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Visiting Liverpool

Useful tourist information for visiting Liverpool, including shopping, places of interest, food and drink.

For detailed information of what to do in Liverpool we recommend the Visit Liverpool website where you can find information on where to visit, eat drink and shop.

Here are some ideas to get you started;

Tourist Attractions

National Museums, Liverpool – the World Museum and Walker Art Gallery are in the city centre, and the Museum of Liverpool, International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum are on the waterfront.

Ferry cross the Mersey – why not take a trip on the River Explorer Cruise where you can see and enjoy Merseyside and Liverpool’s iconic waterfront. If you have time you can even ‘hop on and hop off’ and visit Spaceport and U-boat story over the water on the Wirral. Entry to U-boat story is free with a River Explorer ticket and there a number of joint deals on the Mersey Ferries website.

The Albert Dock – there are a number of shops, bars and restaurants, as well as Tate Liverpool and The Beatles Story on the quayside.

Magical Mystery Tour – for Beatles fans this two hour trip takes you to all the places associated with the fab four. The tour ends at the world famous Cavern Club on Matthew Street.

Liverpool Cathedral – the cathedral is free to enter however there is a tower and audio tour available for a small charge. The cathedral also has two dining venues open at lunchtimes.


Liverpool One is a contemporary open-air shopping complex with over 170 stores, bars and restaurants. This is where you can find many of the national chain stores.

Bold Street is close to the University and is the hub for independent stores, cafes and restaurants.

City Central includes many high street shops, Church Street and Lord Street, plus designer shopping centres Cavern Walks and Metquarter.

Food and Drink

There are a number of restaurants and cafes close to the University in the Hope Street and Hardman Street area, these are just a selection;

The Quarter - close to the University serving laid back breakfasts, bowls of pasta, freshly made pizza as well as homemade cakes and afternoon tea.

Moose Coffee – round the corner from The Quarter on Hope Street, serving American and Canadian breakfasts as well as sandwiches and salads.

92 degrees - Liverpool’s first combined roaster and coffee shop for all you coffee lovers.

Pen Factory – serving a seasonal small plate/tapas style menu throughout the day and into the evening. The Pen Factory also serves a wide range of specially selected cask ales, continental lagers and an extensive wine selection plus bespoke seasonal cocktails.

Philharmonic Dining Rooms – pub food in a very ornate environment, including Victorian gent’s toilets.

Slightly further away from the University but closer to the city centre Bold Street offers something for most tastes;

Leaf on Bold Street – if tea is your thing then Leaf is for you, serving hundreds of choices of teas as well as delicious food.

Maray – serving an exciting and eclectic mix of food centred around sharing plates, taking inspiration from around the globe. Includes vegetarian and vegan options.

Mowgli – Indian food that is more than just curry. Try food roulette with a tiffin box of 4 dishes, choose either meat or vegetarian. Mowgli also have vegan and gluten free options.

Kasbar – alcohol free environment serving Moroccan food, including hearty Tagines, breakfasts, mezze and delicate Moroccan pastries to finish.

Our kitchen – vegetarian and vegan café serving breakfast, small plates, salad and freshly made juices. A mixture of healthy and naughty food and drinks.

Further afield there are a number of restaurants and cafes in the Liverpool One area.

Bars and Nightlife

With the wealth of pubs and venues across Liverpool we recommend checking out Visit Liverpool’s section on Bars and Nightlife as they break it down by areas of the city. From pubs to comedy venues, a thriving gay quarter, to dance warehouse and concepts bars hopefully there is something for everyone’s taste.

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