Updated 2016

Liverpool is one of the European cities that are making a huge comeback. Mostly known for its busy port and being the birthplace of the Beatles, things are cleaning up nicely here. This formerly-industrial city is winning new fans quickly as it transforms from gloomy to glitzy. The city center now has a nice mix of modern architecture that compliments many jewels left over from its past.

Start by reading Liverpool & Chester.

What To Do

Okay, this is Liverpool, so you’ve got to check out the Beatles Story, which is the world’s only museum completely based on the Fab Four. The Cavern Club is still standing so you can also check out the venue where they started. On a non-Beatles note, there is the striking Metropolitan Cathedral. It’s known as Paddy’s Wigwam and when you see it you’ll have an idea why.

In the early 19th Century an eccentric merchant built the Williamson tunnels under the Edge Hill district. Today this huge labyrinth is an interesting attraction that is worth checking out. Back to a music theme, there are ferries that cross the Mersey and are a nice way to get outdoors and have a look at the city from across the river.

Read: 3 Must See UK Cities Outside of London.

Getting There

There is efficient train service to Liverpool from London, but you can also book a flight into Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport. There are flights from all over the region and it’s a major hub for a few of the discount carriers, but if you are coming from any great distance it’s worth checking on flights into London and then arriving by train.

Where To Stay

There are several hostels in Liverpool and of course the usual variety of hotels in Liverpool as well. Summers are busy and August is festival month so if you are coming during these busy periods it definitely pays to plan ahead.