Liverpool has always been one of my favourite places to visit, but it wasn't until last weekend that I truely got to see what Liverpool is all about. Growing up I used to visit Liverpool quite frequently on the way to Wales, but these were on pitstops in our journey and I never spent more than a few hours there. As an adult, I've always wanted to go back and spend a full weekend sightseeing in Liverpool and a few days ago, thanks to the people at Visit Liverpool and Travelodge, I finally ticked a weekend in Liverpool off my UK bucket list.
Liverpool is an English city that dates back to 1207 and resides in the Metropolitan borough of Merseyside in North West England. The city is steeped in history and has a strong musical heritage, mostly renowned for being the birthplace of one of the biggest bands in the world, The Beatles and many other stars of the Merseybeat era during the early 1960s. During that particular time period, a popular song about Liverpool rose to fame by the band Gerry & The Peacemakers, that song was called 'Ferry across the Mersey' and depicts Liverpool's most loved river. That song along with it's impressive history made the River Mersey one of the most recognisable rivers in the world.
So why visit Liverpool? Firstly there's so many things to do. You can jump on a sightseeing bus and visit a number of Liverpool's 33 attractions including plenty of free-to-enter museums. If you're a Beatles fan you can also hop on the Magical Mystery Tour for a two hour ride to visit where they grew up. If you like shopping, Liverpool One has almost every high-street shop you can think of and if you're a foodie, Liverpool has a large variety of restaurants from A-La-Carte Michelin star restaurants to plenty of traditional style pubs with hearty grub.
If you like art and sculptures, you're in for a treat in Liverpool. The city of Liverpool has the most number of public sculptures than any other city or location in the UK aside from London. There's everything from royal statues such as the Queen Victoria bronze sculpture outside St.George's Hall to Scientists and Philosophers like the Charles Darwin statue at Sefton Park. The statue above is the newly unveiled Beatles statue near Georges dock.
Liverpool also has impressive architecture that can be seen all around the city with buildings such as The Royal Liver building, the Cunard, The Port of Liverpool building and the stunning Georgian Anglican Cathedral as seen above. In 2004, Liverpool was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City for it's Maritime history and well preserved buildings.
Liverpool is a city that can capture the heart of anyone, young or old and it really has a hold on mine. If you're looking for a day out, a weekend away or even a week to immerse yourself in culture, Liverpool should really be on your UK bucket list.
Have you been to Liverpool before?