Liverpool has been my home away from home ever since my sister moved there more than 20 years ago. Over the last two decades, I’ve fallen deeply in love with the city—and the thing I like best is that there’s always something new to discover.
Liverpool is best known as the home of the Beatles, but there’s much more to the city. From heritage-rich museums and world-famous stadiums to buzzing bars and out-of-town attractions, here’s my itinerary to help you find your way around Liverpool’s best bits on your first visit, which is likely to be the first of many.
Liverpool is temperate, but waterfront walks and cruises can get nippy. Wear layers.
If you only have time for one thing, make it a visit to the Royal Albert Dock, home to several museums and an attraction in itself.
Liverpool’s city center and waterfront are chockablock with historical landmarks and must-see monuments, many of which are within easy walking distance of each other. Start early on a half-day walking tour to discover highlights such as the Royal Albert Dock and Royal Liver Building, while learning more about Liverpool’s long history.
After lunch, treat tired feet to a Mersey cruise tour. Soak up views of Liverpool’s skyline as you ferry across the Mersey, before hopping off at Pier Head Terminal. From here, the Museum of Liverpool, Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool, and Beatles Story are just a short walk away, so you can spend the rest of your afternoon diving deeper into local heritage.
Come afternoon, widen your perspective of Liverpool beyond the city center. The Baltic Triangle is a trendy district full of coffee shops, foodie spots, and art spaces, and it's 15-minute walk from the iconic Liverpool Cathedral. Head further out still and you’ll find Sefton Park, an idyllic green space popular with locals, and the adjacent Lark Lane, best known for its bohemian bars and buzzing nightlife.
Take advantage of Liverpool’s close proximity to some of the UK’s most striking landscapes on a day trip outside of the city. Snowdonia National Park is around two hours’ drive west into Wales and the Lake District National Park is two hours’ drive north, so you can get to either and back in time for dinner.
After a busy day of countryside exploration, unwind over dinner and drinks in one of the trendy bars around the Ropewalks district or embark on an after-dark ghost tour for a frightfully fun final night in Liverpool.