Liverpool is a city that warrants at least a day of exploration. From its iconic waterfront to Beatles-related landmarks, there’s plenty to see and do. Plus, Liverpool boasts an impressive food scene, with options to suit all tastes. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or have been before, here’s how to make the most of a day in Liverpool.
The northwest maritime city of Liverpool is the hometown of all four Beatles members, the world-famous football club and breathtaking museums and galleries.
In the 18th to 20th centuries, Liverpool was a key migration and trade port whose ships dominated the slave trade in the transatlantic. When the 1960s hit, Liverpool became internationally known for the “Merseybeat” sound made famous by the Beatles.
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Since the mid-twentieth century, Liverpool has become an English tourist destination, with a mix of historic and modern landmarks, fantastic shopping centres and restaurants to please every taste bud.
If you’ve only have a day in Liverpool, I’ve put together the absolute must-dos to make your day one to remember.
Start at Dale Street Kitchen for Breakfast
Starting the day in North East section of the city with breakfast at Dale Street Kitchen. Expect a relaxing atmosphere and award-winning breakfast dishes.
Fresh fruit smoothies, large classic English breakfasts and coffees to suit all tastes will kick start your morning the right way and give you all the energy you need for your day exploring Liverpool.
Choose to Visit: Walker Art Gallery or World Museum
Time to choose! Both the Walker Art Gallery and World Museum are great picks to spend the morning.
Walker Art Gallery
The Walker Art Gallery is one of the UK’s largest art exhibitions outside London and is conveniently located on William Brown Street. The street houses galleries, museums & libraries that contain works from as early as 1300 AD all way up until modern day sculptures or paintings!
The gallery is free to enter and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm.
The World Museum is a free and fascinating place to visit. You can learn about history from space exploration, natural sciences such as dinosaurs or evolution theories in the exhibits! The museum was built way back in 1851 but still has an extensive collection of all things historical today with over 150 million artefacts on display.
The World Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm.
Radio City Tower
The Radio City Tower is the tallest building in Liverpool and gives you an incredible view of all that this interesting city has to offer.
If you aren’t afraid of heights, making your way 452 ft above the city centre is a fantastic and unique way to experience Liverpool’s varied scenery.
Built back in 1969, it’s home not only for our very own local radio station but also one heckuva gallery!
The Radio Tower Beacon is open from 10:15 am – 5:15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Cavern Club
Liverpool is home to the famous The Cavern Club, where the Beatles got their start. In the early 1960s, it quickly became the centre of the rock-and-roll scene, hosting The Beatles in their early years.
If you’re looking for a musical adventure while in Liverpool, this is the place to go! The Cavern Club has live music every night of the week, and there’s sure to be something that will get your toes tapping.
More time? Go on an organised Beatles tour where you can learn all about the Beatles’ history. Their behind-the-scenes tour is even free to attend and the guide will explain all about the club’s history and myths.
Whether you’re a Beatles fan or just looking for a great night out, the Cavern Club is definitely worth checking out!
Consider taking a Mersey Ferry Tour! You’ll get amazing views of the river and learn interesting historical facts about Liverpool’s musical heritage, maritime history and how the ferries played a role in the First World War.
Try and get a ticket on the Razzle Dazzle Ferry. It is a colourful boat that was designed by Sir Peter Blake and built to commemorate the First World War. The ferry is famous for being on The Beatles Sgt Pepper cover.
Book your Mersey Ferry Tour today!
The Mersey Ferry operates from 7:30 am – 7:30 pm on weekdays, and 10 am – 6 pm on weekends.
The Tate Liverpool is an art gallery in the Royal Albert Dock displaying British art dating back to the 1500s.
The gallery is free to enter and once you’ve finished taking in the beauty of the art, you can stop for a coffee in the Tate Liverpool coffee shop.
The Tate Liverpool is open from 10 am – 5:50 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.
The Beatles Story
For all the Beatles fans out there, The Beatles Story is the world’s largest permanent exhibition dedicated solely to The Beatles.
The immersive journey takes you along their story from childhood all the way up to how they became one of the greatest bands in the world.
The opening times of The Beatles Story are subject to change, but it is open all days but Sunday.
Bold Street Shopping
The Knowledge Quarter and Georgian Quarter connect at Bold Street and boast a variety of shops, cafes and nightlife entertainment.
Some of your favourite chain stores, as well as smaller boutiques, can be found on Bold Street and once you’ve had enough of shopping, you can stop for a bite to eat in one of its restaurants serving up food from a selection of different countries.
Places to Eat in Bold Street
Bold Street is a hub for a mixture of restaurants with cuisines from all over the world. Here are some of my favourites!
- Bundobust on Bold street serves up Indian food that is catered to vegans and vegetarians in its pink and green retro restaurant.
- Greek Taverna is the place to go if you’re a Greek food lover. A vast selection of Greek tapas and main courses can be accompanied by a glass (or bottle) of wine in the bustling Bold Street restaurant.
- Maray has 3 restaurants dotted throughout Liverpool city centre, one on Bold Street, one on Albert Dock and one in Allerton. Exquisite Mediterranean food, including vegan and vegetarian dishes, will leave you wanting more in the low-lit restaurant and basement bar.
- Elif also has a few restaurants spaced out around Liverpool. The one on Bold Street, with its yellow features, serves up Turkish BBQ foods of all varieties that are a great healthy meal option.
- A great vegan and vegetarian restaurant is The Egg Cafe, not far from Bold Street. The name may be deceiving, but the quirky cafe is plant-based and vegan. Their coffee beans are sourced from local suppliers and, where possible, they aim to be as sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible.
Grab a Coffee at Bold Street Coffee
Fantastic coffee and breakfast stop can be found at Bold Street Coffee. All your usual English breakfast favourites can be enjoyed in this quaint little coffee shop, along with iced and hot coffees, made from specially roasted beans.
Liverpool Cathedral is the largest religious building in Britain and an iconic landmark of Liverpool that shouldn’t be missed.
The Grade I listed building is built of local sandstone and has incredible features like stained glass windows and extraordinary archways. The cathedral is free to enter and you can also pay a fee to climb up the tower and enjoy the 360-degree open-air view.
The Liverpool Cathedral is open 7 days a week from 10 am – 6 pm.
Spend A Evening At Cains Brewery Village and The Baltic Market
Cains Brewery Village is a historic area in Liverpool that has been transformed into a trendy spot for shopping, dining, and nightlife. With its beautiful old buildings and cobblestone streets, the village has a charming atmosphere that makes it a popular destination.
It’s open from Wednesday to Sunday.
If you are a Peaky Blinders fan, then you will love this place! Restored Grade 2 listed building in Liverpool’s iconic Cains Brewery Village looks like you have just walked into a scene from Peaky Blinders. The pub has proven to be a huge attraction for fans with its 1920s’ feel and great range of drinks.
The Baltic Market
The Baltic Market is a great place to visit if you don’t know what to eat or if you’re in the mood for a little bit of everything.
The food court type setting has vendors and live music circling the tables where you can sample a selection of foods from all different cuisines.
Traders at the Baltic Market:
- Beef On The Block
- Little Korea
- Spice Thai
- Press Bros. Coffee
- Hafla Hafla
- Little Furnace
- The Midnight Delivery
- Bubbas Trap Kitchen
Meat, vegetarian and vegan options are all available at the Baltic Market, so it really is a one stop shop for your whole party.
Have More Time? Consider Going to These Places
All the football fans won’t want to miss a trip to the Anfield football stadium.
If you support the Liverpool football team or not, a guided tour around Anfield will have you marvel at the team’s history and give you access to parts of the stadium that are not open to the general public.
Anfield was originally built as a cricket stadium for Everton Cricket Club and was later taken over by Everton FC in 1884. After a dispute about rent, Everton moved out of Anfield and Liverpool FC was born.
It is best to book the stadium tour online to get an accurate representation of the availability.
Sefton Park in the south of Liverpool is a 235 acre Grade I historic park with incredible monuments and scenery.
Waterfalls, statues, and the stunning glass Palm House provide a tranquil and slow-paced escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
If you look at Sefton Park on a map, you will see that footpaths frame the open green space, making the park an oval shape. Two natural watercourses flow into a man-made lake and in 2013, the park was awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for its exceptionally high standards.
Sefton Park is 24 hours a day, all year round.
Liverpool 24 Hour Map
Liverpool is a fantastic city with a lot to offer in just 24 hours. Its mix of indoor and outdoor activities are perfect for every weather condition and you’ll be sure to find something that’ll make your trip one to remember.
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