The very best of... LiverpoolTuesday 04 August 2015 by Leila Wright There's loads more to Liverpool than The Beatles! We take our pick of the best things to do in this vibrant Merseyside city.
The best things to see and do
Liverpool is one of the liveliest cities in the UK, packed with cultural attractions and fascinating things to do. This vibrant World Heritage City has more museums and galleries than any city outside London, like the historic World Museum, which houses five floors of national history, science and technology exhibits, including Egyptian mummies, a creepy-crawly bug house and a wonderful planetarium. Liverpool is also famous for music - if you’re a fan of The Beatles, you’ll find plenty of tours and exhibits that capture the history and frenzy around the world’s biggest and most famous pop group. Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral is Britain’s largest church, and well worth a visit to see the largest operational organ in the world.
The best food and drink
Liverpool has a fabulous food and drink scene, with the best of the bunch found in Albert Dock, and in Berry Street in Liverpool’s Chinatown. The dining across the city offers huge variety, from traditional Scouse (stew with meat and vegetables) to elegant fine dining and bohemian cafes. The Heritage Market at Stanley Dock has some outstanding food stalls on a Sunday – the perfect place to pick up Southport shrimps or Wirral asparagus to prepare your own culinary masterpiece! For the best pubs and bars, head to the area around Concert Square and Mathew Street – you’ll find the area packed with locals up for a party every weekend, and the famous Cavern Club where The Beatles performed.
The best way to get around
Liverpool is a lovely city for exploring, with the delights of the city centre and Albert Dock best discovered at a gentle pace on foot. There’s also an excellent CityBike scheme which makes getting round the city easy, and the city’s bus network is one of the greenest and most accessible in the UK, and good value too. Taxis are everywhere, and you can hail them in the street, so it’s a good way to get home after a big night out! And of course the best way to enjoy the city skyline is on a ferry across the Mersey – it’s a great way to reach some of the dockside attractions too, and offers a unique view of the historic Manchester Ship Canal.
The best events and festivals
Few cities have an events calendar as diverse and exciting as Liverpool – the city plays host to a huge number of festivals, including the outstanding Liverpool Food & Drink festival in Sefton Park each September, which showcases the region’s wonderful food and drink and hugely talented chefs. Another popular festival is Light Night, a one-day art and culture festival in May, where the city’s museums and galleries stay open late into the evening, with free entry for everyone. And finally, Liverpool wouldn’t be doing its most famous sons justice without an annual Beatles festival – in late August the city hosts Beatleweek, with concerts, exhibitions, memorabilia shows and guest speakers from around the world.