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Liverpool: more than just The Beatles
If you’ve decided to sign up for a ‘staycation’ this year or just need a weekend break, add Liverpool to your list, suggests The Daily Telegraph.
Famous worldwide as home to the Beatles, it’s not only a city steeped in history but also one continuing its dynamic urban renaissance.
Visit the Albert Dock for a prime example of this marriage of old and new. Opened by Prince Albert in 1846, it boasts the largest group of Grade-one listed buildings in the UK and is now a leisure complex home to bars, restaurants, shops and museums as well as the Tate Liverpool.
Bring Gerry and the Pacemakers’ song alive and take a Ferry across the Mersey to the Woodside terminal at Birkenhead, where the local Birkenhead Park was the inspiration for Central Park in New York.
For those who need to get out of town, the Mersey Estuary has over 57 kilometres of beaches and coastline. Antony Gormley’s work ‘Another Place’ on Crosby Beach never fails to impress. 100 cast-iron, life-size figures cover three km of foreshore and stretch for almost one km out to sea.
And you can now one-stop-shop with a vengeance in newly-opened Liverpool One, the largest retail scheme in Europe which has won a clutch of awards.
David Cameron has just pledged to make Britain one of the top five tourist destinations in the world, so beat the rush!