What you need to know about Liverpool
Liverpool is such an extraordinary and fascinating city – you would be hard pushed to find a place that has made more effort to shed its rough and ready reputation, and show the world that it’s a city of culture, history and one of the warmest welcomes you’ll find anywhere.
This dockside metropolis is home to the biggest cathedral in the UK, more museums than any other UK city other than London, outstanding galleries, shopping and fine dining, and of course a music and football heritage like no other. Whether you’re a Beatles fan or not, you’ll discover Liverpool is a city full of wit, warmth and unexpected charms.
Food and drink
Liverpool’s dining scene is wonderfully varied, from high street chains to quirky bistros, international cuisine and elegant fine dining – head to Albert Dock or the area around Bold Street for the best of the bunch - we have a range of serviced apartments in this area so you can explore at your leisure.
Find a café or restaurant serving local dishes and you may see shrimps from Southport or asparagus from the Wirral on the menu, and of course Liverpool’s famous Scouse, which is a hearty stew of meat and vegetables, and the origin of Liverpool’s nickname for its locals, Scousers!
For trendy late night drinks, head for the Baltic Triangle, or if you’re a fan of the Beatles, you’ll find plenty of themed bars around the Cavern Quarter.
If you love shopping, you’ll feel right at home in Liverpool - Liverpudlians like to look their best, and that brings them out in their thousands to the many shopping centres, boutique stores and vintage markets. And in a serviced apartment you can shop til' you drop with plenty of room for all your bags and plenty of space to put your feet up at the end of the day!
For big name shopping, head for Liverpool ONE in the centre of the city, with more than 160 high street and designer labels including Harvey Nichols.
More designer boutiques (and footballers’ wives) can be found in the exclusive Metquarter and the Cavern Walks, or if independent shopping is more your thing, take a browse around Bold Street, which is packed with quirky clothes, world foods, art and records, or head to Grand Central Hall for must-have bargains on everything from furniture to fine art and fancy dress.
Liverpool industry has always centred around the city’s docks, and whilst the shipbuilding glory years are long gone, Liverpool is still a significant cargo port and home to many shipping lines like NYK and Maersk.
Car manufacturing is also big business in Liverpool, with one of Jaguar Landrover’s manufacturing sites based at the nearby Halewood plant.
Financial services is one of Liverpool’s fastest-growing industries, with offices for Barclays, JPMorgan, Abbey National, Alliance & Leicester, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, HBOS and the Bank of Ireland based in the city.
Liverpool is tucked away on England’s north west coast, and local roads can get very busy if you’re driving into the city. Thankfully the trains around the region are some of the most efficient in the UK, with easy connections to London, Manchester and Birmingham.
Once you arrive at your serviced apartment in Liverpool, it couldn't be easier to to get around – the centre and the Albert Dock area are best explored on foot, or you can use the CityBike hire scheme to get you from A to B in super-quick time.
Liverpool buses are green, convenient, fully-accessible and great value, and no trip to Liverpool would be complete without taking a ferry across the Mersey – it’s a great way to see the city skyline and visit some of the attractions on the riverside.
Taxis are also plentiful in Liverpool – simply hail a black cab in the street or pre-book with one of the many licensed cab firms.
Things to watch out for
Liverpool is as safe as any other big UK city, but football passions run particularly high here on match days, so be aware of crowds and rowdy fans, particularly when Liverpool are playing city rivals Everton.