Visiting Liverpool for the first time

Renowned for its cultural and musical heritage, Liverpool is a bustling metropolitan city with lots to offer. Liverpool is a popular tourist hotspot and it is has something for every visitor. Young couples looking for a city break can sample some of the city’s many bars and restaurants, families can visit the football grounds or safari park and culture vultures can take in some of the many museums and classical architecture.

Liverpool city
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Travelling to Liverpool

First time visitors to Liverpool will be happy to hear that the city is very easy to get to. Visitors travelling by train arrive at Liverpool Lime Street and are in easy reach of some of Liverpool’s city centre attractions. Lime Street is also connected to the inner-city Merseyrail line so visitors can easily travel around the Merseyside area. Liverpool John Lennon airport is also just a few train stops away.

Getting Around the City

The Merseyrail network is a cheap and quick way to get around Liverpool. Travelling around the city centre is easy by foot or on a bus, but visitors who are interested in seeing other parts of the city can just hop on the train. A fun way to explore Liverpool is to take part in one of the many different sightseeing tours. Tour buses have routes which visit the football grounds, Beatles hotspots and other attractions across the city. For those who fancy sightseeing with a twist, Liverpool has amphibious tour buses which go around the city before finishing, literally, in the Albert Dock.

What to See and Do in the City Centre

Liverpool has many museums and art galleries, and the city has a thriving and eclectic cultural scene. The Echo Arena, Philharmonic Hall and city theatres have a wide range of events and shows all year long. Liverpool is also a very popular shopping destination, home to hundreds of independent and high street stores.

Liverpool has been awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site title because of its rich historical value. The Albert and Stanley docks, Ropewalks and William Brown Street are conserved, historic areas which were of vital importance to the development of international trade. The city’s buildings are a striking mix of classic and contemporary architecture and some must-see places include the Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals, the three graces on the Pier Head and St George’s Hall.

Staying Over
There are many hotels in the center of Liverpool. Tourists staying near the L1 district and Chavasse Park will find shopping, restaurants and attractions on their doorstep, but hotels on Hanover Street and Lime Street are just around the corner. For those who prefer a scenic view, the Albert Dock is a few minutes away from the city centre and has many luxury and budget hotel choices.

Other Sights around Liverpool

Those who don’t mind getting a train or bus will find that there is plenty more to see and do outside of the city centre. Aintree Racecourse is home to some of the biggest days in horse racing and it is only a short distance from the city centre. A bit further down the road is the scenic Crosby beach which currently features Antony Gormley’s ambitious ‘Another Place’ art project. Visitors travelling by car can enjoy a great family day out at Knowsley Safari Park, but they’ll have to be careful with their windscreen wipers when they go past the troublesome baboons.

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