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It's hard to pick what Liverpool's most famous for: its rich musical heritage, its maritime history, or lavish structures like the Royal Liver Building, with its vast clock towers bearing the legendary Liver Birds. Of course, the city is known the world over for being the birthplace of the Beatles, as well as plenty of other bands that stormed the pop charts, while the docks on the glittering River Mersey are thriving tourist hotspots – striking brick and stone enclaves packed with bars, restaurants, and world-class museums.

Things to see

Lovers of the beautiful game will want to pay homage at Anfield Stadium, the cherished home of Liverpool FC. It's one of football's most historic crucibles, dating back to 1884 – look out for the bronze statue of Liverpool's great manager Bill Shankly. If music's more your thing, you'll want to make a bee-line for The Beatles Story, an immersive museum dedicated to the Fab Four which features a replica of the Cavern Club (where they first made their name), rare photo galleries, effects-filled installations and more. It's based in Albert Dock, which is where you'll also find Tate Liverpool, historic Grade I listed warehouses, and a tempting array of eateries with riverside views. Top pop and rock acts as well as stand-up comedy can be enjoyed at the Echo Arena, while Aintree Racecourse is famed as the home of the Grand National.

Hotels in Liverpool

As you'd expect from one of the most popular cities in Britain, there are Liverpool hotels to suit every budget. The major names are all here: think large, gleaming complexes complete with swimming pools, 24 hour gyms, and steam rooms. They're ideal for families and business travelers alike, although if you're looking to cut costs you'll also find a wide variety of cheaper accommodation in the city center and beyond. Couples and those just looking for something a bit different can opt for one of the many boutique hotels in Liverpool, some of which ooze a quirky charm of their own.

Where to stay

For many visitors, a hotel in Liverpool city center makes the ideal base for a holiday here. After all, it puts you within walking distance of stunning landmarks like St George's Hall (one of Europe's grandest Neoclassical buildings) and Liverpool Cathedral (second only to St Peter's in the Vatican, in terms of size). You'll also be able to amble over to Pier Head and Albert Dock whenever you feel like it. If you'd prefer more rustic pleasures, the Wirral Peninsula boasts a rugged coastline and tranquil villages, while Southport is the quintessential British beach resort, complete with golden sands, buzzing nightspots, and numerous golf courses.

How to get to

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the major international gateways for the city, with flights to and from cities across Europe. It's only a short taxi or bus ride from Liverpool itself, although if you're coming in on a long haul flight the chances are you'll land at Manchester International Airport, which is around an hour away. You can also take one of the famous ferries across the Mersey if you're coming in from Ireland or the Isle of Man, while Lime Street Station offers convenient rail links with cities such as London, Manchester, and Leeds.

What are the best times to travel to Liverpool?

Liverpool’s counter-cultural wonders are best experienced in the summer, when the city enjoys balmy temperatures, and the streets come alive with a mix of music, arts and food festivals. The buzzing Mersey River Festival, which takes place in June, is a family-friendly multicultural gala held along the riverfront. In winter, the city glows with festive street markets and traditional fire-lit pubs. Travel in autumn for lower Liverpool hotel rates. In spring, too, you’ll be able to bag some bargain Liverpool hotel deals.

What are the top must-see attractions in Liverpool?

The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, based in the city centre, is sure to inspire architecture enthusiasts. This modern 1960s building showcases a weird and wonderful futurist-meets-brutalist design, where a concrete cone apexes into a sharp crown shaped steeple, enclosed by intricate stained glass. For complete contrast, swing by the Liverpool Cathedral, a vast, towering redbrick structure championing a refined Gothic style. In the city centre, see St George’s Hall, an enormous Neo-Classical building embossed with elegant Roman reliefs, and strung with handsome colonnades.

What are the best types of food and restaurants in Liverpool?

Liverpool’s cuisine scene has flourished in the past few decades, now ranging from hip bistros to traditional pubs. The central area is full of Indian curry houses, gastropubs and upscale European restaurants, while the Liverpool One shopping and leisure complex champions easy going chain restaurants. For a cool, bohemian vibe of wine bars, trendy cafés and independent fusion restaurants, head to Lark Lane. Many of the luxury hotels in Liverpool offer fine dining experiences, too.

What are the top things to do in Liverpool?

Music fans can’t leave Liverpool without visiting The Beatles Story. This themed exhibition, based within a rustic redbrick dock building, tells the inspiring history of the Fab Four, from their beginnings in Liverpool to world fame. The Museum of Liverpool, meanwhile, is a futuristic wedge-shaped building set beside the waterfront that houses educational exhibits that weave a story from the city’s ancient roots, through the industrial revolution, and up to the present day. After, art lovers should amble around the stately Walker Art Gallery, gazing at European masterworks.

What are some fun facts about Liverpool?

Due to its status as a port city, Liverpool’s long been an intensely international area. In fact, it’s home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe. The port also brought great prosperity to the city – there were times in the 19th century when Liverpool’s wealth exceeded that of London. Citizens of Liverpool are known by a variety of nicknames – Liverpudlians, frequently, but none are as iconic as “scouser”. This nickname originated from a cheap meat stew, “scouse”, eaten by Liverpool’s working class. The term scouse also applies to the strong, regional Liverpudlian accent.

What kinds of public transport are there in Liverpool?

Liverpool has a thorough, efficient and easily-navigable public transport network of buses and light rail. The public buses, run by Stagecoach Merseyside and Arriva North West, wind throughout the city and into the surrounding suburbs – if you’re making more than 1 journey a day, purchase a day pass to save on fares. The Liverpool Merseyrail, meanwhile, is a small but useful underground and overground train system, providing quick and easy transport across the city. For total convenience, taxicabs are in abundance throughout Liverpool, too.

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