The waterfront, known as the Pier Head, is home to three architectural gems, the Liver Buildings, Cunard Building, and the Port of Liverpool Building, known collectively as the “Three Graces”.
The M62 or via the Mersey Tunnel will take you into the city centre, by rail at Lime Street or even by air at John Lennon airport
Film theatre and venue for video art installations. Dramatic modern building among the warehouses of the Ropewalks area. American Independent and Continental films with bar and cafe. Excellent independent cinema and good stop off for coffee or quiet beer.
Has been called the greatest neo-classical building in the world. It is certainly impressive and is the heart of the newly formed 'cultural quarter' in Liverpool. Liverpool Walker Art Gallery and Musuem are only a five-minute walk away on the impressive William Brown Street
Opposite Liverpool Lime Street Station and the Empire Theatre
Crosby beach is a huge expanse of sand, where the Irish Sea buffets the dunes and the 100 iron men that are Antony Gormley's 'Another Place.' Very atmospheric, the men stare out towards the Wirral and the Welsh hills. Nice for a Sunday afternoon stroll, take the camera. Love it and long may it stay in Sefton.
Crosby beach is best reached from either Waterloo or Crosby and Bludellsands MerseyRail stations.
Bar and restaurant.
Converted Catholic church in the city centre, all the features have been kept including the 300-year-old stained glass windows. Hundreds of candles adorn the building - it is beautiful.
Seel Street, Liverpool. Just accross the way from FACT
Parkgate is either part of Neston, or just next to it. Nice to walk along the front there, even if there is a chill wind. A couple of nice pubs down there, chippies, too, great bird life (and a brass plaque with info on birdies and the view over to Wales), as well as delicious home-made ice cream from Nichols. Can't miss it - nearly always a queue there.
Short walk from Neston, not far from Chester, or take the train or bus from Liverpool.
The Albert Dock, the largest group of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK, hosts the Beatles’ Story exhibition, an excellent Maritime Museum, the Liverpool Tate Gallery, shops, restaurants, and coffee bars, all in a picturesque and safe setting, close to the Mersey Pierhead, point of departure for the famous Mersey Ferries. It is a few minutes walk from the Royal Liver Buildings and the imposingly massive Liverpool Cathedral.
Tidal islands cut off from the land for 5 of every 12 hours. Check your tides and make your way across the sands (preferably barefoot) with beautiful views in all directions. Great wildlife, birdwatching etc too.
Parkgate is close, and lovely too.
Hilbre, West Kirby, Wirral
The Tate Liverpool is a nice intimate museum with a few gems of modern art, and depending in the exhibition and it offers something different to the Tate in that there London. Early or late midweek is the best time to enjoy it, as it's quiet and not so many tourists... if you go late, have a cocktail or two at Baby Cream just across the way... c'est tres tres disco chic.
Tate Liverpool, Albert Docks
Part of National Museums Liverpool, it sits in a splendid building on William Brown Street. Its Neo Classical building holds one of the largest art collections in England outside of London. The gallery holds the John Moores exhibition every year as well as temporary exhibitions.
Open 10am - 5pm daily
William Brown Street, Liverpool,
0151 478 4199
Anfield - home ground of Liverpool Football Club. Go on the stadium tour and visit the museum - five European Cups including an original (the only one in the country).
Anfield Road, Liverpool, Bus 26 or 27 from anywhere in central Liverpool; www.liverpoolfc.tv
Lark Lane is a road next to Sefton Park in south Liverpool, which is worth a visit for an evening or a summer afternoon. There are lots of independent shops, pubs and bars, and restaurants which serve food from Thailand through to Turkey. Have a picnic in the park, then call into Keiths wine bar for a glass of wine and people watching.
Cosy, underground cellars form the three rooms of the bistro. Below ground level, the bistro is a great pre-play venue or meeting place for friends.
When I go home to see my parents we go to the Everyman after I get in to Lime Street. It's really relaxed and although pretty basic, the menu is consistently varied, tasty and fantastic value.
Without exception, my dad orders the delicious tortilla with salads, and the desserts are highly recommended.
Liverpool Everyman Theatre.
Popular with Liverpool locals, especially gap year and arty types, the Egg does great vegan food, reasonably priced and really tasty. The caff is not just for vegans and veggies, but for anyone who wants a real taste of Liverpool culture. You have to keep your eyes peeled to spot the entrance though!
0151 707 2755
Firstly, one of THE best looking neo Gothic buildings in the world - a truly magnificent piece of architecture, on a street packed with architectural gems.
Once inside, you'll find everything from Holbein to Hockney with everything in between.
It's also a great place for kids with regular activities aimed at the little artist in the family (and you don't have to be a master to join in - my two year old loves it!)
William Brown Street
Keralan restaurant on the London Road in Liverpool, round the back of Lime Street Station.
Claims to be the only south Indian restuarant in the northwest, and while that may not be true, the lunchtime thalis (£6, veg or non-veg with fish) are a treat, especially a fantastic tangy tomato curry that comes with the veg option.
More elaborate food in the evenings, including superb pot-roast lamb with coconut. Their vada and aloo bonda are excellent as well, and they'll quickly prepare a take-away bag of snacks if you're catching the train.
Maharaja South Indian Restaurant - 34-36 London Road , Liverpool , L3 5NF Tel: 0871 811 4798
A fantastic shopping emporium located just off the main shopping area. An array of unusual furniture and clothes shops - make sure you go to the flea market at the back of the ground floor. Quiggins has been around for years and is under threat of closure by the council, so see it before it goes.
12-16 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT
Anthony Gormley's 100 cast iron statues staring impassively westwards is an eerie, yet atmospheric artwork. They appear and disappear with the ebb and flow of the tide (so check the tide times), and take a camera and some props for the arty and comedy photos you will just have to take.
Crosby Beach, Liverpool. Well signposted from the A565.
An amazing example of public art, these statues (100 of them) stretch along Crosby beach for 3 kilometres and out to sea for one kilometre. Go there at any time of day, but make sure you check the tides - you can't see any of them at high tide. It is atmospheric and beautiful, but at the same time down to earth - it's great to see whole families having picnics next to one of the figures and kids playing around them.
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