Liverpool: Much More Than Just the Beatles

Most people visit Liverpool to follow in the footsteps of the most famous rock group of all time, the Beatles. However, residents of this port city in the north of England will tell you that the city boasts plenty of other attractions, including two cathedrals, two world-class soccer teams, great nightlife and several excellent museums.

Any Beatles fan should start their visit in Mathew Street, the site of the club where the Fab Four first performed. Today, the Cavern Club has been faithfully reproduced, and there are several other Beatles themed bars and souvenir shops in Mathew Street. Not far from here is the Hard Day’s Night hotel, with themed rooms, and housed in a beautiful building dating from 1884. Liverpool also boasts a Beatles museum, and several companies offer bus tours of the city, taking in the Beatles’ former homes and the places such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields that inspired their songs.

During much of the 19th century, Liverpool was one of the world’s largest ports, and a major port of departure for millions of people seeking a better life in the New World. Those days are long gone although several reminders remain. The White Star Line, owners of the ill-fated Titanic, was based in Liverpool and the distinctive red and white brick building that once housed its offices can still be seen near the waterfront. Although the transatlantic liners have gone, Liverpool is still a departure point for ferries to the Isle of Man and Ireland, and taking one of the famous ferries across the Mersey allows you to enjoy a great view of the world-famous skyline. The traditional heart of the city’s waterfront is the Pier Head, and this large open area is dominated by the famous Liver building, topped by the two mythical ‘liver birds’ that gave the city its name

During the height of its prosperity, the city constructed huge brick warehouses to store grain, tea and other commodities in, and today many of these buildings have been converted into apartments or shops. The Albert Dock was the largest of these structures, and today it has been faithfully restored and houses shops, apartments and restaurants, as well as the northern branch of London’s Tate art gallery. Close by are two other major museums – the Museum of Liverpool Life, and the Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum has interactive displays and exhibits, as well as large-scale models of several famous ships.

Liverpool boasts two cathedrals, aptly located at either end of Hope Street. The Anglican Cathedral is constructed from red sandstone and is one of the largest religious buildings in Europe. It has a dramatic setting and on a clear day, you can enjoy views over the Mersey as far as North Wales. Behind the cathedral lies a deep secluded valley with pathways, containing many graves of  ships’ captains. The area around Hope Street is known as the Village, and in the elegant Georgian streets can be found some of Liverpool’s most atmospheric and lively pubs. The Philharmonic pub is well-known for having what may be the most ornate lavatories in the country

An unforgettable sporting experience is a visit to a home game at either Everton or Liverpool, the city’s two famous soccer clubs. Even if it is not soccer season, Liverpool Football Club offers fans a guided tour of Anfield, its famous soccer stadium, which includes the chance to see the impressive trophy room. Liverpool is also home to one of the world’s most famous horse races, the Grand National, and if you visit while the race is on, it is difficult not to get caught up in the racing fever.


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