Yep…we all know Liverpool is home of the Beatles, football and funny people…but what else does the city have to offer? Well…Lots!!! There are museums (the most in a UK City outside London, 2 cathedrals, 2 football stadiums and LOADS of shops. But if you have a limited time to visit the northern city. For example if your cruise ship is calling in here. So I have created my Super 7 Things To Do!
6. Radio City Tower
Well… you can’t miss this tall beacon standing up like a spaceship on the city skyline but not many people know that you can go up to the top ( in a lift!) where you get an amazing 360 degree view of Liverpool from 122 metres up. You are in the actual offices and studios of a working radio station which is cool. There is an entrance fee of around £5 but if you say you are off a cruise ship you get a discount and the price includes a souvenir booklet showing the city sites and there is no need to book and no limit to how long you can stay.
At 400 feet above the City Centre of Liverpool, the Radio City Tower Viewing Gallery offers 360 degree panoramic views of Merseyside, the Wirral, North Wales and as far away as the Cumbrian Hills on clearer days. They are open daily including Bank Holidays from 10.30am until 5.30pm with last entry to the Beacon being 30 minutes before close.
Admission prices include a full colour souvenir booklet. There is no need to book in advance and there is no time limit on your stay.
5. Cavern Club
This is the club where the Beatles used to play – well it’s not the actual club but a replica one. Tucked away just behind the main shopping street in Mathew Street it is a functioning club, not a museum, so you will probably hear live music even at lunchtime.
4. Tea Parlour
Okay just go with me on this one…having a cup of tea may not sound that exciting…but just a few doors for the Cavern I stumbled on a little gem. Upstairs in a former banana warehouse is The Tea Parlour – an elegant English tearoom. Home-made cakes, vintage china (my nan has the same set) crystal glasses and pressed white tablecloths. You get a booklet with tips on tea etiquette and the loos are worth seeing …go and find out why. Tell Kelly that I sent you! A pot of tea and scone costs £5 and the full English afternoon tea is £20.
3. Liverpool One
Shop till you drop in this area of stores and restaurants right in the heart of the city. How appropriate that the Live music is back on the streets of Liverpool this summer as six pianos take center stage in Liverpool ONE for Tickle the Ivories, the world’s only official street piano busking festival!
2. Statue Photo
Wander around the city centre and you will see some amazing buildings of Liverpool’s colourful past as a major seaport ..but dotted here and there are statues of the city’s famous people from John Lennon to Ken Dodd. Even fictional people like Eleanor Rigby from the Beatle song..here I am with her…just on a normal street.
1. Ferry Cross The Mersey
It’s not just a song your nan knows..it’s a real boat. Two of them to be precise and they really do ferry people across the river Mersey. You get on board at the ferry terminal – a minutes’ walk from the cruise terminal – and sail over to the Wirral (the other side of the river) and back again. The whole trip takes about 45 minutes and costs £11 and you get a commentary about the history of the city. Take the colourful “Razzle Dazzle” ferry designed by a famous artist dude called Peter Blake.