A weekend in Liverpool

Discover our top-rated picks for a vibrant weekend away
Albert Dock

With its mix of cultures, humour, inventiveness and heritage, Liverpool is one of Britain’s most exciting cities.

If you’re looking for a city break that’s packed with character, it doesn’t get much better than this Merseyside favourite. Here are our rated recommendations for your Weekend Escape.

Things to do in Liverpool

The best way of experiencing exactly what Liverpool has to offer is on foot – enjoy a loop through the centre, starting and finishing on the waterfront. The world-famous Albert Dock was a huge risk when built, but it paid off immensely. Book onto a tour to see its history get brought to life; the magnificent waterfront Museum of Liverpool also showcases the city’s diverse and fascinating history.

As you walk round the docks, you’ll pass the museum dedicated to four of Liverpool’s most famous sons: John, Paul, George and Ringo. The Beatles Story takes visitors on a fabulously immersive journey through the lives, times and music of the world’s biggest band. The colourful Magical Mystery Tour Bus is also a must for fans – step aboard for an entertaining two hours exploring the places that inspired some of the world’s best-known songs.

While the ‘Mersey Beat’ has always played a big part in the city’s cultural life, Liverpool’s rich arts heritage is extensive and reaches far beyond music. Visit the Walker Art Gallery – renowned as one of Europe’s finest – to see its outstanding collection, including works by Millais, Hockney and Lowry. For a further fill of modern art spend an afternoon exploring the Tate Liverpool, which houses the National Collection of Modern Art in the North of England.

The Beatles Statue

The city is also famous for its grand architectural heritage, with only London and Bristol having more listed buildings. Three that define the city’s striking skyline are the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building, known as the Three Graces, which occupy Liverpool’s Pier Head. Liverpool is also home two magnificent cathedrals – although they appear to be as old as any other of Britain’s monumental structures, both were actually only completed in the last decades of the 20th century.

Recommended things to do in Liverpool

Around Liverpool (walk)

Beatles Story

Liverpool Cathedral

Magical Mystery Tour

Museum of Liverpool

Old Dock Tour

Tate Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery

Hope Street Hotel

Places to stay in Liverpool

Choose between trendy boutique hotels, city-centre self-catering, and more affordable options for your Liverpool Weekend Escape.

Top-rated recommendations

Adagio Liverpool Centre

Bridgestreet At Liverpool One

Malmaison Liverpool

Hope Street Hotel

Throstles Nest

YHA Liverpool Central

The Art School Restaurant, Liverpool

Where to eat in Liverpool

From 300-ft-high fine dining and confident modernist cooking to four-Rosette dining just across the Mersey, Liverpool has many an award-winning restaurant to experience.

Discover Liverpool’s AA Rosette dining

60 Hope Street Restaurant

Fraiche, Oxton

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Röski Restaurant

The London Carriage Works

The Art School Restaurant, Liverpool

Wreckfish

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