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Places to Visit and Things to do in Liverpool

Living life king-size all about travelling at your own pace and getting a chance to discover some of the best places in all parts of the world. In this short article, I will take you through and around Liverpool, widely known as one of the best cities of UK as well as Europe. Right from the time when its famous dockyards used to serve as one of the Britain’s most well-known and leading ports, to the ‘Merseybeat’ movement started by the Beatles during the 1960s, Liverpool has always been known as a bustling city. Even today, Liverpool and all its surrounding areas pack a good punch, especially when it comes to cultural attractions and offerings. Coming to how you can enjoy Liverpool to the fullest, there is nothing better than hiring a car and discovering the city at your own sweet pace, one place at a time.

Acknowledge and embrace the culture vulture inside you!

Although it is The Beatles Museum which hogs all the limelight nowadays, this European City of Culture (2008) has several other cultural attractions up its sleeve. Thinking of attractions, what could possibly be of more interest than the Liverpool’s own highly famous sons? How about getting a first-hand look at a huge cross between a banana and a lamb. I’m talking about the bright yellow sculpture popularly referred to as ‘Superlambanana’, which has become quite a landmark of sorts at the Tithebarn Street. Standing tall at 17 feet and weighing almost 8 tons, this piece of marvel is hard to miss!

While you enjoy feeling mesmerized by the sight of this sculpture, please know that Liverpool’s popular Albert Dock area is only a short distance away. So drive down, park somewhere nearby and enjoy the views of Liverpool’s most historic waterfront. In this area, you’ll get to see the biggest collection of United Kingdom’s Grade 1 listed buildings. A large majority of them date back to a time when this city’s ports used to bustle with activity both during day and night. A visit to the Maritime Museum will provide you a good insight into the historic connection between Liverpool and its sea. The International Slavery Museum and The TATE Liverpool gallery are also located in the vicinity and are a must visit.

The Wirral Peninsula

Want to explore some of the Liverpool’s interesting countryside locations? Opt for a car hire in Liverpool and head out to the Wirral peninsula through the underwater road tunnel located across the River Mersey. Boasting of more than 50 miles of beautiful countryside and some of the best sandy beaches of the United Kingdom, the western region of the Wirral peninsula makes the perfect setting to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool.

If you and/or your companion are of golfing, you’ll be spoilt for choice as there are many championship golf courses here, including the Holylake’s Royal Liverpool Golf Club which recently hosted the 2014 British Open Championship from 17th to 20th of July.

Wirral peninsula also boasts of many natural trails, cafes, multi-cuisine restaurants and lots of seaside fun. All this can be enjoyed by travelling less than half an hour from Liverpool.

Sefton Park

If you don’t wish to leave the Liverpool city and want some place to enjoy a bit of tranquility and peace inside city limits, Sefton Park is the place to go. It is situated south-east of the Liverpool city center and is only a short drive away from there. So, you can easily pop your picnic basket into your car and spend the whole day lounging in some of the most luscious and green surroundings, spanning over 235 acres area.

English Heritage has recognized Sefton Park to be a Grade 1 listed Park. No wonder, everyone in Liverpool considers it the perfect place for relaxation. It has many entertainment options for families as well. To start with, you can go boating at the Boating L Lake here and children can play to their hearts content in the playground. Then there is Peter Pan statue and many cafes serving interesting beverages and eatables. Like many popular parks, Sefton Park also has a bandstand. However, what’s different here is that this one served as the inspiration for the iconic Beatles album – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Some distinction!

In case you get through with your picnic quickly, a leisurely stroll along the nearby situated Lark Lane will add some more quality time to your overall travel experience. This is a rather quirky street that’s lined up with art galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars, and serves as the perfect location for enjoying some afternoon refreshments. You’ll get the perfect Bohemian vibe here!

Chester and Southport

Liverpool has several villages and towns as its surroundings, many of which serve as memorable daytrip destinations. Cheshire county in particular provides some easy on the eye places. It is best to take a car on hire and make a quick road trip to this interesting countryside, and enjoy its beauty in style.

Located only a 40 minute drive away from the center of Liverpool, Chester zoo is also an interesting travel destination, especially if you’ve kids travelling with you. At the zoo, you can enjoy a closer look at more than 5000 different species of mammals including giraffes, monkeys, tigers and elephants.

As an alternative, you can drive down 20 miles towards the north and reach the beautiful seaside town of Southport. In the event that you’re fortunate to be blessed by a sunny day, ensure that you stop by at the Formby Beach on your way to this beautiful town. This beach offers some breathtaking views and several interesting sand dunes, making it a perfect setting for a relaxed walk. It also serves as an ideal sunbathing spot. You can also take a dip into the Irish Sea if you’re one of those brave kinds! Southport in itself has many parks, beaches and beautiful scenic locations on offer too. You also have several shopping options apart from interesting restaurants, cafes and bars located at the town center.


  1. Nice post to read.. I am a diehard Beatles fan so it would be a great experience for me to visit the Beatles Museum..

  2. My husband would love to roam around the Beatles Museum.

  3. You are correct when you said the best way to explore a new place is to do it on your own pace. Walking or cruising by car would be the best. I practically grew up listening to the Beatles songs (my parents were huge fans). It would be great to visit a museum dedicated to their accomplishments. -Eileen (a.k.a. Aiokona)

  4. Oh, I wish I could visit these wonderful sites in Liverpool, too. That would be an adventure of a lifetime! -- Maria Teresa Figuerres


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