Every year, around 75 million tourists come to Liverpool – to soak up the history, discover the city’s unique attractions, and of course, find out more about The Beatles. The Metro recently declared in the best place to live in the UK, and Rough Guides stated it was the third best city in the world.
One of Liverpool’s most popular areas is the city centre – which has a huge number of things to see and do. Heywood House Hotel is situated close by, making it the perfect base from which to explore. Here’s a run-down of the highlights in the area.
The Best of Liverpool City Centre
- World Museum. Liverpool’s World Museum is located in the heart of the city, and is designed to appeal to people of all ages. Explore Earth’s millions of years of history through interactive displays and artefacts, and see insects and fish in the aquarium and bug house. There are plenty of hands-on activities for children to enjoy, plus lots of presentations on throughout the day.
- Walker Art Gallery. Near the World Museum is the Walker Art Gallery, which is the national gallery of the North. It boasts artwork by Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough, not to mention a number of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites. Younger visitors will particularly like the ‘Big art for little artists’ gallery downstairs!
- Beatles attractions. Unsurprisingly, there are numerous Beatles-related attractions in Liverpool. Climb on board the Magical Mystery Tour bus to see some of the most famous Beatles sites, including Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, The Cavern Club and the place where Paul McCartney and John Lennon met for the first time. You can explore The Cavern Club and even watch a performance there, or make your way to Albert Dock to visit The Beatles Story – an interactive tour of The Beatles’ music.
- Shopping. If you love shopping, you’ll feel right at home in Liverpool. Liverpool ONE, the city’s largest shopping centre, is a mecca for shopaholics, and has over 160 big brand shops to explore. However, if you’re keen to find something a little more unusual, the Cavern Quarter is home to some of the city’s quirkier boutique stores, such as the famous Vivienne Westwood shop. Bold Street is where the locals go to check out the independent stores – and is also situated right in the heart of the city.
- Liverpool Cathedral. Liverpool is one of the few places in the world to have two cathedrals – but most people agree the more traditionally attractive of the two is Liverpool Cathedral, built on St James Mount (though the Metropolitan Cathedral is certainly worth a look!). Sir John Betjeman once called Liverpool Cathedral ‘one of the great buildings in the world’ – and it’s an incredible example of Gothic Revival architecture.
Experience the Heart of Liverpool
If you’d like to explore Liverpool, Heywood House Hotel is one of the best places to stay. It’s a stylish boutique hotel, situated just minutes away from the city centre, which makes it a great base for visiting all the main attractions.