Liverpool is a city with so much to offer, as illustrated by its title of European city of culture in 2008. There are a wide range of things to do in Liverpool, to suit all ages and personalities; history, sport, shopping and much more.
One of the best things to do in Liverpool, and Britain as a whole is to attend a football match as the atmosphere is electric. The city is home to not one but two premier football clubs, Liverpool FC and Everton FC and there is friendly rivalry between the two. It is the only city to host top division football every season since the football league started in 1888. Whoever you support, or even if you support no one in particular, a football match is a great day out for all.
Football isn't the only sport the city is famous for; Aintree Racecourse is home to the Grand National. This premier horse racing event is held in April every year, so you could coincide your trip to Liverpool to place a few bets. The British Grand Prix has also been held at Aintree in the 1950s and 1960s.
The footballer's wives have highlighted that one of the best things to do in Liverpool is to shop. From high-end boutiques to street markets, you're sure to find what you're looking for and a few things you weren't looking for! There is al fresco shopping for the sunny days and huge malls for the rainy days.
Liverpool and music go hand in hand, whether producing one of the greatest bands in the world, or having numerous songs written about it, it is an undeniable world centre for music. You could visit The Beatles local haunts such as The Cavern Club or learn more about the city's musical heritage, including that it is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which is the oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra in the UK.
The city also offers a diverse range of restaurants, pubs and clubs for those wishing to investigate Liverpool's social scene. No matter what your tastes, you will be able to find a restaurant that will give you a dining experience to remember. Afterwards why not quench your thirst in either a traditional pub or a modern bar. Then dance the night away in one of the city's trendy nightclubs.
Though Liverpool is the fourth largest city in the UK, it is often cited as being the most influential after London. After London, it has more galleries and museums than any other city in the UK. It has been dubbed the 'second city of Empire' demonstrating its historical significance. This is also made clear in the diverse architecture, listed buildings and worldwide recognition. In 2004, it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site, described as 'The supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain's greatest global influence'.
The Liverpool Shakespeare Festival held every summer should not be missed, by anyone who appreciates performing arts. Not least because one of the venues is the city's Cathedral, often regarded as one of the greatest structures of twentieth century architecture.
Whilst London has the Thames, Liverpool has the Mersey. You can cross this iconic river on a Mersey ferry, which operates from Pierhead to Woodside in Birkenhead and Seacomb in Wallasey. As well as being an important transport link between the city centre and the Wirral Peninsula, the ferry ride is becoming one of the most popular things to do in Liverpool.
The city has extensive transport links throughout Europe, making access increasingly easy. The two rail networks connect the local area and all the major cities in Britain. The Port of Liverpool is one of Britain's largest ports, providing ferry links to Dublin, Belfast and the Isle of Man. While John Lennon Airport, offers around seventy destinations across Europe.
Conde Nast Traveller Magazine cites Liverpool in the top three cities in the UK worth a visit. After looking around our site, we're sure you will find a whole host of things to do in Liverpool that will have you booking a trip there in no time.