Liverpool, built on the mouth of the River Mersey and located in the north-west of England, in the metropolitan county of Merseyside, looks like a extremely lively city, characterized by one-of-a-kind attractions, extraordinary events and a priceless unmatched musical heritage. A perfect destination for those wishing to explore majestic monuments as well museums and art galleries of the highest level. The fun never fails thanks to the presence of numerous typical restaurants, traditional bars and pubs that offer live music and entertainment of all kinds every day.
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1 - Morning: breakfast, World Museum, Walker Art Gallery
Our journey to discover Liverpool starts with a unique mix of enthusiasm and curiosity. We head to Lovelock's Coffee Shop where we enjoy a traditional English breakfast with toast, bacon, eggs and a good coffee to give us the right boost. The average cost is around £ 10,00 per person (€ 11,55). There is also a wide range of gluten-free products for vegans and vegetarians.
We proceed on foot on Victoria St. and in about 3 minutes we arrive at World Museum, in William Brown Street. The museum tells, with the Weston Discovery Center, a wonderful journey to discover the history of man over millions of years. A real travel gallery that takes its visitors on a 5 thousand year adventure in the land of ancient Egypt with the suggestive room of mummies, an extraordinary aquarium with beautiful tropical fish and a big house with real colonies of leaf cutter ants. Also not to be missed is the suggestive Planetarium with many shows and adventures. Admission to the World Museum is free, open every day from 10:00 to 17:00.
After the visit, we move on foot in about 4 minutes towards the Walker Art Gallery in William Brown Street. The famous gallery houses a splendid collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts spanning a span of around 600 years. From Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough, the view is lost in wonderful works to be admired. The Tudor portraits are also very interesting. For the little ones under 8 there is also a gallery designed entirely for them. The Walker Art Gallery is open every day from 10:00 to 17:00. Admission is free.
2 - Afternoon: lunch, St George Hall, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Anglican Cathedral
A little hungry, we decide to opt for an excellent place where we can savor the real British flavors. Dr Duncan's is just what we are looking for! A real old-fashioned traditional pub where we can't miss the excellent fish and chips accompanied by delicious sauces and excellent beer. Cost per person approximately £ 13,00 (€ 15,00).
After lunch, our cultural tour starts again to discover the St George's Hall, in Merseyside. From Duncan's it takes 4 minutes to walk along St John's Ln and St George's Pl. The monument, like the rest of the St George's neighborhood presents one of the best examples of neoclassical architecture in the world. Its tunnel vaulted ceiling is the largest of its kind in all of Europe. The entire hall was built in the early 1800s to host music festivals and, still today, numerous events and public exhibitions are held throughout the year. It is free to enter and is open every day from 10:00 to 16:00 (except Mondays).
From Queen Square Bus Station, a few minutes from St. George's Hall, we take metro 101 for two stops in about a quarter of an hour. We then get off at the Metropolitan Cathedral stop to be able to admire, precisely, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, opened to the public in 1967 and characterized by a modern and circular design, a real work of modern art with beautiful and colorful windows. Don't miss the modern works of art and the majestic barrel vaults and granite pillars of the Lutyens Crypt. The cathedral is open 7 days a week from 7:7 am to 30:17 pm. The visit to the Cathedral is free, for the crypt the cost is £ 30 per adult, for a family of 3.00 adults and two children the cost is £ 2 (€ 8.00 and € 3,50 approximately).
We are preparing for the last monumental visit of the day. After the Metropolitan Cathedral we cannot miss the second cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral. We walk for ten minutes through Hope St and Rodnet St. This is the largest Cathedral in all of Great Britain. Inside there are numerous events, conferences, and gala dinners. The visit is free, while the one at Tower, which boasts spectacular views over the city, costs £ 5,50 per adult, 15,00 for a family (€ 6,00 and € 17,00 approximately). It is possible to visit everything from 08:00 to 18:00 every day.
3 - Evening: dinner, Chinatown neighborhood, drinks and music at the Red Door
We cannot fail to visit one of the most characteristic neighborhoods of Liverpool: Chinatown. From the Anglican Cathedral it takes about 6 minutes on foot passing by Upper Duke St and Great George St. Before dedicating ourselves to the real visit of the neighborhood, we decide to stop for dinner in one of the best Chinese restaurants in the place, Chamber 36. Between rolls spring stuffed with vegetables and meat, tempura with vegetables and crabs and beef noodels, we spend around £ 21,00 per person including wine (around € 24,00).
After dinner we allow ourselves a wonderful walk among the beautiful attractions of the neighborhood. Liverpool's Chinatown was the first to be founded in Europe and is easily recognizable from theChinese bow which adorns its entrance, the largest in Europe. You can admire many typical restaurants and shops along Berry Street e Bold Street. We conclude the evening with some music and an excellent cocktail at Red Door. A drink ranges from £ 7,00 to £ 10,00 (€ 6,00 - € 11,00 approximately).
- Distance traveled: 3,5 km / 46 min
- Places visited: World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, St George's Hall, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Anglican Cathedral, Chinatown district.
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- breakfast at Lovelock's (Old Haymarket Unit 6 - Get Directions); lunch at Dr Duncan's (2 St. Johns Lane - Get Directions); dinner at Chamber 36 (45-49 Berry Street - Get directions), drink at Red Door (21-23 Berry St - Get directions).
1 - Morning: Breakfast, Caldestones Park, Strawberry Field, Beatles Childhood Homes
Today our day discovering Liverpool will focus on the four guys who changed the history of world music forever, i Beatles. Let's start with a tasty breakfast inside Calderstones Park, near the Beatlesian stops that await us. At Reader Cafe we get coffee and toast with sausage for only around £ 5,00 each (almost € 6,00). Walking through the park we can see the ancient megaliths (they are said to be even older than Stonehenge), the extraordinary Allerton oak el 'Hartill Botanical Gardens, the botanical garden founded in 1802. The park is always accessible and free.
We walk through the park and then Menlove Ave / A562, Yewtree Rd and Beaconsfield Rd in about 15 minutes and then arrive in Strawberry Field, a former Salvation Army children's residence in the suburb of Woolton. The house name became world famous in 1967 with the release of the Beatles single "Strawberry Fields Forever" written by John Lennon. John, in fact, lived a few minutes away from it and, as a kid, enjoyed attending their garden parties. Today, fans take photos in front of the replica of the famous red gate (free and always accessible).
A few minutes walk away we are ready to immerse ourselves in an amazing tour, discovering the life of a young John Lennon and Paul McCartney in their childhood homes, in the Beatles Childhood Homes, now real museums. Unique places where the Fab Four composed many of their first songs and where we can have fun imagining their daily life, like the moments when Aunt Mimi made tea for her nephew John. John Lennon's house in Mendips, a suburb of Liverpool, is more "luxurious" than Paul's, a 50s semi-detached house that his aunt kept extremely clean, tidy and welcoming. Paul's house at 20 Forthlin Road, on the other hand, is smaller and more like a post-war structure. The visit is allowed only with the organized tour which includes the trip by minibus for and not more than 15 people. It is highly recommended to book well in advance. The ticket for an adult costs £ 24,00, for children aged 5 to 16 £ 7,25 (€ 28,00 and € 8,00 approximately).
2 - Afternoon: lunch, Penny Lane, Beatles Story
From Paul's childhood home we take Line 86 for 9 stops, from Forthlin Road to Calton Avenue. We stop for lunch at the Penny Lane Wine Bar, where we order a steak for about 10,00, 15,00 pounds each (about € 17,00). Small 4-minute walk and we arrive at another must-see stop for Beatles fans, Penny Lane, made famous by the 1967 song of the same name. Paul and John met right in front of this stop to catch the bus and go downtown. And, just like them, we wait for line 80 from Calton Avenue which will take us to the Beatles Story in about half an hour of travel.
Il Beatles Story is the largest permanent exhibition in the world dedicated exclusively to the musical career of the Fab Four. An engaging journey from their beginnings to the climb to global success. Don't miss recreations of key career locations such as The Casbah Club, The Cavern Club and Abbey Road Studios in London. With the free guide you can listen to events narrated by Julia, John's sister, interviews with Paul, Ringo and George. Also wonderful are the memorabilia of original musical instruments such as the piano used by John in New York, the drums of Ringo Starr, photographs and original lyrics of their songs. The ticket for 1 adult costs £ 17,00, for 1 child £ 10,00 and for a family with 2 adults and 2 children £ 45,00 (respectively € 19,63, € 11,55, € 51,96, 18). The museum is open from Monday to Sunday (Christmas and St. Stephen excluded) and the last visit in the period from April to October is at 00:.
3 - Evening: Dinner, Mathew Street, John Lennon statue, Cavern Quarter
The Beatles-themed tour doesn't end there. We head towards Mathew Street where we decide to dine at the Food and Drink Festival, where we take cheeseburgers with bacon, onion rings and other delicacies, accompanied by the inevitable fresh beer. We spend around £ 20,00 (€ 23,00) per person.
The Cavern Quarter is the area of Liverpool that, in fact, surrounds Mathew Street, the home of the famous Cavern Club and many restaurants and bars for all tastes. A focal point of Beatles history and the city's nightlife. A few steps away we also find the beautiful statue dedicated to John Lennon, center of thousands of selfies from around the world. After having explored all these wonders, the last essential stop is the Cavern Club, the cradle of the Beatles, where it all began. 50 years after the Fab Four first performed on stage, the Cavern is still one of Liverpool's best live music venues. Every day you can listen to soloists and cover bands, right under the iconic brick arches that we all remember from the photos and videos of many years ago. The club is open every day, admission is free from Monday to Wednesday while, from Thursday to Sunday, you pay around £ 6,00 without pre-sale. We also get some great drinks and quite a few exclusive souvenirs like T-shirts, CDs, books, pins and postcards. In all we spend around £ 50,00 including admission (around € 60,00).
- Distance traveled: 12 km / 2 h 31 min
- Places visited: Caldestornes Park, Strawberry Field, Beatles Childhood Homes, Penny Lane, Beatles Story, John Lennon Statue, Mathew Street, Cavern Club.
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- breakfast at The Reader Cafe (Get Directions); Lunch at Penny Lane Wine Bar (Get Directions); Dinner at Festival Food and Drink (Get directions).
1 - Morning: Breakfast, Tate Gallery, Museum of Liverpool
The last day in Liverpool starts from the area of Albert Dock, where we enjoy a sweet breakfast at the Rubens Coffee Shop. Coffee and cake around £ 6,00 (approx € 7,00). Very close, a few steps away, is the Tate Gallery which since 1988 has become one of the most visited galleries outside London. Inside there are works of art from all over the world and unique and extraordinary collections of inimitable artists such as Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Claude Monet. Admission is free, open every day from 10:00 to 17:50.
After the visit, we head to another very important museum in Liverpool, the Museum of Liverpool precisely! It is a 3-minute walk from the Tate Gallery. It is the world's first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city and the largest modern national museum in Britain for over a century. The exhibits inside showcase popular culture by addressing social, historical and contemporary issues from across the Liverpool area. Its panoramic gallery offers a very suggestive view of the splendid Pier Head of Liverpool. The Museum is free, every day from 10:00 to 17:00.
2 - Afternoon: lunch, the Three Graces, British Music Experience
The crisp sea air makes us want a delicious fish and chips. We choose a nearby place, the Docklands Fish and Chips, a 3-minute walk from the Museum of Liverpool. We spend around £ 10,00 each (€ 11,55). In less than 10 minutes we arrive in front of the unique majesty of the Three Graces, symbol of the entire maritime area, inserted in fact among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of the most beautiful skylines in the world, consisting of The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building, all positioned on the Pier Head of the city.
These are buildings conceived and constructed as visible symbols of Liverpool's international maritime prestige, the pride of its commercial prowess. The Royal Liver is adorned with two Liver Birds, one of the symbols of the city. It is said that the first bird looks at the River Mersey and represents the wives of the sailors who stay at home and observe their husbands at sea, the second bird, on the other hand, looks at the city representing the sailors at sea who think about the city and the family. Legend has it that if the two birds flew away, Liverpool would cease to exist. The Cunard Building was built with a Renaissance style instead. Finally, the Port of Liverpool Building was the first of the three to be built. It is known for its architectural features with many decorations reflecting the importance of the British Empire.
Furthermore, on the ground floor of the Cunard there is the British Music Experience, a permanent exhibition dedicated to some of the best British musical artists in the world, from 1940 to today. Gorgeous costumes and tools used by celebrities such as Freddie Mercury, Noel Gallagher, Sex Pistols and many more. The cost of the ticket is £ 14,00 per adult, £ 9,00 for children aged 5 to 15, £ 32,00 for the family (€ 16,00, € 10,00 and € 37,00 approximately).
3 - Evening: Dinner, Beatles Statue, Liverpool ONE, drink at the Roxy Ball Room
A few steps from the Three Graces, we can't miss the iconic statue of the Fab Four, located on Liverpool's waterfront on December 5, 2015, the anniversary date of the band's last concert in the city. Donated by the Cavern Club, they were made in bronze by Andy Edwards, and are based on photographs taken in 1963 not far from where they were placed.
We then proceed towards the Liverpool One, the largest shopping center in Liverpool, a real neighborhood where we can indulge in shopping and find a great venue for our last dinner in the city. There are all kinds of shops, boutiques, department stores and the famous John Lewis and Dobenham department store. For dinner we opt for the Cozy Club, where we choose dishes based on lightly spiced chicken with french fries and seared salmon with potatoes and cherry tomatoes. The final bill is approximately £ 30,00 per person, including wine (approximately € 35,00). We conclude this wonderful evening with a good drink at the Roxy Ball Room, a modern and lively place very close to the restaurant, about 3 minutes on foot. We spend about £ 15,00 each for two cocktails.
- Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 35 min
- Places visited: Tate Museum, Museum of Liverpool, the Three Graces, British Music Experience, Beatles Statue, Liverpool One.
- Liverpool: 1-hour guided tour along the waterfront
- breakfast at Rubens Coffee Shop (Get Directions); Lunch at Docklands Fish and Chips (Get Directions); Dinner at Cozy Club (Get Directions), Roxy Ball Room (Get Directions).
How much does a weekend in Liverpool cost
- Costs to eat: approximately € 50,00 / £ 43,16 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Costs for museums and attractions: around € 73,00 / £ 63,01 per person following the itinerary we suggest
- Transportation: around € 20,00- € 30,00 / £ 17,26- £ 25,89 per person
- Hotels, accommodation and b & b: for 3 days Hotel and b & b starting from € 350,00 per room -
- Fun: from € 170,00 / £ 146,73 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, shopping)
- Total cost of a weekend in Liverpool: starting from € 500,00-600,00 per person / £ 431,55- £ 517,81
Before leaving: useful tips
- When to visit Liverpool: it is preferable to visit it in spring and summer, to fully enjoy its characteristic beauties. In summer it is possible to attend numerous events. For music fans, the International Music Festival is held in July, featuring both emerging and world-renowned musical talent, and the International Beatles Week Festival, which celebrates the music of the pop group that changed the history of music forever world. Liverpool Pride is also held in July, a great live entertainment event, activities, stalls and the inevitable march along the route from St George's Hall to Moorfields. Don't miss the Liverpool Biennial, dedicated to contemporary art, which takes place every two years, usually from July to October - find out more
- John Lennon Airport (flights from € 100,00) is 11 km from the center. By car and taxi, it can be easily reached in about 20 minutes on the M6, M62, M56 and M57 motorways. By train there is the Merseybus, line 81, which connects the airport with Hunts Cross station in 8 minutes. The cost is £ 1 per person (€ 1,15), frequency 30 min. The direct bus service is available with line 500 towards the center in about 25 min. The frequency is 30 min. The cost for a single journey is £ 2 for adults, £ 1 for children (€ 2,31 - € 1,15)
- the center is the beating heart of the entire city. There is no shortage of shops, especially in Metquarter and Cavern Walks. Among big brands and souvenir and gadget shops, you can stop for a good coffee or for lunch or dinner in Bold Street and Queen Square. The Ropewalks district is the purely bohemian soul of Liverpool where you can find an eclectic mix of art, music and culture with vintage bookshops and shops. An excellent location full of hotels and apartments. Other central districts are St. George's Quarter, the hub of British Victorian architecture and the Cavern Quarter, which surrounds Mathew Street, home of the famous Cavern Club where the Beatles performed in their musical beginnings.
- Getting around: walking or cycling to discover the city is very pleasant and relaxing. With Merseytravel buses you travel for a full day for £ 4,80 (€ 5,54). The weekly ticket costs £ 19,20 for adults (approximately € 22,00), while for children £ 9,60 (approximately € 11,00). The two main stations are Liverpool One and Queen Square. For those wishing to travel by train, there are four Merseyrail underground stations in the city center, which connect the wider area of Merseyside, Wirral, Chester to Southport. The frequency is about 15-30 min. The cost starts from a minimum of £ 2,10 (€ 2,42), £ 5,30 with Day Saver (€ 5,44), up to £ 11,00 with the Family Ticket for a family of up to 5 ( € 12,78). Taxis are available at any time of the day. Mersey Ferries are available to reach the Wirral Peninsula - find out more
- Other: the official currency is the British pound which is divided into 100 pennies, 1 pound is worth € 1,16 euros. In the city there are several offices used for currency exchange. To call from England you need to select the Italy prefix 0039; to call from Italy, instead, you must select the prefix 0044. The unique emergency number is 999. In England, three-pole type G plugs (BS 1363) and, more rarely, old type D plugs are used. .
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