Travel | Visiting Liverpool

Disclosure - This post is a collaboration. We recently enjoyed exploring Liverpool over two weeks and the spending money we used to enter attractions was gifted by Hotels.com. Any thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own.

I still find it strange when I hear people say they are going on holiday to Liverpool. With it being my home town I just see it as a place I grew up in, but visitors can enjoy a huge range of attractions, restaurants, shopping centres and hotels in Liverpool that I probably take for granted.

Obviously when you head to Liverpool you will want to see all the tourist attractions however there are quite a few hidden gems that you may not know about unless you live here.

When I visit the city I head straight for the Waterfront. It's so pretty and although it can get busy at times it's just my favourite place to be. The Albert Dock was once home to This Morning but is now filled with lots of things to see and do.

  5 Things To Enjoy On The Waterfront. 

The Wheel Of Liverpool
We usually take a trip on the The Wheel of Liverpool once a year on New Years Eve and has become quite a family tradition. The wheel stands 60m tall and is open every day giving you the chance to enjoy views of the city and the river.

River Explorer Cruise with Mersey Ferries
We have just recently been on a river cruise on the River Mersey and it was so much fun. The cruise lasts approximately 50 minutes as a round trip. This excludes any time you spend at the attractions as you can leave the ferry at Seacombe and Woodside to enjoy Spaceport and the U Boat Story.

The Beatles Story
Such a huge part of Liverpool's Musical History. The Beatles are everywhere in and around the city. The Beatles Story is a great place to visit even if you're not a fan. It's so interesting and tells you everything you need to know. You can also jump on the Magical Mystery Tour to see childhood homes and famous places such as Penny Lane.


Mattel Play!
Mattel Play is an interactive children's play area based around the popular characters Thomas The Tank Engine, Fireman Sam and Bob The Builder.  It is fun for all the family with both John and I joining in with some of the activities. We have visited Mattel Play many times and it is one of our favourite children's play areas in Liverpool.


The British Music Experience
The British Music Experience is situated in Cunard Building in Liverpool on the Waterfront. The idea behind the experience is to tell the history of British music through costumes, props , instruments and  lots of other interactive features. Suitable for all ages and those who enjoy music.

Liverpool also has an amazing shopping centre, Liverpool One, which is packed with shops but also restaurants, bars and a cinema.

5 Things To Do At Liverpool ONE

Chavasse Park
There is usually something going on in Chavasse Park which sits above the shopping centre. In Summer there are pop up bars so you can sit back and enjoy a drink in the sun. At the moment the dinosaurs have been unleashed and are popping up all around Liverpool One. Our favourite is Christmas time at Liverpool One, it turns in to a mini fairground with rides and stalls.

Shopping
Liverpool One is the perfect shopping destination. Filled with lots of shops, all under one roof. You will find John Lewis, Pandora, Zara, Debenhams, Victoria Secrets, Build a Bear and many more. My favourite is obviously the Disney Store and that's usually were I head to first.

The Terrace
The Terrace sits on top of the shopping centre and next to Chavasse park. It's filled with lots of different restaurants and you will be sure to find something that takes your fancy. Yo Sushi, Ed's Easy Diner, Pizza Hut, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, TGI Fridays and the very popular and very busy Nando's to name a few. Most of the restaurants have the option to dine outside too which is lovely on a sunny day.

A Good Nights Sleep
After many great nights out in Liverpool we have headed to bed at one of the hotels close to Liverpool One. The Hilton is situated opposite Chavasse Park and also the Premier Inn and Novotel are close by too.

A Trip To The Cinema
The Odeon at Liverpool One is our favourite place to go to if we are looking to watch a movie. Even though we have cinemas closer to home, The Odeon at Liverpool has the gallery which really does make it a little bit special. There are also other cinemas in the city offering luxury seating such as Cineworld and Showcase.

Liverpool also has some great places to visit out of the town centre.

 5 Things To Do Around The City

Knowsley Safari Park
Knowsley Safari Park is only a short drive from the busy city centre which makes the park so special. It's hard to understand when you see all the amazing animals up close that you are not in the African Savannah.

Crosby Beach and The Iron Men
A great day out with the family no matter what the weather. Crosby Beach has become very popular of the past few years especially after the Iron Men arrived. There are 100 Iron Men in total situated on the beach. There is also a water sports centre, cafe and children's play area.

Acorn Farm
The award winning family friendly farm is just 15 minutes from the city centre and has a wide range of animals to see. You can purchase food to feed the sheep, goats, chickens and hens. Attend a small animal petting session and you can even go horse riding. There are two children play areas, a woodland walk and also a cafe offering homemade meals.

Otterspool Prom
We have been visiting Otterspool prom for years. It's a great day out with lots to do and see. The arrival of Otterspool Adventure Park last year has made the prom very popular.

Croxteth Park
 The park is beautiful with Croxteth Hall and Gardens, a cafe and children's play area. It was announced that Croxteth Park would be used for events across the year and we were very lucky to visit one of the very first 'big' events it hosted last year,  CBBC Summer Social

If you are planning a trip to Liverpool soon I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Michelle

This post is a collaboration. We recently enjoyed a weekend in Liverpool and the spending money was gifted by Hotels.com. Any thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own.

21 comments

  1. I adore Liverpool. my Favourite City, not been since they held The Capital of Culture and I know there has been a lost of building since then. Just adore the place and the people.Very happy memories indeed.

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  2. Not too far from Liverpool - it is a great city to visit ! The nightlife and shopping are brill

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  3. I visited Liverpool earlier this year on the way to the Lake District but only had time to explore Albert Dock. I enjoyed the Tate Liverpool there. So much to do and see in Liverpool, I really want to go back!

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  4. I've never had the chance to visit Liverpool but I've always wanted to go! I really must get there at some point this year as it looks like a fantastic city! x

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  5. i went to Liverpool with my parents a few years back and loved the British music exhibition, it was such a great thing to experience x

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  6. I haven't been to Liverpool before but it does look like a great option for a UK staycation.

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  7. Wow thank you for so many ideas, I haven’t been to Liverpool yet but I know a couple friends that are from there! I will have to jot these ideas down for when I visit!

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  8. Wow you packed loads in!! I love Liverpool too, its one of my favourite cities to visit xxx

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  9. Looks a great city to visit!

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  10. I didn’t know that Liverpool had a safari park not too far from the city centre. I’ve only ever been once to look at a university but would love to head back and take a trip down the mersey

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  11. Great post, seems like you all had great fun trip and enjoyed alot.
    Looking forward a trip like this with my family. Thanks for the share. Cheers!!

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  12. As I’m northern at heart and was brought up not far from Liverpool I know how wonderful a place it is. Visit you won’t be sorry

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  13. I keep meaning to visit Liverpool but never get round to it. It looks a fab place with lots to see and do. You’ve taken some great pictures.

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  14. I would love to visit Liverpool

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  15. I think it would be fun to visit the Crosby beach.

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  16. You sure shared a lot of neat and fun things here. I think when it's the town we live in we can find it difficult to view as a tourist at times, so it's fun to get out and see it differently.

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  17. We had friends from the US visit us the Christmas before last. On Christmas Day when my husband was trying to cook lunch I took everone to Crosby Beach for a walk to get them out of the way and to work up an appetite. It was actually a great walk in winter, the beach was empty except for us and the statues, and the kids had great fun running around.

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  18. Never been but would love to go

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  19. I love to visit Liverpool, great post!

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  20. Our last family holiday was to Southport. Whilst we were there we took the train to Liverpool for a day. It rained quite heavily for most of the day. But we still loved it. We went on the Yellow Duckmarine, which our girls really loved. I remember we went in a museum which was free. Ever since I have always wanted to go back for a few days. I would love to do the Beatles Tour. So much to see and do

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