A mini guide to: Liverpool

Jenessa Williams

Tour: The Beatles Story

Undeniably Liverpool’s most famous export, it is estimated that The Beatles add £32m to the city’s economy each year.

Play your part by visiting The Official Magical Mystery Tour; board the colourful bus and enjoy a 2-hour trip around all the band’s most famous haunts.

The photo opportunities are endless—Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and of course, the iconic Cavern Club.

Other recommendations:

  • Tate Liverpool
  • Anfield
  • Wheel Of Liverpool

Observe: Radio City Tower

The perfect place to get your bearings, the 400ft tall Radio City Tower is visible wherever you are in the city.

For those who can brave heights, it opened to the public in 2010, offering stunning panoramic views of Merseyside, North Wales and even the Lake District on particularly clear days.

For those looking to plan a particular lavish gathering, it’s also available to hire for conferencing and parties.

Other recommendations:

  • Albert Dock
  • Liverpool Cathedral
  • Knowsley Safari Park

Watch: Royal Court Theatre

Whether you’re a theatre fan or not, the Royal Court is worth a visit if only to enjoy it’s beautiful art deco interiors.

Take in a performance or treat yourself to dinner and drinks—food can be served in cabaret style so you don’t even have to move from your booked show seat.

If live music is more your thing, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has an impressive choice of concerts. December will see performances from the likes of Katherine Jenkins, Alison Moyet and of course, an array of festive carol and nativity sessions.

Other recommendations:

  • Epstein Theatre
  • The Zanzibar Club
  • Camp & Furnace

Eat: The Egg Café

One of Liverpool’s most loved independent businesses; The Egg Café is an entirely vegan and vegetarian eatery, hugely popular thanks to its relaxed, low-key atmosphere.

Despite humble exteriors, the food here isn’t limp sandwiches and boring salads—enjoy a fragrant lentil and fennel bake, juicy tandoori mushrooms or one of their signature cakes. On a Sunday, a full roast is available for just £5.95, perfect for those on a budget.

For those who prefer to eat meat, Etsu is about to celebrate its 10th year as one of the city’s best Japanese restaurants. Bento boxes pack a significant punch for those with a big appetite. Choose from teriyaki tofu,pan-fried sea bass or panko pork loin served with fresh rice and stir-fried vegetables.

Other recommendations:

  • Black Lodge Beers
  • Baltic Bakehouse
  • Cowshed

Shop: Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Liverpudlians are famed for their strong dress sense, making a trip to the shops an essential part of any visit.

Get the designer look for less with a trip to the Cheshire Oaks designer outlet, just a 30-minute drive from Liverpool city centre. With over 145 boutiques, restaurants and cafes to explore, you can expect to see the likes of Nike, Burberry, Hugo Boss and Coach for a fraction of the price.

If you prefer to keep things more local, Liverpool city has some great quirky brands to pick up unique gifts and treats from.

News From Nowhere is a lovely alternative to Waterstones, run as a cooperative and benefitting from friendly staff who are more than happy to recommend a paperback or two.

Dot Art Gallery is a go-to for anybody renovating their home—pick up a unique artwork or take in a class in painting, photography or woodcraft to create the ultimate souvenir.

Other recommendations:

  • Dig Vinyl 
  • The Metquarter
  • Duke Street Baazar