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Things to do in Liverpool

By Edited Dec 20, 2013 1 0


Liverpool is a popular and bustling UK city. It is a port in the North of England and was the UK capital of culture in 2008. Diverse and exciting, it is a city not to be missed, especially if you are a fan of football and the Beatles!

I lived in Liverpool for a year during my 20's.  Even though I moved on for job opportunities, I still love to go back for the shopping, attractions and the lively scouse attitude.  The local accent may be difficult to understand if you are not English, but you will certainly meet some friendly and funny people!

Enjoy this guide to the top 5 things to do in Liverpool.

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#1 Visit Anfield - Home of Liverpool F.C

Liverpool is famous worldwide, and much of this fame is thanks to Liverpool Football Club. 'The Reds' are a Premier League English football club based at Anfield. Liverpool FC has won seven FA cups and eighteen League titles and eight League Cups. 

Visiting Anfield is one of the best things to do in Liverpool. Anfield stadium is very accessible from the city centre by bus or taxi - it is just 2 miles away from Liverpool Lime Street station. The stadium itself is built with a seating capacity of over 45,000.

Tickets to Liverpool matches can be difficult to get hold of. But, if you don't have a match ticket, worry not - you can still visit for a stadium tour and the Anfield Museum.  

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#2 The Beatles Story- Albert Dock

The fame of 'The Beatles' also put Liverpool on the worldwide map. You can find out about the group's history and music at The Beatles Story - the famous Beatles museum on the Albert dock.

Get there early to avoid queues, especially in school holidays. I recommend that you take the recorded tour that talks you through the exhibitions.

The Beatles Story museum is dedicated to the life and times of the 'Fab Four'. You will find out about their trip to Hamburg, Germany, and how it helped to shape their music careers. You will read the amazing stories about the Beatles spiritual journey in India. You will hear about John Lennon, his passions and his relationship with Yoko Ono.

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#4 Ride the Yellow Duckmarine!

The Yellow Duckmarine (AKA the DUCK) will give you a tour around Liverpool with a difference. It is an authentic World War II landing vehicle cleverly converted into a tourist attraction.

The DUCK has been re-vamped and is now an amphibious car that will take you on water in the Albert docks and on the roads around the city. The staff are great fun and very well informed. This is the best way to see Liverpool, by far!

The Yellow Duckmarine
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#3 The World Museum

The Liverpool World Museum is one of the biggest cultural museums in the UK. Spreading across 5 floors, you can visit their antiquities, botany, ethnography, physical science, geology and zoology sections. The World Museum also has temporary visiting exhibitions - May will exhibit the art of Indian storytelling.

You will need at least one full day to appreciate the world museum, and it is a good idea to carefully plan the displays that you want to see. For the dedicated scientists and culture enthusiasts among you, you may want to factor in a few days!

If you have kids who love dinosaurs or African animals, head for the fantastic exhibitions on the fourth floor. You can see live bugs in the bug exhibition on the second floor. If you are solar system obsessed, head to floor five for the telescopes and the Planetarium. My personal favorites are antiquities and ethnography - I loved the ancient Egypt and Tibetan Buddhism exhibitions. 

#5 Shopping at Liverpool ONE

Liverpool was the UK's capital of culture 2008. Many developments took place during this time, including the creation of the brand new Liverpool ONE shopping complex. Liverpool ONE brings together high street chains, independent retailers, leisure and restaurants.  In fact, it hosts of 140 shops, 20 bars and a 14 screen ODEON cinema.

Liverpool ONE
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