It’s true that Liverpool has plenty of brilliant events all year round, particularly at the Liverpool Arena, but that’s not the only reason you should visit this incredible city.
With its long history as a centre of trade – thanks to its major international port – it’s a place where the resulting money and culture has helped to shape the city we see today. Liverpool has the oldest Chinese community in the UK, and the oldest Black African community in the UK as well.
In 2007 the city officially had its 800th birthday, and in 2008 it was crowned European Capital of Culture, and in our opinion it’s remained one of the continent’s unofficial capitals of culture ever since.
Here are just a few things you should see around Liverpool the next time you’re over here for an event.
The Royal Albert Dock is a nod to Liverpool’s past as a trading port, with buildings used to store things like brandy, ivory and sugar. It’s part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage collection, because of its importance to the history of international trade.
Today if you visit the Royal Albert Dock you can see these historic buildings repurposed into shops, restaurants and more, in a development that’s officially the most visited mixed use attraction in the whole country (outside London).
Its Grade I and Grade II listed buildings attract more than four million people per year to visit, where they drink and dine in the many bars and restaurants overlooking the water.
To learn even more about the city’s rich history, a visit to the Museum of Liverpool is a must. But when that history includes elements like The Beatles, 360 degree immersive films, and Liverpool FC, it’s about as far from the image of a dry and boring day out as you can get.
The museum sits on the waterfront near the Royal Albert Dock, in a brand new building which opened in 2008 – the year that the city celebrated its Capital of Culture title.
You can ride the overhead railway, see more than 6,000 exhibits, and see the award-winning view over the city from the skylight galleries.
There’s also a cafe and free WiFi, so you’re in luck if you have some work to do while you’re here. There are definitely worse places to work from!
A home of contemporary art in the North, the Tate Gallery in Liverpool is perfectly placed if you’re going for a walk around the historic Dock. It’s also within easy reach of the modern Liverpool One shopping centre.
But enough about what’s near it, what about what’s inside? It’s a beautiful and thought-provoking collection of art that’s constantly changing, and you’ll find you can spend hours and hours inside this modern and stunning building just taking in the art as well as getting a bite to eat and buying a few postcards to bring home with you.