With the most Grade II-Listed Buildings outside of London, A-List blockbuster locations and a history spanning across over 125 years, ‘Liverpul’ was once; a thriving fishing community; the first city with an intercity rail link; ‘The World Capital City of Pop’ and a dominant port of global trade. There’s no shortage of hidden gems, myths and facts in Liverpool, so we’ve put together a 24hr itinerary for those who want to discover the city differently.
9am – Start your day right
Whether you’re looking for a full buffet brekkie feast or an upmarket boutique breakfast, you won’t have to look far to find it in Liverpool. If you’re keen to start exploring first thing, check out Bold Street or Castle Street to find a selection of different eateries, from ‘instragrammable’ plates to classics and favourites. If you're staying with us, The View, is open from 6.30am daily and offers full hot and cold breakfast for £10.95 to non-residents, or £8 pre-paid guests.
10am – On your feet
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in culture than with a walking tour, and our friends at SANDEMAN’s come with a FIVE STAR Trip Advisor rating. Tours begin right outside our neighbour at St George’s Hall, and last around 2.5hrs, but is still very much an introduction to Liverpool, making it the perfect starting point. Expect to check out record breaking books at Liverpool Central Library; questionable Beatles Monuments on Matthew Street; the iconic Three Graces and much more in between. The tour concludes at Pier Head, a convenient pitstop for lunch and further exploring.
12.30-1.30 – Lunch
Royal Albert Dock is a hub of cultural and classical dining experiences. From tapas to classic grills and skillets; global menus to national favourites, there’s plenty to feast your bellies and eyes on! Check to find out more.
1.30-3 – TATE Liverpool
With a choice of free and ticketed exhibitions, the gallery is a must see when visiting the city. Marvel at obscure and unique sculptures; lose yourself in the dreary landscapes of Lowry or entice your eyes at the bright and bold gallery floor. Constellations is a collection of pieces across 6 individual rooms, and is free entry. For details of other exhibitions, visit here.
3-4 – Mersey Tour
Put your feet up to enjoy Liverpool from a distance and capture the perfect landscape (or selfie) as you enjoy a 50-minute tour of Liverpool’s famous World Heritage waterfront. Expect tales of The Beatles performing on-board, grimaces of the smuggling trade and a moment to relax onboard one of the city’s favourite attractions. Tickets are priced at £11, with upgraded packages available. See here for details.
4-5.30 – Discover one of two Cathedrals
Offering a picturesque pitstop between Georgian Quarter and the city centre is Liverpool Cathedral, providing the perfect late afternoon stroll to wind down your day before enjoying the evening. The largest cathedral in Britain boasts impressive artefacts, as well as other breath-taking features that make this historic landmark an awe-inspiring visit. Look forward to stepping into the home of the UK’s largest organ, the world’s highest and widest gothic arches and other unique, picture perfect moments that any history and culture fan will love.
5.30-7.30 – Drink and dine in style
Overlooking St George’s Quarter, The View Restaurant offers a contemporary dining experience and a menu of favourites and rotational Chef Specials. Liverpool has a selection of restaurants that cater to all tastes and budgets, check here to see other recommendations.
From comedy, theatre, classical music to exhibitions, you’ll find something to enjoy at any time of year in Liverpool. Whether it’s annual events such as Light Night, or shows hot off Broadway at Liverpool Empire, even the most eclectic of tastes are catered for. Upcoming listings for 2020 include The Book of Mormon, Mama Mia!, Riverdance and Hairspray, as well as many more. If theatre isn’t your thing, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is a stunning venue, hosting events tailored to a range of different tastes such as Classical and Country, evenings alongside Liverpool Legends or blockbuster film screenings.
10pm-11pm – Nightcap
After a leisurely walk back from the venue, treat yourself to an hour or two in the calming environment of our Open Lobby, where the lights of the street below offer a relaxing end to the evening before tucking yourself into one of our cosy, spacious double beds. Don’t forget to recharge your device batteries too, with our bedside USB ports.
8-9 – Breakfast with a view
Whether you indulged in our buffet yesterday or not, there’s no better way to wrap up your trip than making the most of a full breakfast before heading on your way. Why not try out a made to order omelette or pancakes, at no extra charge?
9-10 - Step back in time
No trip to Liverpool would be complete without sparing even one hour to St George's Hall. Plus, having learnt about it on your tour yesterday, you're certain to be curious what can be found inside. We've chosen to mention the magnificent grand hall, which itself has a hidden gem beneath the floorboards. Each year the protective wooden flooring is stripped, revealing 30,000 tiles dating back to 1852. Visitors can spend up to 3hrs visiting each area of St George's Hall, featuring law courts, holding cells and seasonal exhibitions. Situated between ourselves and Liverpool Lime Street, we highly recommend making this the final calling point of your 24hr trip.
Remember, this is just a brief idea of all the things you can expect to enjoy when you visit Liverpool, but hopefully this inspires you to make our city your next destination of choice. Head over to our Facebook to let us know if you have any recommendations, or if you've checked out any of these places.Book with us.