Introducing the city
Modern art and pop heritage, ancient artefacts and seafaring history – Liverpool is overflowing with culture everywhere you look.
It’s one of the UK’s most iconic cities and as recently as 2008 was awarded the accolade of ‘European Capital of Culture’. From its twin cathedrals (one Catholic, one Anglican) to the artsy atmosphere of the Ropewalk quarter - Liverpool dances to a different and entirely distinctive rhythm.
And whilst we’re talking rhythm we should probably discuss the Beatles. The world-famous Fab Four find their origins in Liverpool and the city is bursting with pride at the fact. From the Cavern club to the Casbah Coffee Club – the band’s influence permeates every street corner. It’s high time you saw for yourself just how much culture the city can claim.
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When should you visit?
As with most of the UK, the most popular time to visit Liverpool is in late-spring and summer, when the weather is at its most hospitable. If you’re not a fan of the crowds, however, we recommend visiting the city in early autumn, when the weather is still fairly pleasant.
Liverpool's climate is typical of the United Kingdom; fairly mild yet highly unpredictable with a mixture of rainy, sunny, windy and cloudy days all year round.
July is the hottest month in the city with an average temperature of 16 degrees Celsius, whilst the coldest is January at 5 degrees Celsius.
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Travioor top tips
- It’s always great to take a tour, wherever you are in the world. But in Liverpool, you are positively spoilt for choice. Whatever your interests, take a tour (there are free ones and private) through the city to get a unique perspective of its culture.
- The Liverpool Central Library is multi-award winning, from its spectacular four-storey atrium and rooftop terrace, to the historic Picton Reading Room, Oak Room and Hornby Library, housing 15,000 rare books. Whether you’re an avid reader or haven’t picked up a book in years, you’ll appreciate this building for its architecture, atmosphere and ingenuity.
- Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the urban metropolis and spend some time relaxing in Sefton Park. Classified as a Grade One listed park by English Heritage, the magnificent, 200-acre space is truly picturesque, with indigenous British trees, beautiful flowers and distinctive curved pathways.
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Food and drink
Liverpool’s melting pot of cultures and backgrounds makes it a brilliant city for culinary exploration. And boy has the city taken that idea and run with it. In recent years, Liverpool has become a gastronomic tour de force.
There’s award-winning fine dining, just as there are award-winning places to try a traditional “Scouse” (a type of stew), and pretty much everything you could imagine in between.
Here’s a short list of our favourite eateries that you have to try if you get the opportunity; The Monro is a brilliant place for a gastro-pub lunch, the Everyman Bistro is an old favourite for real ale (you might even spot a celebrity or two), the Panoramic has high-end cuisine and is Britain’s tallest restaurant and the Circo offers a night out with a difference, with laughing clowns and circus-style dining to complement your experience.
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The origins of the city can be traced back to 1190 when the place was known as 'Liuerpul', possibly meaning a pool or creek with muddy water.
The borough was founded by royal charter in 1207, but Liverpool remained a small settlement until its trade with Ireland and coastal parts of England and Wales was overtaken by trade with Africa and the West Indies, which included the slave trade. The town's first wet dock was opened in 1715 and Liverpool's expansion continued at a great pace.
By the start of the nineteenth century, more and more trade was passing through Liverpool. This developed even more rapidly in 1830, when the Liverpool and Manchester Railway was opened. The population grew quickly, especially with Irish migrants.
During the Second World War, the city was the centre for planning the crucial Battle of the Atlantic and suffered a blitz second only to London's in terms of destruction.
From the mid-twentieth century, Liverpool's docks and traditional manufacturing industries went into sharp decline, with containerisation making the city's docks obsolete. The unemployment rate in Liverpool rose to one of the highest in the UK.
Across the same period, the city became internationally renowned for its culture, particularly as the centre of the "Merseybeat" sound which became synonymous with The Beatles.
In recent years, Liverpool's economy has recovered, due to tourism and substantial investment in regeneration schemes.
The vast majority of Liverpool residents are English speakers, but being a multicultural city, you’re likely to hear a variety of accents and languages across your stay.
If you’re lucky you will hear a traditional Scouse accent. It’s difficult to describe what it sounds like but if keep your ear to the ground, you’re sure to hear it. Here are some of our favourite Scouse words that you might hear on your trip:
- Scran: is another word for food
- A bevvie, a scoop or a jar: are all words for a drink, such as a beer
- Clobber or threads: are both terms that mean clothes
Need to know
Get The Low-Down
- Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport is 7 miles to the south of the city centre and is well-served by bus, shuttle and taxi, with trips typically taking less than half an hour.
- We recommend walking and cycling as the best ways to experience the city, so get some decent footwear and get exploring.
- Liverpool boasts two massive football teams as well as huge concerts and festivals. We therefore advise you to check what’s going on during your stay as the city can become gridlocked if there’s a huge event.
Find out about the visa requirements for the UK here.
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1. The Albert Dock
Explore the Albert Dock area of the city, where shops, museums, art galleries and restaurants abound.
Whether you’re religious or not, it’s well worth visiting Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. That’s right, the city has two.
3. The Cavern Club
A trip to Liverpool is incomplete without going to the Cavern Club, where regular live music recreates the atmosphere that the Beatles first brought to the club.
4. Anfield Stadium
You may never walk alone, but you can get to see behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous football grounds, Anfield Stadium.
Get your culture fix at the extensive collection of museums in the city, from the Merseyside Maritime Museum to the Museum of Liverpool.
See What's On In Liverpool
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