Home to Premier League football teams - Everton FC and Liverpool FC and birthplace of The Beatles. Visit the spectacular docklands, taste the superb cuisine, and experience great shopping and the exciting everychanging nightlife.
Top attractions include the Albert Dock, Speke Hall, Museum of Liverpool Life, Knowsley Safari Park, Beatles Story Experience, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and Blue Planet Aquarium.
Theatre fans can enjoy shows at The Everyman, The Playhouse, The Empire, The Epstein and The Royal Court amongst others.
Liverpool also hosts a huge selection of concert venues, including the Echo Arena, The Guild of Students, East Village Arts Club, Philharmonic Hall, Kazimir, Liverpool Academy plus many more.
Whether you take the Ferry 'cross the Mersey, or a stroll down Penny Lane, most visitors will find it difficult to explore Liverpool without a song on their lips. From the twin cathedrals with their striking views over the city to the historical, Grade 1 listed Albert Dock and its Beatles museum, there's plenty to see and do. An important maritime centre and industrial port, Liverpool was one of the great cities of the United Kingdom in the Industrial Revolution and much of its wealth came from its dominance in the shipping of textiles, cotton, sugar and slaves.
The city was severely bombed in World War II and has struggled to get back on its feet, seeing waves of prosperity and depression. The 1960s saw the explosion of the Beatles and pop music, while the 1990s saw an attempt to regenerate the rather dull urban centre. Liverpool's waterfront is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and the city has achieved World Heritage Status, joining Edinburgh and Bath as the only UK cities to carry the honour. Since the announcement of Liverpool as the European Capital of Culture for 2008, millions of pounds have been poured into further development of the city, including the £920 million
Liverpool is a city of diversity and despite its struggles; it boasts the most Georgian buildings in the UK, Europe's oldest Chinatown, a number of striking Victorian buildings and plenty of world-class attractions. The historical Albert Dock was restored in the 1980s and is now one of the city's most popular attractions, housing chic restaurants, bars, shops and museums, including the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Tate Liverpool.
The city plays host to plenty of other events, festival and concerts, as well as the world's biggest steeplechase, the Grand National, at Aintree. There are also several beautiful parks and gardens, bustling markets and galleries to explore. Whether a Beatles fan or not, Liverpool has much to offer the visitor and it is no wonder that it has become one of the top UK day trip destinations.