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25 Best things to see & do in Liverpool

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

Last updated: 15 June, 2024
Expert travel writer: David Atkinson
  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

A bronze statue of the four Liverpool Beatles stands on Liverpool Waterfront, weighing in at 1.2 tonnes and sculpted by sculpture Andrew Edwards.

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Beatles history in Liverpool

Formed in Liverpool around 1960 and based around the ying-yang songwriting partnership of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, The Beatles are the world’s most successful ever band.

They are the best-selling music act of all time and hold the record for most number-one albums on the UK Albums Chart. After their breakthrough 1962 hit, Love Me Do, they went onto conquer America and spark Beatlemania, the hysteria that would later be associated with boy bands.

These days Liverpool is synonymous with the Fab Four – their faces smile down over the city from street-art facades; cafes, bars and even hotels play on the Beatles theme. Indeed, they’re now Liverpool’s primary visitor attraction, pulling in tourism from around the world.

Thankfully, their remarkable story lives on at various sites across the city.

Good for age: 18+

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

interior display gallery

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Walker Art Gallery

Often dubbed ‘the National Gallery of the North’, the Walker boasts the largest collection of art outside London.

Housed in a grand, neoclassical building, its first-floor works range from European Art from 1300-1900, including pieces by Rembrandt, Turner, Poussin and Degas, to 20th-century works by Lucian Freud, David Hockney, and Gilbert and George.

The ground floor has a craft and design gallery, a sculpture gallery, and a special gallery dedicated to children. There is also a programme of regular temporary exhibitions. The gallery is very family-friendly, with a special family gallery is designed to introduce under-eights to the collection.

 

Good for age: 18+

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

Woman staring at artwork

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Tate Liverpool

The northern counterpart of the world-renowned Tate enterprise occupies a converted warehouse on the waterfront at Liverpool’s iconic, cast-iron Albert Dock. Built in 1846, this grand complex of Grade-I listed buildings was considered revolutionary in its design; a suitable environment, then, to house the Tate’s eclectic collection of British art dating from 1500 to the modern day.

Expect a diverse and inspired programme of special exhibitions plus plenty of children’s activities on offer. There’s also a great on-site shop and café with a strong art motif.

Good for age: 13+

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

Man in coat looking at a wall of memoraibilia, photos of famous Liverpudlians

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Museum of Liverpool

Although best known for football and the Beatles, Liverpool first earned its place on the global stage as a major port during the Industrial Revolution; at one time, more than 40 percent of the world’s trade was passing through its docks.

This museum, located in a suitably stand-out building, does a fine job of celebrating, preserving and explaining this fascinating city’s heritage – industrial, artistic, cultural and sporting – with a balanced mix of collections and interactive displays.

 

Good for age: 8+

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

British Music Experience

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British Music Experience

Britain rules the world in pop music: the £5bn recorded and live music industry has taken home-grown bands to all corners of the world. And it started with Liverpool.

That’s why the story of British music from the end of WWII to the present day, presented via over 600 items of memorabilia, finds a natural home at this fun, informative museum on the waterfront. Think stage outfits, images and footage of your favourite headline acts, including Freddie Mercury, The Spice Girls and, of course, Liverpool’s very own, The Beatles.

Highlights include outfits worn by David Bowie and hand-written song lyrics from Adele. And look out for regular but fascinating temporary exhibitions on specific genres or artists.

Music fans will love it.

Adult price: £16

Good for age: 8+

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

Aerial view of stadium

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Anfield Stadium

Liverpool Football Club (LFC) has a proud sporting history and this behind-the-scenes tour to a site of footballing pilgrimage is a must-do for football fans.

The guided tour, led by a knowledgeable local guide, takes in all the essential sites, such as the home team dressing room, the pitch, player’s tunnel, cityscape views from the top level of the main stand, and selfies in the manager’s seat in the dugout. It’s an opportunity to celebrate 130 years plus of sporting heritage with broad appeal for all ages.

Adult price: £23

Good for age: 5+

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

White room and white piano

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Beatles Story

This popular museum tells the story of the Fab Four, the lads from Liverpool who went on to dominate the charts.

It’s presented via a trail through a series of galleries, recreating key landmarks in their story, such as the Hamburg club residency and the Abbey Road recording sessions. Of particular interest is a gallery devoted to The Beatles’ 1968 trip to Rishikesh, India, where they collaborated with sitar player Ravi Shankar to popularise the use of Indian instruments in 1960s pop music.

Overall, it’s a good, all-round introduction to the world’s most famous band and suitable for all ages.

Adult price: £18

Good for age: 13+

Three Graces

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

Aerial view of the city of Liverpool in United Kingdom

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A waterfront stroll along the River Mersey banks via the Albert Dock showcases Liverpool’s maritime-heritage architecture. The Pier Head is home to Liverpool’s iconic Three Graces, namely The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.

Good for age: 18+

Liverpool Beatles Museum

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

Liverpool Beatles Museum

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This museum in the Cavern Quarter, run by the local Best family, focuses on the early years, notably The Quarrymen, the late Fifties skiffle band featuring a young Lennon, McCartney and Harrison. Pete Best, the owner’s brother, was the band’s first drummer before Ringo.

Adult price: £15

Good for age: 13+

Liverpool Maritime Museum

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

Exterior of the Merseyside Maritime Museum in the Albert Dock on the banks of the River Mersey.

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This museum celebrates Liverpool’s seafaring heritage, including links to the Titanic story and a collection of vintage cruise posters. Don’t miss the Life on Board gallery, which documents the golden age of ocean liners from the 20th century to the current day.

Good for age: 8+