Liverpool Travel Guide
Famous for the Beatles and football Liverpool is a place you might want to visit if you are planning a trip to the United Kingdom. Read our top travel tips for visiting Liverpool on a budget. We have included ideas for the best cheap things to see, sightseeing options and also recommendations for transport, accommodation, where to stay and eating / going out.
Top Reasons to Visit
- Easy to get to - fly, train, bus or car!
- Great value for money compared to other UK cities like Liverpool
- The Beatles!
How to Get from John Lennon Airport
From John Lennon airport you can catch a taxi or the cheaper option is the bus which takes about an hour to get to the city centre. If you have a car you could stay in a hotel near Liverpool John Lennon Airport and commute in, be aware though parking costs in the city centre can be high.
Transport & Getting Around
There is a good public transport system in Liverpool, you can use the bus, metro and train system to navigate and get around but if you are looking for a city break you might not even need to use it as the centre is walkable.
Stay in the city centre which isn't that big and easy to walk around, there are cheaper hotels and hostels on the outskirts of the city but then you are relying on public transport and taxis. There are a range of hotels with prices starting from around £40 per night. A bed in a hostel dorm can start from around £10 per night, sometimes private rooms in hostels can be more expensive than hotels.
Food and Drink
In the past decade Liverpool has had a major facelift and the city centre is now a really modern area with shops, hotels, bars, cafes and numerous restaurants. There are literally hundreds of bars, cafes and restaurants dotted around the city centre so you have a lot of choice. For cheap eats try the streets stands which sell hotdogs and burgers or there are also cheap budget restaurants like Wetherspoons. There are also supermarkets like Sainsburys and Tesco where you can buy sandwiches and other food. For alternative bars visit Bold Street and some of the best nightclubs include Cream and Garlands.
Best Things to See and Do in Liverpool
Here are some essential things to add to your Liverpool travel itinerary:
Go Beatles Crazy
You could visit Penny Lane, go to the Beatles museum in the Albert Dock, listen to live music in the Cavern Club or even jump aboard the Magical Mystery Bus Tour where you can visit some famous sights including the former homes of the band
Spend a night at the Cavern Club
This is where some of the biggest bands in the world have played and where the Beatles famously starting playing. The setting is really special underground in a cellar with a music stage and seating area where you can watch some live music and dance the night away
Take in the Local Culture
Take in some culture and visit a museum or art gallery, there are a number you could visit which include the Tate Modern in the Albert Dock
Watch a live football game
You could go and watch Liverpool, Everton or Tranmere which are all based in the city. Getting tickets for Liverpool games can be difficult so book in advance to avoid disappointment
Enjoy the Nightlife
Around Concert Square and the city centre area of Liverpool has lots of bars and nightclubs including the world famous Cream nightclub
Do a Day Trip
Take a day trip to the coast or even visit medieval Chester which is about 45 minutes away by train. Here you will find old buildings, a castle and a quient little city centre which is great to wonder around on foot