Travel Blogger Kelly, aka Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes took on the SuperBreak #UKin48Hours challenge with a 2-day break to Liverpool. As a Milton Keynes local, Kelly and her partner were happy to be greeted by sunshine and blue skies when they arrived up North to find out just how much they could see and do on a 2-day break in Liverpool.
9am – Check in to the Pullman Hotel Liverpool
Located in the heart of the Liverpool Docks, the Pullman Hotel Liverpool makes a great base for a short break exploring Liverpool. The hotel resides in a great location, and the newly furnished interior and modernised look makes it the perfect place to enjoy your city break stay.
9.30am – Albert Docks
Located in the city centre, the Albert Docks is a great place to grab some food and admire the boats along the way. Opened in 1846, it was the first structure in Britain to not be built with structural wood and quickly became a popular place to store valuable cargoes such as brandy, tea and tobacco.
Did you know? Albert Dock is the most visited multi-use attraction in the UK, outside of London.
10.30am – Hop On-Hop Off Bus
The ‘Hop On – Hop Off’ bus, is a great way to get around the city and see all of the famous landmarks of Liverpool. If it’s a sunny day, make sure you sit up on the top deck, it’s the best way to view the city and enjoy some sunshine at the same time. Some of the main stops on the city bus tour include the Walker Art Gallery, The Tate Liverpool and the World Museum.
11.30am – The Royal Liver Building
The Royal Liver Building is one of the key tourist hotspots which drives people to visit Liverpool.The building is one of England’s most iconic landmarks; there are many myths about the liver bird sculptures, most of which believe that the birds are a female and male pair, with the female looking out to sea to make sure that the seamen return home safely. If you turn your head and glance across the road, you’ll discover the equally as beautiful, Grade II* listed, Cunard building.
12.30pm – Ed’s Easy Diner
Ed’s Easy Diner is a great restaurant option to visit during your stay, with a great mix of gluten free choices on offer too. It’s American inspired menu of cheesy chips and double decker burgers are guaranteed to give you the energy you need for the rest of the day ahead. As well as enjoying a hearty meal, each table has its own jukebox and staff dressed in typical 1950’s clothing, so that you can fully immerse yourself in the American diner experience.
2pm – Blue Coat Chambers
The Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts including poetry, dance, live art, music and literature. The intricate design, historical aura and delicious tea rooms make it the perfect place for a last minute pit stop. The Bluecoat is now classed as Liverpool’s oldest building, and its art gallery and beautiful architecture make it a must see for tourists.
3pm – China town
As the majority of visitors will generally bump into this unique section of the city on their everyday travels, it is important to admire the cultural influences when you walk past. Home to the eldest Chinese community in Europe, Liverpool’s Chinatown is definitely an area to stop by for food, and to embrace the culture. You can even pick up some items from the authentic supermarkets in the area to make yourself at home.
4pm – Cathedral
Liverpool is famously known for having two cathedrals, and it’s definitely worth visiting both. The Liverpool Cathedral is surrounded by stained glassed windows and a peaceful interior that creates an ideal space to sit and relax among the architectural beauty.
The second cathedral of the day was the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, an unusually designed building which is also worth a visit! Don’t forget to take a look at the events happening at the Cathedral before your visit, as there are often music concerts and walking tours arranged.
7pm – Liverpool Empire Theatre
End your night in style with a visit to the Liverpool Empire Theatre for an evening show. Currently showing is Sister Act the Musical, based on the much-loved film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The musical was a huge hit with London audiences in the West End, and is sure to go down just as well with regional audiences on its tour.
9am – Moose Coffee
Start the day off right with a trip to the Moose Coffee cafe for an American-Canadian inspired breakfast. Treat yourself to some of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes, you won’t regret it!
10.30am – Merseyside Maritime Museum
Not only is the Merseyside Marine Museum free admission but it is also a great place to visit for both children and adults alike. Here you will uncover objects from the Titanic, a ship model made of lightbulbs and in-depth historical facts about the Second World War. Its extensive rooms, location and great facilities make it a must-see on your trip to the city.
12pm – Mersey Ferry
Enjoy the sites of Liverpool by water by taking a trip on the Mersey Ferry. If boats are an interest of yours, don’t forget to take a look inside the U-boat museum, here you will find original film archive, interactive displays and a true insight into life on a submarine during the war. You can even visit the U-boat museum for a drink before you pop on to the next ferry!
2pm – The Beatles Story
Split over two sites, The Beatles Story delves into the history of the fab four. Prepare to discover how the boys first met, their background story and how they became one of the biggest bands in the world. If you’re a Beatles fan then you definitely can’t leave Liverpool without a visit to this iconic exhibition. Not only is there a replica of the Cavern Club itself (you can actually sit back and hear the Beatles playing) there’s also a shop where you can fill your suitcase with Beatles memorabilia.
4pm – Liverpool 360
Fancy a different view of the city before leaving? Visit the Liverpool Eye to enjoy spectacular views of the city from above. Located next to the Echo arena, the Liverpool Eye will provide you with a 60 metre high panoramic view of the River Mersey, Liverpool City Centre and even the beautiful Welsh mountains.
6.30pm – The Art School
The Art School restaurant boasts the menu of Chef Paul Askey who is recognised as one of the best chefs in the region. This restaurant is highly recommended and located in the lantern room of the Victorian 1888 building in Liverpool’s city centre. The restaurant offers a fine-dining experience with menus to suit meat, vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian diets.
Liverpool is definitely a city loved by the nation. If you’re planning a short break to Liverpool have a look at our fantastic selection of Liverpool hotels.