A few weeks ago, a friend and I took the train from Euston Station (London) to Liverpool for the weekend. We were quite charmed by the Waterfront and The Beatles of course. We also found out that the city is a great place for shopping with lots and lots of retailers catering for every budget and that it is quite a good place to go out, with ample of pubs and restaurants on offer (since it was June and hen- and stag season had just started, we noticed that Liverpool is also quite the popular destination for these type of occasions!).
Even though Liverpool did not strike us directly as having a great collection of historical buildings, we did find quite a few.
My personal favourite part of town is the waterfront, simply because it is the most picturesque bit of the city. There are plenty of museums and galleries here to find yourself wandering for some days. A little bird told me that The Museum of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool and The Beatles Story are some of visitor’s favourites. I will come back to the latter later on.
Albert Dock secretly reminded me of St Katharine Docks in London and people who know me know that that is one of my happy places in the country’s capital. So I was happily surprised by this little corner in Liverpool which was occupied by restaurants and shops around the water. There was a great vibe here, especially when the sun finally showed its face!
Liverpool is of course the home of The Beatles. One of our reasons for visiting the city was to visit The Beatles Story: the museum about the famous band. The exhibition was set up in a way that you really felt part of the story of how The Beatles gained the worldwide fame they enjoy up until today. We were invited to walk around a pub the group used to perform at, while the musical instruments were still set on stage and the bar looked like a barman could walk in any minute to take our orders. We then entered a plane to ‘experience’ the trip The Beatles made to the United States and also saw the white room where John Lennon filmed the video for Imagine.
Even though I’m not able to say that Liverpool is my favourite city in England – it also has its rougher parts we found – it definitely had its very pretty and exciting bits, and I’m glad I have finally visited it for real.