As the city that bought you The Beatles, that accent (if you’re not British, you can probably forget about understanding much of the native tongue) and the notorious harbor TV weather map (invaded at various times by everything from a stripper to a full on gale force storm), Liverpool is a city of fun. Masses and masses of fun.
When Liverpool’s long-derided (yet exceptionally talented) football team finally won something in modern times – the European Champions League no less – in 2005, Liverpool was validated, with the city erupting after the skillful but inconsistent team recovered from a 3-0 half time deficit to beat AC Milan on penalties. The win was arguably the defining moment of Liverpool’s recent history, with the city’s two soccer rivals still drawing mammoth crowds week in week out. A real essential local experience.
If you’re not into your sport, check out the sights that made Liverpool the European capital of culture in 2008, such as the Beatles Museum, a fans eye view of the band resplendent with memorabilia (but don’t expect any of the bad side to come out – Yoko Ono and drugs are relegated to the small print). The Maritime Museum gives a taste of what made Liverpool great, while the gothic influences of Liverpool Cathedral make for a stark kind of beauty against the city skyline. Don’t forget to tour the two football clubs, either, if you have the slightest love of the beautiful game…
Another Liverpool reputation revolves around nightlife, which is notoriously raucous. Even most locals would agree that the scene is ‘the opposite of classy’, being rammed with dive bars and the kind of rampaging clubs that will seem surreal through the haze that is the next morning. Who knows, after enough pints you might even manage to translate that unique local twang.
It might be more rough and ready then cultural gem, but it’s the lively side of Liverpool’s culture that make it so appetizing. Get into the thick of the action to understand why this northern city provokes such unrestrained passion.
Liverpool has seen a lot of investment in recent years, particularly around the famous newly revamped waterfront area. 'Liverpool One' is a new shopping and leisure complex, a brand new museum, pier head building, the 'Echo Arena' is a new concert venue and many new striking hotels and luxury apartment buildings blend a new skyline with with the old familiar architecture.
Originally founded by the Roman's Chester or (Deva Victrix as the Roman's called it) is a touristy city with a population approaching 100,000.
Popular attractions and sights include the ra…