The most popular neighbourhoods in Liverpool combine charming heritage with interesting regeneration projects. Everywhere you travel in the city, it feels as if Liverpool is in a state of flux.

    From the popular attractions of the City Centre to breezy docklands and leafy Sefton Park, Liverpool belies its small size with plenty of interesting areas and activities. We have sized up all the best areas of the city for you, so you can choose the right spot for your next trip to Liverpool.

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    Liverpool City Centre

    Walking distance to many of Liverpool’s best attractions

    Liverpool City Centre stretches from the shoreline of the River Mersey to the city’s 2 main train stations, Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool Central. Within this area you’ll find many of the best attractions for visitors, including Liverpool One shopping mall, the Cavern Club and the Titanic Memorial.

    If you stay here on weekends, you’ll be in among the boisterous nightlife areas that Liverpool is famous for. Streets like Concert Square and Chapel Street are lively through to the early hours of the morning. If you’re looking for shopping, stay around Church Street as it’s the home of retail in Liverpool.

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    Ropewalks

    One of Liverpool’s trendiest areas for shopping and nightlife

    Ropewalks is where you’ll find Liverpool’s independent spirit thanks to its cool shops, bars and restaurants. Comprising the main thoroughfares of Hanover Street, Duke Street and Argyle Street, it’s a place of art and culture. Head to the Bombed Out Church to find flea markets and pop-up events, hang out at the Grade I-listed Bluecoat or go bar-hopping along Bold Street. For modern art, head to FACT on Wood Street.

    The name Ropewalks refers to the design of the streets in this neighbourhood, which are long and straight so that the ropemakers in the area could lay out the ropes being made for the nearby docks.

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    Liverpool Chinatown

    A Chinese enclave in the centre of the city

    Liverpool’s Chinatown was the first dedicated enclave in Europe and even today is an active community close to the city centre. The neighbourhood is built around a 50-ft-tall China gate imported from Shanghai.

    In the area, you’ll find many Asian restaurants and shops. The highlight of this area is dining, especially along Nelson Street in the heart of the neighbourhood. The area is especially fun around the Chinese Lunar New Year in January or February when you'll see lion dances and plenty of interesting celebrations.

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    Georgian Quarter

    A beautiful neighbourhood with period architecture

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    The Georgian Quarter with its refined architecture makes a beautiful backdrop to a couples’ stay in Liverpool. Historical landmarks are scattered throughout this neighbourhood, including 2 cathedrals on the aptly named, Hope Street.

    For music lovers, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is also found in the Georgian Quarter, which hosts live performances throughout the year. If you fancy a drink, look out for The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, a listed building that has been lovingly restored to its Georgian splendour. Next door to the Georgian Quarter, you’ll find the University of Liverpool campus, which is surrounded by independent cafés and restaurants.

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    Sefton Park

    A huge expanse of green in the south of Liverpool

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    Sefton Park is a relaxed suburban district in Liverpool as well as one of Liverpool’s most iconic open spaces. The mostly Victorian-era terraced houses and more modern apartments are a great place to get away from the crowds of central Liverpool. Just a few minutes south of the city centre, you can take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to St Michael’s station to reach Sefton Park or you could even rent a bike and cycle here.

    The 235-acre park the area takes its name from is home to a stunning Victorian-era conservatory palm house, a granite obelisk, fountains and numerous statues. At the heart of the park, you’ll find a large boating lake. Popular with music fans, Penny Lane is easy to walk to from here. This suburban street was immortalised by The Beatles in their hit record.

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    Baltic Triangle

    Urban art and regeneration projects

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    The Baltic Triangle is one of Liverpool’s most creative neighbourhoods, where old warehouses and factories have been repurposed into artistic venues. Many workspaces are found here, along with trendy bars and restaurants. The Baltic Market brings together a range of regional cuisines in a disused brewery, and you can even play Ghetto Golf here.

    Perfect for adventurous groups and couples, the Baltic Triangle is a little raw around the edges compared to the city centre, but it’s got a local pulse and an independent spirit that you can’t find elsewhere.

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    Anfield

    Home of the mighty Liverpool FC

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    Anfield is the name of a neighbourhood in Liverpool and the name of a world-famous football stadium – home of Liverpool FC. Many people looking to stay in Anfield are looking for somewhere to stay on match days, with several hotels and guesthouses found close to the ground.

    Liverpool’s city rivals, Everton FC, also play football in the Anfield area of the city, at Goodison Park. The 2 stadiums are only a few miles apart, separated by Stanley Park. For football fans, staying in Anfield is convenient and good value for money.

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    Liverpool Docks

    Restaurants, museums, and fun attractions along the water’s edge

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    The Liverpool Docks and especially Royal Albert Docks are the centre of tourism in Liverpool and a gentrified historical heirloom of the city. There’s a collection of bars, restaurants, museums and hotels, all built within former warehouses. Check out Tate Liverpool for some of the UK’s finest modern art or learn about the area’s history at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. To stay nearby, you could find a hotel near to James Street station, which is 5 minutes from Albert Dock.

    Many of the buildings in the Liverpool Docks are Grade I-listed so they cannot be torn down. This means the whole area retains the feel of its former industrial glory, even though it’s now tourists, not sailors, who walk the docks. The area is beautiful in any weather, but it can get chilly in winter, so dress for the season.

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    St George’s Quarter

    Victorian splendour in central Liverpool

    St George’s Quarter contains several of Liverpool’s most renowned landmarks, including the neoclassical St George’s Hall and the city’s Central Library. For sightseeing in Liverpool, this neighbourhood should be your first port of call.

    Easy to find next to Liverpool Lime Street station, St George’s Quarter has attractions to entertain you through the day and night. Spend a few hours exploring the World Museum with exhibits that range from dinosaurs to Ancient Egypt. After dinner, enjoy some live theatre at The Liverpool Empire or Royal Court Liverpool. Stage productions range from musicals to stand-up comedy, so there’s a diverse range of entertainment to suit.

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    Crosby

    Home of Gormley’s Iron Men sculptures

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    Crosby is a coastal town a few miles north of Liverpool City Centre. The biggest draw here is Crosby Beach, home of Another Place, a set of sculptures created by Sir Anthony Gormley in 2005. This group of 100 weather-beaten sculptures reach out along the coast and into the Irish Sea and make for iconic photos.

    Away from the coast, Cosby has some charming pubs and restaurants in the village, especially the George Hotel. For families, an afternoon of jet skiing and sailing at Cosby Adventure Centre is a popular choice.

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