From our local rail station in Newton-Le-Willows, you can get the train straight through to Liverpool Lime Street in under 20 minutes. As such, it’s one of my favourite places to visit if I’m looking for a day out in the city and today, I’m sharing some of my top spots to stop by if you’re planning your own trip over that way…
This is a collaborative post.
1. To embrace your arty side… take a stroll around The Tate Liverpool art gallery. It’s free to enter and you can pop over to https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool beforehand to check out their exhibitions before you go in. The artwork they focus on is modern and contemporary so you’re bound to come across something interesting and a little different to more traditional works.
I especially like the gift shop but hey, what’s new there right? ALL of the pretty things!
I haven’t taken Lily yet but I’m hoping to get across to the gallery within the next few weeks as I think she’d be really taken with some of the current displays. It’s also going to be a great place to keep on our radar when we start homeschooling next year.
2. To indulge your inner rock goddess… stop for a couple of pints at The Swan Inn. Three floors, jukeboxes, warm, friendly staff and a classic ‘pub atmosphere’, it’s well worth popping in if you get the chance. A very traditional back-street bar, it also has a great selection of ales and ciders to choose from. We dropped in on their Quiz Night last year and had an awesome time with the staff and some of the locals!
3. To treat yourself to some retail therapy… have a mooch around Liverpool ONE. Especially at Christmas because it’s just bloomin’ gorgeous and the perfect place to #FuelYourShop. A HUGE festive tree, lots of twinkly fairy lights and shops upon shops as far as the eyes can see! You can see a list of all of the stores you’ll find over at https://www.liverpool-one.com/ together with where to eat/drink and cinema listings for the Odeon IMAX you’ll find near Wall Street. My usual haunts are Dr. Martens, The Disney Store, Urban Decay, Paperchase and — again, a Christmas favourite! — the massive John Lewis store at the end of the road. Lily also likes mosying over to Waterstones as it’s one of her most-loved places!
4. To get that Insta-worthy shot… get your peachy little bottom over to Bold Street for Love Thy Neighbour’s ‘Avocado is Bae’ mural. Whilst you’re there, why not pop over to La Parilla to take a photograph against their beautiful Mexican-inspired colourscape? Bold Street is also a great place to spot some hidden gems and get to know some of the independent shops, bars and cafés in the city.
If you’re looking for more graffiti/street art locations in Liverpool, check out this handy round-up.
5. To be awestruck by beautiful architecture… look around you. It’s everywhere! My favourite building in Liverpool is The Liver Building but you can also grab some fantastic views at Liverpool Cathedral, St. George’s Hall, The Town Hall and Liverpool’s Central Library — to name just a few!
6. To learn about the city’s history… visit one of Liverpool’s many museums. I’ve always found the Merseyside Maritime Museum absolutely fascinating (especially the Titanic exhibition) and upstairs, you’ll also be able to check out the International Slavery Museum. Along the waterfront, you’ll find the Museum of Liverpool and the World Museum is over by the library and all four of these museums offer free admission.
7. To breathe in some fresh air and clear your head… walk around the Albert Docks. There are lots of eateries and small shops around the docks together with The Beatle’s Story, Tate Liverpool, Mattel Play and some of the museums. It’s a lovely stroll with gorgeous views and is away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city centre.
Have you been to Liverpool recently? Where would you recommend to anybody planning their next visit to the city?