Liverpool is one of the north’s most exciting and historic cities. The birthplace of The Beatles is home to two prestigious football teams and has more listed buildings than any other city outside of the M25. The city has benefitted remarkably from investment over recent years, but thankfully hasn’t been transformed beyond all recognition. Some of Liverpool’s most famous sons and daughters include not only the Fab Four, but Cilla Black, Beryl Bainbridge, Jean ‘Hilda Ogden’ Alexander, Kim Cattrall, Stephanie Davies, Gillian Kearney, the McGann brothers, Paul O’Grady, Liza Tarbuck, Craig Charles, Les Dennis, Stephen Graham, Kenneth Cope, Alexei Sayle and Leonard Rossiter.
The Merseyside city plays host to some of the most interesting galleries and museums in the UK. The Albert Dock is one of the city’s most iconic sights, with the docking complex featuring the biggest collection of Grade I-listed buildings in the country. It was also the home of This Morning until the mid-1990s. The most popular tourist destinations in the city include The Beatles Story, the reconstructed Cavern Club, where the Fab Four honed their craft, the Liverpool Cathedral, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, the Tate Liverpool art gallery, St George’s Hall and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The childhood homes of Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney are now owned by The National Trust and are open for public viewing.
The long-running soap Brookside was shot in West Kirby, around 12 miles outside of the city until its 2003 demise. Brookie was widely-regarded as one of the most innovative soaps in television history and was noted for its often hard-hitting and pioneering storylines. Teen soap Hollyoaks took over some of the locations previously used for Brookside, though much of the action is now shot at Lime Pictures’ studios in Childwall, despite being set in Chester. Other TV shows shot or partially shot in Liverpool include Bread, Little Boy Blue, Boys from the Blackstuff, Grange Hill, Peaky Blinders, Z Cars and The Liver Birds. The city has also featured in a range of big-budget films including the 51st State, Nowhere Boy and Shirley Valentine.
As you may expect from a city of such stature, culinary connoisseurs are catered for brilliantly in Liverpool, with cuisine from around the world being available. Some of the most highly-rated Liverpudlian eateries include The Art School, Panoramic 34, 60 Hope Street and the London Carriage Works. There are scores of high-profile music and theatre venues and clubs in the city, such as the 02 Academy, the Zanzibar Club, the Philharmonic Hall, the Epstein theatre (named after the late Beatles and Cilla manager) and the Echo Arena. Clubbers’ favourites are Mansion, Heebie Jeebies, Kingdom, Kazimier Garden, the Krazyhouse, Level and the LGBT-friendly Heaven.
Top places to shop in Liverpool include Liverpool ONE, St John’s Market and the Grand Central Hall. Ropewalks is a vibrant and bohemian area that houses a host of boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Liverpool Lime Street provide exceptional transport links. It’s no wonder so many people choose to visit and even relocate to Liverpool.
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