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Liverpool Tourism And Travel Guide
6.7° C / 44° F
April to September
2 to 3 Days
John Lennon Airport
Liverpool Lime Street Station
Liverpool is best known for being the centre for industrial progression and its innovative practices, not to forget for having a rolling production theatre, the Liverpool playhouse, for its public art conservation centre and more! With a rich legacy of architectural feats that include Tudor styled buildings from the 16th century, a large portion of constructs from the 18th century and its current mix of modern planning and structural designs, a significant number of tourism spots in the city have been given the UNESCO world heritage title as well. Here's a short travel guide to help you navigate your way through Liverpool.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to Liverpool is the John Lennon Airport, located in the city’s southern region with direct flights from the whole of the UK and most parts of Europe. With over 8 options of reaching Liverpool, the best and fastest way of getting there is to fly to Birmingham International Airport and then making the onward journey by train to the Liverpool Lime Street Station.
From Birmingham International Airport, it is best to book a train operated by West Midlands that takes roughly 2 hours to reach the Liverpool Lime Street Station at an approximate fare of INR 4,000 max. Alternatively, if your flight arrives at the Manchester Airport, then you can board the Northern Rail operated train to Lime Street Station that will reach in 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Local Buses in Liverpool ply from the Queen Square Bus Terminal to Lime Street Station for the North and East parts of the city, while buses from the Liverpool One Bus Station serves the East and South regions. If you arrive at the John Lennon Airport, then you can board a bus from the airport to Garston, Liverpool South Parkway and then catch a train to reach Liverpool.
With an efficient public transportation network getting around Liverpool is relatively easy! There are over 68 train stations within and around Liverpool, with 4 underground train stations and the frequent train services operated by Merseyrail Trains. You can also explore the city’s bus service, bicycle trails, car rentals and black taxi services to moving around within and around the city.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
April through September is the best time to visit Liverpool.
Springtime in Liverpool is temperate on account of the humidity and the temperatures. With rains quite common in the months of March through May, the average high temperature is 17°C. The rainfall slows down tourism and people who are looking for pocket-friendly travel deals may be in for a surprise!
A comfortably cool climate with a pleasant temperature is what makes summers in Liverpool the best time to visit the city. Rains frequent the city in a considerable volume ranging 6-10 days in a month, making the months of June through August the busiest and the best time to visit Liverpool.
The oscillating temperature between 8°C to 18°C becomes chilly during the fall season, majorly because of the humidity and wind levels as also a significant degree of rain or snowfall with nearly 7 to 10 days of either in a month. Tourism is slow during this time because of the climate.
December through February is extremely cold and not the best of time for warm weather enthusiasts. With an average high temperature of 9°C and about 6-11 days of rain or snowfall each month, winters are the second-best time of the year to make the most of Liverpool.
Things to Do
Liverpool is best explored with a trip on the Ferry across Mersey, viz-a-viz, the Mersey Ferry Tour aboard the River Explorer with an ensemble of some of the best views of the city’s popular waterfront and with advance reservations, perhaps a charming and special evening cruise during summers too.
With an impressive assortment of 7 renowned museums & galleries, the cultural heritage of Liverpool is best witnessed with the World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Lady Level Art Gallery and Sudley House. Then, there is the Royal Albert Dock, of UK’s most classy heritage attractions with a walk around the wharf, state-of-the-art galleries like the Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool and a number of restaurants and bars.
Sights to See:
Liverpool has popular landmarks spread all across the city, to which Liverpool Cathedral tops the list, being Britain’s largest basilica and completely enthralling. You can expect a tower tour that explores the highest vaults with amazing sunset views during the summer from the tower. The Bluecoat is a contemporary art attraction, while Sefton Park, Palmhouse, Port Sunlight Village are rolling green spaces for some relaxation.
With one of Europe’s largest event that honored music and poetry, the Welsh National Eisteddfod held in Liverpool in 1884, 1900 & 1929, Liverpool’s cultural legacy is much celebrated in line with its repute of being the European Capital of Culture with a variety of celebratory events. You can visit the Gay Quarter and Matthew Street, the Albert Dock and Lark Lane with its late-night venues and bars. St. Peter’s Square and the neighboring Seel, Concert Square, and Hardman Streets house some of Liverpool’s best and most frequent nightclubs too.
Liverpool is popular for football, its most famous sport, and houses the Liverpool Football Club & Everton F.C. Boxing is another renowned sport in the city with over 22 amateur boxing clubs and an ongoing contingent in the realm of GB Boxing. Aintree’s popular steeple-chase John Smith’s Grand National – an annual event, the race attracts jockeys and horse owners from around the world to participate in the challenging 30 fence course spanning 4 miles. Located in the adjoining town of Hoylake on the Wirral peninsula, the Royal Golf Club of Liverpool hosts a number of competitive championships in the city hosting Golf.
Where To Eat
With most cities having a theme behind their culinary feats, Liverpool’s calling card is a bit of everything that includes fancy meals with a blend of sky-skimming & stunning sights, going down and dirty with the vegetarian fast food, lobster and seafood or steak & alehouses. Roski is a high-end choice with its innovative menu of items popular from the British Isles. Panoramic 34 is a fine-dining joint on the 34th level of the West Tower with a premium menu in addition the spectacular sights at the top.
The London Carriage Works is ideal for lunch and high teas with a simple yet classy North West fine dining menu, while the Oktopus serves a locally sourced and sustainable menu which includes a wine & beer bill of fare, and popular plates of braised beetroot & chicken liver parfait, followed by the delicious chocolate mousse cake. Other popular eateries include the Art School Restaurant, Malmaison Brasserie with traditional delicacies, Pen Factory with bar & bistro nibbles, Mowgli for Indian fare, Down the Hatch for vegetarian fast food, Slim’s Pork Chop Express, Salt House Charcuterie & Tapas Bar, Sapporo Teppanyaki and Tribeca, a New York Pizzeria.
Where To Shop
Situated right by the popular waterfront is Liverpool One, the city’s open-air shopping zone that houses over 170 retail stores, restaurants and bars with a blend of designer & high street favorites and the only Harvey Nicols beauty bazaar in the UK. The high-class Metquarter is best for elite beauty & fashion stores that include Kids Cavern, MAC, Kurt Geiger & Hugo Boss, while Cavern Quarter is a mainstream fashion complex with famed designer boutique Cricket & Vivienne Westwood.
While Bold Street’s labeled one of the best streets for shoppers in the country with a series of independent stores ranging in funky apparels, records, world food and art, the city’s outskirts aren’t far behind its list of bohemian boutiques and street bazaars, ranging from West Kirby in Wirral for boutique retail or the farm shop and farmers’ market for delectable local produce. One of the UK’s largest and most popular designer outlet with some amazing bargains is Cheshire Oaks.