Top Things To Do In Liverpool
Liverpool is a vibrant city with a rich cultural and architectural heritage. Of course, everyone has heard of the Beatles, and they will be forever associated with this famous city. However, there is much more to discover, including museums, galleries, and regenerated dockland areas. Here are some top ideas for a day trip to Liverpool.
The northern home to the renowned Tate galleries, this impressive gallery is perfectly suited to a renovated Grade I listed warehouse in the Albert Dock, where the original features have been elegantly incorporated into the modern light-filled space. It’s just a short walk from the city centre.
The venue hosts regular exhibitions by some of the most celebrated artists in the UK and around the world, and has a permanent display of works from the National Collection with no admission fee. Coming up is the Dark Waters exhibition with JMW Turner and Lamin Fofana. There are many other frequent special events to enjoy.
The Beatles Story
No trip to Liverpool would be complete without paying homage to the Fab Four. Even if you are not a massive fan, there is still plenty worth seeing at the dedicated Beatles museum at the Albert Dock. You will be transported back to the swinging sixties, a time full of changing social attitudes, optimism, and of course some of the most exciting pop music ever made.
Superfans can also hop the Magical Mystery Tour, a two-hour bus tour of Liverpool’s famous Beatles landmarks, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, not to mention the legendary Cavern Club. You’ll see the former homes of the band members, and the places where they first met and made their early rehearsals.
The Shakespeare North Playhouse
If high culture is more to your taste, then the acclaimed new Shakespeare North Playhouse is an unmissable venue. Sited in the town of Prescot on the outskirts of Liverpool, the 470-seat venue opened in March 2022 to warm approval from critics. It has world-class performing arts facilities which are already drawing visitors from around the world.
The theatre is based on the design of the 16th century Royal Cockpit Theatre, a circular wooden venue which once stood where 10 Downing Street is now. The Northern Playhouse has an octagonal shaped gallery, with a removable roof. As well as Shakespeare plays, there will also be contemporary performers, such as comedian Jonny Vegas on the bill.
Take a Ferry Across the Mersey
For a fun family friendly time, book a ride on the Mersey Ferry. It’s the perfect way to see the sights of the city, such as the Cathedrals, the Albert Dock, and the Three Graces. You will also be able to see the spectacular Razzle Dazzle Ferry Snowdrop, which was designed by the celebrated pop artist Peter Blake, of Sgt Peppers album cover fame.
Wrap up because it can be windy, and prepare to enjoy the commentary as you learn more about the heritage of this fascinating city.
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