Things to do in
Liverpool

Come for the Beatles, and stay for the culture, football, cuisine, and nightlife in this lively port city.

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Liverpool: Liverpool Football Club Museum and Stadium Tour

1. Liverpool: Liverpool Football Club Museum and Stadium Tour

Explore Anfield Stadium and learn the history of Liverpool FC at the interactive museum. Visit exclusive areas, including the Player’s Tunnel and Dressing Rooms, with live guides and audio guides on hand. Start your tour in the expanded Main Stand and enjoy views of the pitch and Liverpool’s skyline. Experience how the stadium comes alive on matchdays using immersive technology. Gain an insight into the club’s history and access to must-see areas such as the Press Conference Room, the This Is Anfield sign, Player’s Tunnel, Managerial Dugout, and the Dressing Rooms.  The stadium tour will be enhanced by a multimedia handset alongside your tour guides on hand to answer any questions. Your ticket also includes entry to The LFC Story where the team’s history is brought to life through never seen before displays.  Explore The Boom Room: The Epic Story of Jurgen Klopp's Dream Team, a museum exhibition paying homage to the players and all who contributed to making this dream a reality. Also, see the six European Cups and discover over 125 years of LFC history.

Liverpool: The Beatles Story Ticket

2. Liverpool: The Beatles Story Ticket

Embark on a magical mystery tour and see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to dizzying heights of fame and fortune from humble childhood beginnings. Replicas of the Casbah, Mathew Street and The Cavern authentically capture the early 60s, allowing you to experience firsthand the very places that helped make The Beatles the biggest band in the world. Hear the story unfold through our ‘Living History’ audio guides available in 11 different languages (English, Brazilian-Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish). Let all this take you down to the Beatles Story.  In 2018, The Beatles Story celebrates 50 years since The Beatles travelled to India with the launch of a special exhibition. ‘Beatles In India’ looks at this key period in time with new memorabilia, imagery and personal accounts from people who were there with them.

Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

3. Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

From the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. On this 50-minute cruise, you’ll sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage. There is simply no better way to enjoy Liverpool’s iconic waterfront than from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Learn about the history of the Mersey Ferries and the Beatles, who performed 4 times on board the Royal Iris. The performances spanned 3 distinct periods in the development of the renowned group. The first ferry performance was on a cruise in August 1961, when the Beatles were still wearing leather. In August of the following year, they performed again, changing their image to a more clean-cut look, sporting suits, and ties. Their final ferry show was on 28 September 1962, featuring Ringo on drums. By this time they had recorded their first single, Love Me Do, at Abbey Road Studios. A week after the show, Love Me Do was released. While enjoying the surroundings you can listen to the commentary in English pointing out the sights along the river. Information sheets in other languages are provided. The tour departs on the hour from Liverpool Pier Head.

Liverpool: Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour

4. Liverpool: Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour

Start your tour at Albert Dock at the meeting point in Anchor Courtyard, then board the colorful Magical Mystery Tour coach for an unforgettable 2-hour tour. See the Beatles' childhood homes, schools, and colleges, and get up close to places that inspired some of their most memorable songs – Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. You’ll be kept entertained along the way by a professional Beatles guide and some Fab Four tunes. As you travel around Liverpool city center and its outskirts, many more Beatles locations will be pointed out. The Magical Mystery Tour is the only Beatles tour that finishes at the legendary Cavern Club. Tour tickets also include free general admission to the Cavern in the evening of your tour date (excluding admission to ticketed shows).

Liverpool: City & Beatles Tour 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

5. Liverpool: City & Beatles Tour 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Hop aboard the open-top bus tour of Liverpool and The Beatles. Listen to the social history of the city and where the Beatles were born and raised, stayed, and played. See all the city’s historic sights, including the Unesco World Heritage waterfront and the 2 magnificent Cathedrals. Your first stop is Penny Lane and the second Strawberry Field, where you can leave the bus for a priceless photo opportunity. Then you'll go to the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, before traveling back towards the city where you will hear all about the great River Mersey. Once you have completed the City and Beatles tour, use your ticket to join the hop-on hop-off city tour. Ride through the historical landmarks and attractions including The Royal Albert Dock, the iconic UNESCO waterfront, the world-famous Cavern Club, the World Museum, both of the magnificent Cathedrals, The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, China Town, and much more.  You will also have exclusive offers throughout the city, including a free glass of bubbly at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms.

Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

6. Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The best way to appreciate Merseyside and Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is from the River Mersey. Start the adventure from the Pier Head, where the 50-minute river cruise departs from hourly. Departing hourly, on the hour, the 50-minute river cruise sails from Pier Head. Enjoy commentary that highlights the city’s waterfront heritage.  The open-top city bus tour shows the best of Liverpool to you by land. Visit iconic places of interest and learn about the city’s culture and history with a live guide on every bus. Hop off and back on to visit sites of interest to you. Bus tour stops: • Albert Dock • Pier Head • Liverpool One • The Cavern Quarter • Museums, Gallery & Library • Queen Square Bus Station • Adelphi Hotel • Metropolitan Cathedral • Philharmonic Pub • Liverpool Cathedral • St Luke's - Bombed Out Church • Chinese Arch • Cain's Brewery Village • M&S Arena & ACC

Liverpool City Sights 24hr Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Bus Tour

7. Liverpool City Sights 24hr Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Bus Tour

Explore the historic UNESCO Mercantile Maritime City, taking in the stunning architecture of Liverpool on this entertaining tour of the city's top attractions and historic landmarks. Hop aboard the open-top bus at the Royal Albert Dock, and take a seat on the top deck for the best views.  You will learn about all of Liverpool's major sights, including The Royal Albert Dock, the iconic waterfront, and the world-famous Cavern Club. You will also hear about the World Museum, both of the magnificent cathedrals, the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, China Town and much more. The complete tour takes about 50 minutes and returns back to its original starting point at the Royal Albert Dock. You will also have access to exclusive offers throughout the city, including a free glass of bubbly at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms.

Liverpool Beatles Museum Ticket

8. Liverpool Beatles Museum Ticket

Experience the Liverpool Beatles Museum which is home to one of the largest Beatles collections in the world, featuring over 1000 never before seen authentic items across three floors. Enjoy a new perspective on the greatest rock and roll band of all time. The Grade II listed building is situated in the heart of Liverpool on the world-famous Mathew Street, only yards away from the iconic Cavern Club. Visit the museum and embark on a journey through the early days in Liverpool and Hamburg, their rise to worldwide fame, and their innovative studio years. See original guitars and drums from the band’s Hamburg days, John Lennon's Sgt Pepper medals, the white cello from Magical Mystery Tour, Paul McCartney’s bass amp, and more at the Liverpool Beatles Museum. Explore hundreds of other personal items, including never before seen letters, exclusive interviews with the band members, and previously unseen footage of the Beatles at this one-of-a-kind museum.

Liverpool Football Club: Legends Q&A and Stadium Tour

9. Liverpool Football Club: Legends Q&A and Stadium Tour

Take a tour of Anfield stadium and visit the home of Liverpool FC – sacred ground to any diehard Liverpool fans. Enjoy an exclusive Q&A with a Liverpool legend. Visit the the Liverpool FC museum. Take a tour of the LFC Stadium. Hear personal memories, dressing room tales and funny anecdotes from a Liverpool legend during a Q&A session. Have the chance to ask any questions you have. Take a photograph with a former Liverpool player and get their autograph. Legends include: Ian Callaghan, Jan Molby, John Aldridge, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Terry McDermott. Tour the stadium and  walk out of the player’s tunnel underneath the legendary “This is Anfield Sign.” See epic views of the city from the highest level of the main stand. Step into the home and away teams dressing room. Snap a photo with your favorite team member’s jersey. See the Kop, the press room and the manager’s dugout. Visit the Liverpool FC museum and see memorabilia from the team’s history including 6 European Cups. From 23rd May – 31st May the Kop Stand will be undergoing essential maintenance during this time. You will be unable to access this area on the tour. The rest of the Stadium Tour route will remain unaffected.

Liverpool City Explorer 24 hour hop-on hop-off Bus Tour

10. Liverpool City Explorer 24 hour hop-on hop-off Bus Tour

Liverpool is a city of great tradition, fabulous humor and stunning architecture. This hop-on hop-off bus service is serious about culture, comedy and style. On board see the city with an informative guide to help you explore the best bits of Liverpool. Hear about the history, drama, talent and funny stuff that’s made Liverpool what it is today. Hop on and off at 14 stops including, the Mersey Ferries, cathedrals, Chinese Arch and Museum and galleries. The full loop takes approximately 50 minutes and runs all year round. Bus tour stops: • Albert Dock • Pier Head • Liverpool One • The Cavern Quarter • Museums, Gallery & Library • Queen Square Bus Station • Adelphi Hotel • Metropolitan Cathedral • Philharmonic Pub • Liverpool Cathedral • St Luke's - Bombed Out Church • Chinese Arch • Cain's Brewery Village • Echo Arena & ACC  

Frequently asked questions about Liverpool

What top attractions are a must-see in Liverpool?

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Liverpool

Indiana Jo has visited over 60 countries but calls Liverpool home. Her travel blog focuses on independent and solo female travel. Here, she shares here insider tips for visiting her native city of Liverpool. You can read more on her post about Liverpool for First Time Visitors here.

What should I do on my first trip to Liverpool?

Head to the Royal Albert Docks. It's Grade I listed and packed with museums, bars and restaurants. From there, wander along the waterfront where you can visit the Liver Building and hop on the famous Ferry Cross the Mersey.

What are some hidden gems to see in Liverpool?

Bold Street is a pedestrianised area where the locals go to eat. You'll find plenty of independent restaurants and some of the coolest bars in the city are in the nearby streets.

How much time should I spend in Liverpool?

Liverpool is a compact city so it's easy to get around with most of the highlights within the city centre. A weekend visit is perfect for taking in the sights as well as enjoying the nightlife. It's even possible to enjoy a day trip from London if you catch an early train and go back late.

What food is Liverpool known for?

Scouse is the most famous local dish. Similar to Irish stew, it's a slow-cooked medley of beef, root vegetables and potatoes. If you're veggie, look for 'blind scouse' without the meat.

What is the best way to get around Liverpool?

Walking is the best way to get around the city. If you want to explore some of the Beatles' history, there is a City Sightseeing bus. It's a great idea if you don't have a car as many of the sights like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields are in the city's suburbs. Anfield stadium, for Liverpool FC, is also outside the city but it's easy to get to via taxi or the number 17 bus from Queen's Square.

What are the best months to visit Liverpool?

Spring, summer and autumn are the best months to visit. It can be harder to find outdoor dining in summer as the people of Liverpool love a good night out, but the atmosphere is electric with many festivals and events on in the city. Winter is much quieter due to the rain and cold weather. The docks get especially cold in winter so pack a good coat.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Liverpool?

The Royal Albert Dock and Pier Head (waterfront area) are best for first-time visitors. Liverpool One is for people wanting to shop. And Bold Street and Castle Street are great for local dining. Baltic triangle is a bit further out of the city but its seen a lot of regeneration and it's where the cool kids hang out.

What are the best neighborhoods for food? 

Liverpool has a great choice of restaurants ranging from chain brands, mostly around Liverpool One, to more independent restaurants on Bold Street and Castle Street. Baltic Triangle has some of the newest restaurants in the city. Chinatown in Liverpool is also worth a visit since Liverpool has one of the oldest and largest and Chinese communities in Europe.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

Liverpool One is the best shopping area in the city. It's part-open-air, part-covered, with some of the more exclusive brands located in beautiful St Peter's Lane. For more high-street brands, head to Church Street, and Met Quarter for a smaller range of shops. All of these areas are within short walking distance of each other. The Royal Albert Dock is perfect if you're looking for souvenirs and postcards.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Liverpool?

Anywhere within the city centre is a good bet and there are plenty of hotels and apartment rentals to choose from. Some of the best hotels and larger chains are situated near the Royal Albert Dock or facing the waterfront.

Planning Your Visit

  • Getting Around

    With Liverpool John Lennon Airport on the edge of the city, it’s easy to have a flying visit. But once you’re there, the city has plenty of public transport, whether it is by road, rail or river. For any attractions along the waterfront, hop onto a Mersey Ferries service for something different.

  • Where should you stay in Liverpool?

    The city is brimming with hotels, apartments, hostels, and B&Bs. There’s plenty to choose from - whatever your price range - and all with that famous Scouse welcome. For somewhere with a view, why not stay in rooms overlooking The Albert Dock, close to chic restaurants and bars. No matter where you end up, you’ll be able to travel easily to all of the city’s must-see sights.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The weather is best from April to September, when the days are longer and the temperatures are comfortable for sightseeing. Do pack a sweater, though, as the evenings can get chilly.

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What people are saying about Liverpool

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 8,618 reviews

A great trip to a breathtaking landscape! We received very good snapshot impressions of the Lake District. Of course, one day is too short to experience very much. If I can I will definitely come back for a longer visit. Our guide Stuart was fantastic: very friendly and helpful, a fountain of knowledge about the region, its history, nature and literature, funny and entertaining. I can recommend the trip without any reservations.

A small but very interesting museum (if a little difficult to find! Typical postcode problem with Google Maps - takes you to the back of the building which has no indication of the musuem ... NOTE: It is in Rumford Street NOT in the square behind that!!). An interesting insight into a WWII activity that I, and I would suspect many others, had no knowledge off. Probably take you no mare than an hour an most.

Had a great tour, ClaireVoyant and her sister were brilliant, fun informative and witty. They really made the tour for us. I would definitely recommend the tour

The experience itself was amazing Tony and Dave were fantastic very welcoming onto the bus and Tony was very knowledgeable of Liverpool and historic events

What a brilliant experience! Interesting, informative & fun! I’d highly recommend this to Beatles fans & visitors to Liverpool.