their botanical collection.
I always rave about Formby and with good reason because I swear you’ve never seen a beach so clean and well-maintained. Formby is run by The National Trust and is very understated with just a set of toilets and a single ice-cream van greeting you upon entry to the site but it really is all you need. It’s currently £6.50 to park your car and the beach is up and over a small sandy hill, just a few minutes walk from the car park. It’s the PERFECT picnic destination and is idyllic and secluded with miles of sand, rock pools and coastline. If you’re looking for a quiet escape on a sunny day, Formby is the place for you.
Where are your favourite places to visit in Liverpool? Have you got anywhere you’d like to recommend to us?