You may be in Liverpool for the footie or a festival but, if you can find the time, you should definitely take in some of the city’s top attractions. From historic buildings to world-class museums, there are just so many to choose from, and most are within easy walking distance of the centre, too. Sightseeing’s even easier if you’re staying at a Premier Inn in Liverpool – there’s one close to all the city’s must-sees so you can pack even more into your busy city break.
It’s a World Heritage site with the largest collection of Grade I-listed buildings in the country, but that’s not all. The Albert Dock has more attractions than you can shake an oversized tourist map at – and they’re all so close together, too. All the biggies are here - take your pick from Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Museum of Slavery and the Beatles Story. Even if you don’t fancy a museum, you could just have a riverside stroll, or grab a bite to eat from one of the Albert Dock’s many restaurants and bars.
If the Albert Dock’s Beatles Story museum hasn’t scratched your John, Paul, George and Ringo itch, hop on board the Magical Mystery Tour. This colourful coach will take you and your fellow Beatlemaniacs all over Liverpool, showing you where the Fab Four grew up and the locations that inspired their most famous songs – and all to a Beatles soundtrack, courtesy of the in-coach stereo. The tour ends at the Cavern Club on Mathew Street where you’ll get free entry when you produce your bus ticket. Warning: there will be sing-alongs.
There’s no way you can say you’ve truly seen Liverpool until you’ve taken a ferry cross the Mersey, as immortalised in the Gerry and the Pacemakers song. Mersey Ferries’ 50-minute river tour will show you all of Liverpool’s beautiful waterfront area, while you sit back and listen to the running commentary. Either stay on board for the round trip, or make a day of it by hopping off at Seacome (for the Spaceport attraction) or Woodside (where you can learn about life on board a German WWII submarine at the U-Boat Story attraction).
If you were ever in doubt of the city’s quirky sense of humour, head to the Super Lamb Banana statue. As public monuments go, this is up there with the craziest. Half-sheep, half-banana and designed by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo in 1998, it shouldn’t be missed. In fact, you almost certainly can’t miss it, seeing as it’s bright yellow, 17-feet high and weighs in at seven and a half tonnes. It is both a comment on the dangers of genetic engineering, and a nod to Liverpool’s past – both bananas and sheep were brought here as cargo. But whatever it’s meant to be, it’s now firmly a part of the Liverpool skyline.
Liverpool is one of England’s most cosmopolitan cities and was the 2008 European capital of culture. Whether you’re passing through, looking for heritage, pop culture and entertainment, checking out the universities, or planning a weekend break, there are plenty of reasons to book a hotel room in Liverpool. And with quaint fishing villages and market towns on its doorstep, there's so much to see and do in the surrounding area of Merseyside.