Liverpool, a major port city on the northwest coast of England, is famous for many things. It is the home of the 20th-century’s most famous and popular band The Beatles and the equally famous Cavern Club. It is also home to two of the Premier League’s biggest football clubs: Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club. Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock sits at the center of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the “Ferry Cross the Mersey” setting sail from right outside the legendary Liver Building.
Liverpool is a must-see city for anyone interested in culture, history or architecture. Its people are friendly and welcoming, even if first impressions can sometimes make you think otherwise. Here is a look at what you can see and do in Liverpool.
Although a car tunnel under a river may seem like a strange place to visit, the Queensway Tunnel that connects Liverpool to Birkenhead is likely quite familiar to you. Liverpool’s geography means it sits on the north bank of the river while the Wirral Peninsula, with towns such as Wallasey and Birkenhead located on the south bank. Two road tunnels connect the north and south, the first was the Queensway Tunnel, which opened in July 1934. Because there are two tunnels (meaning closing one won’t cut off travel), and the Queensway’s unique twists and turns, several Hollywood blockbuster films, including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” — Part 1, the “Fast & Furious 6” and “The 51st State” have filed here. Take a drive or a bus through the tunnel and see if you recognize any of it.
St John’s Beacon
St John’s Beacon, known locally as the Radio City Tower, is an old rotating observation tower that originally housed a restaurant. It is now home to Liverpool’s biggest commercial radio station and allows visitors to take a trip to the top to enjoy views across Merseyside and into North Wales.
Ferry Cross the Mersey
After traveling through the Queensway Tunnel, why not make the return journey on the famous ferry that travels across the River Mersey between Seacombe, Birkenhead and Liverpool? The ferry was famous in the 1965 Gerry and The Pacemakers song “Ferry Cross the Mersey.”
If you fancy a bit of retail therapy or a bite to eat, why not visit Liverpool ONE, a major shopping center right in the city center? It is accessible by bus, train and car and is a stone’s throw away from the Royal Albert Dock. Opened in 2008, it features many designer brands, has a multiplex cinema and offers many restaurants.
Aintree Racecourse is the home of the world-famous Grand National Steeplechase, which sees jockeys and horses from around the world compete for the title of Grand National winner. Although not compulsory, it is customary to have a little flutter while you’re at any racecourse and at the Grand National. In the buildup to the Grand National weekend, people all over the United Kingdom enter sweepstakes with their friends, family and colleagues to see who will pick the winner, making it also the busiest event of the year for bookmakers. While you can do your betting at the track, you can also do it online from your phone, and if you’re on a budget, you can take advantage of plenty of free bet options found on Oddschecker. Again, although not compulsory, dressing well is, so make sure you’ve packed some smart clothes if you intend to visit the racecourse. Getting to Aintree Racecourse is also easy. There is a railway station right outside, and several bus routes pass the venue.
Liverpool is one of the most vibrant cities in the United Kingdom and a must-see European city, with its history seen around every corner. Its contribution to the world is evident from the statues, the municipal buildings and public transport. Plus, the nightlife is as vibrant as its history, which is, of course, expected from the hometown of The Beatles, so make sure you stay a few days to soak up the atmosphere.
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