Liverpool is the major city of the metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England. It has a vast history as a seaport connecting the United Kingdom to the Americas, particularly during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Although Liverpool still operates as a major British dock and port into the 2010s, it has garnered a plethora of claims to fame since its seafaring origins. Any visitor to the location can see the streets and buildings are paved with the cultural icons that the city is famed for, so we have compiled our top five tourist spots in Liverpool (part one).
Liverpool is a famed and popular city to visit for reasons not limited to local and world history, art, music and football. All of which are represented by a variety of museums, galleries and hotspots for tourists. So in no particular order, here are top five tourist spots in Liverpool. Disclaimer: this list will not contain the home ground of Liverpool Football Club as we have already discussed this location in our listing of famous football stadiums to visit. Check that out here.
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World Museum Liverpool
The first entry on our list is one of several high-rate museums on offer in the North-western city, while others are more occupied with local history, the World Museum of Liverpool has an array of fascinating artefacts on display, sourced from every corner of the globe. These are delegated in many exhibitions and across five floors. There is the potential for an entire day’s outing here, if you wish. Having visited the World Museum a number of times myself, I highly recommend paying a visit.
The sections include the aquarium, the Treasure House Theatre, the Clore Natural History Centre, the Human World in the World Cultures Gallery, Bug House, the Planetarium and the Earth with Dinosaurs and Animals from Around the World. On-site there are also two cafés and gift shops, so you have everything you need in one place for a full day out with the family. The museum is in a central location and close to major transport links in and out of the city via bus and train routes.
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The Beatles Story
‘The Beatles Story’ is exactly as it says on the tin and so much more, it is the world’s most famous interactive exhibition that tells the story of the Beatles’ rise to glory. Located at a UNESCO World heritage waterfront at the Albert Dock (more on this later), The Beatles Story contains items and artefacts such as instruments and photographs as well as iconic artwork associated with the Liverpudlian band.
The stars of the show though are recreations of iconic scenes in the band’s history, from the early days to global dominance. Famous locations include recreations at the Cavern Club, the Casbah Club and Abbey Road Studios. Audio guides are also available and there is an on-site gift shop to fulfil your merchandise needs. A must-do experience for any fan of the world-famous rock band. This location is known on a global scale for a very good reason.
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The Royal Albert Dock
As mentioned earlier, Liverpool’s history and heritage are immortalised in its unique architecture and locations, with the Royal Albert Dock being no exception. It is a complex of renovated warehouses and dock buildings that house a series of restaurants and tourist spots. These include the Tate Gallery, the aforementioned Beatles Story and the Merseyside Maritime Museum as well as a collection of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.
The Royal Albert Dock is one of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks, featuring every panoramic view, skyline postcard and photograph of the city. From its 1980s renovation, it represents the fusing of old Liverpool and new, with much of its rustic, industrial charm unchanged but now containing a series of modern retail additions. Revolution Bar, What’s Cooking, Gusto Italian and the Pump House are among the many high-quality dining options.
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The Walker Art Gallery
Liverpool is the home to many art galleries of varying styles to fit the tastes of any passionate art aficionado, housed in a stunning old building. The gallery contains a vast number of collections and individual pieces from across the globe, dating back to the thirteenth century and right up to the modern-day. Rembrandt, Freud, Hockney and Lowry are just a few of the famous names you will find as you browse the collections.
The gallery is located in a convenient central location, walking distance between the World Museum and St George’s Hall as well as St John’s Shopping Centre and numerous dining spots. There are also handy transport links nearby with Lime Street Station and all major bus connections just a small walk away. The Walker Art Gallery should be near the top of your to-do list if you have a penchant for visual art.
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Liverpool offers a lot to visitors and residents in regards to shopping, leisure and dining. It also regarded as one of Europe’s pioneering open-air retail locations, stretching to an impressive 1.65 million square feet in size over several floors. All in all, there are over one hundred and fifty high-end stores, fashion retailers, bars and restaurants. Famous spots include the Official LFC store, Doc Martins, Vans, Urban Outfitters, TGI Fridays, Wagamama, Five Guys and much, much more.
It does not stop there; Liverpool ONE offers some unique leisure activities that have become popular attractions in the bustling location. There is also a fourteen-screen ODEON cinema, an indoor adventure golf course and a five-acre park overlooking a wonderful view of the Royal Albert Dock. Liverpool ONE has a lot to offer visitors who are looking to shop, relax or dine in style after a busy day of shopping and seeing the sights. Liverpool ONE truly is the pinnacle of day and nightlife in this incredible city and justifiably holds a place on this list for the Top Five Tourist Spots in Liverpool.
So there you have it, the top five tourist spots in Liverpool. This list barely scratches the surface for what Liverpool has to offer visitors. Speaking as someone who lives just outside of the city and has lived in it for several years, I have spent many days, evenings and nights enjoying what Liverpool has to offer. I have much more to discuss in this incredible city, so expect an imminent part two. In the meantime, here is a great walk through of the city at Christmas time.