Liverpool is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and a couple of weekends ago we finally went. I’ll admit, if you said Liverpool to me before all I knew was it had legendary nightlife (especially all the hen/stag parties), The Beatles and Royal Albert Dock. However, there’s so much more to see and I want to go back and explore more!
Where We Stayed
We stayed in FM Living Apartments, which were affordable (~£100/night for a studio) and really central; surrounded by bars and only a minutes walk from the Cavern Club. The decor was so nice and unique as well – every apartment had a different style. I would definitely recommend staying there.
What We Did & Saw
Took a ferry cross the Mersey
We did the 50-minute Mersey Sightseeing Experience, which was such a nice way to spend an hour on a hot day. There are great views of the Mersey and Liverpool’s skyline, and a narrative of interesting facts and building of note. Also, if you’re lucky like us you might get the dazzle ferry.
The Cathedrals and Churches
Liverpool Cathedral is enormous – in fact it’s Britain’s biggest cathedral. It’s absolutely beautiful inside, with loads of different chapels and even a cafe. St James’s Cemetery beside it is also worth wandering around – the gravestones have mostly been cleared to line the walls and create a beautiful park.
A bit like a spaceship that’s landed on a residential street, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is worth a visit, even if to just see how extraterrestrial it looks.
The Bombed Out Church is a former church which now holds events such as markets and theatre productions, and is hauntingly beautiful.
The Royal Albert dock is beautiful, especially in the sunshine. It’s lined with lively bars and restaurants, as well as the Tate Modern with it’s colourful, gravity-defying rock sculpture. We just loved wandering around this area and people watching!
These majestic buildings are situated on Pier Head, and makeup one of the most beautiful parts of Liverpool’s waterfront skyline. The Grade I listed Royal Liver Building is the oldest and the city’s signature landmark.
The Pier Head itself is a beautiful place to walk around and has loads of other attractions, such as the aforementioned Mersey Ferry and The Beatles statue.
These mutant illustrations of genetic engineering are ‘Superlambananas’, a half-lamb, half-banana. They are also a tribute to Liverpool’s past, when sheep and bananas both passed through the ports.
The Vegan Food
The Baltic Market is an indoor food market with street food from around the world. I had a half and half vegan garlic bread/Margherita pizza from Little Furnace which was nice if not the prettiest (cubes of vegan cheese rather than a sprinkling all over). The standout though was The Yog Bar’s ‘The Vegan Works’ which is vegan frozen yoghurt, Lotus Biscoff cookie dough, Biscoff Crumb & Lotus Sauce.
Having seen it all over Instagram, Frost Burgers certainly lives up to the hype. The cheeseburger was amazing, as was the chocolate milkshake.
Another incredible burger, the bacon double cheeseburger is massive. It also comes with chips and the nicest coleslaw. It was actually too big to finish but I had to try the deep-fried marz bar! I’ve always wanted to try one and it’s the first time I’ve seen a vegan one.
Bold Street Coffee
Everyone who knows me knows I love a good coffee shop, and having seen this was the highest-rated I had to try it out. The oat milk latte was perfect, and the vegan chocolate cake a nice surprise!
This was exactly what I needed the morning after a few cocktails! The falafel ball seemed like a random addition but it was actually really nice. The outside seating near the waterfront is good as well.
Bars and Clubs
What could be better than a frozen cocktail on a rooftop bar? This was in the lively Downtown area opposite the Baltic Market.
This bar had the cosiest seating, with loads of little hidden rooms lining a long corridor. The bartenders are very chatty and a little eccentric. For someone who loves gin as much as me, this place was perfect.
Another bar we went to, which had quite a studenty vibe, but again a nice outside area and a decent selection of gin!
The Cavern Club calls itself ‘the most famous club in the world’. Opened in 1957, some of the most famous bands in the world have played here, not just The Beatles. I was excited to see pictures of my favourites The Arctic Monkeys, who played there just before their first number one. Despite being a club, it is open early and admission is usually free – even if you only pop in for 10 minutes it’s definitely worth a look; photos of musicians, signed guitars, merch and hundreds of scrawled names line the walls. The only thing to note is that it’s down three flights of stairs and very cave-like – low ceilings and quite disgustingly sweaty when it’s full!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip to Liverpool. What’s your favourite thing to do in Liverpool? What should I do next time? Let me know in the comments!