It’s time to ferry across the Mersey with a trip to the city of culture, music and family entertainment: Liverpool. There’s more to the metropolitan city than the Fab Four and Cilla Black.
Under four hours away by car or train lies a city showered in history. Dazzling performers to world renowned museums and eateries, Liverpool is certain to put a smile on everyone’s face.
There are a plethora of hotels and apartments to book for a family visit. Prices for the Holiday Inn Express at the Albert Dock start from £70.
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Or go central with The Liner Hotel (from £39 for family cruise package) based in a classic cruise ship – that’ll get some brownie points with the kids. Situated next to Liverpool Lime Street Station, in the heart of the city you will be a hop, skip and jump away from all the main attractions.
IN THE CAVERN
Once a European City of Culture, Liverpool is filled with the largest collection of museums and galleries anywhere outside of London.
From a walk around the iconic Albert Dock (make sure to snap a photo with a statue of the Fab Four), a visit to the Merseyside Maritime Museum is a must. Free to enter, submerge into the seafaring history of Liverpool with exhibitions, free events – ideal for the kids – and trails throughout the museum, the history of the water will come to life.
You can’t visit Liverpool without releasing your inner Beatle, or finding some hidden talent in the family, with a trip to The Cavern Club. Known as the iconic venue where John, Paul, George and Ringo performed; for a small entry donation it won’t be long before you’re walking in a room filled wall to wall with memorabilia, live music and gift shop.
The Cavern Club is open to families and children under 18 during the day. Get the kids interested in musical legends early – you never know, you might bump into someone famous.
ON THE MERSEY
Liverpool is comprised of several neighbourhoods. From the bustling night-time scene of the Baltic Triangle, bursting with food stalls and funky bars, to the quaint, idyllic weekend stalls and picturesque churches of the Georgian Quarter: each corner of Liverpool is sure to impress.
Outside of the city, grab fish and chips by the sea after walking along Southport Pier. The Grade II listed pier is over 1,000 meters long, so the fish and chips will be a great reward.
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As a designated World Heritage Site, the Liverpool waterfront is one unlike any other. Hop onto the Mersey Ferry Cruise for a 50-minute journey of both sides of the river in a colourful boat – perfect for family photo ops – you’ll even get free entry into the U-boat Story and Woodside Ferry Terminal.
So, what are you waiting for. Make sure you have a ticket to ride.