The accents are amazing.
I was visiting my mum in Liverpool and on the bus back to her house there were two women sitting behind us; I think I understood a solid 20% of what they were actually saying.
I’ve just got back from a 2 night stay in Liverpool, visiting mother who lives there. The weather was pretty poop but we still managed to explore parts of this historic city. Just to let you know; some of the accents can be so thick, you end up thinking they’re speaking another language.
Welcome to your guide on what to do in the land of the scouse, Steven Gerrard, The Beatles and a world famous maritime history.
Train connections to Liverpool are really good; on Virgin Trains from London Euston it takes 2hours 14 mins to travel to Liverpool Lime Street which is smack bang in the middle of the city. The train is a Pendelino which means it tilts going round corners allowing it to go extra fast. You can also get a table if you request one but you have to pay for WiFi 😦
Things to Do
Liver building and Museum of Liverpool
Liverpool city used to be the busiest port in the world with cruise ships frequenting the city. Grand buildings known as the 3 sisters were built next to the docks to receive the cruise passengers. The Liver building is the most famous of these and has become a symbol of Liverpool with two huge Liver birds on top. You can take a look at the Liver building but can’t go in it unfortunately. However, just next to it is Cunnard building which has a grand entrance that welcomed thousands of passengers which you are free to walk around. As well as the 3 sisters, the addition of the Museum of Liverpool is well worth a visit. Entrance is free and it documents the history of the city, particularly the docks, and has loads of interactive features which are a blast!
Heard of the Titanic? This is where the cruise liner departed from on its ill-fated journey to New York. The Albert docks are still intact and provide a glimpse of what the dock area used to look like. The dock also contains the city’s Maritime Museum which documents extensively the history and fate of the Titanic as well as the history of the docks themselves. Hours can be spent here and there are plenty of interactive pieces for the child inside you!
Home to Liverpool FC and one of the most loyal set of fans in the world. The atmosphere in Anfield is second to none and attending a match there will stay with you forever. Most games are on Saturday whilst some are played on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays depending on the fixture. The mid-week games are held in the evening, with Kick Off usually at 7:45pm. These Evening Games are something else; the flood lit pitch, the fans singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and the team are actually playing quite well recently. Check out LiverpoolFC for fixtures and tickets.
Liverpool 1 – Retail Therapy!
If you’re in need of a bit of retail therapy and want to shop till you drop Liverpool 1 should help you out. This brand new shopping complex has all the shops you need as well as plenty of eateries and places to grab a coffee. A lot of it is outdoors though, so if it’s raining, which isn’t unusual for Liverpool, you’ll need your trusty brolly that hopefully won’t blow inside out!
The Cavern Club
The Cavern Club is a world famous music venue and where The Beatles started their careers. The band played hear during the 60’s when they first formed and changed a few band members during their time here to form the band that we all know. This small underground music venue was packed during the 50’s 60’s and 70’s and still holds regular live music but also provides Beatles tours which explore the history of the band.
Ferry across the Mersey
As well as on foot, this city can be explored along the Mersey River. Boat cruises will take you through a journey of the city’s industrial past, the history of the ports and docks that made the city the busiest port in the world at one point. They will also talk you through the future plans for the river front and the rejuvenation of the dock area. Boat cruises run regularly up the rivers length and usually last an hour. They have indoor seating if the weather is poop!
Bonus – fighter jets
Fighter jets regularly fly through the city and along the Mersey River on practice runs that simulate valley flying. You can regularly hear them flying above the city and if you time it right you can see them flying low along the Mersey by the Liver building.