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MUSIC, CULTURE AND SPORTS UNITE IN LIVERPOOL!
Home to the Beatles, Liverpool Football Club, and a vibrant cultural scene, lovely Liverpool has something for everyone! Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at the cutting-edge Radisson Blu Hotel in the city centre. While you’re there, take a cruise on the River Mersey, stroll around the UNESCO-listed waterfront, enjoy world-class shopping, experience Tate Liverpool and take in a thrilling football game!
Liverpool in a nutshell
Liverpool is famous for its Merseyside Beat, the Beatles, its football teams and its ferries. It’s a bold daring port city, bursting with colour and culture and its story has been one of great ups and downs. Liverpool has a maritime history of over 800 years and for centuries the economy was centred on the docks. It grew into a major port for the British Empire, trading with the Far East, West Indies and Africa while at the same time it was successfully selling its cotton to the expanding textile factories in Manchester and Lancashire. When the industrial revolution hit the mills and shipping favoured container ships, the docks went from great loud and productive powerhouses to still ghostly warehouses, and Liverpool’s economy went into decline. Today it is thriving; its riverfront became a World Heritage site in 2004 and it was European Capital of Culture in 2008.
What to see and do in Liverpool
The Albert Dock is Liverpool’s most famous waterfront attraction – this is where you’ll experience the Beatles Story, the world-renowned Tate Liverpool and where you may find yourself on a Magical Mystery Tour. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool is a great place to be based to explore the city. From the hotel you are just a short walk from the waterfront and right by Liverpool ONE – a central shopping and entertainment district full of restaurants, popular stores and cafes. Liverpool is a city of diversity. You can take a stadium tour at Anfield, look around the interactive Liverpool FC Museum, visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum or take a ferry across the Mersey. You can sip a cocktail in a quirky bar or stand in silent awe of the gigantic cathedral. You can also get creative at the Ropewalks, a bohemian centre with cool music venues, boutique shops and quirky cafes filling the old rope-making warehouses with chatter and laughter.
From the hotel you are central for the all-important Liverpool night life – whether you want to dance until the sun comes up at a cool underground bar or relax on the waterfront with dinner and a glass of wine, or take in a classical music concert or visit the world famous Cavern Club. You can in Liverpool.
Liverpool is a buzzy, arty, musical city with history and culture galore – here are seven things to do while you’re staying with us.
- Liverpool One is the hugely popular shopping, restaurant and entertainment area of the city. There are 160 fashion names in this modern open air shopping centre and it’s a great place to wind down after a busy day sightseeing.
- Find out more about the Fab Four with a Beatles tour. If you go down to Albert Dock you can experience the Beatles Story and later take a ride on the Magical Mystery Bus which visits some of the Beatle’s most famous streets like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.
- Liverpool is famous for its art and the galleries are a must while staying here. The Tate Liverpool is cutting edge and the new Museum of Liverpool has more than 6,000 objects for you to discover from the city’s dockland days to its famous music scene and its successful football clubs. You will feel you know the city after spending time here.
- Jump on a bus for a tour of the city or hire a bike – ask the concierge for places to visit in an afternoon – you’ll easily navigate the streets and find the main attractions and you can treat yourself to a drink or a bite to eat after a long day pedalling.
- Head out for the night to one of Liverpool’s famous night scenes. There are lots of popular areas including Concert Square which has the big bars and clubs to the Baltic Triangle which is a trendy hotspot of bars in converted warehouses – there are often food festivals and art installations around here to add to the evening activities.
- Is it possible to visit Liverpool without seeing a football match? The atmosphere at Liverpool FC and Everton FC is thrilling and it’s a great place to head for a night of drama and emotion – ask the hotel concierge if they can help with tickets.
- For a bit of peace and quiet and to tick off another top attraction take a ferry across the Mersey – there is nothing more relaxing than being close to water and from here the city is a beautiful sight.
Liverpool has a lot more to offer than a ferry across the Mersey or a trip around the Beatles’ incredible life. The city is a giant for shopping, culture, architecture and history and it will take you a couple of days to really get to know its core.
Art and culture
Once one of the UK’s major industrial cities for shipbuilding and manufacturing, today Liverpool has calmed down a bit and has the largest collection of museums and art galleries outside of the capital. Top attractions to visit include the Tate Liverpool, which has taken the art world by storm with its modern exhibitions and international shows. The Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool Football Club Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, the World Museum, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Mersey tunnel tours are also top choices if you want to learn more about this colourful city. There is so much history around the water and the docks in Liverpool it is a must to take a ferry ‘across the Mersey’ but make sure you jump off for the U-Boat Story and learn all about the German submarine during World War II.
Architecture and buildings and sites of historic interest to look out for include museums, libraries and galleries but also the Albert Dock, where a lot of the Beatles’ Story is told, has some fascinating conversions and redevelopment. Liverpool Cathedral is one of the city’s top attractions and you really should take the time to visit this magnificent building and climb the tower for unrivalled views across the city.
Shopping is another of Liverpool’s attractions for people all over the country. There are plenty of independent stores and quirky designer boutique shops in trendy shopping arcades. A huge addition to the city is Liverpool One - the modern retail centre at the heart of the city which has more than 160 stores as well as restaurants, bars and entertainment in a warm dry environment.
And after a big day out there is nothing better than hitting the streets for a bit of Liverpool rhythm and music magic – this is the city to enjoy a cocktail and dance the night away at one of the many popular bars or clubs. Ask the concierge for good nightlife tips.