More and more, former industrial cities of the UK are building profiles for themselves as major tourist destinations, and Liverpool is an excellent example of such a city. Once a major port, tourism now forms a major part of the city’s economy. Here are seven reasons to visit Liverpool.
It’s the home of the Beatles
Yes, this is one of Liverpool’s major attractions. The world’s most famous band originated in Liverpool, and the town hasn’t forgotten it. There are several well-regarded tours available around the city, or you can form one yourself. The Guinness World Records named Liverpool the World Capital City of Pop: Liverpudlian artists have produced more number one singles than any other city.
It’s conveniently situated
If you are travelling from Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the north of England, Scotland or the capital, Liverpool is in a central location with an airport servicing many major destinations. It’s also got excellent train and ferry connections.
It’s brimming with arts and culture
With a thriving student population, music and arts festivals, a great live music scene, Liverpool is a great place to experience either up and coming artists or established ones. There are a number of galleries and museums, including the Tate Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum.
It’s got a growing food culture
Eating well is a growing part of the UK lifestyle – following the trend of popular food shows on TV, many are now factoring fine dining into their entertainment budgets, and Liverpool is a great place to experience innovative dining. There is also a thriving multicultural aspect to Liverpool – it’s got the UK’s oldest African community and Europe’s oldest Chinese community, due to its history as a port city – there is plenty of variety available in dining.
It has great entertainment
Albert Dock is the entertainment and nightlife hub, with bars, clubs and restaurants. In the daytime, this precinct also has great shopping and sightseeing, so it’s well worth a look.
It’s a sporting capital
Boasting two Premier League Football clubs, Liverpool FC and Everton FC, Liverpool is a major destination for football enthusiasts. The Grand National horse race is also held at its Aintree Racecourse.
It has World Heritage status
UNESCO named several areas of the city World Heritage Sites due to its impressive architectural heritage. Sites like Pier Head, Albert Dock and William Brown Street are some of the most famous landmarks.
Vivienne Egan writes for FHR who provide Liverpool Airport Parking.