Museums, shops, bars, football, music - Liverpool is a mecca for lovers of culture and art...
A key trading port since the 1700s, Liverpool is a city rich with history, some of which can be seen on display at the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Liverpool Museum. Although the city takes great pride in its history, Liverpool is also thoroughly modern. The warehouses of the old Albert Dock have now been converted into shops, apartments and restaurants and there is also a Beatles museum.
Art lovers are well catered for. Choose from the Walker Art Gallery, the Lady Lever Gallery and the Tate Liverpool, or catch a show at the Everyman theatre. Once you've had your fill of culture, you can indulge in some retail therapy at the Liverpool One shopping centre, chill out in Sefton Park or head out for a day trip to the coast to enjoy the beaches and sand dunes of Formby and Crosby, as well as the cast-iron sculptures by Antony Gormley. Day trips to the Wirral and the 'soap town' of Port Sunlight are also recommended.
To really see Liverpool in all of its glory - including a great view of the Royal Liver Building - head out across the River Mersey on one of the ferries that were made famous in a hit song by local band, Gerry and the Pacemakers.
The city caters for all types of visitor, with budget hotels as well as top-class five-star hotels and luxury hotels...
With a great selection of Liverpool hotels to choose from you can always find somewhere to suit, though the city's year-round popularity means you'll have to plan ahead if you want to secure the best deals. This will be especially true if you visit during a major sporting event such as the Grand National, which takes place at the Aintree racecourse, or when Liverpool are playing at Anfield.
Those looking for big-brand hotels won't be disappointed as the city is home to a variety of budget and luxury accommodation including Holiday Inn, Malmaison, Crowne Plaza, Marriott, Hilton and Hotel Indigo.
You'll wish you had “eight days a week” when you attempt to pack in the attractions of lively Liverpool...
You could certainly call Liverpool's list of attractions diverse. From a look at the world's biggest band to modern art, maritime monuments and religious buildings - you'll never be bored in this exciting city.
Top five attractions
The Albert Dock
This waterfront World Heritage Site is packed full of shops, restaurants and bars as well as the Tate Liverpool, International Slavery Museum, The Beatles Story and Merseyside Maritime Museum.
The Cavern, Mathew Street
The legendary venues of the Cavern club and pub, made famous by the Beatles, showcase the legacy of the Fab Four, as well as serving up a daily dose of live music.
Ferry across the Mersey
You can't visit the city without taking a trip across its famous river. Book a 50-minute cruise to get the best views of Liverpool's iconic waterfront, while listening to a talk about its history.
The sheer size of the largest cathedral in the UK is astounding, and if you take a trip up the tower, you will be rewarded with spectacular views stretching across the city and over to North Wales.
Antony Gormley's 'Another Place'
If you have a hire car, it's well worth taking a trip out to Crosby Beach to see Gormley's incredible artwork. The 100 cast-iron, life-size figures stretch out across the sands all staring out across the Irish Sea.
There is much to see and do in Liverpool, no matter what time of year you choose to take your break...
This cultured city features an impressive line-up of events, with the following annual highlights always expected to fill the hotels in Liverpool; book early during these times.
The Grand National; April; Aintree Racecourse: One of the most famous horse-racing events in the country sees thousands flock to the celebrated Aintree Racecourse. Sip on champers, place your bets and soak up the energy and atmosphere of this iconic occasion.
LightNight; May; throughout the city: This one-night arts and culture festival sees more than 50 heritage sites, cultural spaces and venues hosting night-time installations, events, workshops and activities. This event with a difference is a great evening for all the family, with street theatre, light projections, tours and market stalls being just some of the activities on offer.
Liverpool International Music Festival; August Bank Holiday weekend; Sefton Park and the Pier Head: Formally the Liverpool Mathew Street Festival, this event, which is held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, is a musical extravaganza showcasing a variety of bands and catering for all tastes. The festival will be located on the Pier Head and Sefton Park which is a 10-minute bus ride outside the city centre.