Whilst it may be spring at last, sadly the weather hasn’t got the memo and with ‘Beast the East’ part two threatening to return for the Easter weekend, I’m defo longing of an all-expenses-paid trip to sunnier climes.
We all dream of seeing more of the world. Whether its island hopping around East Africa or taking a train through the foothills of the Himalayas, travel is a goal for so many of us because it opens the window to new experiences. But, in the quest to explore all four corners, it’s so easy to overlook what’s on our own doorstep.
The UK is home to some of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in the world. If you’re looking for a city break somewhere that offers rich heritage and bags of character, add Liverpool to your travel list.
s I work in the city, it’s so easy to overlook the historical landmarks and fantastic architecture right on the doorstep. Especially, when I’m dashing across town on my lunch hour, without even taking the time to look and spot the Liver Birds flying high above my head.
Here are my top picks for a whistle-stop weekend staycation at home:
The heart of Liverpool’s waterfront, Albert Dock is a World Heritage Site featuring the countries largest collection of Grade I listed buildings. Alongside the architecture, there are plenty of fantastic attractions to keep you busy.
The Beatles Story is an award-winning permanent exhibition dedicated to the Rock’n’Roll band, after which you can while away the hours wandering around the Tate Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum.
If you’re looking for a unique way to see the sights of Liverpool, Liverpool Cycling Tours Ltd. offer several tours each day. You can either opt to tour the city centre hotspots, or notable Beatles related venues, including McCartney and Lennon’s houses, Strawberry Fields and Eleanor Rigby’s grave. You can find out more about cycle tours, or book a bespoke cycle tour here.
The Bombed Out Church
St Luke’s Church, commonly known as the Bombed Out Church, is a former Anglican parish church which was badly damaged during the Liverpool Blitz in 1941. Now a ruin, the church serves as a unique venue for exhibitions and performances. You can visit the church website to find out what’s on when you’re in town.
Nicknamed “the best street in the UK” it’s easy to see why Hope Street has earned itself this reputation. Housing not one, but two cathedrals, an award-winning theatre, art deco concert hall and beautiful rows of Georgian buildings, it’s a walk down the street you won’t forget.
At one end of the road is the is the statuesque Anglican Cathedral, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, (who we also have to thank for Battersea Power Station and red phone boxes), while the other end houses another architectural gem – the Metropolitan Cathedral (also known as Paddy’s Wigwam).
At the Anglican Cathedral, you can explore the impressive architecture, take an audio tour and view an impressive body of art – including work by Turner Prize winner Tracy Emin.
The legendary cellar of the Cavern Club has been graced by some of the top names in music for over seven decades. This iconic venue was where The Beatles performed their first gig, since which it has remained at the heart of city’s music scene.
If you’re a music lover, this is truly a must – just remember to book tickets ahead of time.
With so much to see and do in the city, it’s easy to see why people come to visit for a day, a weekend or longer!
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