Telling the story of UK music since 1950s, this incredible exhibition is based in the grand surroundings of the Cunard Building at Pier Head. It’s split into zones covering everything from rock ‘n’ roll and ska to punk, glam rock and dance music. Stage costumes, iconic instruments and interactive displays give an unparalleled insight into the journey pop music has taken in the last 60 years.
Liverpool is extremely proud of its two magnificent cathedrals, Anglican and Metropolitan, located at opposite ends of Hope Street, recently voted the best street in the UK. Gothic in design, Liverpool Cathedral is the largest Anglican cathedral in Britain and the fifth largest in the world. It was designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, designer of the red telephone box and Battersea Power Station, and completed in 1978. The Tower Experience takes visitors to the very top of the cathedral for a bird’s eye view of the city. The journey to the top of the 331ft tower features two lifts and 108 steps, but it is well worth it for the breathtaking views.
The magnificent Albert Dock Liverpool is one of the country’s top heritage attractions. Situated on the banks of the River Mersey, the attraction is also part of the Liverpool’s prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to award-winning visitor attractions including the Beatles Story, International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool. There is also a vast choice of stylish family friendly cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as the Wheel of Liverpool.
The tour will introduce you to the lives of The Beatles; their homes, schools, birthplaces and many other landmarks which informed the songs such as Strawberry Field and Penny Lane. The two hour tour finishes at the world famous Cavern Club in Mathew Street, where you can take a look around and enjoy live music in the birthplace of The Beatles.
Liverpool ONE has had a huge impact on the city since opening in 2008. The 1.65million sq ft contemporary open-air complex is a stylish must-see destination for those who love to shop, eat, drink and relax. Liverpool ONE includes over 160 stores, bars and restaurants, a fantastic 14 screen cinema, an indoor adventure golf course and a five-acre park. Stores include high street favourites such as Topshop, John Lewis and Debenhams.
Located at Albert Dock, this is the original award-winning Beatles Story attraction. This museum is an evocative exhibition charting the lives and times of John, Paul, George and Ringo, from the early days in Hamburg to The Cavern, Beatlemania and flower power, the break-up and their solo careers. Using the latest interactive guides, the museum brings the band’s story to life.
Football is integral to life in the city, and Liverpool Football Club is a great place to start. Visitors are immersed in the history of one of the most famous clubs in the world through state-of-the-art technology, learning about legends such as Bill Shankly and Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool’s great success both home and abroad.
Although cruise liners are a common sight in Liverpool, they are not the only famous ships in the city. Mersey Ferry trips are a must for visitors. For spectacular views of the iconic Liverpool waterfront and a fascinating history guide – not to mention hearing that Gerry and the Pacemakers song – take the 50-minute River Explorer from Pier Head. Since April 2015, the ferry Snowdrop has been painted in a unique dazzling design by Sir Peter Blake, the artist behind the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album cover.
Six miles north of the city centre is Crosby, the location of Another Place – the public artwork by Antony Gormley. Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of Crosby Beach and stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. Each figure weighs 650 kilos and is made from casts of the artist’s own body. The work is an institution in the area and is truly unlike anything you have seen before.
One of the jewels of the Albert Dock is Tate Liverpool, the home of the national collection of modern and contemporary art in the north of England and the UK’s most visited gallery of its kind outside London. Displaying famous modern works alongside cutting-edge contemporary art, the gallery is a must-see for any fan of the arts visiting the city. The current exhibition, Portraying a Nation, looks at German art between 1919 and 1933.