Tourist Attractions in Liverpool - Liverpool City Region
The City of Liverpool is brimming with wonderful attractions and is the biggest pull
for tourists visiting the city region.
In 2014, the city was voted by Travellers' Choice awards as the 4th best tourist destination
in the United Kingdom.
The Tourism Sector in Liverpool is worth almost £4 billion to the local economy and supports around
50,000 jobs throughout the city region.
Visitor numbers to the entire LCR have grown year on year for the last five years. The region has around 200 hotels to support these growing numbers, in 2014 alone, the Liverpool City Region welcomed almost 5 million staying visitors.
With new infrastructure improvements and new attractions, that figure is expected to rise even further over the coming years. Like Liverpool's new £1 billion open-air shopping centre, Liverpool One. It is the 'Largest Outdoor Shopping Centre in the United Kingdom', with countless top name stores occupying the contemporary designed streets. Part of the new development includes the sensational Chavasse Park, surrounding by top quality food outlets, restaurants, bars and the Liverpool Hilton Hotel.
It's not just people from the UK visiting Liverpool either, the city tourist economy is boosted by a huge number of visitors from over seas too, from places like Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the United States.
One of the major attractions for visitors going to Liverpool is its unique musical heritage, with that of The Beatles especially. The city's unique identity as the birthplace of the world's most successful band attracts thousands of people every year, there are several attractions covering the Fab Four's history, like the Beatles Story Museum, the Magical Mystery Tour and the Cavern Club.
The Liverpool City Region attracted nearly 4 million day-trippers in 2014, thanks to major events the city has hosted, like the Liverpool Giants spectacular, which itself pulled in over 1 million visitors.
Other reasons people frequent the city is for its sport, with fans from all over the world visiting Anfield and Goodison Park stadiums. Both of the Premier League clubs in the city attract around 40,000 fans each home game, with a large number travelling from outside the city region.
The spectacular Liverpool Biennial attracted almost 700,000 visitors in 2014, the successful festival grows in stature each time.
Other popular free festivals like the Mersey River Festival, the International Music Festival and Brazilica combined, adds a further 400,000 people to the annual footfall.
Fairly new attractions are following the trend too, like the Liverpool Echo Arena, which sold over half a million tickets in 2014, only the world famous Mersey Ferries, with over 600,000 passengers, attracted more paying customers that year. The city is also recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, there are six specific locations within Liverpool that include many of the city's most famous landmarks.
These are the Albert Dock, the Castle Street Conservation Area, the Duke Street Conservation Area, the Pier Head, the Stanley Dock Conservation Area and William Brown Street Conservation Area. There are more Grade I listed buildings in the Albert Dock than any other single location in the United Kingdom, as well as 20 Grade II listed structures.
The Castle Street Conservation Area in the 'Commercial Quarter', boasts 3 Grade I listed buildings and a staggering 39 Grade II listed buildings.
The Duke Street Conservation Area has 6 Grade II listed buildings, including the oldest building in the city centre, the Bluecoat, which in 2014 attracted three quarters of a million visitors to the old school on College Lane.
The Pier Head is also well recognised as a World Heritage hotspot, it has 7 Grade II listings and Liverpool's most iconic building, the Grade I listed Liver Building.
The Stanley Dock Conservation Area has as many as 15 Grade II listed structures.
Then of course, there's William Brown Street, the Cultural Quarter, home to 23 Grade II listed structures and 2 Grade I listings, with one of the finest neo-Grecian buildings in the world being the pick of the bunch, the grandest of them all, St.Georges Hall.
Collectively, all six zones define what has been described by UNESCO as, the 'Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City'.
The 'International Council on Monuments & Sites' and the 'World Heritage Committee' was so impressed with Liverpool that it declared:
Liverpool is an outstanding example of a world mercantile port city, which represents the early development of global trading and cultural connections throughout the British Empire.
The Albert Dock - Liverpool
Liverpool's world famous Albert Dock comprises of a series of
dock buildings and warehouses.
It was considered a revolutionary docking system when it was built in 1846,
as ships could dock directly alongside their intended warehouses.
With four million visitors each year, it is the United Kingdom's most visited multi-use attraction outside of London.
The grand old Albert Dock was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone. With no structural wood, it was the 'First Non-combustible Warehouse System in the World'.
In 1848, two years after is was constructed, it was also modified to feature the 'First Hydraulic Cranes in the World'.
At its height of operations, the dock was used to store many valuable items, such as Brandy, Cotton, Ivory, Silk, Sugar, Tea and Tobacco.
In 1972, the general decline of the docklands in Liverpool led to the Albert Dock eventually closing. The giant structure layed derelict for the next ten years, before finally being redeveloped by the 'Merseyside Development Corporation'.
The MDC completely regenerated the Albert Dock and officially reopened it in 1988. The historic dock is now the number one tourist attraction in the Liverpool City Region, it is now home to the many varying establishments, like the Beatles Story Museum, the Blue Bar & Grill, the Circo circus-themed Bar & Restaurant, Gusto Cocktail Bar & Restaurant, the Mersey Maritime Museum, Panam Bar & Restaurant, Revolution Vodka & Cocktail Bar, The Smugglers Cove Bar & Restaurant, the Spice Lounge, Tate Liverpool Modern Art Gallery, the What's Cooking Family Restaurant, a Holiday Inn Hotel, a Premier Inn Hotel, numerous Shopping Outlets and dozens of Luxury Apartments.
All five of the warehouses around the dock and the former dock traffic office are Grade I listed buildings, making it the 'Largest Single Collection of Grade I listed buildings Anywhere in the United Kingdom'.
There are also Grade II listed buildings located around the complex, like the former hydraulic pumping station, which has been converted into a traditional public house, called 'The Pump House'.
Click here for the Albert Dock website.
The Echo Wheel of Liverpool - Liverpool
The Echo Wheel of Liverpool is located between the Echo Arena and the Albert Dock.
The 60 metre tall circular attraction rises above the city of Liverpool, offering great views of the City Centre, the River Mersey, the Wirral Peninsula, the wondrous Welsh Mountains and beyond.
The wheel has 42 modern style air-conditioned capsules in total, with a special VIP capsule containing a glass floor, luxury interior, a DVD Player and a Champagne Fridge.
So go along for the ride, enjoy a romantic evening on the Echo Wheel of Liverpool, sip away at your glass of Champagne with your partner on the VIP capsule, whilst you marvel at the breath-taking panoramic scenery of the Liverpool City Region, glistening in all it's splendour below the clear night sky.
The fully enclosed ride also has excellent wheel chair and disabled access, with two of the capsules fitted with ramps and extra wide doors.
Click here to find out more about the Echo Wheel of Liverpool.
Echo Arena Liverpool - Liverpool
The Echo Arena Liverpool is one half of the £164 million ACC Liverpool built in 2008.
The fantastic new Arena & Convention Centre is located on the King's Dock and
is a world class facility for Liverpool, allowing the city to host major events all year round.
The 11,000 seater arena boasts 22 luxurious hospitality boxes and offers a wide range of seating configurations ideal for accommodating any type of event. Since it opened, the Echo Arena Liverpool has welcomed some of the greatest musical acts the world has to offer, acts like our very own Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Michael Bublé, The Eagles, Gloria Estefan, Peter Gabriel, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Bruno Mars, Kylie Minogue, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Oasis, One Direction, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Cliff Richard, Lionel Richie, Rihanna and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters.
On top of the best music around, the arena has also played host to variety of events, entertainment shows and ceremonies like, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show, World Championship Boxing, Disney on Ice, the MOBO Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards, Premier League Darts, Walking with Dinosaurs, World Wrestling Entertainment, the X Factor and the annual Liverpool Summer Pops Festival.
The adjoined BT Convention Centre is an award-winning conference venue consisting of a 1,350 seat Auditorium, 18 Meeting Rooms and a Dining Room for 1,800 people.
In 2015, the ACC Liverpool won the 'Best UK Conference Centre' at the national M & IT Industry Awards for the third consecutive year.
The huge success of the ACC has led to a sister venue being built alongside it in 2015, the brand new Exhibition Centre offers an additional 8,100 square metres of space.
The three combined make it the only purpose-built interconnected Arena, Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre in the whole of Europe.
All three venues are part of the World Heritage listed Liverpool Waterfront, offering spectacular views of the River Mersey in all its glory.
Click here to go to the Liverpool Echo Arena website.
The Liverpool Empire Theatre - Liverpool
The Empire theatre was opened in 1925,
it is located on Lime Street in Liverpool's city centre.
The original theatre on the site was at the time Liverpool's largest theatre, it opened in 1866 and was called the 'New Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House', later renamed to 'The Empire' in 1896, before it was completely demolished in 1924.
The current theatre has been refurbished several times over its long history, notably in 1977 when it was bought by Merseyside County Council, they improved the back stage facilities and extended the stage. Again in 1999, the stage area was further increased and the facilities for the audience were also improved.
The distinct architectural style Grade II listed building has the largest two-tier auditorium in Britain, seating up to 2,350 people.
You can always find various types of entertainment at the Empire Theatre to cater for everyone's needs, such as Children's Shows, Magic Acts, Musicals, Operas, Pantomines, Plays, Pop Concerts, Rock Concerts, Stand-Up Comedians, Sports Theatre and Variety Shows.
The renowned theatre has hosted many world famous acts over the years, including Shirley Bassey, The Beatles, Cilla Black, Kate Bush, Bing Crosby, Ken Dodd, Judy Garland, Laurel & Hardy, The Osmonds, Roy Rogers, Frank Sinatra and Mae West.
The timeless theatre owns a place in the hearts of many people from the city region and was one of the key venues to take the centre stage, at the European City of Culture celebrations in 2008.
Click here to go to the Liverpool Empire Theatre website.
Liverpool Everyman Theatre - Liverpool
The Everyman theatre in Liverpool was opened in 1964,
it is part of the Liverpool Merseyside Theatres Trust and has
been in partnership with the Liverpool Playhouse theatre since 1999.
The Liverpool Everyman theatre was completely rebuilt in 2014, at a cost of £28 million. Following the eagerly anticipated reopening of the much loved theatre, the Royal Institute of British Architects declared the new Everyman to be the 'Best British Building of the Year', awarding celebrated architects 'Haworth Tompkins' with the acclaimed prize. Inside the new world class building is a dedicated theatre writers' room, Large Rehearsal Rooms, a Bar, Restaurant, Cafe and a 400 seater Theatre.
The Liverpool Everyman theatre will continue to be a special venue for both new and more established thespians to ply their trade infront of an adourning crowd. Some of the countless performers at the iconic theatre include Warrinton's late successful Hollywood actor Pete Postlethwaite, Golden Globe winning Harry Potter star Julie Walters and Liverpool's own award-winning actor David Morrissey. Like the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the Liverpool Everyman can be found on one of Liverpool's greatest streets, Hope Street, which was voted as the 'Best Street in the United Kingdom' in 2013,
Click here to go to the Liverpool Everyman Theatre website.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - Liverpool
Known locally as simply the 'Phil',
the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is the home of the country's longest-surviving
professional orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.
The Philharmonic Hall opened in 1840 and underwent a major £10.3 million refurbishment in 1995.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society is the only orchestra in the United Kingdom with its own hall and was awarded the 'Freedom of the City of Liverpool' in 1991. The society performs more than 60 classical music concerts at the hall every year, as well as a series of family orientated concerts on Sunday afternoons, mainly for children aged between 4 and 10 years old. The acclaimed orchestra also tours to other towns and cities in the UK and throughout the world.
A whole host of world famous celebrities have played at the Philharmonic Hall on Liverpool's Hope Street, from Cliff Richard to Paul McCartney. In total, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall stages around 250 events every year and is one of the most celebrated venues in the city region.
Click here to go to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall website.
Liverpool Playhouse Theatre - Liverpool
Liverpool Playhouse theatre first opened in 1866 as a music hall,
before developing into a repertory theatre in 1911.
The grand old theatre was extended in 1968,
when a modern-style extension was added to the north side of the building.
The theatre is a Grade II listed building and can be found directly below the St.John's Tower in Williamson Square.
Since 1999, the Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust has combined the management of both the Playhouse theatre and the Everyman Theatre. Together, they offer a wide range of performances for the viewing public. Shows at the Liverpool Playhouse include comedy performances by British Comedy Award winning acts such as Nina Conti, musical shows from Award-winning playwrights like Lizzie Nunnery and serious plays by acclaimed writers like Emteaz Hussain, to name a few.
The Playhouse has always produced top quality productions from established performers and promising stars in the making.
Click here to go to the Liverpool Playhouse Theatre website.
The Museum of Liverpool - Liverpool
The Museum of Liverpool opened in 2011, it is the first national museum in the world to be
completely dedicated to the history of a regional city.
The museum cost £72 million and is the biggest newly-built
national museum in Britain for over one hundred years.
The museum is solely devoted to Liverpool's rich history, telling the story of its rise from a small unimportant fishing village to become the second city in the world's largest ever empire.
The contemporary designed building is home to over 6,000 objects related to the city, including Archaeological Material, Art Paintings, Beatles Memorabilia, Chinese Artifacts, Chris Boardman's famous Lotus Sport Bike, Costumes, Decorative Art, the first Ford Anglia Car, Oral Testimonies, Photographic Archives, a full sized Steam Locomotive and a whole lot more.
The Museum of Liverpool is divided into four main themes: Global City, People's Republic, The Great Port and Wondrous Place, all located in four grand galleries.
The ground floor exhibits the urban and technological evolution of Liverpool, both within its own region and throughout Britain. Exploring how the city was changed during the Industrial Revolution and how the British Empire affected its economic development. The top floor looks at Liverpool's strong identity, examining the unique social history of the city, from the very early settlements in Neolithic times, to the mass migration from places like Ireland and Wales, right through to the present day.
The museum is a premier tourist attraction for the Liverpool City Region, showcasing the city's unparalleled sporting prowess, majestic musical heritage, academic excellence and industrial achievements, that have helped shape the city we see today.
Click here for the Museum of Liverpool website.
The World Museum - Liverpool
The World Museum in Liverpool opened in 1851 and is the oldest museum in
National Museum Liverpool's collection.
It is also one of the most grandest museums in the country, with a remarkable display of
Ancient History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Ethnology, Natural History and Physical Sciences.
The Egyptology collection contains around 15,000 artifacts from both Egypt and Sudan. Over 5000 of the Egyptian antiquities were donated to the museum in 1867 by antiquary, Joseph Mayer. The Ethnology collection in Liverpool's World Museum is one of the best collections in the country, with anthropological pieces from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.
The Natural World department displays a wide array of different species, some of which are now extinct and some are still alive, like the live colonies of insects and botanical exhibits on display. The Geological part of the museum contains over 40,000 fossils, as well as a large variety of rocks and minerals, complete with information about their origins, their structure and the history of the planet itself.
The Physical Sciences area has a significant collection of scientific displays, on a range of subjects like space and time. There is even a planetarium at the museum, it opened in 1970 and has 62 seats. Shows in the planetarium cover various aspects of space science, including Space Exploration and the Solar System. It attracts around 90,000 visitors each year and has special children's shows for those future space explorers. Like the museum, entrance to the planetarium is completely free.
There are plenty of activities available at the museum for children, there are also many dinosaur bones, droppings and even rare dinosaur eggs on display. If you're looking for somewhere to take the kids this weekend, there are few places that can captivate their young minds quite like the World Museum in Liverpool can.
Click here for the World Museum website.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum - Liverpool
Opened to the public in 1980, the Merseyside Maritime Museum
is part of National Museums Liverpool.
Appropriately located in Liverpool's famous Albert Dock, the impressive collection of artifacts tell the story of Liverpool's history as a major port throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Some of the exhibits include detailed ship models, larger full sized vessels, colourful posters from the golden age of ocean liners and maritime paintings. The museum is also home to the 'UK Border Agency National Museum' and the 'International Slavery Museum'.
The UK Border Agency National Museum opened in 1994 and is located in the basement gallery, it highlights the work of the UK Border Agency and HM Revenue & Customs. The UK Border Agency National Museum has one of the most important collections of its type held anywhere in the world.
The International Slavery Museum opened in 2007 and tells the story of how the transatlantic slave trade was affected by cities in Britain, such as Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, London and Manchester.
The whole experience of the Merseyside Maritime Museum is a vivid and educational one. As a part of National Museums Liverpool, the museum offers completely free admission.
Click here for the Merseyside Maritime Museum website.
The Cavern Club - Liverpool
The Cavern Club original opened in 1957 as a jazz club.
The club was made world famous in the sixties by the incredible success of The Beatles and other
Mersey Beat stars of that era, gaining a reputation as
the world's centre for the rock and roll scene.
Today, the Cavern Club is more than thriving as a live music venue and is a major tourist attraction for Liverpool. You can hear live music from both new and established artists from all over the world.
There are three main lounges, the Cavern Club, Cavern Live Lounge and the Cavern Pub, with each venue showcasing some of the best acts around, young and old. You can also see many of the tribute bands dedicated to The Beatles, showcasing an opulent blend of music from the Fab Four's rich repertoire.
The Cavern Club is one stop in Liverpool that can't be missed by anyone touched by the magical music of the world famous Beatles.
Click here for The Cavern Club website.
The Beatles Story Museum - Liverpool
The Beatles Story is a popular tourist attraction in Liverpool,
attracting around 300,000 visitors every year.
Located in Liverpool's Albert Dock, the Beatles Story museum and gallery opened in 1990.
The success of the attraction has also led to a second facility opening on the Pier Head in 2009.
Some of the highlights in the Beatles Story include a replica of the famous Cavern Club, a Children's interactive Discovery Zone, John Lennon's iconic round spectacles, George Harrison's first guitar, the Fab4D Experience, the Fab4 Store and a Fab4 Cafe.
There is also an area dedicated to the successful solo careers of The Beatles band members after they'd split up.
Find out more about The Beatles Story.
The Magical Mystery Tour - Liverpool
The Magical Mystery Tour starts outside 'The Beatles Story Museum' at Anchor Courtyard,
in Liverpool's historic Albert Dock.
The 2 hour tour on the colourful Magical Mystery Tour bus takes you through all the sites in Liverpool made famous by the 'Fab Four', such as all four of The Beatles childhood homes, where they all went to school, Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the place where John and Paul famously met for the first time, Strawberry Field, Penny Lane and other Beatles landmarks throughout the city, before finally settling down in the world famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street.
There are also more exclusive private Magical Mystery Tours for smaller groups or individuals, they can be available for between 2 to 4 hours long.
The tour is a must for any avid Beatles fans arriving in Liverpool for the first time, see the sites that inspired The Beatles to make some of their most iconic songs and become the most famous band of all time.
Click here for more information on the Magical Mystery Tour.
The Walker Art Gallery - Liverpool
Opened to the public in 1877, the Walker Art Gallery
houses one of the largest art collections in England.
The gallery is part of National Museums Liverpool and is considered as the
'National Gallery of the North'.
It was built by the former elected Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Sir Andrew Barclay Walker, from the wealthy Scottish brewing family which owned Walkers Warrington Ale. He donated the gallery to the City of Liverpool and was later knighted for his services, gaining the title, Baronet Walker, of Gateacre. The origin of the vast collection at the gallery dates back to 1819, when the Liverpool Royal Institution acquired 37 paintings from William Roscoe's collection. The institute later expanded the collection over the next few decades, eventually adding it to the Walker Art Gallery at the end of the 19th century. The vast collection the gallery has amassed since it opened is astonishing, with many work dating back to the renaissance period.
The Walker Art Gallery is home to work from many of the most celebrated artists of the 2nd millenia, including Venetian painter Giambattista Pittoni, 20th century British Pop art specialist David Hockney, classical French Baroque style painter Nicolas Poussin, German-born British painter Lucian Freud, French artist extraordinaire Edgar Degas and Dutch iconic painter Rembrandt.
The gallery also plays host to the biggest painting prize in the United Kingdom, the 'John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize' exhibition. The biennial competition was originally held in 1957 and is named after its original benefactor, noted philanthropist Sir John Moores.
Some of the exhibitions at the Walker Art Gallery have included work from other world renowned artists such as French Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin and one most important figures of 20th century, Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.
Click here for the Walker Art Gallery website.
The Victoria Gallery & Museum - Liverpool
The Victoria Gallery & Museum is an art gallery and museum run by the University of Liverpool,
it was opened to the public in 2008 after an £8.6 million restoration.
The Victoria Building itself was built in 1892, it is also renowned for being the location of a famous experiment by University of Liverpool Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Oliver Lodge.
In 1894, Oliver Lodge built the first radio and managed to send and recieve the world's first wireless transmission from the clock tower in the Victoria Building, half a mile away to the Lewis's department store on Lime Street. His groundbreaking experiment preceded that of Guglielmo Marconi by one year. Marconi is often credited as the inventor of the radio, an oversight, as Oliver Lodge didn't claim a patent for his invention. In 1943, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that Marconi's claim to certain patents were indeed questionable.
An incredible history for the University of Liverpool building that houses an exemplary collection of ceramics, paintings and sculptures. The gallery and museum is open each week from Tuesday to Saturday and admission is completely free. On the top floor of the Victoria Building is the Tate Hall Museum, which contains a range of exhibits on a variety of subjects including archaeology, dentistry, engineering, medicine, oceanography and zoology.
Learn more about the Victoria Gallery & Museum.
Tate Liverpool Art Gallery & Museum - Liverpool
Tate Liverpool is an art gallery and museum that opened to the public in 1988,
it is a part of Tate,
a national corporate body ran by a Board of Trustees.
Tate Liverpool can be found at the Albert Dock on the waterfront,
it houses one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the United Kingdom.
The gallery regularly exhibits work from many world famous artists throughout the year, such as
the influential American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.
Additional gallery space was added to the gallery in 1998, as the building underwent a major refurbishment. This was further improved upon in 2007, when a newly designed foyer was created to improve the proportion and appearance of the entrance to the gallery.
Wheelchair accessibility in Tate Liverpool is good, with no steep gradients on approach and level access to the gallery.
Many live events are also hosted at Tate Liverpool, often found in the foyer, including Made Up Mix as part of Liverpool's Biennial of Contemporary Art
Click here for the Liverpool Tate Art Gallery website.
Sudley House Art Gallery - Aigburth
Sudley House Art Gallery was opened to the public in 1996.
The Aigburth gallery specialises in both art and fashion, with a fine collection
from the Victorian ship owner and merchant George Holt in its original setting.
George Holt owned Sudley house in 1883, before it was passed to his daughter Emma Holt after his death. Emma Holt bequeathed the home and its vast collection to the City of Liverpool in 1944, It is now maintained by National Museums Liverpool. In 2007, the Art gallery was reopened to the public following a £1 million refurbishment and boasted several new attractions.
The gallery also includes work by portrait and landscape painter Thomas Gainsborough, 19th century animal portrait specialist Edwin Landseer, Pre-Raphaelite painter and illustrator John Everett Millais, influential 18th century 'Grand Style' painter Joshua Reynolds and Romanticist landscape painter Joseph Turner.
Click here for the Sudley House Art Gallery website.