What to see in and around Liverpool in 7 days

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If you have seven days to spare and are looking for a destination for your trip, Liverpool could be an ideal solution. Known worldwide for being the birthplace of the Beatles, it is also much more: a city of culture, elected European Capital of Culture in 2008, and of sport, known for its football teams. Furthermore, it is one of the most important cities in the whole of the UK.

Plus, with seven days to spare you will have time to explore and also discover its magnificent surroundings. In fact, we are not far from Wales, so you can dedicate a day to exploring this magnificent area. Not to mention nearby Manchester and Birmingham and incredible natural parks, such as the Lake District National Park. If you want, one day by taking the train you can also reach London, 2 hours away.

Are you ready to go? Here what to see in Liverpool and surroundings in 7 days!



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much is a week in Liverpool
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

For a first approach to the city we advise you to take part in a private tour with a local host that allows you to identify all the sites of major interest to visit in the days to come.
Visit Albert Dock, one of the most famous places in the city, completely redeveloped and today full of bars, clubs and cafes. Here there is also the Ferris wheel, from which you can admire a beautiful view of the entire historic center and the surroundings (Mon-Thurs 10: 00-21: 00, Fri-Sat 10: 00-23: 00, Sun 10: 00-21 : 00, £ 10,00 / approximately € 11,70).
Then continue on The Royal Albert Dock Promenade until you arrive at Three Graces of Liverpool, or three splendid buildings side by side so called by locals. These are the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. Admire them from the outside and continue along Matthew Street, a quaint street that will take you back in time. Here is The Cavern Pub, a venue where the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and Elton John have performed.

For lunch stop at The Liverpool Pub on James Street, a typical English pub where you can drink excellent beers and taste traditional dishes such as fish & chips (average cost per person € 10,00 per person).
Then visit the famous Tate Liverpool, an art gallery that hosts in rotation works exhibited at the Tate in London (10: 00-18: 00, free).

Dine at The Smugglers Cove, a characteristic and particular place, where you can taste traditional dishes (average cost per person € 20,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,4 km / 49 min
  • Places visited: Albert Dock (free), Ferris wheel (£ 10,00, approx € 11,70), Three Graces of Liverpool (free), Matthew Street (free), Tate Liverpool (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00
  • Liverpool: river cruise and hop-on hop-off tour
  • Lunch at The Liverpool Pub (Get directions), Dinner at The Smugglers Cove (Get directions)

2 day

Second day in Liverpool, today we take you to retrace the points of the city dedicated to the Beatles, the very famous musical group that started here was born and began to make itself known. To not lose all the curiosities, take part in the tour that takes you in the footsteps of the Beatles.
The tour starts from famous statue on the Promenade, The Beatles Statue, which you have probably already had a glimpse of on your first day.
Then visit the neighbor museum dedicated to them, The Beatles Story, which tells the story of the group through interactive exhibits, films, objects and photographs (9: 00-18: 00, the ticket costs £ 17,00 / around € 20,00, to avoid the queues buy the ticket skip the line) .

Take a quick lunch break with the famous English fish & chips at Docklands Fish and Chips, where you can also taste Scouse Pies (average cost per person € 10,00).
For the afternoon we recommend that you take part in the famous Fab4 taxi tour (Get directions) to retrace all the most important places of the Fab Four, namely the Beatles. There are tours ranging from 2 to 4 hours, depending on your needs. Moving by taxi, you can quickly reach all the points even more distant from each other, such as the houses of John, Paul, George and Ringo, Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and others.

End the day in the historic center of Liverpool, having dinner at The Baltic Social, a modern and detailed place where you can eat traditional and international dishes (average cost per person € 15,00).
If you are a lover of TV series and in particular of Peaky Blinders, near the dinner place is the Peaky Blinders Bar, where you can spend the evening.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 35 min
  • Places visited: The Beatles Statue (free), The Beatle Story (£ 17,00, approx € 20,00), Fab4 Taxi Tour (from £ 85,00 per taxi, approx € 100,00 x 6 pers)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00 + € 100,00 per taxi for the Fab4 tour to be shared with the other participants
  • Liverpool: The Beatles Story Tour Ticket Liverpool In the Footsteps of the Beatles Beatles Walking Tour, Radio Tower Visit and Beatles History Tour
  • Lunch at Docklands Fish and Chips (Get directions), Dinner at The Baltic Social (Get directions)

3 day

For this third day we continue the exploration of the historic center, but of another area compared to the previous days. Start with Liverpool Cathedral, considered one of the most beautiful in the world and Anglican cult (8: 00-18: 00, free).
Then walk along Hope Street, which starts right from the cathedral, until you get to the end, where theMetropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, with a truly eccentric and particular architecture (7: 30-18: 00, free).
Then head towards Ropewalks, the artsy and bohemian quarter of Liverpool. Here you will find the Bluecoat art center and FACT multimedia studios, as well as beautiful Victorian warehouses filled with vintage shops, cafes and chic bistros.

For lunch, stop in this neighborhood, at the Wreckfish Bistro, a bistro that offers different dishes according to the period and season, as it always uses seasonal and excellent quality raw materials (average cost per person € 20,00).
Then stroll along the streets of the center until you reach the Walker Gallery, one of the UK's leading art galleries (10: 00-17: 00, free).
Return towards the historic center passing in front of the Saint George's Hall, a wonderful neoclassical building with a facade decorated with Corinthian columns and several statues. Today it is used for exhibitions and concerts. Admire it from the outside (always accessible and free).

End the day with a good dinner at the Courtyard Bar & Kitchen, a modern and welcoming place that serves excellent meat dishes and seasonal products (average cost per person € 20,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2 km / 41 min
  • Places visited: Liverpool Cathedral (free), Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (free), Ropewalks district (free), Walker Gallery (free), Saint George's Hall (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00
  • Liverpool: LFC Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Lunch at Wreckfish Bistro (Get directions), Dinner at Courtyard Bar & Kitchen (Get directions)

4 day

Day dedicated to Birmingham, the second largest city in England.
Reaching it is really very simple: just take it direct train from Liverpool Lime Street station and in less than two hours you will arrive at your destination (average ticket cost £ 30,60 / approximately € 36,20).

Once you arrive, we suggest you take part in the guided tour so you don't miss a thing! Focus on the historic center, starting from Victoria Square, one of the main squares of the city, then passing through the Cathedral of San Filippo, baroque style building dating back to the first half of the 700th century (approximately 7: 30-17: 00, free)

For lunch, stop at The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theater Venue, an old theater from the early 900s converted into a pub, the interiors will leave you speechless (average cost per person € 25,00).
After lunch visit the marvelous Birmingham Library (11: 00-17: 00, closed on Sundays), a huge building with a garden on the seventh floor. Every day there are different events that you can participate in for free, or you can decide to visit the exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare.

If you are with children, we recommend that you visit LEGOLAND, located on the banks of the Birmingham Canal Old Line (Mon-Sat 9: 30-19: 00; Sun 9: 30-18: 00, £ 15,00 / approx. € 17,50).

End the day by dining in the historic center at Las Iguanas Birmingham - Temple Street (average price per person € 20,00), located between Cathedral Square and the train station.
To return you have several trains available, such as the one at 20:57 or the 21:42 (2 h, £ 30,60 / approximately € 36,20).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,5 km / 51 min
  • Places visited: Old Town (free), Victoria Square (free), Birmingham Cathedral (free), Library of Birmingham, LEGOLAND (£ 15,00, approx € 17,50).
  • Daily shopping: € 134,00 (including train ticket)
  • Birmingham: 2,5-Hour Food Tour Birmingham: Discovering Birmingham Walking Tour Birmingham: Victorian Canals Walking Tour to Today's City
  • Lunch at The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theater Venue (Get directions), Dinner at Las Iguanas Birmingham - Temple Street (Get directions)

5 day

Explore Manchester, a very lively city, a cross between past and modernity and reaching it will be very simple thanks to the direct trains that connect the stations of the two cities. The fastest one takes just 35 minutes (tickets from € 6,35).

Once you get there, take some time for stroll through the streets of the historic center and enjoy its atmosphere. Don't miss the Manchester Town Hall, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the cathedral (8: 30-18: 30) and the town hall (always accessible).

For lunch, stop at Sam's Chop House, a typical English restaurant and pub (average cost per person € 20,00, if you choose less sandwiches).
From the center, then take one of the many buses (for example 15, 42, 42A, 42B, 111, 142 or 143) which will take you from the center to the University Shopping Ctr stop, near the famous Manchester Museum, unmissable attraction (10: 00-17: 0 free). Among all the exhibits there are also 20 Egyptian mummies.

Once the visit is over, go back to the city center on foot in about 25 minutes or by taking one of the buses mentioned above. Then enjoy one last ride for Piccadilly Garden of Northern Quarter, a lively and lively neighborhood, full of street art, bohemian bars and small record and vintage shops. Here you can also find some of the most important music venues in the city.

End the day with something different, with a dinner at Turtle Bay Manchester Northern Quarter, a Caribbean restaurant with great food and great cocktails (average cost per person € 15,00).
Then take the train back to Liverpool.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,3 km / 1 h 27 min
  • Places visited: Manchester Cathedral (free), Manchester Town Hall (free), Manchester Museum (free), Piccadilly Garden (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Manchester: 1-Hour River Cruise Manchester: Secrets of the City Bus Tour
  • Lunch at Sam's Chop House (Get directions), Dinner at Turtle Bay Manchester Northern Quarter (Get directions)

6 day

Around the city there is the Lake District National Park, England's largest national park, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited places in Great Britain. It is located 125 km north of Liverpool and to visit it you will necessarily have to take part in the organized tour that starts from Liverpool, alternatively you can rent a car (daily cost starting from € 30,00), because there are no trains or public transport available.

If you decide to visit it alone, we recommend that you leave no later than 8:00 to fully enjoy the day. To reach the park by car it will take you about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The park is full of villages and beautiful views, so our advice is to go on an adventure and admire its immense landscapes that you will find in front of your eyes.

Stop in the town of Ambleside, located near Lake Windermere. Enjoy a walk in its historic center, very characteristic, and stop for lunch at the Lake Road Kitchen, with excellent food, thanks to the use of seasonal ingredients (average cost per person € 20,00, booking recommended)
Then get back in your car and make a stop at the different lakes in the southern part of the park, then beyond the lake Windermere, also the lakes of Coniston Water e Esthwaite Water. And if the day allows it, it is everywhere in the park full of trekking routes of different difficulties to reach different peaks and enjoy spectacular views.

Stop halfway in the town of Southport and, after a walk through the streets of the center, end the day with a dinner at The Firepit, with excellent meat dishes (average cost per person € 20,00).
After dinner, return to Liverpool, approximately 45 minutes on the road.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 219 km / 5 h 37 min (by car); 10h on tour
  • Places visited: Lake District National Park (free), Ambleside (free), Coniston Water (free), Esthwaite Water (free), Southport (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00 (including car rental); € 55,00 on tour
  • Lake District: tour from Liverpool
  • Lunch at Lake Road Kitchen (Get Directions), Dinner at The Firepit (Get Directions)

7 day


Reach Crosby Beach, where 100 iron statues are scattered over 2km of beach, created by the artist Antony Gromley.

Getting to this area from Liverpool is very simple: either by bus 53 from Queen Square Bus Station to Holden Road in Crosby (in 50 minutes), or by direct Merseyrail train (in 20 minutes, ticket cost £ 3,85, approximately € 4,50).

Stroll along the beach to hunt for all the sculptures, some of them really creepy.
For lunch stop near the Crosby Coastal Park, perhaps at the Chicago American Bar & Grill, a modern place with excellent meat dishes and hamburgers (average cost per person € 20,00).
Enjoy then a walk to the center of Waterloo and take the train or bus back to Liverpool, in the historic center, where perhaps you can go to the discovery of streets not visited in the previous days or, being the last day, take the opportunity to return to the places you liked the most.

Dine in the Albert Dock area, at the Brasco Lounge, with typical dishes (average cost per person € 20,00).
Enjoy the atmosphere of the waterfront or spend the evening in one of the many clubs.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 14,9 km / 50 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Crosby Beach (free), Waterloo (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Lunch at Chicago American Bar & Grill (Get directions), Dinner at Brasco Lounge (Get directions)

How much is a week in Liverpool

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Liverpool, like the rest of the English cities, is not a completely cheap city, but if you want and with some little tricks you can travel low cost. It is possible to do this by choosing small hotels and b & bs in the neighborhoods near the historic center and eating in small bars. Another way to save is to get around on foot and by public transport instead of using taxis.

  • starting from € 100,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Liverpool Tour in the Footsteps of the Beatles The Liverpool Pass
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 600,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Liverpool: during the spring and summer season, when the days are sunnier and a little less rainy and the temperatures more pleasant. In summer there are also many events such as the International Music Festival, the International Beatles Week Festival and the Liverpool Biennial - find out more
  • the city is served by John Lennon Airport (LPL), about 11 kilometers from the center, which can be easily reached by taxi in about 20 minutes (average fare £ 20,00, around € 23,60). By public transport you can take the bus of the Arriva company, with the Airlink 500, 86 °, 80A and 82A lines arriving at Liverpool ONE (journey time, ticket cost £ 2,50, approximately € 2,90), or the train, whose station is however 3 kilometers from the airport and can be reached by the buses indicated above
  • the best area is the center of Liverpool, where most of the attractions are located. The neighborhoods include Metquarter, Cavern Walks, Bold Street and Queen Square. If you are looking for a more characteristic and artistic place, Ropewalsk is the bohemian district of the city, full of boutique hotels and apartments
  • Getting around: the historic center can be easily visited on foot, wear comfortable shoes. To reach more distant places and districts, you can rely on the public transport network: with the Merseytravel buses (day ticket at £ 4,80, about € 5,60) and with trains, thanks to the 4 stations in the city center ( tickets from £ 2,10 each way, approximately € 2,50). Alternatively, you can also use taxis or the Uber service by downloading the application to your mobile phone - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: The Liverpool Pass includes admission to the 138m tower, the hop on hop off bus tour and a cruise on the River Mersey. It lasts one day and costs € 90,22

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