Liverpool may be smaller in size, but it’s jam-packed with cultural attractions! It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and was designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2008, both distinctions shining a light on Liverpool’s Victorian city centre and maritime history. Albert Dock attractions like the Tate Museum, Beatles Story and Merseyside Maritime Museum are enough to fill a full day on their own, but music and sports fans won’t want to miss side trips to the Cavern Club and Anfield Stadium. Admire views of the River Mersey and Irish Sea from this bustling port.
Liverpool has long been an important seaport due to its shipbuilding industry and strategic position. Learn more about its shipping history by visiting the Merseyside Maritime Museum, which features models of passenger liners from the Titanic to the Lusitania. Dive into Beatlemania with a visit to the interactive Beatles Story museum, and see the legendary Cavern Club where the band got its start. Anfield Stadium is a must-see for Liverpool football fans, with match days full of excitement. Enjoy the Gothic architecture and views from the tower when visiting the Liverpool Cathedral, a historic highlight which looms over the city’s centre.
Cruise ships pull right into the city’s historic docks, so you’ll be dropped off right in the heart of the city. The journey in cruises down the broad Mersey River past warehouses and new homes to give you a look at the city’s past and present. Take a ferry across the Mersey – a regular service shuttles passengers between the suburb of Seacombe and Liverpool. Within Liverpool City Centre, there are hop-on and hop-off buses offering a convenient way to see the main sights. Look for City Explorer or City Sightseeing buses for this service! Taxis are also plentiful on the ground.
Liverpool Cruise Terminal offers a central location, with plenty of parking options to see you through your cruise. The closest multi-storey car park is the Secure Parking Capital Building, located on Fazakerley Street. It’s recommended to make arrangements with your cruise line operator or travel agent if you’ll be in need of long-term parking during your cruise. For assistance, there’s also a customer services desk at the terminal where you can find out what your options are. If you’re staying in a local hotel, many offer Park & Stay offers allowing you to leave your car after staying a night.
In addition to the cutting-edge works found at the Tate Museum, the Walker Gallery serves as a hub for art enthusiasts visiting this cosmopolitan city. It includes an impressive collection of 17th century Dutch masters like Rembrandt and Rubens, as well as Impressionists, paintings from the Romantic period, and High Victorian arts and crafts. This museum sits across the road from St George’s Hall, which hosts music festivals, and next to the World Museum Liverpool.
Take a short trip out of town to the suburb of Port Sunlight, built by Sunlight Soap manufacturer William Lever back in the late 1800s. This functional village provides an interesting look at the planning and life from the Victorian Era. There’s a visitor’s centre as well as an art museum set up by Lady Lever herself.
The converted warehouses along Albert Dock are a great place to find dining options. Most of the museums here offer their own cafes, which provide a high standard of fare, or you can visit specialty options like waterfront-adjacent Blue Bar & Grill or Mediterranean restaurant Est Est Est. Away from the water, Hope Street sits next to the Liverpool Cathedral and is nicknamed ‘restaurant row’ for its dozens of dining outlets.