The historical Three Graces along the Pier Head in Liverpool, England

Compare the best Liverpool city breaks

There is plenty to see, do and enjoy during Liverpool breaks. This vibrant and cultured city on the River Mersey has an excellent pedigree for sporting pursuits, though you can't get away from that infectious musical Mersey beat.

Why go?

Whether you are jetting in or arriving by road or rail, we've got everything you need for fantastic Liverpool weekend breaks...

The popularity of Liverpool as a short-break destination lies in its wealth of diverse and exciting attractions. Yes, the Beatles hailed from Liverpool and fans of the Fab Four are well catered for, and of course any football followers or filly fanciers will be more than happy at Anfield, Goodison Park or Aintree, but there's also an abundance of art, live music, shopping, museums, historical sites and other crowd-pleasers that draw visitors of all ages.

So once you've arrived, unpacked your bags in one of the excellent Liverpool hotels, and got your bearings on this city of the north west, what next? You could become acquainted with Liverpool and its illustrious waterside history at the Merseyside Maritime Museum or the Liverpool Museum. The monumental Royal Liver Building and strikingly modern Museum of Liverpool dominate the city's dramatic waterfront. Nearby, the redeveloped, red-brick Albert Dock houses bars, restaurants and attractions like the Tate Liverpool, for cutting-edge art shows. From Hope Street, just behind Chinatown, the towering Anglican Cathedral presides majestically over the city.

The Albert Dock is home to an excellent Beatles museum. Talking of John, Paul, George and Ringo, you are in the birthplace of, arguably, the greatest band the world has ever known, so embrace the beat and join the Magical Mystery Tour (with stops at Penny Lane and Strawberry Field) before catching some live music in the Cavern Club - you can even stay at the Hard Days Night Hotel.

Liverpool city breaks are pleasurable at any time of the year, though short breaks in summer are popular and bookings should be made well in advance to secure low prices on hotels, transport and - if you are travelling from further afield - cheap flights.

From the magnificent waterfront to world-class museums and legendary nightlife, experience the buzz of a revitalised city on weekend breaks to Liverpool. Search TravelSupermarket now for great deals on trips to Liverpool.

When to go?

Figure out what to pack with our brief Liverpool climate guide...

Expect mild temperatures and rain at any time when you book a break in Liverpool. Fairly typical of other destinations in northern England, Liverpool experiences mild winter days with temperatures in single figures and summer days that hover anywhere between 12 and 22C. Rare hot days can occur throughout the summer, with rainfall expected some days too. It's best to pack for warm and cold and wet and dry when you holiday in England! There is much to do in Liverpool however, whatever the weather.

What's on?

There is a packed calendar of events in Liverpool and you will be warmly welcomed at any of these top attractions...

The Grand National; April: Find your place track-side at Aintree Racecourse for one of the most celebrated horse-racing events of the year. Book tickets early and then secure your hotel as soon as you can - it gets extremely busy in Liverpool during this springtime event.

LightNight; May: For one night only, Liverpool dazzles with this light-filled cultural extravaganza. Expect late-night opening at galleries and museums, plus markets, street performers, light projections, tours and much more. If you are going to visit in late spring, make it this weekend for a night to remember.

International Beatleweek; August-September: Held over the final week of August, this Beatles-themed event presents music from global bands, as well as shows, tours and exhibitions. It's a must for fans of the Fab Four.

What to do?

Here are just a few ways you can spend your time during weekend breaks in Liverpool...

Shopping: The innovatively designed Liverpool ONE shopping complex has high-street and designer fashion boutiques and a showcase John Lewis department store.

Families: See exhibits from every corner of the globe in World Museum Liverpool. Interactive displays take visitors from the Egyptian collection's mummies, past the Bug House's creepy crawlies and out to the stars in the Planetarium.

Romance: Indulge in a meal for two in the lavish, draped and dark-wood surroundings of Merchants Restaurant in the 62 Castle St hotel. After dinner, treat yourselves to bellinis or Champagne cocktails.